Mossman dux Jack’s back
MOSSMAN High School Dux Jack Nguyen is going back to school to provide free tutoring for students.
After moving to Mossman from Vietnam with limited English in 2010, Mr Nguyen worked hard to complete an English proficiency test before being accepted into Mossman High School to complete year 11 and 12.
After graduating as dux last year with an OP2, Mr Nguyen has been completing a TAFE course in hospitality and applying for the next round of scholarships to achieve his dream of studying at university in actuarial studies, a bachelor of commerce in electrical engineering - or anything involving maths and science.
While completing work placement with his TAFE course, which he is due to complete in a couple months, Mr Nguyen has been using his spare time to tutor and volunteer wherever he can.
‘‘During my work-break of two hours I would got to the library and read and meet high school kids there who would sometimes ask for help,’’ he said.
‘‘So I went back to the school and asked for volunteer work and the principal said to go around and ask people and now with my three-week break I can do some tutoring. ‘‘It’s good to help kids especially in year 12, it’s good for my scholarship application by doing community work and also it keeps the brain going after finishing school.’’
Mr Nguyen has been teaching year 8, 9, 11 and 12 students in maths and physics and said while the two younger grades are a ‘‘bit naughty’’ and show less concentration and motivation in class, he enjoys teaching the older grades.
‘‘I spend most of my time with the year 11 and 12s who need more help and even I forget sometimes what I did in year 12 so it’s good to listen, learn and teach,’’ he said.
‘‘Sometimes I go around and ask people if they want help and they say they’re fine, but when I ask them a question they realise I can help, I look at their work and show them how it should be done.
‘‘It’s a good experience to give back to the community, it’s a great environment to interact with people and it’s rewarding.’’
Not only has Jack Nguyen been volunteering his spare time tutoring students, he has been helping to fundraise with the Leukaemia Foundation, selling raffle tickets for Rotary and is starting fundraising for the Heart Foundation in a couple of weeks.
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