Bright Sparks creates a fun learning space where children of refugee backgrounds are given an opportunity to build their confidence and develop friendships. We do this by providing a reliable and consistent after school program where primary aged children engage in a range of games and activities with peers and community volunteers.


SPARK is a settlement support program that provides social, cultural and educational support to newly arrived children and families of refugee background.

Settling into a new school environment can be a challenging experience for recently arrived children, particularly those whose education has been disrupted by traumatic experiences.  SPARK’s Bright Sparks program is an after school learning club where children have the opportunity to build confidence, develop and strengthen skills and enjoy positive relationships. The club’s focus is on broad learning, it is not just a homework club.

We look for enthusiastic, energetic and positive volunteers who bring a sense of fun to activities. Volunteers are patient, approachable and sensitive to cross-cultural issues and challenges. They are team orientated, committed and reliable.  A sound knowledge of English is required.

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The role

You’ll work with a team of volunteers and SPARK staff to provide a positive learning environment, helping children to settle into the school and become interested in learning. This might include; strengthening English skills by engaging the children in conversation, helping them feel more settled and confident in the classroom by assisting with homework or other academic learning; developing social skills by facilitating group activities and games; making learning fun by implementing learning through play; building confidence by recognising and celebrating the children’s strengths.

Requirements

  • Phone interview
  • 2 x reference checks
  • Working with children check
  • Police check (organized and processed by SPARK)
  • Entitlement to work in Australia
  • Attendance at volunteer training

When and where

Primary schools in Western Sydney – Liverpool, Fairfield or Guildford

One day per week – Monday or Thursday, 3pm – 4.30pm, 6-8 weeks during school term, for a minimum of 2 school terms. (Option to volunteer on both days available)

To apply for this position, you must also be available to attend the training day on Wednesday 10th July from 9.30am-5pm. 

Applications

This opportunity is open to Education and Social Work students only.

Please email your expression of interest to acuengagement@acu.edu.au by Thursday 27 June.

In your email please indicate:

  • your student number;
  • your community engagement unit;
  • your availability to participate in this program;
  • your availability to attend the mandatory training session on 10 July 9:30am-5pm;
  • the number of placement hours you would like to complete with the St Vincent de Paul Society;
  • whether you are committed to completing a minimum of two school terms in the program;
  • whether you have a current and valid Working With Children Check Clearance; and
  • whether you are already volunteering with the St Vincent de Paul Society.

If you have met the requirements of the position, you will be sent a link to register for the program online. This will need to be completed by 1 July at the latest.

Contact

ACU Engagement
acuengagement@acu.edu.au

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