Supporting dyslexic students

It’s Dyslexia awareness week. Check out resources on the New Zealand Dyslexia Foundation website

The library has an extensive range of books designed to facilitate reading to dyslexic students. Here is a list of our dyslexia friendly collection. Many are on display in the library.

Our ebook platform can help:  Watch this short video to learn how to set your device to read with ease.


MAC Library Collections

The Library offers:

  • 6000 fiction books for children and young adults
  • 5300 knowledge books, from personal development to biographies and to cover all curriculum areas
  • 1140 picture books, graphic novels and breezy reads (easy chapter books)
  • 141 audiobooks and documentaries

All these items above can be borrowed by the students for free.

The library also offers for use in the library (Not for Loan):
  • 50 magazine collections
  • 400 reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, Guinness books of records, etc.

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New Senior Science Books

We’ve purchased several new science books to support the Level 2 and 3 Science curriculum as well as Scholarship. So we now have most books on the list from this Biology Scholarship link.

Bio Scholar 2016

Other new books include:

Dewey Title  Author
500 What if? Munroe, Randall
551 Active Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 Central Rocks: A guide to the geology and landscapes of Central Otago Lee, Daphne;Forsyth, Jane
551 Extreme Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 New Zealand minerals and rocks for beginners Forsyth, P. J
551 The changing landscape Dixon, Dougal
551.5 Mini-climates: Examining our Environment
551.6 Atmosphere of hope : searching for solutions to the climate crisis Flannery, Tim F
551.6 Towards a warmer world : what climate change will mean for New Zealand’s future Meduna, Veronika
552 Rock and mineral Farndon, John
574.92 Endangered oceans : investigating oceans in crisis Rake, Jody Sullivan
575 Evolution : the human story Roberts, Alice M
575 Evolution : the whole story Parker, Steve
577.6 Polluted inheritance : New Zealand’s freshwater crisis Joy, Mike 1959
580 Plant Life De la Bedoyere, Camilla
591 R The Living world of animals World Wildlife Fund
598 Birdlife of Mount Aspiring National Park Child, Peter
598.2P Grebes of Wanaka Macleod, Heather
610 Human Body Woodward, John
612 How your body works Canavan, Thomas 1956-
612.3 Gut : the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ Enders, Giulia
616.8 Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome : a user guide to adolescence Jackson, Luke 1988-
616.8 Born on a blue day : a memoir of Asperger’s and an extraordinary mind Tammet, Daniel 1979-

Keep sending good books recommendations!

Revision help at the library

Study 002 The library offers knowledge books to support all subjects of the curriculum so it is a good starting point for any revision. Encyclopedias are also great to learn and go deeper in any subject or to check specific points.

The library holds an updated set of Revision guides that cover all NCEA subjects. They are not for loan so that everyone can access them. Please use them here. Each revision guide contains the main points and previous years exam papers. These are also available on the NCEA website here.

The library also holds a selection of books about study skills, how to get organised, how to keep motivated etc.

Come to the library to revise in an inspiring learning environment.

And online, here are great websites to help. Many college departments sites provide detailed info about exams and study. Tutorials offered at the college are listed in the latest newsletter here.

Studyit – Your one stop site for achieving in NCEA maths, science, and English. Find what you need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other students.

No Brain too Small – Revision notes, flashcards and activities prepared by NZ teachers to help all levels in NCEA Science.

Epic databases – Access to up-to-date full text articles covering a huge range of subjects from thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. Ask your teacher or the librarian for our college’s username name and login.

S-cool – A British revision website for high school students, all subjects.  Many will help for NCEA units.

Khan Academy –  The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. If there is a specific point you did not understand (eg. parabolas, deflation etc.), then you’ll find 5mn videos that explain it and exercises to test your knowledge.

Information literacy prezis


For many assignments and any project, including in adult and professional life, the same process applies so you may as well learn it early.

Here is a prezi summarizing the Define, Locate, Select, Organise, Present, Assess process, or click on the image then on the arrowArrow  to start the presentation. It includes how to write a bibliography.

And here is a prezi showing how to improve your Internet Research efficiency, in music!

Leave a comment to share your research tips!

Hone your writing skills

WritingThe NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme is offered annually to three secondary school students (15-18) nationally to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors.

The mentorships are hotly contested and application deadline is in 2 weeks, the 2nd April 2013.

Click here for further information and find the forms on the New Zealand Society of Authors website.

And here is a list of writing, poetry and film competitions to test your skills.

Ask your teacher or the librarian for help if you want to participate in any of these.