3 July 2017

On Tuesday 20th June, Year 9 students who had been selected for the peer-mentoring scheme, attended an excellent training day with Mrs Snape. 

The idea of peer mentoring is that once a week we would meet up with a quiet, nervous or shy student who is hoping to improve their confidence from coming to the lunchtime sessions. They could be struggling with their homework, or the different organisational skills needed at high school. In this training day, we learned how to help them overcome these troubles and to aim high to achieve their goals in Years 7 and 8.

The scheme, which is now in its third successful year, taught us many useful things so that we could become a trusted and reliable mentor. One of the things we were taught was how to keep things confidential as the young pupils will be trusting you and no one else but you. This is by far the most important aspect of the scheme. By getting along with them and gaining their trust, but also being aware that if there is something you are worried about that they have told you in private, then you shouldn’t try to sort it out yourself, you should take immediate action and tell the teacher in charge as soon as possible, was the key important message. Elly Williams in 9S2 obviously enjoyed the session and had this to say, "It was an extremely enjoyable day and the physical and active activities made everyone learn more and make the training day even more enjoyable than it already was. This is not just going to boost the pupils’ confidence, but also ours." 

In conclusion, this was one of the best days I have ever done in school and we learned many new things. We are all so excited and eager to welcome the new Year 7s and help them get through the stress of starting high school and to reassure them that there is nothing to worry about when they arrive with us in September.

Chloe Stowell, 9S2