16th May 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
At this time of year, as thoughts turn to exams, the library would like to wish your daughters, especially those taking public exams, the very best of luck.
The library helps students, not just by being a quiet place in which to work, but also by providing resources that consolidate and deepen their subject knowledge, books that expand their imagination and encourage new ideas and thinking, and helping them to decompress after a busy day. Many studies have shown that school libraries are associated with improved academic attainment, successful learning outcomes, and positive attitudes towards learning. The library is committed, along with the rest of Wychwood, to helping your daughters become the best version of themselves that they can be, and whatever we can do to help we will do.
This is why it is very upsetting that I should have to tell you that since September a significant number of brand new books have been removed from the library without being signed out. I appreciate that those doing this might not view it as stealing and may have fully intended to bring the books right back; nevertheless, the books are gone and I am unable to find them and secure their return, despite an appeal.
We all make mistakes. The measure of our character is what we do to set things right. To that end, the school will be offering a Book Amnesty in the week prior to half term (Monday 20th – Friday 24th May inclusive). For one week only, girls may return any school books they are no longer using entirely free of consequences. A drop box will be located in the school’s foyer to allow books to be returned anonymously. Please could you encourage your daughters to conduct a thorough search of your home and return all school books that are no longer being used. This would also be an excellent opportunity to remind your daughters that the library is a shared resource for the whole school and that failure to respect the space and its rules disadvantages every other student, as books that cannot be found cannot be shared, and money must be spent replacing missing books rather than on updating and expanding our collection.
Your assistance in this matter is very much appreciated.