“But with the year 11 students coming in here they can have role models around their age to look up to, and in lots of ways, model their behaviour on,” Samantha says.
David Alderson is a teacher at Hale School in Perth. Each week he takes four students to the women’s refuge and says they get a lot out of their involvement. “They’ve come to the realisation that small and simple activities, like playing and helping with homework, can actually make a difference,” David says.
“The students also learn from the kids because, while many of the children have experienced unpleasant situations in their young lives, most maintain a wonderfully optimistic and fun-loving attitude to life.
“Everyone learns from each other.”