As part of the College seeking to engage with the broader community, contact has been made with principals of a number of NSW regional high schools to offer free on-line tutoring by current Paulines to Year 12 students who are preparing for their HSC.
A pilot programme will commence in early October with Eden Marine High School, located on the Sapphire Coast, 550km south of Sydney. 15 of the current cohort of 56 Year 12 students at Eden Marine are keen to tap into the know-how of undergraduates at St Paul’s across a wide range of subjects. Year 12 students have been paired with Paulines who will tutor them for one hour per week via Zoom. The benefits for the Pauline tutors is personal development through confidence-building, articulation of concepts and ideas and digging deep into their knowledge of the subjects taught.
Our volunteer tutors have obtained their Working with Children Check from Services NSW, and are rearing to go after their recent Zoom meeting with the Principal and Year 12 co-ordinator. Over the next two weeks there will be an opportunity to “meet and greet” before getting down to serious work from the commencement of Term 4.
Our joint hope is that this programme will be extended to students in Year 12 in 2022 and that other rural high schools will also come aboard. Later down the track, we would like to be able to offer holiday workshops and HSC study camps at the College.
Not only will this programme make a difference to rural students sitting the HSC, but the tutoring should afford young people from the bush greater choices in terms of their future tertiary studies, perhaps even leading to more of them considering a degree in Sydney and potentially living at Paul’s.