Literacy and Learning

Learning Commons

Our Learning Commons offers students a variety of programs, clubs and services to enhance literacy and learning. Speak to a member of our staff for more information.

Name of Program or Servicee Description
3D Printer

What?  Our Learning Commons has a 3D printer available for teachers and students to print 3D objects. Please speak to a member of our Learning Commons staff to arrange a time to use the printer.

Who?   Students in Grades 9 to 12.


Accelerated Reader Program

What? An accelerated reader program is provided and administered by the Learning Commons or Library. An additional orientation session is provided to Grade 9 students, outlining how the Accelerated Reader program works and offers strategies for making wise book choices.

A STAR reading assessment is done with every accelerated reader student in order to determine their reading level as they must read books that fall within this level for the Accelerated Reader program.

For a list of available novels and their quizzes, please go online to


Battle of the Books  

What:  A reading program for students who love to read. Participants read approximately 30 books together as a team.  Students join other students from across Durham, at the public library to compete and share their knowledge about the books they have read.

Who:  Students in Grades 9 to 12.


Forest of Reading

What?   Forest of Reading is an Ontario Reading program which promotes the reading for enjoyment of the best of Canadian young adult fiction. A celebration is hosted by one of our Durham Catholic District School Board secondary schools in May of each year. 

White the Battle of the White Pine Books is hosted in May by our local Durham Public Libraries. 

For a list of books, click here.

Who?    This program is available to students in Grades 9 - 12.

When?  This program is offered in Semester 2.


Green Screen Technology

What: Students, in groups on their own, or with the teacher, sign up to use the green room and use apps to create videos, book trailers, and slideshows depending on the assignment or project. 

Who: Students in Grades 9 to 12.


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