Peer Support is a programme where groups of Year 13 students work with the new Year 9 form classes. The Year 13s help the Year 9 students to establish friendships with their peers, bond as a class, and get to know their new school.
The Peer Support Leaders are chosen late in the school year, while the students are in Year 12. They write a letter of application and choose two teachers to act as character references. The training days take place in January and are run by Social Workers and Youth Counsellors from Vibe Lower Hutt.
The leaders learn valuable skills in how to deal with any concerns or issues the year 9 students may have.
Once the training is complete, the Year 13s learn how to run the programme on a weekly basis. This training is led by Ms Lapwood.
Peer Support runs every Tuesday afternoon in Terms 1 and 2, from 2.35pm to 3.20pm.
This programme really is Sisterhood in action. It has very positive benefits for both the Year 13 leaders and the Year 9 students.