Education Matters

How great school libraries can inspire

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

How-great-school-libraries-can-inspire_300x200px.jpgBetter spaces make better places for learning and so Trinity Grammar School is committed to providing dynamic teaching and learning spaces that allow students to learn and perform at their best.

Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings and afterwards they shape us.” Consciously or not, a space sets the stage for how we work, study and play. Make Space authors Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, both of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, suggest space is the ‘body language’ of an organisation and, when designed with intent, can contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration.

Following the refurbishment of Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library at the beginning of 2015, the School received national and international award attention, being named as the winner of The Educator Innovative Schools List 2015, receiving an honourable mention in the Savvy Spaces, Digital Innovation in Learning Awards and a nomination for the Great School Libraries Campaign.

Great libraries can inspire. The design of the Arthur Holt Library makes a strong statement about the School as a whole – that learning is at the heart of what we do.

The refurbishment of the Arthur Holt Library demonstrates education best practice and is a good example of how great school libraries can inspire. With a commitment to providing space that allows students to learn and perform at their best, the layout of the Library maximises natural light levels, minimises sound and includes elements of biophilic design (design that connects buildings to the natural world). The fully flexible learning spaces are supported by the latest in digital technologies, include a range of modern furnishings (selected by Trinity students) and are arranged to offer students a real-world experience that promotes a culture of collaboration.

In its design, the space aims to achieve three key user elements:

  1. Functionality
  2. Flexibility
  3. Connectivity

The focus on connectivity acknowledges education’s changing technological landscape and the need for libraries to serve as a platform for community building.

Just as space performs multiple functions, the Library Services team at Trinity performs a range of jobs that support boys’ education and promotes a culture of collaboration, discovery and debate. Author of the Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes, writes: “Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”

Supporting, strengthening and developing community is at the core of everything we undertake at Trinity Grammar School.

“The Library Services team responded to new and emerging educational needs and trends. Their professional commitment and enthusiasm set off an interaction with faculty and students that resulted in the successful transformation of our library. It is now the hub of teaching and learning within our school community,” Head Master, Mr Milton Cujes said.

To learn more about how Trinity demonstrates education best practice, download our prospectus.

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Topics: Boys' education, Libraries, Boys learning