SPARK is a program for newly arrived families of refugee and asylum seeker background in South West Sydney.
SPARK partners with primary schools, community organisations and volunteers to support the settlement of newly arrived families and create opportunities to engage with local communities.
The key aim is that families and children from a refugee and asylum seeker background settle well. They are able to fully participate in the community’s social, educational and economic life, and so are less vulnerable to exclusion and discrimination, social and health issues, and poverty and disadvantage.
Children: Newly arrived children from a refugee background settle well into school and their community. They have learning and social skills, and make good academic progress. They have resilience and good emotional and mental health.
Families: Newly arrived families settle well into the school and local community. Parents engage with and support children’s learning; have the confidence and knowledge to connect with the school and the awareness, skills and connections to access support and progress their settlement within the community.
Schools: Schools have the capacity to support the successful settlement of newly arrived children and families into school and the school community. Schools partner on initiatives that support the children’s learning and adjustment, and engage parents in children’s learning and the school community activities.