The law vis­its Wes­ley Pri­mary

Central Leader - - SPORT - ALASTAIR LYNN

Lit­i­ga­tion, af­fi­davits and de­po­si­tions are not what you would typ­i­cally find in the class­room.

But that hasn’t stopped clued-up lawyers trad­ing the court­room for some im­promptu lessons in maths, sci­ence or English.

And the pupils of Wes­ley Pri­mary School are soak­ing up this new wealth of knowl­edge.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day staff from Min­terEl­lisonRud­dWatts head along to the school to share their ex­per­tise in the Home­work Help Club.

Part­ner Stacey Shor­tall be­gan the project in Wellington to con­nect staff with the com­mu­nity; it’s on­go­ing suc­cess has seen it ex­pand.

Con­struc­tion and prop­erty lawyer Ja­nine Ste­wart has taken up the ba­ton for Auck­land.

‘‘I thought it was a fan­tas­tic idea to share our ex­pe­ri­ence with what hope­fully helps chil­dren and has a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence,’’ she says.

‘‘Kids need a range of men­tors so this is just a crit­i­cal way we can pro­vide that be­cause there’s such a wealth of knowl­edge avail­able schools per­haps nor­mally can’t tap into.’’

The home­work club be­gan in term 2 and has quickly in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity with 55 pupils now at­tend­ing the weekly ses­sions.

Wes­ley Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Brenda Martin says a home­work club wouldn’t be able to op­er­ate with­out the help of vol­un­teers.

‘‘Par­ents were re­ally push­ing for a home­work pro­gramme then this op­por­tu­nity came along.’’

Martin says the ses­sions have had a last­ing im­pact on the pupils.

‘‘It can be tor­ren­tial rain, they still come.

‘‘The help not only builds ca­pac­ity in our young peo­ple but gives them op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ex­posed to a wider range of role mod­els.’’

The project com­bines with the Ako Hiko Ed­u­ca­tion Trust to en­sure chil­dren at low decile schools have equal learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Wes­ley School is one of eight low decile schools in cen­tral Auck­land to re­ceive on­go­ing tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port.

Ako Hiko pa­tron Phil Goff says the part­ner­ship helps make school a more ex­cit­ing place.

‘‘It’s some­thing that brings the whole com­mu­nity to­gether,’’ he says.

‘‘The more we can en­cour­age that, the stronger a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion will be.’’


A show­down be­tween po­lice, Auck­land Coun­cil, the liquor in­dus­try and su­per­mar­kets is brew­ing.

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