Kennedy Baptist College awarded 2020 WASLA School Library of the Year

The West Australian School Library Association (WASLA) awarded Kennedy Baptist College’s Research and Study Centre (RASC) as the 2020 WASLA School Library of the Year.

Research and Study Centre staff

The WASLA panel of judges made their decision based on the professional knowledge embedded in Kennedy’s teaching staff at the RASC, along with their ongoing practice and commitment. WASLA concluded that the RASC demonstrates an exceptional level of service, as well as the provision of a variety of outstanding programs for the College community.

For College Principal, Mark Ashby, the award is extremely exciting because the RASC is where students go to learn, read, collaborate and relax – the learning Hub of the College.

"We are proud of our outstanding staff at the RASC of their achievement and for constantly adapting to the current need to encourage a culture of innovation and creative thinking in our students.” said Principal, Mark Ashby. “At Kennedy, we aim to provide our students and teachers with the learning environment they need to achieve their best.” 

The RASC oversees study skills for the entire College, and runs the Reading program for lower school English classes.

Students have unlimited access to databases to find what they need at their fingertips.

Students can participate in a range of activities such as Write a Book in a Day, Lego Challenge, Spelling Bee, Pi day and College-wide reading competitions. There’s also access to a dynamic makerspace for craft and creations.

"There’s a fantastic selection of books and it is a calming place to relax and read." said Year 7 student, Philip Kim.

Kennedy staff member, Miss Karina Podmore also praised the RASC saying, "The beauty of this place is where staff and students alike can collaborate, work and relax.”

With the support of innovative teacher-librarians, outstanding resources, collaborative planning and recreational facilities – it’s evident that excellence comes to life at Kennedy’s RASC.