Extend the Student Experience
UNSW offers afterschool workshops in drama, gifted education and music. We also have a homework and tuition centre open to both primary and secondary students in the community. MSHS students Nura Gili and other Schools and Centres across the university.
We also offer an in-school Literacy Mentoring Program that pairs Matraville students who need extra support. These afterschool and in-school workshops are aimed at harnessing the existing strengths of students and building their confidence while developing vital skills in literacy, communication and creative expression.
Enrich Initial Teacher Education
While Matraville students benefit from a significant boost in academic opportunities, after-hours support, and resourcing, UNSW pre-service teachers also gain invaluable teaching experience. The rich diversity of the student population in the Little Bay community is an excellent opportunity for students at UNSW to build their professional capacity in areas such as Indigenous education, English as an Additional Language (EAL), literacy and numeracy, and gifted education.
More than 50 UNSW pre-service teachers undertake their professional training at the high school each semester, assisting teachers in classes, working directly with students during and after school and contributing to special projects. The five feeder primary schools in the community host our postgraduate primary initial teacher education program, and provide additional professional experience for two days a week in the first year of the program.
Enhancing Professional Learning For Teachers
MSHS staff and teachers at surrounding schools have access to hands-on professional learning sessions and collaborative inquiry projects organised by UNSW, to build capacity to teach diverse learners more effectively. Activities are already underway in literacy education, gifted education, special education, culturally responsive schooling and Indigenous education.
Engage the School Community
We create a flexible model for education by integrating parents, teachers, families and the broader community into school life through a range of afterschool, evening and holiday programs,. This model meets the immediate needs of the community, creates better academic outcomes and widens educational expectations. The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership is a collective vision for cohesion and achievement in Matraville and the surrounding areas.