Sacred Heart, Fitzroy is a small school with big expectations. We are a school community where everyone is known by name. We highly value the learning partnership between school and student, viewing learning as a lifelong endeavour.

Sacred Heart embraces the challenge of providing a comprehensive learning program that will enable all our young people to fully participate in modern society. ACU and Sacred Heart partner to enhance school-based learning each week.

We’ve developed the Homework Program to:

  • provide a safe learning environment where children are supported by tutors to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and promote success in education
  • provide students studying teaching at ACU with real-world experiences that build confidence, resilience and creativity in their teaching practices
  • provide ongoing education support to the whole school community and ensure no child misses out due to financial hardship
  • help build up children’s educational aspirations through positive role-modelling and mentoring between the students of Sacred Heart Primary School and ACU students
  • support the Social Emotional Literacy Education Model utilised by the school to support the development of social skills and emotional resilience.

ACU students receive training and induction prior to commencing as a tutor, and ongoing support is provided onsite by staff from ACU Engagement. Throughout the course of the program, tutors are encouraged to reflect on their professional practice to complement their university studies.

In 2010, the Homework Program was named as the winner of the National Australia Bank’s Schools First Local Impact Award.

Students enrolled in community engagement units within early childhood, primary and secondary education courses, and ACU staff in Melbourne, are encouraged to volunteer to support this program.

Position description

ACU’s education students will work one-on-one with a student from Sacred Heart to complete weekly homework tasks. Tutors and students collaborate each week to tackle a range of maths, English and social studies homework to build children’s confidence around their participation in education.

Position requirements

You will need to supply a Working With Children Check and Police Check, and participate in a Compulsory Program Induction prior to commencement.

Number of placements

100 each semester


Fitzroy, Melbourne

Dates and times

From 3-5pm each Wednesday during semester.

Application processes

Eligible students studying early childhood, primary or secondary education courses are invited to apply.

To register your interest in completing your community engagement placement with Sacred Heart Homework Club, please email ACU Engagement at

When enquiring about this program, please include in your email your student ID number and your community engagement unit.

Application deadlines

The program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and places are typically filled before the start of Week 1 each semester. To secure your place, please apply as early as possible.

Please note: The program commences in Week 2 of each semester.

Program Partners

Sacred Heart Primary

ACU contact

ACU Engagement


ACU Policy & Procedure

ACU Policies and Procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read and familiarise yourself with ACU policies and procedures prior to commencement.

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Your community engagement questions answered

ACU Engagement have developed an information hub to answer your frequently asked questions and help you get the most out of your community engagement opportunity.

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