School celebrates library opening
THERE was a sea of smiling students as the Warwick West State School (WWSS) community gathered to officially open a new library and auditorium on Monday.
The Australian Government donated $3.2 million to the school for the new library and auditorium extensions as part of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) project.
Principal Jason Callcott said the facilities that have been completed since March 2011will benefit the school and the wider community.
"It means that we now have state-of-the-art facilities, and it means the students are able to access the best facilities to help enhance their learning, playing and creating," Mr Callcott said.
"The new auditorium is a multi-purpose space used for music, concerts, sports and it is being turned into a polling booth for the election.
"Our auditorium saved the rainy day for our annual spring fete and again for Christmas Carols.
"We already had the roof structure, which came from the Investing in Our Schools program in 2007, and the BER invested to complete it and make it the brilliant space it is now.
"We also have a totally new library now and the old building has been renovated and is a flexible learning space called The Hub.
"The kids love both the spaces and the library has seen a high level of use."
Teacher-librarian Sue Higgins said the prime idea of the new library was to encourage a love of reading.
"Our borrowing and library resources use has increased 1000% over the last five years and it is a testimony to the new building that that figure continues to rise," Mrs Higgins said.
"Since February this year we have introduced 1000 new print and digital resources into the library."
Mrs Higgins said to promote 2012 as the National Year of Reading WWSS held a school-wide community competition called Read and Click.
"We encouraged people to take photos of themselves reading anything, anywhere, at anytime and send them in," she said.
The winner was year 7 student Tysharna Wright and photograph was taken by her twin sister, Rae-Louise.