The COVID lockdown has had a huge impact on school student’s learning throughout Term 3, however, participants in Souths Cares Liverpool Opportunity Hub have been responding to this challenge through staying connected with their mentors via weekly Zoom sessions.
As schools transitioned to remote classroom learning, students reported feeling overwhelmed with the classwork and isolated from their support networks. Souths Cares weekly Zoom group sessions are supporting students within the Opportunity Hub program to overcome these challenges through promoting three key themes; gratitude, resilience and connection to Aboriginal culture.
Last week the Liverpool Opportunity Hub supported over 140 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout Liverpool LGA, with schools including Patrician Brothers College, Good Samaritan College, Liverpool Girls High School, Casula High School, Hoxton Park High School and Lurnea Public School engaging in group workshops via Zoom. Souths Cares staff are also providing additional one-on-one mentoring to support each participant with their individual education goals.
Rhys Wesser, Career and Education Pathways Advisor explained the program participants were showing great resilience during difficult circumstances.
“Whilst Term 3 has been challenging for everyone, I have been really impressed with the way our students have responded and stayed connected.
Each week our workshops have a different focus area as we look to build self-esteem, resilience, gratitude and cultural knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history”, Rhys said.
Ashleigh Pitt is a Year 12 student at Good Samaritan College and looks forward to her weekly workshop via Zoom.
‘Our weekly Yarn on Fridays has enabled me to really connect with my country and grow closer to my Aboriginal culture as well as allowing me to speak freely without fear of embarrassment.
As a result of the Souths Cares program, I have really learned valuable lessons on things such as gratitude”, Ashleigh said.
With Term 3 coming to an end this week, Opportunity Hub students will have a well-deserved break over the September school holidays and begin the transition back to face-to-face learning in Term 4.