The Innovation and Research Centre

The Innovation and Research Centre (IRC) is housed in the Stoddart Centre and incorporates library facilities for Transition to Year 12 students. The Stoddart Centre is named to acknowledge the valuable service to the school by the Very Reverend Lindsay Stoddart, former Chairman of the School Council and former Dean of Hobart and Mrs Jan Stoddart, former Head of Libraries.

The IRC is a key resource of the school in promoting innovation in learning and teaching. It is a spacious building that is currently undergoing a significant period of transition.  During 2016 the physical facilities, as well as the learning and teaching resources, are being reimagined to better suit 21st Century learners.  Macarthur's focus on developing an Enduring Understanding in our students through deeper and visible thinking is at the heart of the IRC.

The IRC is well supplied with both print and digital resources to support students in their learning and research. The staff of the IRC, lead by the Head of the Innovation and Research Centre, Mrs Rebecca Fitzpatrick, is on hand to assist students and teaching staff in the development of critical and creative thinking strategies. The IRC is also responsive to the changing curricular and instructional needs of the School.

Opening Hours

The IRC is open to Year 7 - Year 12 students before school from 7.45am, throughout Recess and Lunch as well as after school until 4.00pm.  Year 5 and Year 6 students are welcome in the IRC during Lunch time (excluding Wednesdays). On several days per week the IRC hosts the Senior Study Nights. Further information regarding this is avaiable from the Head of Senior School, Mrs Rebecca Joel.

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Transition to Year 6 

Students in Transition to Year 6 are catered for in the eastern end of the IRC. This area of the IRC houses the Transition to Year 6 literacy collection as well as Teacher Reference. The resources held in this part of the IRC include an extensive range of age appropriate fiction and non fiction publications. Classes in the Junior School visit the IRC each week to  develop information literacy skills and borrow resources from the extensive collection.

A Teacher Librarian is available until 3.00pm each afternoon to assit parents in selecting appropriate literature for their children.

The IRC is served by an online catalogue that can be accessed anywhere in the School via the Intranet or from home via the Internet.  Students can also access the calaogue via the Destiny Quest App available on most mobile devices.

IRC Services

  • IRC staff are available to assit with resources for assignments and suggested readings
  • Printed resources available for borrowing - fiction and non-fiction books, journals,
  • Electronic resources - Internet access and CD Roms
  • Music Library - CD's of many musical styles
  • Instruction in contemporary research methods and presentation skills
  • Curriculum support services
  • Displays
  • Inter-library loans and services