The Mazenod College Library
The Mazenod Library is both a physical and digital resource with anywhere/anytime basis via the Library Homepage.
The Library plays an integral role as an innovative and flexible Learning Commons focussed on the needs of the College community. Principle goals guiding the Library are:
- supporting and enhancing educational goals for all students and teachers as outlined in the College’s mission and curriculum;
- developing and sustaining in students and school community members, the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives;
- offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment;
- supporting all students in learning and practising skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, and assisting their growth as digitally literate individuals;
- providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions;
- informing students that intellectual freedom and access to information involves rights and responsibilities essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in society.
8.00am to 4.30pm Monday-Thursday, Friday 8.00 am – 3.30pm. Students are encouraged to use the facilities to do homework, relax with chess or read before and after school.
The collection consists of a wide-ranging selection of physical and digital resources. New material is continually being purchased to fulfil current curriculum requirements and to keep up with current fiction recommendations for adolescents. The Library collection supports the curriculum by providing resources to complement the teaching program.
The Library was refurbished in 2018 and is now a modern, flexible learning space with individual and group areas designed to accommodate a range of learning models. The reading area is comfortable and relaxed to encourage individual reading. The Library is well used by students throughout the day with full wireless access and integration with the College network.
Students have access to 60 portable computers and 28 iPads in addition to a range of digital cameras, recorders, Kindles and other tools. Electronic encyclopedias, newspaper and academic databases, and ebook resources are accessible from school or home via the Library Homepage. Students can also access digital videos through the Clickview Digital Video Library via their individual school login.
The Library homepage is a dynamic resource where students can access research resources, study guides, tutorials, reading recommendations and a broad range of resources to support their learning.Digital Citizenship and Safety resources for students, teachers and parents are also an important feature.
The College has a rich culture of reading supported by collaboration between Library staff and the English faculty. Regular reading classes for students in Years 7 to 9 provide students with opportunities to read from a broad range of literature specifically selected to appeal to the adolescent reader. A program of visiting authors and a Family Reading Evening all contribute to making reading a lifestyle at Mazenod College. Students are also encouraged to participate in the annual Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
is open to all students and meets every Tuesday. The opportunity to share and discuss their reading enjoyment is popular with students and valuable in overcoming the lapse of interest that can accompany adolescence. Literature excursions and morning tea with visiting authors is a highlight for Book Club members.
meets fortnightly to share knowledge and ideas about digital technology. Students are encouraged to support teachers in using technology in the classroom. They lead a range of innovation and technology lunchtime activities including Kerbal Space Program, Minecraft and Lego/Littebits electronics. Other digital explorations and coding programs run as short term activities. Students also support policy development and digital citizenship knowledge sharing.
The Library is based on a Learning Commons philosophy which encourages the student to take ownership of the space and independence as a learner within the space.
The Library is home to our College Archives and houses the historical collection of the College. The Archival collection contains committee meetings; publications of the College – including all volumes of the Mazenodian from the first edition from 1969 onwards; administrative records; gifts; posters; uniforms; and other artefacts; as well as the numerous photos and slides, and much more.
The library is also home to our careers Co-ordinator.
All Mazenod College students are encouraged to develop career goals, which will help them focus on success at school. This aim is fostered in several ways depending upon the age of the student.
In Year 10, students are encouraged to focus on their abilities, interests, needs and values and to put them into a work perspective. This is in preparation for a Work Experience placement of one week where they can try out and test their career aspirations.
After Work Experience, students return to school with renewed enthusiasm for study. It is now time to focus more directly on choosing subjects for the Senior Secondary School Certificates namely, VCE or VCAL. The students use the various information sources on computer, in the Careers Room and in the College Library to gain a sound knowledge of the required subjects for their particular field and level of interest.
In Year 11, students use the Careers Information to refine their selections or to select new subjects and career directions in which they may have developed an interest.
The final year at Mazenod is often taken up by researching individual courses or occupations in greater detail. Students are encouraged to visit Universities, Institutes of TAFE and employers to get the latest information on their chosen careers.
Mazenod College is an enthusiastic supporter of the Age VCE Career Expo, which is, for many Year 12 students, the first step in the search for a course or work. This takes place in May and begins the process of applying for Higher Education places or work.
Students at all levels are encouraged to seek counselling with the Careers Co-ordinator and to visit the Careers Room for research purposes at lunchtimes, after school and in their free time. A wide selection of course and work information is available for local, interstate and some overseas Colleges and Universities, occupations and employers. Much of the information can be accessed via the Mazenod College Careers website available for students and parents. The website can be accessed here: www.mazenodcollegeviccareers.com