Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

LAP provides individual care, enrichment, extension or support to students from Reception to Year 7. Nominated students benefit from one-to-one time each week with a caring volunteer.

LAP has been a successful programme in primary and secondary schools since 1976. It was developed in South Australia; its success has seen the programme spread throughout Australia and overseas.

The success of the program is based on five simple principles. These are that LAP:

  • is always one-to-one
  • is about relationships;
  • builds confidence and self-esteem
  • takes a creative approach to learning
  • promotes parent and community participation in schools

Could you be a LAP Volunteer at St Therese?

The roles and responsibilities of LAP volunteers can be summarised in the “Six C's of LAP”:

  • CARE, have a genuine interest in children
  • COMMUNICATION, be prepared to listen attentively, be willing to get to know the child
  • CONFIDENTIALITY, recognise the privilege you have working with the student
  • CONTENT, be prepared to spend time planning activities with the LAP Coordinator and teaching staff
  • COMMITMENT, have the time to make a genuine and realistic commitment to the programme
  • COOPERATION, be prepared to work with teachers as partners, providing support and assistance for students.

All volunteers must hold a current Catholic Church Police Clearance, and be prepared to undertake “Child Safe Training”, a free 2hr course, run by the LAP Association twice a year.

LAP provides an educational and heart-warming experience for both the student and the volunteer.

If you would like to find out more, or perhaps get involved, enquire at the Front Office.

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