Compass volunteers make an early splash in 2011

28 April 2011

Compass volunteers have hit the ground running in 2011, building on the success of 2010.

This year has seen an expansion of the Compass volunteer programs. Two more high schools have taken on Word Up volunteers to help low progress readers - there are now 40 Word Up volunteers working in 13 schools. There are also 11 Homework Club volunteers helping students with their schoolwork at 2 high schools.

This expansion would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers. We were delighted to welcome 45 enthusiastic new Compass volunteers in early Semester 1. These talented individuals come from a range of educational backgrounds, studying degrees in Education, Law and Science to name a few. They also bring a wealth of volunteering experience - from tutoring in their local high school to English teaching in Costa Rica!

The new volunteers started working in schools in Term 1 and were joined by many of last year's volunteers. They quickly made a positive impact at the schools - one teacher said that the volunteers "have all bonded well with our students and our kids are loving the attention and the experience that your volunteers bring to their learning".

We are also excited to be piloting the Classroom Activity Facilitators program. Volunteers will deliver Science or History-related activities in-school as part of a scaffolded program developed in conjunction with the University's Faculty of Science and Nicholson Museum. Schools have been very keen to participate, with 3 visits already booked for our volunteers in Term 2.

Thank you to the staff of Learning Solutions and Campus Infrastructure Services at the University of Sydney for their kind assistance with the Compass volunteer programs.

We look forward to a productive and successful Term 2 for our volunteers!