UNSW Matraville Education Partnership

An exciting new era in education is emerging in Sydney’s South-Eastern suburb of Matraville. The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership is an ongoing initiative between the UNSW School of Education and Matraville Sports High School (MSHS).

The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership is a first-of-its-kind school-based university education program in which academics and students from UNSW are working with Matraville students, teachers, and the wider public to deliver a suite of educational, fun, and supportive activities that are breathing new life into the school and its community.

For more information about the partnership between Matraville and UNSW, view the infographic here (PDF)

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Matraville Sports High School

Once known primarily for the strength of its sports program, the school is now gaining recognition across Sydney for the broadening scope of its curriculum, with new academic opportunities emerging thanks to the growing alliance between MSHS and UNSW. The diversity of the MSHS student population (including one of the highest concentrations of Indigenous students of any Sydney high school, and many students from non-English speaking backgrounds) is one of its greatest assets, and presents a unique opportunity for UNSW teacher education students. Research supports the view that the best places for children to be educated are those rich in diversity, and initiatives that unite communities are the best way to raise educational outcomes. For UNSW and MSHS, the partnership is more than just an opportunity for the mutual development of their respective students; it is about education, connection and community.

For more information about the partnership between Matraville and UNSW, view the infographic here (PDF)

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Partnership objectives

Extend the student experience

UNSW offers afterschool workshops in drama, gifted education, music and a homework and tuition centre open to both primary and secondary students in the community. MSHS students also receive special opportunities to attend programs held at UNSW, through GERRIC, ASPIRE, the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, Nura Gili and other Schools and Centres across the university.

An in-school Literacy Mentoring Program matches UNSW education students one-on-one with Matraville students who need extra support, with a similar program in the works for mathematics. These afterschool and in-school workshops are aimed at harnessing the existing strengths of students, building their confidence while developing vital skills in literacy, communication, and creative expression.

Enrich initial teacher education

While MSHS students benefit from a massive boost in academic opportunities, after-hours support, and resourcing, UNSW pre-service teachers also gain invaluable teaching experience. The rich diversity of the student population at MSHS is a great opportunity for teachers-in-training at UNSW to build their professional capacity in areas such as Indigenous education, English as an Additional Language (EAL), and gifted education. More than 50 UNSW pre-service teachers undertake their professional training at the school each semester, assisting teachers in classes, working directly with students during and after school, and contributing to special projects.

Enhance teacher professional learning

MSHS staff and teachers at surrounding schools have access to hands-on professional learning sessions and collaborative enquiry projects organised by UNSW, to build capacity to teach diverse learners more effectively. Activities are already underway in the realms of gifted education, technology in education, culturally responsive schooling, and Indigenous education.

Engage the school community

By integrating parents, teachers, families and the broader community into school life through a range of afterschool, evening and holiday programs, we will create a flexible model for education that meets the immediate needs of the community, creates better academic outcomes, and widens educational expectations. The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership is a collective vision for cohesion and achievement in Matraville and surrounding areas.

Advisory Committee

The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership Advisory Committee comprises UNSW and Department of Education staff members and influential community members who support the aims of the partnership. The committee, which meets several times per year and is chaired by UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, has been instrumental in building the partnership’s profile, raising awareness, and seeking opportunities for funding and expansion.


Professor Sue Dodds, Dean, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences (Chair)
Professor Kim Beswick, Head of School, UNSW School of Education
Mr John Bush, Associate Director, Education, Social Ventures Australia
The Honourable Dr Bob Carr, Director, Australia-China Relations Institute
Mr Stanley Cowper, Alumnus, UNSW
The Honourable Mr Michael Daley, MP, Member for Maroubra
Professor Chris Davison, Director, UNSW Matraville Education Partnership
Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW Vice-Chancellor
Ms Calita Murray, Secretary, Eastern Suburbs Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
Dr Nicholas Pappas AM, Chairman, South Sydney Rabbitohs
Adrian Piccoli, Former Minister for Education and Honorary Professor of Practice, UNSW School of Education
Ms Susan Shelley, Director, Public Schools NSW, Botany Bay Network
The Honourable Matt Thistlethwaite, MP, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith
Ms Nerida Walker, Principal, Matraville High School

Contact us

UNSW School of Education staff work on-site both at Matraville Sports High School and UNSW.

For general enquiries, please contact Katherine Thompson, Matraville Education Partnership Manager:

T: +61 (2) 9661 0583
E: mep@unsw.edu.au

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