This week saw the first training for our new intake of St Chris Sixth Form Peer Mentors.
Peer Mentors guide and support other pupils and offer a a broad range of peer support for children of all ages. They volunteer in Year 12, and remain Peer Mentors to the end of Year 13.
Mentoring involves a huge range of possible interactions and support – from individual one to one support, through to presenting issues to the whole school in a Morning Talk and helping to support activities for events such as Anti-Bullying Week.
Examples of some of the activities Peer Mentors undertake include:
- Running a lunchtime club for a range of ages e.g. board games.
- Helping in Year 6 lessons in the Junior School e.g. as a reading buddy.
- Helping in Year 6 during the summer term, before transition to Senior School.
- Attending the September residential Bonding Trip for Year 7.
- Offering tuition support to another child.
- Offer a drop-in at the Library for help with homework.
At St Chris we are fully committed to helping our students to help one another. The Peer Mentor Scheme is a more formal way of doing this, and contributes to making the sort of positive, mutually supportive school community we all enjoy.