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Facilities & ICT

 

Dedicated Sixth Form Centres

 

A new Sixth Form Centre (Ursuline Sixth Form Centre) was opened in May 2010. This purpose built centre provides Year 12 with an area for private study with wireless internet connection. The centre is also the venue for Sixth Form assemblies and a programme of talks and lectures by visiting speakers.

 

The Year 13 Sixth Form Study Centre is in the main school building. It has private study areas with wireless internet connection and a café which is open daily during break and lunch.

 

Study Supervisors

There are dedicated staff members allocated to each of the study centres whose role it is to register support and administer Independent Learning tasks for each subject. Their role extends beyond the Independent Learning lessons to supporting students with their study skills and developing revision techniques.

 

 

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

 

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Sixth Form students at the Ursuline have the invaluable opportunity to set up, run and get involved with societies. These societies are led and organised by students for students.

 

There is a dedicated Learning Resource Centre (LRC) designed to further support students’ independent study. The LRC has wireless internet, printer access and over 12,000 reference and fiction books. In addition the LRC provides students with access to many periodicals and journals linked to their studies which can be accessed through the online network.

The LRC is open every day after school and is open to all students who want to find a quiet place to read or do their homework in a silent environment before making their way home.

 

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is open from:

8.00am until 4.00pm from Monday to Friday.

 

 


New Library system

www.readingcloud.net


 

Ms Spencer Librarian

 

I read Modern Foreign Languages  at the University of Sheffield, spending a few months of my Erasmus Year at L'école Notre Dame de Lourdes, Étrelles in Brittany; an experience which sparked my interest in education. I guess the interest runs in the family: My maternal grandmother was Head of Mathematics at the Ursuline Convent, Waterford, my mother is a science teacher, my paternal grandfather was a lecturer, an aunt is a lecturer in Education at a university School of Policy and Practice, an uncle is a physics teacher, another aunt taught in both Canada and Ireland and a great-grandparent was also a teacher!

 

As UHS librarian, I hope to share my love of books with students, encouraging them to diversify their reading, as well as playing an integral role in supporting reading for pleasure through recommendations, by running book clubs,  holding discussions and organising author visits. I also enjoy working with students to drive independent learning and research, critical enquiry and intellectual curiosity. 

 

Favourite book(s): Frankenstein - Mary Shelley, The Alchemist - Paul Coehlo, The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton

Favourite poet: Charles Baudelaire

Favourite recent read: The Girl from Aleppo - Nujeen Mustafa and Christina Lamb

Favourite genre(s): gothic, young adult, autobiography

 


 

Laptop Scheme

All Sixth Form students are invited to the laptop scheme on enrolling into Sixth Form and can access WiFi in all study areas. In addition, personal laptops can be configured to make them compatible with the school system.