There are two projects within this college that our money has supported. The first being to provide food for a breakfast program which not only enables students to study with more diligence during the day but helps them to get to school on time. The second is to reduce the effect of Irlin Syndrome.
The Breakfast Program
Sara Broster, the Principal of Robinvale College, recently sent us a letter of thanks. An extract from this letter gives an indication of the importance of the work being done:
“At the Robinvale College we have a Healthy Breakfast Program that is run five days a week. The program is open from 8:15am-9:15. Many of our students come to school without breakfast as their parents leave home to work, before the students are awake and the older siblings are left in charge. Breakfast is often missed in the rush to get to school. We also have some students that are not being provided with a healthy or adequate breakfast, at home.
We have approximately 10 to 30 students attend each day. Numbers vary depending on the day of the week and time of the year. These students range from Foundation to Senior students.
Your financial contribution helps with buying Fruit Juice, Bread, Spreads, Margarine and Crockery or Cutlery when needed.
Breakfast Program in the age of social distancing
Feedback from staff is that students are now calmer in class and can work and concentrate all morning without complaining that they are hungry. The program has also supported those students who are late to school, with teachers able to ensure students have something to eat before they start their learning.
This year, we have needed to address the growing number of students who are not bringing any food to school for recess and lunch. We are seeing how this has a significant impact on their ability to focus and be willing to participate in their learning. We have therefore introduced pre-made toasted sandwiches into each of the community buildings, F-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Students who do not have anything to eat, are provided with some food. By providing this additional service to our students, to ensure their basic needs are met, we are able to also identify which families may need additional support, thereby linking them in with relevant services.
Your members have contributed financially to the successful continuation of this program and we are very thankful for this ongoing support."
Irlen Support Program
Irlen Syndrome is a condition for which an increasing number of young people at the Robinvale College have been diagnosed. Irlens is a perceptual processing disorder - a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. As Irlens is a condition that affects the ability to read - and therefore learn and study - it is particularly debilitiating for school-aged children.
Your Outreach donations are used to emply a non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the students' ability to process visual information.
The cornerstone of the Irlen Method is its precision-tinted colored overlays and filters. Overlays and colored glasses are designed to produce the most effective color-correction tool for each student.
This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity. This is not a method of reading instruction, but a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information.
Money is needed to provide the coloured reading sheets. Sadly, this aspect of the support program has reduced in the last twelve month because of the retirement of the member of staff that was skilled in this area but we are hopeful that a skilled replacement can be found.
This is an image of how text may apperar to someone with Irlens Syndrome
To donate towards the incredibly important work of the Robinvale College Programs, donate here
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