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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2310 ..


viii. Information and Communications ix. Manufacturing and Engineering x. Sport, Fitness and Recreation xi. Textiles, Clothing and Footwear xii. Tourism, Travel and Hospitality

(2) All ACT colleges deliver vocational qualifications, ranging from Certificate I to III. Student enrolment in VET courses is managed by each school through the ACT Certification System (ACS) which is operated by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS). In 2017 there were 2,464 year 11 and 12 college students in ACT public schools who enrolled in a VET course in any of the 12 industry training packages listed above. As of May 2018, there were 2,086 year 11 and 12 students enrolled in a vocational education and training course.

Schools—libraries (Question No 1336)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 11 May 2018:

(1) How many libraries in government primary schools are used as a home classroom on more than one day a week and what schools are they.

(2) How many libraries in government high schools are used as a classroom on more than one day a week and what schools are they.

(3) Do any schools use their library space for purposes other than normal library activities; if so, (a) what schools are they and (b) what is the other purpose they are used for.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) None of the libraries in ACT public schools are used solely as a home classroom space, however at Mawson Primary School, Curtin Primary School and Bonython Primary School the library is situated in a large space that also includes a permanent classroom.

(2) The school library is a space used to support learning and often teachers will take classes to the library in both scheduled and unscheduled visits. This allows these classes to access library resources for use in a range of subject areas. Additionally, the library often provides an alternative learning space that is more suited to a specific lesson than the regular classroom. All schools in the system would use their libraries as learning environments from time to time across the school week.

(3) In ACT public schools, the library is a key part of the school community. In addition to providing access to a wide range of books and resources to students and valuable student development in information literacy, the school library provides:

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A quiet space for students during break times

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A hub for eLearning, technology and cyber-safety activities

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A space for students to access games, puzzles and computers

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Access to resources for teachers to use in their classroom

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