Welcoming our parent volunteers to the library – afternoon tea

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Yesterday we enjoyed the annual parent volunteers afternoon tea in the library. We are so lucky to have such an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers who graciously donate their time to help us out.  Our head of library, Pam Saunders, passed on valuable advice about all aspects of the school, having been a Melbourne High parent herself, and also President of the Parents and Friends Association. We appreciate having our principal, Jeremy Ludowyke, and assistant principal, David Smyth, join us to chat in an informal setting. Jeremy talked to the parents about the value of participating in the community of the school, and the resulting enrichment to the school, parents and students. Thank you to Denise for organising the lovely afternoon tea, and for overseeing the roster. We look forward to seeing our parents in the library throughout the year.

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Do you ‘like’ our new Facebook page?

I’m convinced that if you take the time and effort to do something, then it should be effective. Sounds obvious, I know, but here’s an example to elucidate. I’ve been writing posts in this blog for over a year now, and although I’m pleased to say that people are reading it, I noticed that it’s mainly teacher librarians from other schools. Whilst this is fabulous, and I appreciate the readership and feedback, I’m still wondering how to promote things to our own school community – the students, teachers and parents. Promotion is such an important part of doing anything at school; you could be spending all your time writing posts and documenting what’s happening with photos but if it doesn’t reach your primary audience, then something isn’t right.

So it occurred to me that a Facebook page might be the way to go. I know that seems obvious but it really isn’t going to be effective unless you know that enough people are on Facebook. Anyway, I’ve created the page – and here it is. It’s (obviously) called Melbourne High School Library. So far it has 49 likes and 11 friends. It’s a start.

Every blog post will be updated here, and I hope to attract more of our students, teachers and parents to the page, but also my very supportive network, some of whom have already given me the thumbs up. What I love about social media is that it brings so many people in, and I’m happy to see ex-students showing some interest in our new page. Thanks!

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