Bertrand Centre - Learning Hub

The Bertrand Centre learning hub was opened in 2013 and is named after Sr Mary Bertrand, the first principal of St Joseph’s College, on this site. The Centre is a key element in the St Joseph’s community, providing a first-class learning facility designed to complement contemporary learning pedagogies.

Differentiated environments for collaborative learning, individual study, seminars and quiet reading give students the opportunity to learn, research and develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning. Space has been provided for senior students to study independently and for small groups to work co-operatively on specific projects. The Centre also assists the transition from secondary to tertiary study by encouraging students to take responsibility for self-directed research and study, guided by a qualified Teacher Librarian.

The library collection has been curated to complement the curriculum and includes print-fiction, non-fiction and magazines as well as digital resources including: eBooks, audio books, reference databases and newspapers, all of which are accessible from both school and home via the Bertrand Centre website. An expanding HSC collection also aims to support seniors learning goals and examination preparation.

Students are actively encouraged to borrow on a regular basis, both within scheduled classes and during breaks. A wide range of literature, shelved in genre/interest collections provides varied reading experiences, all aimed at instilling a lifelong love of reading and literature.

The junior library program encourages and enables students to:

  • Participate in the annual New South Wales Premier’s reading Challenge
  • Celebrate Australian literature through Children’s Book week activities
  • Discuss and recommend their recent reads at the Library Book Club
  • Join the weekly writer group
  • Enjoy activities including chess, colouring and jigsaws.

The senior library program supports and develops students research and study skills. 

During the term, the Centre is open on weekdays from 8:25am until 3:25pm, including recess and lunch breaks; with the opportunity for extended sessions after school occurring throughout the year.