For over 5 years, Inala Community House’s Community Settlement Service (CSS) has been actively running an ‘ICH Homework Club’ – on every Tuesday of the school term from 3pm-4.30pm – at 20 Skylark Street, Inala.
Our ‘ICH Homework Club’ is a free, safe, friendly and supportive service welcoming students of all ages based in Inala and beyond. Our dedicated team of volunteer tutors provides weekly homework or general academic assistance to any drop-in students, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who may not receive similar opportunities at home.
It is also important to note that some ‘ICH Homework Club’ students come from refugee families whose English is not their first language while facing various other settlement challenges. As a result, ‘ICH Homework Club’ has become not only a source of academic support based on Australian schooling system, but also a nurturing network of positive relationships understanding individual issues, needs and lives.
Our ‘ICH Homework Club’ usually runs for one and a half hour as students are welcome to bring in their homework in a range of subject areas, or to improve general study skills like research, essay writing and time management.
To make things more interesting, our ‘ICH Homework Club’ Coordinator Anushka Abeyewardene has recently introduced more non-homework related activities such as science experiments, story time, printable puzzles and more.
“Our primary objective is still getting the homework done. At the same time, we always brainstorm for more new exciting ideas to inspire the children and encourage a more wholesome learning experience,” said ‘ICH Homework Club’ Coordinator staff Anushka Abeyewardene.
Homework Club goes outdoors: trying out simple, fun and educational science experiments like the Pulley Experiment.
The children were effectively engaged as they started to ask questions and envision how the theory can be applied in real life!
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer tutors including Mr. Andrew Mc Crohon, a teacher and about 10 students from St. John’s Anglican College.
We truly appreciate their dedication in volunteering their time every week to make a positive difference in these children’s lives.
St. John’s Anglican College volunteer student Max leading the story time. We hope to encourage and cultivate the habit of reading books since young.