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Kumon Maths and English comes to Ballarat, Victoria

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Serena Halligan, a Ballarat perioperative nurse and the daughter of an educator of hundreds of Victorian children, was once a reluctant student.

Serena’s mother Pam Halligan, from 1990 to 2006, was the Instructor of two Kumon Education Centres in Melbourne.

Kumon is a personalised after-school maths and English programme. In Kumon, students study at their own pace. This means students who are struggling take the time they need to master a concept, while advanced students race ahead.

“When I started out as a Kumon student in the late 1980s, my maths skills were pretty poor. I was not a great student”, Serena says. “When I started helping out at my mum’s Centre at the age of 12, my enthusiasm for Kumon surprisingly changed”.

“I was happy to sit down and work through the Kumon worksheets without any prompting”.

Pam retired from Kumon after receiving a diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2006. Serena then moved to Ballarat to begin a career in nursing.

“Kumon kept popping into my head”, Serena says. “There hadn’t been a Kumon Education Centre in Ballarat for many years. I knew that I wanted my twin boys, Finn and Hugo, to experience Kumon.”

“This is how the second part of my Kumon journey began.”

Serena is set to open Kumon Ballarat Education Centre on August 19. She is proud to be following in her mother’s footsteps.

“Last year my mum’s health deteriorated. After undergoing last line treatments, she passed away in October 2018”, Serena says. “Before her passing, I was able to tell my mum that I was planning to open Kumon Ballarat and that my first enrolments would be her grandsons Finn and Hugo.”

“I knew that she would be so proud and excited about this next chapter for our family.”

Ballarat is experiencing rapid population and demographic changes due to many families moving in from Melbourne. As such, Serena believes Kumon will be a great boon for the community.

“Kumon nurtures young minds by instilling lifelong skills that lead to confidence and strong academic ability”, Serena says.

Kumon Ballarat will open on August 19. It will operate from one2one Gillies Street Church of Christ on Mondays and Thursdays, from 3pm to 6pm. For more information, please contact Serena on 0432 258 313 or email kumon.ballarat@gmail.com.

Shiori races ahead in Kumon Maths and English

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Through Kumon’s support, high school maths and English is no problem for 11 year old Shiori.

Shiori, who is in Year 6 primary school, can already work material that Year 11 students study. She developed her advanced abilities by studying the Maths and English Programmes at Kumon Applecross Education Centre.

Shiori says while Kumon can be difficult, it has taught her to embrace challenges.

“When I take on a challenge, I feel like it needs to be solved”, Shiori says. “I think challenges are good for me because I want to know how far my abilities can go.”

“Learning new things is also important to me,”

Kumon offers personalised maths and English after-school tuition programmes that allow students to study at their own pace. Advanced students can race ahead to study content that is above their school grade, while those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

Shiori has been enrolled in Kumon since 2011.

Juslin, Shiori’s mother, says Kumon study has many benefits.

“Over the years, Shiori’s developed time skills, discipline, she’s confidence, critical thinking; she can apply these in her schoolwork and her daily life as well”, Juslin says.

Shiori aspires to become a scientist when she grows up.

Experience Kumon Maths or English with our Free Trial offer

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In May and August, Kumon offers families a Free Trial of its Maths or English programmes.

As part of the free trial, your child attend four consecutive class days at a Kumon Education Centre. Classes are spread across two weeks and are completely free.  Students will receive the necessary materials to continue their Kumon studies at home.

“The Free Trial is good because it gives us two-weeks, multiple classes, multiple workbooks. Therefore a family and a student will get a good sense of rhythm.”

“It’s very important that Kumon becomes habitual and rhythmic”, explains Michael Hull, Instructor at Kumon Randwick Education Centre in Sydney.

Michael opened Kumon Randwick Education Centre in 2016. However, his 16-year Kumon journey started as a parent. All seven of his children have been enrolled into Kumon, five are current students.

“What I saw with my children from doing Kumon was an early increase in confidence. It was easily the first thing I saw. It emerged within weeks”, Michael says.

“They gained the knowledge that they could do maths. We began with Kumon Maths when they first started. They didn’t know what they were capable of before that and they were quite anxious; they felt they had no control over what they were doing.”

Michael’s daughter Kate is now studying materials engineering. Her sister, Lucy, is studying a combined actuarial studies and music degree. He says Kumon has taught all his children, “how to sit down, begin a task, and finish it”.

“That’s such a valuable lesson for these kids to learn”, he says.

Please contact your local Kumon Education Centre for more information.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Places are limited. Acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across Centres
  • Attending an information session is mandatory before your child can participate in the Free Trial
  • The Free Trial consists of four consecutive sessions at a Kumon Education Centre over two weeks during May or August
  • Worksheets are provided for non-Centre days during the two weeks
  • Late registration may result in fewer study sessions
  • Class days, operating hours and available sessions vary across Centres
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Maths).

There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.

It takes a village: Kumon’s National Instructors’ Conference 2019

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On Saturday, June 8, Kumon Australia and New Zealand’s Instructors will travel to Brisbane, Queensland, for the 2019 National Instructors’ Conference.

At Kumon, we believe it takes a village to raise a child. We run this annual event to create a platform where all our 330 Kumon Instructors in Australia and New Zealand can meet, network and learn from each other.

Our Kumon Instructors will also hear from a range of speakers. One of whom is Maya Thiagarajan, a former school teacher and now education consultant. She is also the author of Beyond The Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.

In her presentation, Maya will discuss families’ varying cultural attitudes towards education and harnessing the strengths of each approach.

From their learnings in Brisbane, Queensland, our Kumon Instructors will be able to collectively contribute even more to children’s education within their respective Kumon Education Centres.

Aspiring astronaut Layla launches ahead in Kumon Maths

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Through Kumon, ten-year-old Layla can already tackle many of the advanced maths problems university students face.

Layla, who aspires to become an astronaut, isn’t fazed by the challenge of solving complex equations. She relishes in overcoming difficulties.

“It’s really fun being challenged, I think it’s a wonderful feeling”, Layla says. “I like maths because of the logic. However you ask the question, the answer’s not going to change.”

Layla was inspired to excel in maths by her father Liam, who holds a PhD in mathematics and is a former maths teacher. Layla’s drive led to her enrolment into Kumon Maths in 2016.

“We’re personally not bothered whether or not Layla’s far ahead, but she loves maths. She wants to be far ahead and she wanted to do Kumon, so we supported her”, says Nancy, Layla’s mother.

Kumon Maths supports students learning by assigning personalised learning programmes. In Kumon, advanced students, like Layla, can tackle learning that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest.

“For growing a student’s maths ability, Kumon is basically ‘practice makes perfect’”, Liam says.

“Whether this is by memorising times tables or learning and applying formulas, practise helps you to spot the same patterns and gives you more confidence with more complex problems.”

Kumon Maths covers content from the preschool level, to undergraduate university level. Layla finished Kumon Maths last year.

Liam says many benefits can be derived from having strong maths ability.

“It gives you the discipline … to actually spot patterns in things that may actually have nothing to do with numbers”, Liam says.

“It trains you in logic.”

This article appeared in the second 2019 issue of Potential magazine. Please feel free to read more here. 

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Become a Kumon Instructor

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Have you ever wondered what is involved in becoming a Kumon Instructor?

Register for an upcoming information meeting to find out about owning and operating your own Kumon Education Centre as a Kumon Franchisee:

https://www.kumoninstructors.com.au/franchise/register.asp (AU) or https://www.kumoninstructors.co.nz/franchise/register.asp (NZ)

We look forward to meeting with you, and to sharing information about our global network of educators and our wonderful learning method.

Kumon Celebrates Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers

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Throughout November, Kumon Australia and New Zealand will be Celebrating tomorrow’s problem solvers through the Advanced Student Forum events.

Each Advanced Student Forum celebrates the achievements of those who completed Kumon Maths or English, or who study five years ahead of their school grade level. This year, the Advanced Student Forums will encourage Kumon students to envision using their tenacity to real-world solve problems.

Students will also explore the concept of grit. This is defined as “passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement” by psychologist and author Angela Duckworth. Students will explore how grit will be essential for their future achievements.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our amazing students on these following dates:

  • Canberra: Saturday 3 November
  • Sydney: Sunday 11 November
  • Melbourne: Sunday 11 November
  • Perth: Sunday 11 November
  • Auckland: 18 November
  • Adelaide: 18 November
  • Brisbane: 18 November.