A Fantastic Year For Compass Volunteers

8 December 2011

2011 has been an outstanding year for the Compass volunteer programs.

The flagship Word Up program has gone from strength to strength. In Semester 2, 60 volunteers took part, volunteering at 12 primary and high schools. Each week during semester, over 100 students were receiving literacy support thanks to their efforts. Over half of these volunteers continued during their exams and holidays, choosing to help others rather than study or relax!

Our Homework Club volunteers continue to make a significant impact at our high schools. In Semester 2, 18 volunteers helped over 50 students from 3 of our partner high schools on a weekly basis. Their effect on students went beyond help with an individual assignment - the volunteers were excellent role models, motivating and empowering the students with their school work.

The pilot Classroom Activity Facilitators program was a much-loved addition to the Compass program. Throughout the year, over 20 volunteers delivered presentations to 800 school students on topics such as the Eye of Horus or nastic movement. (If you're not sure what these are, ask a student at one of our primary schools!) The students loved every minute that the volunteers were in the classroom, as did the volunteers!

Compass has had an exceptional group of volunteers. Without their enthusiasm and dedication, we could not have provided the literacy support, homework assistance and enriched learning experiences that have greatly benefited students at our partner schools.

Our volunteers have become valued members of the school communities. Students and teachers alike light up at the sight of a yellow Compass t-shirt!

Thank you to all of our volunteers and we hope to see you back in 2012!