Laughter as Leitti learns

Como Secondary College mentor Robin Watts and Como Secondary College student Leitti Gidey.
Como Secondary College mentor Robin Watts and Como Secondary College student Leitti Gidey.

Professor Watts began mentoring a group of girls struggling with English and has continued working with the Como Secondary College student through the School Volunteer Program.

‘I became involved through several of my friends who had already retired and had joined the school volunteers. Both of them said I would love it and I do,’ Professor Watts said.

Professor Watts helps Leitti with her homework and Leitti said it was their laughter she enjoyed the most.

‘I feel more confident with Robin there as an adult and she knows what she is doing and she teaches me right from wrong, and if I slack off she shows me two sides – my side and the teachers side,’ Leitti said.

The volunteer program aims to strengthen school engagement and increase resilience in school-aged children at risk of not achieving their educational potential.

SVP works in 200 schools in WA with about 1000 volunteers working and supporting more than 2000 students.

– If you are interested in making a difference with The School Volunteer Program contact them on svpwa@ svp.org.au or 9444 8646.