A bird in the hand

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

YOUNG peo­ple at the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety Bel­mont Homework Cen­tre had a feath­ery visit re­cently.

The WA Birds of Prey Cen­tre brought along some of na­ture’s top preda­tors, much to the ex­cite­ment of the chil­dren who were able to in­ter­act with them.

The Homework Cen­tre has been run­ning for 12 years and helps stu­dents from years 3-6 who strug­gle with school work.

Vin­nies spokes­woman Lisa Torre said the pro­gram em­pow­ered stu­dents who strug­gled with their homework by pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional sup­port to help make ed­u­ca­tion an en­joy­able part of their lives.

“The Homework Cen­tre pro­vides a nu­tri­tious af­ter­noon tea, one-on-one tu­ition and as­sis­tance with homework, and the op­por­tu­nity to join in fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as arts and crafts, science ex­per­i­ments, cooking and team games that aim to de­velop life skills,” she said.

“The aim is to im­prove the chil­dren’s school­work, foster their in­ter­per­sonal skills, en­cour­age their devel­op­ment as com­mu­nity mem­bers and im­prove their self-es­teem, so­cial and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

“Ex­cit­ing ex­cur- sions are held on a va­ri­ety of sub­jects in or­der to get the stu­dents in­ter­ested and in­volved in ‘hands on’ learn­ing and the Birds of Prey visit is a ter­rific ex­am­ple of mak­ing learn­ing fun.”

Yvonne from the Birds of Prey Cen­tre shows the chil­dren a wild bird.

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