A group of enthusiastic young volunteers from the University of New South Wales attended our independent high school in Maroubra, Bowen College, to run a specialised computer coding class with our students.
The Bowen College has been part of the seven week volunteer-run coding program, Kode Skool with the final class finishing up last Monday. Each volunteer applied their background in computer science to provide the program once a week to our students.
Volunteer from Kode Skool, Nicky, is passionate about helping young people and is proud of the results of the program at The Bowen College.
“I always knew I wanted to help young people in need and I was pleased to be able to combine my computer science background with my love of teaching to deliver this program. It’s incredible how far the kids have come in just seven weeks.”
The Kode Skool has been teaching the basics of web development with added mini projects along the way. Being involved in fun and new activities keeps our young people attending and achieving great results for their mini-projects and website designs
School Manager of The Bowen College, Melissa Davis, said the program has tied into their curriculum nicely.
“This program has been a fun and useful way for students to complete the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths), component of the curriculum. Each week the guys find different ways of engaging the kids and getting them interested in learning more about computer science.”
Not unlike our high teacher to student ratios at The Bowen College, the ratios of volunteer to student at Kode Skool have also been high. This has been invaluable to our students giving them extra one on one assistance to learn these new skills. This has given students the best possible chance for them to achieve great results.
The program has facilitated between 4 -7 students every week, with each making remarkable progress on their mini projects and skills in computer programing. The mini projects asked students to replicate different websites using coding skills learnt in class, giving their work real life meaning.
At Youth Off The Streets we know that participation in study and training is key in breaking the cycle of disadvantage. This program has given students the means to explore future career options in computer science and provided them with extra training, increasing their employability.
Following the success of this term’s program we are glad to have Kode Skool confirm they’re coming back to deliver a second term of the program.
Our independent schools provide young people who may have become disengaged from education a second chance. Bowen College is continuing to do so with unique and tailored programs to help students reach their full potential.