Cabramatta High School student mentors new pupils

Great potential: Cabramatta High student To Nhi Tran. Picture: Simon Bennett
Great potential: Cabramatta High student To Nhi Tran. Picture: Simon Bennett

CABRAMATTA High School year 11 student To Nhi Tran has developed a support program for those using the school's Intensive English Centre (IEC).

After getting involved in Max Potential, a youth mentoring program in Fairfield, she organised a Cabramatta High School Experience Day.

The day gave students the chance to learn more about the transition to year 10 and offered practical experience of high school study.

As part of the program, IEC students were buddied up with other pupils in the same year before taking part in three school periods.

They then met Miss Tran, who shared her own experiences and provided information and tips to the students.

She said her aim was to better prepare incoming IEC students for high school.

"I am very satisfied with the outcome," she said.

"Each student said it was a great opportunity and they hope it will be provided to the next group of IEC students.

"They also made lots of new friends."

Max Potential, sponsored by St Johns Park Bowling Club, matches businesses or community workers with a young person nominated by their school or community group.

They work together through a 22-week program aimed at accelerating the young person's potential.

Miss Tran said the program taught her how to organise an event and boosted her confidence.

"I was able to express and speak out my idea to the crowd, get more practical experience, be organised, responsible and share my individual experience," she said.

Nineteen students from schools including Cabramatta, Bonnyrigg, Fairvale, St Johns Park and Westfields Sports high schools took part in this year's Max Potential program.

All projects will be presented at St Johns Park Bowling Club tomorrow.


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