The Realm – Roedean Enrichment and Learning Multi-Media Centre
Roedean School, South Africa (SA) celebrated its’ centenary in 2003, a decision was made to design a centre that would equip girls with the knowledge and skills demanded by the twenty-first century world. Through the fundraising efforts of the committee, as well as the generosity of many sponsors and donors the dream became a reality on 20 January, 2006 when the new centre opened its doors. The centre was named The Realm: Roedean Enrichment and Learning Multi-Media Centre.
The designers’ brief was to create an up-to-date media centre with a cutting-edge high-tech Information Technology (IT) look. Their vision and creativity have resulted in a facility that is undoubtedly one of the forerunners in IT. Students and teachers are able to work on both the Apple Mac and Microsoft networks and can complete individual or collaborative projects in a flexible, multi-media environment.
The Auditorium is used by teachers throughout the school as multi-media clips become a common teaching tool. Guest speakers address our girls using this area and inspire innovative thought and ensure exposure to a wide range of opportunities. The girls themselves also make use of the auditorium to present assignments to their peers and teachers. Not only does this enhance their public speaking skills, but access to leading technology ensures the girls are confident and efficient in this arena when moving on from Roedean. The Auditorium can seat 100 people.
The library is refuge against cold winters, hot summers and… avoiding homework. It’s the perfect place to escape into the worlds of Susan Hill, James Green, Brandon Sanderson or Robert Galbraith (aka: JK Rowling – for those of you who weren’t aware). The reading lounge is a wonderful place to flop down and catch up on the latest news in The Star or the latest fashion in Elle magazine, and often, a few hours later, you wake up to find the magazine on the floor and the hour hand much further advanced than it was before! Our library monitors facilitate issues and returns, as well as participate in numerous activities throughout the year, from library draws, covering books for the Yeoville Community School’s new library, and collecting books for various organisations.
With the addition of OverDrive Digital Library catalogue, pupils are now able to borrow audio books and eBooks via the internet, even from home or during the holidays. Fun ways of tempting readers to take out books, from “Blind Dating” to emailed purchased lists. The Realm, houses all Reference and non-fiction books, there is always someone on hand to lend some advice or find a lost tome for research. As Jorge Luis Borges said: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library…” Well, at Roedean, we are in library heaven….