BHHS Library News

The library has had another busy start to the 2018 school year. Often the first port of call for many students and staff in the morning when it opens at 8am, the library is a hub of activity throughout the day until closing at 4pm after Homework Club. With students collecting book orders, finding texts for assignments, study guides, borrowing fiction, reading magazines and recommending new books to add to the collection, both students and staff are rediscovering how they can use this safe, welcoming space to support teaching and learning during the school year. Lots of students take the chance each day to ‘have a go’ finding the nine letter word on the Library noticeboard and there are always new displays to entice the many readers in our school community.


The first library competition, in two parts and centred on the Winter Olympics, was launched early in February and students were required to answer a short quiz and or/design a mascot for Box Hill High School and explain their choices. While there were no outright winners to the quiz, all entries were rewarded 10 house points. Hannah Lee and Kasey Jiang, Year 8 students, had the winning design of the mascot competition, and received 20 house points and a new USB. Their design and accompanied explanation is below.

  •   Alpacas can come in a variety of colours which reflects the diversity of our school community. The Alpaca above is white to honour the white horse that we have as our current school logo and also to represent the city of Whitehorse. The alpaca wears a hat to symbolise that we are a sun smart school and he is wearing the Box Hill High School uniform. Alpacas are friendly and approachable, just like the students and staff at Box Hill High School - and its expression is happy.  Alpacas stay in herds - they are not lone animals and students and staff at Box Hill High School also work as a collective team.

The library competitions run twice a term and always generate active and lively discussion and appeal to all year levels. If you missed out on the first competition of the year be sure to enter the new competition with a holiday theme which is: matching the teacher to their favourite holiday destination. Good Luck!


This term we have spent some time updating our Library front page so students will see an eyecatching variety of books displayed when they first go to the Oliver link on Compass (see under  School Favourites).  Here you can search for titles, authors etc., and check whether books are in stock. To access our other services, click on the ‘News’ link where you will find info on databases and newspapers.  And don’t forget that everyone has access to the amazing eBook collection that you can access remotely, by using your Compass user name and password Library1.  Just go to the link for Wheelers ePlatform on the News page or download the Wheelers app on your device and find Box Hill High School.


Need a recommendation for some fabulous Easter holiday reading? Check out the Inky Awards books display in the library window or ask one of the friendly librarians Ms Dee McQueen (Mon-Wed / Fri) or Ms Kylie Pearson (Thursday), or our Library Assistant Ying Yu.  If you go to this website at the State Library you can even apply to be a judge!





Ms Dee McQueen









Ms Kylie Pearson









Ms Ying Yu