|R18+ or X18+||NO|
|NO||This year group cannot be shown any part of the film/TV program|
|WPPR||Written parental permission is required for that year group level|
|YES||Can be shown to the year group|
If a teacher wishes to show a film or television program which, according to the above guidelines, requires written parental permission, the form overleaf needs to be sent home with the student and returned with a parent signature. In the case of boarders, the Year Group Coordinator’s signature is required.
Teachers must also ensure that they abide by the School’s Copyright Policy when using and/or distributing texts to students or staff.
Book borrowing policy
The Senior Library caters for boys in the Senior School who are generally between the ages of 11 and 18; in addition, it also caters for staff and parents. Thus, it has a broad collection of fiction and non-fiction titles for academic use and also for personal reading and interest.
The Senior Library’s collection development policy and borrowing guidelines reflect the Australian Classification Board’s book classifications. The ACB provides one rating for books: ‘Restricted’, which is largely reserved for books that “are likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult to the extent that the publication should not be sold or displayed as an unrestricted publication”. In line with this ruling, the Senior Library does not purchase any texts which are given a restricted rating.
Also in line with the ACB guidelines on books, the Senior Library does not restrict access to texts available in the library nor censor a student’s selections but does provide guidelines (see below) for student borrowing. In addition, we fully endorse a parent’s or guardian’s input when deciding what is suitable for each boy and are able to put restrictions in place to accommodate parent/guardian requests.
Guidelines for classification of fiction texts in the Senior Library
1. Young Adult
- This classification is given to fiction texts that are aimed at the young adult market (11-14 years old).
- The Senior Library does not restrict borrowing of these books to any age group in the Senior School.
- Fiction texts that fall into this category are given a green YA spine label.
- Novels and anthologies that fall into this category form a distinct collection in the physical library space.
- Comics, graphic novels and manga that fall into this category are shelved within these separate collections but are identifiable by the green spine label.
2. Senior Fiction
- This classification is given to fiction texts that are aimed at mature adolescents and adults (15 years old and onwards)
- Fiction texts that fall into this category are given a red SF spine label.
- Novels and anthologies that fall into this category make a distinct collection in the physical library space.
- Comics, graphic novels and manga that fall into this category are shelved within the separate collections but are identified by the red spine label.
Guidelines for borrowing fiction texts from the Senior Library
As stated above, the Senior Library does not censor nor restrict the borrowing of any materials but does adhere to the following guidelines for students in Years 7-9 in relation to texts with a SF classification.
- Students are verbally informed that the text is aimed at a mature audience.
- If a text has known challenging, explicit or mature subject matter, and/or mature themes, and students are verbally warned that they should only borrow the text with the knowledge that their parent or guardian would allow them to read this material. However, not every text can be known to every member of the library staff.
- Parents or guardians are able to restrict student borrowing by informing the Senior Library of their wishes.