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Pendle Hill High School

Pendle Hill High School

Responsibilities, Respect, Resilience and Learning

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The John S Monaghan Library

Our Library is named after the first Principal Mr J S Monaghan 1965 – 1967.

Our Library motto: We do it by the book.


The aim of the Library is to support the curriculum.


The objectives to achieve the aim include:

  • Meeting the information needs of the school community in a timely fashion
  • Offering comprehensive and relevant book collections in :
    • Non-Fiction
    • Fiction
    • Senior Section
    • Periodicals
    • Picture Books and
    • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • Using technology to equip students to access information and develop communication technology skills to meet educational and vocational needs (School Plan 2018 – 2020
  • Promoting literature and reading skills to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of every student (School Plan 2018 – 2020)
  • Ensuring a sense of belonging and feeling safe at school (School Plan 2018 – 2020).
  • Providing flexible learning spaces to create opportunities for learning in the 21st century
  • Establishing a Senior Quiet Room for individual study.
  • Linking the Library Catalogue search facilities with:
    • Parramatta City Council Library
    • NSW State Library
    • SKWIRK
    • HSC Study Lab
    • Fact Monster and
    • ABC Splash
  • The Library Catalogue can be searched from any computer in the school and from home.
  • Publishing lists of new resources

Opening Hours

The library is open every school day. Sometimes the teacher-librarian is called to undertake other duties. At these times, notices are posted at the library entrance which inform students when the library will re-open.

Library logo

Year assemblies

With seating for over 120 students, the library is also the venue for year assemblies.


The following borrowing rules apply to student loans. However, in some extenuating circumstances, students who may need extra consideration should see the teacher-librarian to negotiate an agreement.

  • Year 7 - 4 non-fiction and 4 fiction
  • Year 8 - 5 non-fiction and 5 fiction
  • Years 9 & 10 - 6 non-fiction and 6 fiction
  • Seniors - 7 non-fiction and 7 fiction

These loans are in addition to textbook loans which are also managed through the Library.


The library holds PCs as well as enough laptops to accommodate two classes. The laptops access the wireless network which is throughout the school.


Printing in the library is free for all students to print their school work.


The archives hold a significant collection of photographs, school magazines and memorabilia.


Chess and scrabble are available at lunch times.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The library holds a large collection of books listed in the Premier’s Reading Challenge Years 7 – 9. Personal reading logs are available from the teacher-librarian.

Orientation Lessons

Orientation Lessons are timetabled for Year 7 students.  Students have a walk through the Library with the Teacher-Librarian and computer skills are checked.


The Library is located in E Block – above Science. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist.