See Also: School Library - Oliver
About the MacKillop Centre
The MacKillop Centre is Mater Dei's Library. It houses a wide range of resources which students and staff from Prep to Year 6 are able to regularly access and borrow. Fiction, non-fiction, reference materials, magazines, posters, CDs, DVDs and software are all available to be borrowed by staff and students. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the MacKillop Centre, meet the staff and access the wide variety of resources on offer.
The MacKillop Centre Staff aim to provide a supportive learning and teaching environment, which encourages students to be lifelong learners. Staff members are available to assist students with online searching, developing research skills, visual and information literacy, providing recommendations of books to read and assistance with locating resources of choice.
The library is staffed by one acting Teacher Librarian, Jacky Dittmar (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Teacher Librarian Role and Thursdays and Fridays in the Curriculum Support Teacher role) and Penny Hall, the Library Aide who works supporting the library program and running at various times throughout the week. Parent helpers also provide invaluable assistance and are warmly welcomed and encouraged to assist in a variety of ways.
The MacKillop Centre is open Monday and Wednesday during school hours, and also for lunchtime activities every day of the week. Students are welcome to visit during these times in class groups, small groups or individually for either research or recreational activities.
Borrowing Times and Lending Rules
Prep to Yr 6 each have a specialised literacy, research or ICTL lesson with the Teacher Librarian once a week. During this lesson students are given time to borrow books, as well as working in collaboration with the TL and classroom teacher on a broad range of literacy and technology skills and activities.
Books can be borrowed for up to two weeks at a time. If students wish to keep their books for longer they need to bring the book back to the MacKillop Centre and renew the item.
Prep-Yr 5: Must have a bag to borrow
No Borrowing if student has Overdue Loans.
Students, Parents and staff are always welcome to visit and enjoy our dynamic and special MacKillop Centre. We aim to make it a place where students not only have their questions answered, but are empowered to ask questions themselves and explore the world around them.