By Georgia Parsonson
Next term, new after school homework centres will be introduced to 120 state schools across Queensland. Free of charge, they are part of the $8 Million’s project to the state’s education sector.
The centres are scheduled to open throughout the term, in schools from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast, and West to Thargominda. In the Brisbane Greater Area, examples are Alexandra Hills State High School, Beenleigh State High School and Browns Plains State High School.
“Our new free homework centres will provide a supportive, supervised environment for students to complete their homework before they go home for the day,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Children can build good study habits, and families can spend quality time together without any pressure to supervise homework.”
“The dedicated homework centres will also assist parents who may need more flexible working arrangements as our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Children can be registered to join the after school program through their school. It will run for three hours a week, 30 weeks per year, during term time.
“Students will do their homework under the supervision of on-site teacher-aides,” said Grace Grace, Queensland’s Education Minister.
“Each participating school will plan their homework centre sessions around the age and learning and development needs of the students attending. A healthy snack will also be provided to the students.
“We are providing new infrastructure, new teachers and new programs such as after school homework centres to ensure every child gets a world-class education, no matter where they live,” Minister Grace said.
To learn of the schools participating in the after school homework program, visit: www.qld.gov.au/homeworkcentres.