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Reading Opens All Doors

The Journey

What is ROAD?

Welcome to ROAD!


ROAD is an acronym for 'Reading Opens All Doors'. It is a Reading Programme that has been designed and created at Hale School to encourage the enjoyment of reading through Middle School, Senior School and beyond.

As a student of Hale you will be part of a continuum of reading development that focuses on strengthening reading concentration spans and enriching reading experiences, through sharing insights into a variety of genres, authors and literary narratives. You will have access to resources in a wide range of genres and formats and be able to set goal and record and evaluate your achievements.

Your reading journey begins now!

Make the most of this opportunity to explore the breadth and wonder of discovering vibrant cultures, inspirational people, unusual characters, historical events, modern challenges and literary award winners.


Why Read?


"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.

They are the destination, and the journey.

They are home."

Anna Quindlen


Reading Passport

It is expected that you will keep a ROAD Reading Log in a digital or print format to record all the books that you have read during the year.

Each time you complete reading a book, you will record the details and have it certified by your RE teacher.

Cambridge Library e-membership

To encourage students to focus on their reading, Hale School has formed an e-membership partnership with Cambridge Library.

This partnership will allow students to access a huge variety of eResources including: ebooks, emagazines, eAudiobooks plus a variety of educational databases.

While the e-membership does not allow boys to have full membership (i.e. to borrow physical items from the Library), it is a step towards enhancing greater community engagement, with the prospect, of students becoming lifelong library users.

Please fill in the details below and return asap to the Library or Teacher Librarian, to allow your child to become a Cambridge Library e-member. They will be issued with a numbered library card that they can use to access the e-Library Services.

Thank you for your support with this initiative and please do not hesitate to contact the Teacher Librarian via email or by phone on 9347 9723, if you have any queries.

My Reading Goals


Set your reading goals in the first week of each Term and endeavour to stick to them.

Once you have set goals, it is important to be committed to them, similar to  achieving a 'PB' or 'personal best' as you would do in a training for a sporting event.

Your keep striving to improve and challenge yourself so that the experience becomes valuable and enjoyable.

Everyone needs to challenge themselves in every pursuit.


In order to borrow from the Library, you will need your SmartRider card.

Student Onenotes

At the beginning of each school term you will receive an invitation, via email, from your RE teacher to load your RE OneNote. The OneNote is your workbook, where your independent and group, collaborative activities will be located.

When you receive the RE OneNote link, via email, open the link and the OneNote will load. It is recommended that you  "Open in OneNote"  so that it loads onto your personal computer. 

Good Reads

Deciding what to read next?

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