Literacy and Numeracy
RHS LIBRARY SPACE
Rutherglen High School provides a Library space for students and staff to access a wide range of both digital and physical resources in a safe, supportive environment. Library staff are at hand to assist and support students during their class time, as well as before and after school, and during their lunch break.
Students’ research needs are met by providing up-to-date, relevant and reliable resources, in a range of mediums.
Our Library staff meet regularly with the RHS Literacy team, to discuss literacy programs, strategies and resources. The Library is used as a general classroom, bookable by teaching staff via Compass. The Library Manager can also be ‘booked’ during class time to teach students how to access and use their resources effectively, and increase their research skills.
Of course we continue to provide hardcopy Collections including: Non-fiction; Reference; Fiction; Biographies; ‘Quick Reads’; Junior Recommended fiction; ‘Talking’ books; and text book Class Sets, to name but a few. As well as the Library space, hard copy resources ‘live’ in various classrooms around the campus, and are managed by the Library staff.
Many of our digital resources are quickly accessible via the Rutherglen High School website www.rutherglenhs.vic.edu.au, and students are encouraged to access the site daily. We encourage students to use reliable digital resources such as World Book Online. We also provide an eBook platform, via our website, where students can access both Fiction and Non-fiction collections.
One of our long-standing literacy programs, ‘Triple R’, provides students with Fiction that has been Read, Reviewed & Recommended by their peers. Students can approach Library staff if they are interested in being part of the ‘Triple R’ team. They gain access to the latest fiction titles to come into their Library, and can add Reviews into their digital Library account, so that they are making Recommendations to their fellow students.
Students are welcome and encouraged to use their Library space before school (from 8.30am), during lunch time, and after school (until 4pm). Parents/guardians of RHS students are also welcome to borrow from our Library.
Students with literacy needs are well supported at Rutherglen High School. In Years 7 and 8 small literacy classes (in sizes of two to eight) are organised for those needing extra literacy learning. In Years 9 and 10 a Foundation English stream is provided for each year. VCAL English Intermediate in Year 11 and VCAL English Senior in Year 12 are available for students with literacy difficulties.
Within mainstream classes, teachers cater for students with literacy difficulties by modifying work appropriately. Teachers frequently attend workshops to upgrade their literacy teaching skills. Students know that teachers are willing to help them outside class as well, and this easy availability of teachers is greatly appreciated by students and parents alike.
Also, in Year 7 community volunteers work with selected students on a one-on-one basis for a term, using the 'Making A Difference' programme.
Our Literacy-Numeracy Celebration Day allows students to practice their skills.
Many Maths classes have two teachers to help students with their numeracy skills and the Numeracy teachers also organise individual plans and extension programmes to make numeracy achievable and interesting.