Moss­man dux Jack’s back

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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.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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