From Campus to Classroom with Compass volunteers

16 June 2014

Year 10 students

On May 22nd, the Compass Preparation for Senior Study Program saw 100 pre-service students from the Teaching English course of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) support over 500 Year 10 students from Compass partner high schools across south-west and western Sydney, in a session focused on success in literacy and written composition.

The program provides Year 10 students with a toolkit of skills to extend and reinforce positive study habits, as well as granting a unique service learning opportunity for tomorrow's teachers to work with school students from Compass partner schools.

This day formed the second part of a series of engagements this year, designed to extend and reinforce positive student study habits to support senior study success. One volunteer observed that the workshop is valuable not only because it gives students "face-to face assistance with aspects of study," but also because it grants students access to pastoral support, with volunteers "listening and responding to their concerns and questions about higher education."

Dr Jen Scott Curwood, Senior Lecturer of Secondary English and Media Studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work works in close collaboration with the Compass Schools and Engagement Team on the design and delivery of the program.

This year, volunteers worked with Year 10 students from Liverpool Boys High School, Liverpool Girls High School, Kogarah High School, Holroyd High School, Condell Park High School, Westfields Sports High School, Bass High School, Moorebank High School, Marrickville High School and Fairfield High School.