Homework Centres - Volunteer Tutoring
School Term 1: Mon. 30 Jan. - Fri. 7 Apr.
Late Jan-Early Feb: Volunteer Recruitment & Registration
Early-Mid Feb: Volunteer Induction/Training
How To Apply...
Please contact me by email if you wish to apply to do volunteer tutoring for Terms 1 & 2, or go on a waiting list. I will need to know the following information:
- Your ability to commit to regular weekly attendance for Terms 1 & 2 (ie. roughly the same as university Semester 1, however, note that Homework Centre/Study Group start from mid-Feb). If you are away on holidays now, let me know when you are available to start.
Project Manager (Homework Centres) &
Volunteers Co-ordinator (Educational Programs)
Phone: 02 4969 3399
|Islington Primary School|
|Islington Primary School|
Homework Centres - Partner Schools...
Islington Primary School
(corner Hubbard & Chinchen Streets, Islington)
Mondays 3:15 - 4:45pm
Assisting K-Yr.6 Islington PS students (plus external)
Jesmond Primary School
(corner Ralph & William Streets, Jesmond)
Assisting K-Yr.6 Jesmond PS students only
*** New for 2017, starting Term 2 ***
Heaton Primary School
(Janet Street, Jesmond)
Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm
Assisting K-Yr.6 Heaton PS students onlyWaratah Technology Campus
(Turton Road, Waratah)
Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30pmAssisting Yr.7-10 Waratah TC students only
(Note: Our long-running program at San Clemente High School (2008-2016) has now finished up, as the school no longer has enough recently-arrived students. We sincerely thank San Clemente staff & students over this time for an extremely successful partnership.)
Senior Study Groups
Jesmond Senior Campus
(Janet Street, Jesmond)
Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00pmAssisting Yr.11-12 JSC students only
St. Francis Xavier’s College
(Hebburn Street, Hamilton East)
Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:30pm
Assisting Yr.11-12 SFX students only
|Waratah Technology Campus|
|San Clemente High School|
Homework Centres - Further Information...
History & Purpose
Since 2006, NSS has operated various Homework Centres in partnership with local primary & secondary schools that have high student enrolments from recently-arrived refugee & migrant families (our target clients). The purpose of our Homework Centres is to assist these students to develop their English literacy skills and to complete homework & assignment tasks in a range of school subjects, thus contributing to their achievement of educational milestones at an equitable level with the mainstream community. Previous NSS Homework Centres include: Hamilton PS (2006-2014); St. Pius HS (2009-2014); San Clemente HS (2008-2016).
Staff & Operation
A Project Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the Homework Centres, including the promotion, recruitment & administration of the large annual intake of volunteers. A part-time Co-ordinator at each centre manages the students & volunteer tutors, and liaises with the Project Manager and ESL Teacher. Each centre operates one afternoon per week during school terms, and there is no charge for the students who use this service. We aim to provide one-to-one or small group volunteer tutoring assistance for the students, in a classroom or library setting. Each centre has an enrolment limit (10 - 15 students) so that the high quality of support can be maintained. On Wednesdays, smaller Study Groups operate at the two senior high schools.
All volunteer tutors are registered by NSS, which includes a federal Police Check and Working With Children Check, and are provided with ESL resources and induction into the program. Volunteers need to have good skills in English and other school subjects, but they will not be asked to tutor in subjects they are not familiar with. Experience with teaching/tutoring is definitely an advantage, and further volunteer training is provided as needed. Volunteers are asked to commit to regular weekly attendance for at least one semester (ie. two school terms). Apart from these requirements, the other main volunteer attributes include: patience, persistence, cultural awareness, ability to communicate & encourage, sense of humour/fun, and additionally for the high schools: internet research skills and familiarity with curriculum/assessment task process. At the start of each school term a volunteers’ feedback & planning meeting is held, where volunteers can contribute ideas to improve the centre's operation, and the main goals for the term will be defined.
ESL Teachers are invited to refer suitable students to Homework Centre by completing a Referral Form for each student and returning it to the Co-ordinator. Students may enrol at the start of a new term, assuming there are sufficient volunteer resources. Students/Parents will be notified when enrolment is available, as parents will firstly need to complete a Parent Permission Form. Student progress is recorded each week by volunteers, enabling the Co-ordinator to provide the teacher with half-yearly & yearly progress reports on each student. A parent information/interview session is organised for each centre, usually at the half-yearly point.
The Department of Immigration & Citizenship began funding NSS Homework Centres in 2009, under their Settlement Grants Program. In Nov. 2013, SGP became the responsibility of the newly created Department of Social Services. NSS is also extremely grateful to Newcastle Registered Clubs (through the ClubGRANTS community funding) for their continued support of our Homework Centres.
|Jesmond Primary School|