Get Involved

Each semester, more than 50 volunteers and UNSW pre-service teachers are completing placements at Matraville Sports High School (MSHS), delivering afterschool workshops in drama, music and gifted education, staffing an afterschool homework and tuition centre for students from MSHS and neighbouring primary schools. They also assist teachers to implement group work and project-based learning in their classrooms.

The partnership also involves professional learning and active research opportunities for teachers, events for parents, and work with the Aboriginal community to increase both teacher capacity and parent confidence to meet the needs of Aboriginal students. The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership is a collective vision for achievement UNSW’s local community.

Keep reading to find out what's currently going on and how you can get involved.

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Volunteer with us

Are you interested in working with primary and high school students, learning from experienced educators and serving the community in UNSW’s own backyard? A variety of volunteer opportunities are available through the UNSW Matraville Education Partnership, working with students and teachers at Matraville Sports High School and its surrounding primary schools. You will have the opportunity to work with Aboriginal students, English language learners, special needs students, and gifted students.    Learn more!


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Complete a placement

Gaining hands-on experience in schools is an essential part of our teacher education courses at UNSW. Through the Matraville Education Partnership, you can gain experience working in a diverse school environment from early in your degree program. Many education students will receive a placement at MSHS as part of EDST2002 (second year), PE1 or PE2 (third or fourth year), or the Master of Teaching INSTEP program.

Please contact us if you are interested in undertaking a formal professional engagement placement at Matraville, or join us as a volunteer.



Join our community

UNSW offers parent and community workshops on a variety of topics. So far we have held information evenings at MSHS and local primary schools, a Parent Public Lecture Series, and library story-time sessions with Barnardos and the Ngala Nanga Mai pArent group.

Click here to see what's coming up, or to learn more, please contact us.



Develop your teaching career

Teachers from Matraville Sports High School and its surrounding primary schools (the Little Bay Community of Schools) are instrumental in hosting our placement students and volunteers. They also have enhanced access to UNSW Professional Learning courses. So far, LBCOS teachers have taken courses in gifted education, strategies for EAL/D learners, educational leadership, Indigenous education and visual arts education. If you are an LBCOS teacher, check out the upcoming UNSW Professional Learning activities and contact us if you would like to attend.



Enrich your education

Students at Matraville Sports High School have access to free UNSW-led afterschool programs in music, drama, and gifted enrichment; free afterschool tuition; extra classroom support; and opportunities for excursions, guest speakers and programs through UNSW and other community organisations. Matraville is also an ASPIRE school, so students receive extra support in preparing and applying for uni at UNSW.

Many of these opportunities are also available to primary school students from the Little Bay Community of Schools. Learn more!