Sacred Heart, Fitzroy is a small primary school with big expectations. We embrace 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 the academic, social and emotional skills of students through literacy and education support programs.

The aim of the Read to Learn program is to help address any gaps in the children’s learning and support the social and emotional needs of students . Many of the children are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), coming from refugee backgrounds and have experienced significant disadvantage.

The Read to Learn program:

  • provides a safe learning environment where children are supported by tutors to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and promote success in education.
  • builds children’s educational aspirations through positive role-modelling and mentoring between the students of Sacred Heart and ACU.
  • supports the Restorative Practices model utilised by the school to encourage the development of behaviour, social skills and resilience.
  • provides opportunities for building connections to further social and emotional skills between the students of Sacred Heart and ACU.
  • provides ACU students with first hand experience contributing to the growth and development of a child, a space to practice teaching methodology and opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of others.

The role

ACU students will work one-on-one or in small groups with students from Sacred Heart to read books and complete literacy games. Tutors and students collaborate each week to build children’s confidence around their participation in education. In this tutoring / mentoring role, ACU students will be expected to coach and assist Sacred Heart students in their reading and increase their understanding of the English language.

The Read to Learn program operates within a school where most students are from refugee migrant backgrounds. ACU students must demonstrate their commitment to the inclusion, wellbeing, dignity and success of people from disadvantaged and/or marginalised communities.

This is a face to face community engagement opportunity. We have every intention of delivering the program at Sacred Heart when it is safe to do so. This program does not operate under lockdown conditions and unfortunately there is no online alternative available at this time. Please refer to the revised calendar below for the dates we are preparing to run Read to Learn, however, we must adhere to public health orders and Dept of Education guidelines for schools.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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