When she moved back to Papua New Guinea she felt a very strong motivation to help the young women and children there learn to read and spell. So she attended a course, taught by Mary Gladstone, in Canberra in order to learn the Sounds-Write approach. Then, with the support of the Four Square Church of PNG and The Samaritan’s Purse of Sydney, she set up a training project in Port Moresby, the capital of PNG. The project aims to train Papuans who work in the missions and settlements to use Sounds-Write, so that they can teach literacy skills to the people. Lola has now organised two trainings in Port Moresby, and we are very pleased to present a few photographs and reflections from the most recent course (January 2011) here.
A third training is planned for September 2011.
In the interests of fostering literacy in their country, the school allowed us to use their facilities free of charge - for which we are truly grateful. They are currently recovering from a huge fire in their library, and we wish them all the best as they get up and running again.
Above - part of a wall at the International School.
Mary in full flow!
Mary says, “The trainees just soak up whatever bits of information I give and they are so thankful to be offered the opportunity to learn. Each one of them brings a wealth of stories about their work with children and young women, from the heart wrenching to the joyous.
All work with very little and give their time and knowledge willingly to teach reading to their charges. Some of the children are collected from the street in the morning, fed, washed and clothed, taught and then returned to the street till the next day. Many of their homes are without electricity but still they always complete our ‘Review and Practice’ sheets. On my first training one lady used the light from her mobile phone to complete the work!
At St George’s we have used Sounds-Write for over five years and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We are a National Support School and have visitors from all over the UK and abroad visit the school each year. To a person, they are always astounded by the phonics and spelling they see.
Sarah Collymore, Headteacher, St. George’s CE Primary School
I recommend Sounds-Write to every teacher and school leader I meet. At Floreat we teach Sounds-Write in structured lessons in Nursery and Reception as well as Year 1. We achieve consistently outstanding results and our parents are amazed at how well their children can read and spell.
Janet Hilary, National Leader of Education and Chief Executive Officer, Floreat Education
Sounds-Write has had a significant impact at Princecroft School and is transforming the life chances of our children. From very low starting points the children now make rapid progress in their phonics and by the end of Years 1 and 2 are decoding and reading at standards above their peers nationally.
Michael Park, Headteacher, Princecroft School
Sounds-Write is more than just a scheme for phonics. For Selby Community Primary School it has improved pupils’ self-esteem around reading and writing. Sounds-Write has developed stronger spellers and pupils who transfer their phonics knowledge straight into their written work.
Ian Clennan, Headteacher, Selby Community Primary School
Teachers’ subject knowledge and therefore their confidence with teaching phonics has vastly improved since the implementation of Sounds-Write. The skills taught through the programme are transferable throughout the curriculum with improved reading, writing and spelling from our children.
Lindsay Vollans, Headteacher, St. Michael’s C of E Primary School