Teaching & Learning


Library Opening Hours

The Library is open Monday to Thursday, and is open to students:

  • before school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • during second break on Monday to Thursday
  • parents and carers are welcome before and after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


Students in Years K-3 are required to bring a library bag for borrowing. Students borrow in their library lesson but Years 3-6 students can also borrow, before school, during second break. They may also borrow over the two week holiday breaks.

Online Catalogue

You can check out the Library’s online catalogue by clicking here.

Audiobooks and eBooks

Access FREE audiobooks and eBooks for your children  (and yourself!) through an app called BorrowBox. It’s free, but you need to be a member of the local library network (you can join at any branch; also free). Local branches are at Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy and West St, Umina.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

All students at St John’s are encouraged to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Parental permission is required to enter the PRC because there is important privacy information to consider.

All students entering the Premier’s Reading Challenge will receive a PRC certificate and will appear in the PRC Honour roll. The Honour roll is printed in the Sun Herald newspaper. The certificate shows the student’s name and school. Only the student’s name will appear in the Honour Roll with no other identifying factors. Participating schools appear as a separate list.

Parents can email permission, or return a completed information/permission slip. For full details including rules, book lists, privacy information and how to complete the reading record, please go to the Premier’s Reading Challenge website. To find out your child’s username and password, please email the PRC Coordinator.

More Reading Challenges!

We have a range of school-based reading challenges to promote a reading culture at school and at home. Students can take the Genre ChallengeAuthor ChallengeClassics Challenge or the Series Challenge. Students in K-1 can take the A-Z picture book challenge. Certificates for achievement are awarded at assemblies.

Lunchtime Clubs

We have a variety of activities on at second break. At the moment, we have Reading, Storytelling, Craft Club (K-3) and Writers’ club (Years 4-6). These change from time to time, so see roster on Library door for current timetable.

Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is celebrated right around Australia in August every year.  We will be celebrating Book Week as a school community so please check newsletters in Term 3 for any special events. Our author visit this year will be Kate and Jol Temple. Please click here for more information about Kate and Jol.

Overdue Policy/Lost books

Students are required to return books before they can borrow each week. If a book is lost we ask that the replacement cost is sent to the Library. The main objective is to have students borrowing again as quickly as possible, so please do contact the Library if there is any problem.