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Melbourne Catholic recently paid a visit to the Friday Night
School, a unique charity offering tutoring for migrant and refugee students
from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The program, available to pre-schoolers, primary and
secondary students as well as their parents, was established in 1996 by
Margaret Gurry AM.
Richmond’s St Ignatius’ Parish hall hosts
approximately 200 students each week that are tutored by dedicated secondary school
students from a variety of Melbourne’s schools including; Xavier College,
Genazzano FCJ College, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Star of the Sea College, Sacre
Coeur, St Catherine’s School, St Kevin’s College and Lauriston Girls’ School.
The students and tutors arrive at St Ignatius brimming with energy and enthusiasm despite the regular school week having already culiminated.
The progam's particpants travel from various corners of Melbourne to be a part of the sessions on the cusp of the weekend, with some former students now giving back and tutoring.