Each year during terms three and four our school conducts the LAP Program. This involves a volunteer (parent, grand parent, aunt, uncles, etc) working one-to-one with a child for half an hour per week. The volunteer, in conjuction with the classroom teacher, devises activities suitable for a child within a certain area of need. This could range from academic to social needs. In the past we have had parents working in the areas of craft, maths, reading, spending some social “chat time” with a child, life skills and technology.
LAP is a program that builds bridges between the school and the community, between the volunteer and student, in a way that links and support all parties. It is a scheme that brings together students, volunteers and teaching staff as partners in students’ learning.
The success of the program is based on five simple principles. These are that LAP:
- is always one-to one;
- is about relationships;
- builds confidence and self-esteem;
- takes a creative approach to learning;
- promotes parent and community participation in schools.