On 8th November 2016, Inala Community House (ICH) Homework Club organised an “End of Year Party” to celebrate the success of the club this year with students, volunteer tutors and ICH team.
For over 5 years, our ICH Homework Club runs every Tuesday 3.15-4.45pm during school terms at 20 Skylark Street Inala. It is a free service open to all. ICH Homework Club aims to provide homework or project assistance to students, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, under the guidance of volunteer tutors.
By offering more learning opportunities outside of school hours, ICH Homework Club can improve the learning success of students and positively influence educational and personal outcomes. We always welcome new students and volunteer tutors as no referral is needed to join us.
For the “End of Year Party”, food, drinks and games were provided. The children enjoyed colouring, decorating the Christmas tree and played fun games like “Pin the Nose on Rudolph”.
ICH Community Engagement Services Manager Haley Kiata said in her opening speech:
“Thank you everyone for attending today’s celebration with us. We celebrate a successful year of ICH Homework Club with our ICH team, volunteer tutors, students and students’ families who have supported us continuously. A special ‘thank you’ to staff member Anushka as the coordinator of ICH Homework Club.”
ICH Managing Director also greeted the crowd:
“I would like to thank all the children for joining ICH Homework Club and wish you all great success in your future. Also thank you to St. John’s Anglican College for encouraging your students to volunteer with us and service the community. ICH Homework Club has had many successful stories of students who joined us and made it through to university level. We want to help our students grow and reach their maximum potential regardless of their backgrounds.”
St. John’s Anglican College Deputy Head of College and Pastoral Care Robern Hinchliffe said:
“We are proud of all the hard work done by our student volunteers. Volunteering is a meaningful experience for students to learn and teach at the same time. We would continue to support and encourage our students to volunteer at ICH Homework Club in future.”
Presents were distributed to all ICH Homework Club students, volunteer tutors and staff members.
“I like coming to ICH Homework Club for helping my studies, especially math which is my toughest subject,” said 10-year-old Arsema Halefom from Durack Primary School. Her mother Tsega is a single mother with 5 children from Eritrea who have been living in Australia since 2014.
At ICH Homework Club, our volunteer tutors come from a range of backgrounds including students and retired people who are matched with students to assist with their homework and assignments.
“I have been volunteering at ICH Homework Club this year teaching any subject required. It is a highly rewarding experience helping others in need,” said 16-year-old Grace Sellars, one of St. John’s Anglican College student volunteers.
“I live independently in Inala and have been joining ICH Healthy Aging Program Skylarkers for over 10 years. My hobbies are jewellery-making, exercising and now volunteering at ICH Homework Club too. I previously worked as a teacher for over 25 years and it was my biggest passion. I used to teach all kinds of subjects like English, history, music and more. Volunteering here keeps me in touch with the children,” said 87-year-old Joan Langley. We thank her for her active support and participation in various ICH programs.
Lastly we would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a bigger and better ICH Homework Club next year!
To become a student or volunteer tutor at ICH Homework Club, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 3372 1711 today!