Friday Night School classes are held every Friday during school term time in the parish hall at the rear of St Ignatius Catholic Church in Richmond.

The students and tutors are delivered in buses and cars from 4.30 pm for a 5.00 pm start. The students are directed to the hall by tutors and volunteers (often parents) who will have already set up the tables for study.  The classes conclude at 6.00 pm and the students are transported back to their neighbourhood in the buses waiting in the car park.

The type of tutoring offered depends on the student’s age and generally involves being supplied with activity books aimed at improving their literacy and numeracy skills or being helped with their homework.

      • Prep students are read to these youngsters to help them learn the new language;
      • Primary students are provided with a workbook appropriate to their year level in which they complete arithmetic and English tasks with the help of their tutor;
      • Senior students are matched with a peer who assists them with their school homework. Some receive specialised assistance in given areas such as mathematics, English and the sciences;
      • Mothers of students can also receive tutoring by adult volunteers while they are waiting for their children to finish their class.  These classes are held in a separate room and are pitched at practising their written or spoken communication and learning skills relating to everyday life in Melbourne such as shopping and using public transport.  They often receive assistance with completing forms and job applications and help to prepare for the Australian Citizenship Test.   Some of the mothers are also enrolled in other courses (for example childcare) and our tutors provide guidance with their coursework.


In addition to tutoring on Friday nights,  a separate Wednesday Night Tutoring program provides academic assistance in the homes of children who live at the Richmond housing commission flats from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.  The volunteer tutors are aged between 18 and 28 and are often university students who, before they left school, worked as tutors at the Friday Night School.

If you would like more information about Wednesday Night Tutoring send us an email at wntcoordinator@gmail.com. If you would like to join the WNT team click here to apply.