Bridges Program

BRIDGES is designed for students who require additional support in literacy. The program is based on the belief that all students should have the opportunity to become proficient readers, writers and spellers. All students learn at differing rates and all require varying levels of support during their language acquisition.
BRIDGES has the following key features:
One –to-one intervention, ideally at least three times per week
Delivered by trained Literacy Assistants
Emphasis on reading development and word discovery
Flexible program lasting for 3-30 weeks


Bridges is a literacy program that pairs a student who needs help with reading and writing, with a literacy assistant who wants to make a difference in a child’s life.
The ability to read is essential in affording an individual the opportunity for a lifetime of learning. Helping a child to become a successful reader is a most rewarding experience.
Over the past few years many children at Brentwood Park have benefited from the assistance of trained volunteers. These children not only improved their literacy skills but also grew in confidence and self-esteem.
We would like to increase our volunteer capacity, so if you would like to become a volunteer, please see Jenny Reid (9702 2022). If you decide to be a BRIDGES volunteer you will then receive training. All volunteers will attend a half day training session and will be guided and given help throughout the program to ensure a successful and pleasurable experience for themselves and their students. Volunteers are expected to attend for a minimum of 2 and if possible, 3 sessions per week. Each session lasts for approximately 45 minutes. All that we require is a current ‘Working with Children Card’. Application can be made at a post office.
Everything that you need except for your time and commitment to the BRIDGES program is provided by the school. Attendance times would be negotiated between the child’s classroom teacher and the volunteer. Regular attendance is important to ensure the success of the program and the establishment of a continuing relationship between the volunteer and child. Volunteers play a vital role in increasing student achievement and self confidence. Volunteers can be parents, grandparents or anyone who wishes to be involved in their local community.
Reference: Lesley Lamb and Margot Sherwill BRIDGES Early Years