Homework club adds to exam buzz
WITH only four weeks until the Year 12 WACE exams kick off, Newman College students are studying together with an after school homework club.
Principal John Finneran said the club was designed to provide collaborative spaces for learning and mentoring between students, teachers and past students.
“Student to student, in groups solving problems, working with teachers and mentors has provided a real buzz around the college,” he said.
“Students love coming because of the collegiality and the opportunity for assistance.”
Year 12 student Celeste Travaglini said the club members usually stayed until 6pm but during exams it was open until about 8pm and students were even provided with free supper.
“It’s such a good environment to study in because there are no distractions and we can work together,” she said.
Celeste is studying for five WACE courses: two maths, Italian, physics and English Literature.
“It’s stressful to say the least but it’s been going very, very fast,” she said.
Literacy support co-ordinator Katie Lynch said the college also offered master classes and WACE Workshops with specific intervention in critical literacy.
“Our WACE Workshops are successful because they give students specific time to develop skills for exams,” she said.
Newman College students Luke Miniello, Celeste Travaglini, Julia Diamond and Samuel Spadek.