Souths Cares have successfully delivered more than 72 hours of homework assistance to three local schools from across the South Sydney catchment area.

Brock Schaefer, General Manager of Souths Cares, said that more than 50 students from South Sydney, Matraville Sports and Tempe high schools have actively participated in the Souths Cares Homework Club during Term 2 and 3, this year.

“Our Homework Clubs are delivered in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Compass Program with the aim of not only assisting students with assignments and other homework but to also building student confidence and motivation,” he said.

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

“These messages are reinforced when the students learn that some of the Compass Tutors working with them are in fact, former students from the same school.

Souths Cares Mentors, Rhys Wesser and Kiara Maza, whose role it is to support the students to complete their education, are regular visitors to the Clubs.

“Rhys and Kiara’s support of the students’ learning is important,” said Brock.

“Having respected community leaders effectively cheering on the students from the sidelines is inspiring for the students.

“Teaching staff regularly report to us on the increasing success of the participating students and their change in attitude to study – that’s what makes all the effort worthwhile.”

Souths Cares would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their support of the Homework Club Program this year:

•             Oliver Best, Project Officer, Compass;

•             Compass Tutors; and

•             School staff

o             Jenny Wilson, South Sydney

o             Aunty Mandy, Tempe High

o             Carolyn Davey, Matraville Sports.

Brock said Souths Cares would encourage Aboriginal students wanting assistance with their school studies to come along to their school’s Homework Club in 2016.

The Clubs operate straight after school on:

•             Monday, Tempe High;

•             Tuesday, South Sydney High; and

•             Wednesday, Matraville Sports High.