The Peer Support program for Year 7 students is hosted by our Year 11’s. At the end of Year 10, students who want to be leaders in the peer support program are involved in a two-day training program which focuses on the purpose and skills involved in being a mentor. The training program builds confidence and abilities to be a leader and mentor.
All activities are focused on developing mentoring and leadership skills.
• Team building activities
• Team bonding activities
• Resilience training
• Ice breakers
• Whole group/small group activities
• Questions and answers – covering topics such as - facing challenges at school; how to cope with change; How to handle teenage challenges
At the beginning of the year the Year 11 students are allocated a small group (up to six) Year 7 students. These students get together for one period each week. Their time together commences with a whole group activity, and then they break into small groups and work through a small group activity/questionnaire/challenge based around the idea of resilience or bullying.
The program focuses on developing values, skills and understandings vital to the well-being of our students. The Peer Support program will assist students to develop:
- A sense of self
- A sense of possibility
- Skills to cope with the rigours of high school
- Skills to manage changing relationships with peers and adults
- Skills to cope with peer pressure
- Management of assignments and exam stress
- Skills needed to make new friends