Community initiatives with purpose! Our key Westport Club initiatives are developed to make a significant contribution to the quality of community life and to minimise our environmental footprint within our community.
The Westport Club is known in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region for its key ethical initiatives to literacy resources giving children of all abilities the skills to learn.
Helping Children Embrace their Emotions with WorryWoos
The Westport Club, together with Your Local Club, Education Experience and Dr John Irvine is proud to have donated 70 “Developing Emotional Intelligence Kits” to local schools and early learning centres, supporting over 4,000 children to learn the skills to cope with their various emotions.
“Emotional Intelligence is broadly defined as being able to recognise, understand and manage our emotions. Emotional intelligence is just as important as a child’s academic ability. Being able to recognise and embrace our emotions, as well as having parents, teachers and educators who can help navigate the rapidly changing twenty-first century is paramount in making sure children are supported in their learning and emotional growth.”
Dr John Irvine
Child and Family Psychologist, B.A. PhD., M.A.C.E., M.A.P.S
Inspired Teaching and Learning with Mathletics Program
Mathletics is the world’s most used mathematics website. It’s trusted and used by more than 10,000 schools and over 3.5 million students globally. With an aim to inspire kids to learn and improve their mathematical skills, The Westport Club created the ‘Inspired Teaching and Learning with Mathletics Program’.
Over 3,000 students from 13 Port Macquarie schools were gifted free subscriptions to the Mathletics eLearning Program. The program, run over a three-year period, allows teachers to track the progress of students as they improve their mathematics skills and develop levels of competence in line with the national curriculum.
The financial investment of this initiative was significant, $120,000, and measurable through the ongoing commitment of 85% of school maintaining and increasing their Mathletics subscriptions beyond the funding period. In return The Westport Club will continue to run its annual Mathletics Competition for students to compete for prizes for themselves and their school.
Library Regeneration Program
Helping children fall in love with reading is the aim of The Westport Club’s Library Regeneration Program. Every primary school in the Port Macquarie-Hastings regional has been a recipient of new library resources.
The Westport Club partners with Dymocks Children’s Charities. Together we work with local schools to select books that are relevant to the needs of students and their library. From there, Dymocks Children’s Charities negotiate the supply of books from various publishers.
Since the program commenced in 2009 over $70,000 worth of books have been distributed. This program continues to be a major community focus for The Westport Club.
The Westport Club, together with Clubs NSW, is a proud partner of the Invictus Games, Sydney 2018. At the Invictus Games, competitors from 18 nations will contest 11 sports over eight days of competition. The 2018 Games will see the community embrace our wounded, injured and ill veterans and serving defence personnel and the family and friends who support them. The Westport Club, as a part of Clubs NSW is a proud Founding Partner of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.