Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Homework Centre at Wetherill Park. (Sundry Snippets ... Send Us Your Contributions)

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Homework Centre at Wetherill Park. (Sundry Snippets ... Send Us Your Contributions)

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Librarians, parents and community leaders were on hand to hear local children's author Brian Caswell speak about the value of Homework Centres at the recent launch in February of the new Wetherill Park Homework Centre. Brian, who operated a Homework Centre in Cabramatta in the 1970s, spoke first hand of the value of centres to students in building their confidence and self esteem and empowering them in their learning.

The Mayor of Fairfield Councillor Anwar Khoshaba was present to officially to launch the Centre. He spoke of his early experiences as a new migrant and the difficulties parents from non English speaking backgrounds have in helping their children with homework.

The Centre was established through a library development grant from the Library Council of NSW. It operates 2 days a week from 4 till 7pm and targets students from Years 3-6. Two teachers from the local area, Bill Bourke and Anthony Chidiac provide homework study support on a drop in basis to local students at the Centre which is equipped with computers and core homework resources.

Over 4,000 custom designed Homework Centre fridge magnets were distributed to local schools in the run up to the launch. Library staff addressed all teachers in the Wetherill Park catchment area on their first staff development day for 2002. …

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