Souths Cares Homework Clubs Making a Difference

More than 50 students from three local South Sydney high schools actively participate in the Souths Cares Homework Club each week and the number s are still climbing.

Indigenous Mentor, Rhys Wesser said that in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Compass Program, Souths Cares delivers its program to three local high schools.

“South Sydney High was the first to take up the Homework Club Program and not long after Tempe High also joined,” Rhys said.

“These schools are now well in to their second year of the Program and I’m happy to say that student participation is increasing.

“More recently the Program was expanded to include Matraville Sports High School.

“We currently have around 54 students across the three schools who regularly attend our sessions.

“Apart from offering practical assistance to students with their homework, assignments and school projects, the Program focuses on building student confidence and motivation.

“Working in collaboration with The University of Sydney’s Compass Program, teaching staff and our students is a really powerful way to highlight the importance of learning.

“Souths Cares would like all our students to develop the skills they need to attack their study head-on though independent learning and research skills learned at the Clubs.”

This approach is achieving positive results with teaching staff remarking on the effect the program is having on their students’ attitude and improved exam results.

Jenny Wilson, South Sydney High School’s Transitions Adviser said their students are receiving positive results and it has a direct impact on their self-confidence.

“Our students are more engaged in their learning and they have fun at homework club while they learn,” said Jenny.

“They feel better about themselves and excited at their success in the classroom. One of the students, Charlize, has worked consistently well in Homework Club and recently she came first in her class in her maths exam – a fabulous result.

“The Compass volunteers and Charlize have been focussing on her maths and it is paying dividends.

“As a teacher I must say that the best result for me was seeing her excitement at her own success,” Jenny said.

Rhys said Souths Cares would encourage Aboriginal students wanting assistance with their school studies to come along to their school’s Homework Club.

The Clubs operate straight after school on:

•             Monday, Tempe High;

•             Tuesday, South Sydney High; and

•             Wednesday, Matraville Sports High.