Busing kids to Friday Night School
Tuesday 16 October 2018
While other kids are kicking off their weekends, 400 students fill the hall behind St Ignatius Church in Richmond for Friday Night School.
We provide a bus service which collects children and their parents from the local area, including the housing estate in Richmond.
The school gives students from migrant and refugee backgrounds, many who speak a language other than English at home, the opportunity to receieve one-on-one tutoring and homework help from volunteer tutors who attend local schools.
The hall is filled with excitement as students catch up with friends and tutors, many of whom work with the same students every week and form close relationships as friends and mentors.
The school has become so popular there is a waiting list of year 11 and 12 students who want to volunteer their time.
Council bus driver Pauline has been ferrying kids to Friday Night School since 2015. Friday Night School program founder Margaret Gurry describes Pauline as "part of the family". "All you see are smiling faces", Pauline says. "It's such a great program, I feel privilidges to be involved with it".