Twelve students from South Sydney High School participated in their first session of free tutoring and homework help this week, thanks to Souths Cares and the University of Sydney’s Compass Program.
In collaboration with the University of Sydney, Souths Cares is sponsoring the Homework Club which is programmed to operate for one afternoon per week over a 13 week period.
Souths Cares Indigenous Programs Manager, Leellen Lewis, said she was pleased to see so many students voluntarily participating in the program.
“To have twelve students actively participate in the session on its first day was a good sign,” she said.
“Souths Cares are hopeful of more students participating in our forthcoming sessions.”
Leellen said the Homework Club will be operating from May through to mid September for 2014.
“This will allow students who consistently attend to strengthen and build on their existing knowledge, and gain new skills in learning.
“Of course this learning is achieved though the assistance of the University of Sydney’s specially trained Compass Program tutors.
“If the mums and dads of our students were paying for this level of tutoring it would easily cost them up to $100 per hour – that means a saving of up to $1,300 per child, for each family.
“The Homework Club will be both a ‘drop-in centre’ for students who want help with their homework or who want to work on projects with their peers as well as the Numeracy Tutoring Program run by specially trained volunteers for specifically targeted students.
“The more interaction the students have with ‘university life’ the fewer barriers they will have seeing further education as a real option for them.”
Souths Cares are also providing students with afternoon tea before each session and for those who consistently attend there will be a chance to watch the Rabbitohs train, attend one of their games and win free merchandise.
“At Souths Cares we believe in recognising and rewarding positive behaviour,” Leellen concluded.