The School Volunteer Program (EdConnect) was introduced at Clifton Hills in 2005. This program provides mentors from the community to work with children on a ‘one to one’ basis within the school. The caring and supportive environment the mentors create assist the selected children in a variety of ways, including, building self-esteem, assisting with school work and allowing the children to build a positive relationship with an adult who is not a teacher.
The children involved, love to see their mentors arrive at the classroom for their weekly sessions and the program is very popular amongst the students.
Much like the school mentor program, “Story Dogs” involves volunteers. The difference being that the volunteer brings a non-judgemental listener with them, their dog! Reading takes place outside the classroom. The loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic and helps children relax, open up, try harder and have fun reading to a friendly, calm companion. The program aims to improve children’s focus and increase their reading skills. It also helps our kids to become more confident, lifelong readers.
If you would like to volunteer or find out more about this program, please contact the school.