In a new programme being launched next school year, S5 students will be given the opportunity to become Student Mentors for our new S1 students. The Student Mentor programme is a collaboration between the Observation Cycle and Pre-Orientation Cycle, and will not only form an important part of the transition programme for new Secondary students, it will complement the S4 Make a Difference programme and provide our older students with more opportunities to complete acts of service and develop their leadership skills.
S1 students will still have their Mentor teacher as their main point of contact, and the Student Mentors will work under the guidance of the Mentor teachers to support the students until they progress to S2. The relationships formed between the students and their Student Mentor have the possibility of extending long-term to ensure strong social cohesion within the student body.
The role of the Student Mentor will encompass tasks such as taking part in P5-S1 transition activities, being present at the S1 induction days, attending S1 mentor lessons and assemblies once a month, and joining in activities such as the mentor Christmas lunch and sing-along. During mentor lessons, the Student Mentors help out with things like, social climate, study skills and planning, discussing the use of social media, and helping Class Representatives prepare for Student Council meetings. Student mentors may also be asked to attend or participate in information evenings, information mornings, and parent evenings etc.
Recruitment for the programme is conducted in spring, so that the students are prepared to begin the role as soon as the new S1 students begin in the new school year. Student Mentors will participate in training to prepare them for the role, which will include collaboration with the Observation Cycle Leader, Pre-Orientation Cycle Leader, Anti-bullying Coordinator and Support staff. The training will focus on learning to listen, mediation techniques, role-playing common social situations, and working in groups.
As the Student Mentor will be a role model for S1 students, they should have sound social and communications skills, good academic results and a record of positive behavior. Because the role of student mentor is quite large, it cannot be combined with being a class representative in their own mentor class, nor with being a part of the Student Council.
S4 students who are interested in applying for the programme, should follow the instructions in the email they received last term from the Pre-Orientation Cycle Leader, Mrs Oosterman.
Be quick, applications close 15 May!