Stu­dents’ habits im­prove thanks to Woodgate Read­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

SU­PER­HEROES don’t al­ways wear suits, or have laser vi­sion and the abil­ity to fly.

For Good­wood State School stu­dents, their su­per­heroes are a large group of com­mu­nity mem­bers who give up time to help them.

The stu­dents showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion at a morn­ing tea for vol­un­teers last week.

The group of Eleanor Mastin, Philip and Jan­ice Hobbs, Kate Emery, Pauline Greer, Elaine Wil­liams, Dale Rich­mond and Val Walk­ing­ton make up the Woodgate Read­ers.

They vol­un­teer their time to help the next gen­er­a­tion learn the ba­sics of read­ing.

Mrs Mastin or­gan­ises the group who lis­tens mainly to Prep or Year 1 stu­dents read.

The group also en­sures the stu­dents un­der­stand the books’ con­tent.

“We have a dif­fer­ent role, and so we have a real trust el­e­ment with the stu­dents,” Mrs Mastin said.

“They tell us their lit­tle sto­ries and we’ll share some of ours.

“It’s the most de­light­ful way to start a morn­ing.”

One of the group’s goals is to give the stu­dents con­fi­dence.

But group mem­bers said build­ing con­fi­dence took time and trust be­tween the stu­dents and the Woodgate Read­ers.

Mrs Mastin said that at the start of the pro­gram the stu­dents would wait inside the class­room.

“Now they’re wait­ing for us at the gate,” Mrs Mastin said.

“It’s just re­ally en­joy­able. You get to know them as a per­son, and just to know we’ve helped is enough re­ward for us.”

Prin­ci­pal Steve Cole­man paid trib­ute to the vol­un­teers.


RE­WARD­ING: Good­wood State School stu­dents hon­our com­mu­nity mem­bers at a morn­ing tea.

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