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Are you interested in working with primary and high school students, learning from experienced educators and serving the community in UNSW’s own backyard? A variety of volunteer opportunities are available through the UNSW Matraville Education Partnership, working with students and teachers at Matraville Sports High School (MSHS) and its surrounding primary schools (the Little Bay Community of Schools, or LBCoS).
Our volunteers deliver afterschool workshops in drama and music, and staff an afterschool homework and tuition centre for students from MSHS and the LBCoS. They also assist teachers in implementing group work and project-based learning in their classrooms, working with Aboriginal students, English language learners, special needs students and gifted students.
Gaining hands-on experience in schools is an essential part of our teacher education courses at UNSW. Through the Matraville Education Partnership, you can gain experience working in a diverse school environment early in your degree program. Many education students will receive a placement at MSHS as part of EDST2002 (second year), PE1 or PE2 (third or fourth year) or the Master of Teaching INSTEP program, or as part of a specialised course.
UNSW offers parent and community workshops on a variety of topics, including supporting students’ motivation and resilience, advocating for children who are gifted or have special needs, and communicating with teachers. Recordings of some of our past events are available below:
Teachers from MSHS and its surrounding primary schools are instrumental in hosting our placement students and volunteers. They have also enhanced access to UNSW Professional Learning courses. So far, teachers at the Little Bay Community of Schools (LBCoS) have taken courses in gifted education, strategies for EAL/D learners, educational leadership, Indigenous education and visual arts education.
Students at MSHS have access to free UNSW-led afterschool programs in music, drama and academic tuition, holiday programs, extra classroom support, and opportunities for excursions, guest speakers, and participation in other education programs and community organisations.
Matraville is also a Gateway school, so students receive extra support in preparing and applying for degrees at UNSW.
Many of these opportunities are also available to primary school students from the LBCoS.