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Marist Education in North Queensland

The Gildas Centre

The College’s library was named “The Gildas Centre” in 2009 honouring the work of one of the College’s principals, Brother Robert Goodwin (Brother Gildas). Principal at the College between 1950-55 and 1965-67, Brother Gildas was a fine intellect who deeply valued reading for enjoyment as well as scholarly research.

Between December 2008 to August 2009, the “old” library and nearby rooms underwent an extensive architectural transformation to ensure that the College’s community experienced a very welcoming and comfortable environment for reading, research and teaching. Significant consideration was given to providing as much natural light as possible – exploiting the beautiful grounds and tropical aesthetics around the College.

The Gildas Centre is now not just one space but a whole range of different areas with  many and varied resources. It is a multi-faceted complex with reading areas, computer areas, a lecture theatrette, tutorial and seminar spaces, and places for class, small group and individual study.

The resources and a variety of study areas, some with desktop computers, are available to the whole school community between the following hours:

    Monday to Thursday: 7.30am - 4.45pm
    Friday: 7.30am – 3.30pm

Students can use their laptops in the Gildas Centre if they have been configured according to the College’s wireless laptop access setup.

All resources can be borrowed through the automated Gildas system. Borrowing rights can be restricted at the discretion of the Director of the GIldas Centre. The usual period for borrowing is two weeks after which time if an item has not been returned an overdue notice is generated and delivered to the pupil via their House Tutor or Classroom Teacher.
Some items are at times placed on restricted borrowing and may only be used in the Gildas Centre or away from the Gildas Centre on an overnight basis (borrowed after school and returned before classes the next day).