Peer Support Program

The process of transitioning into secondary schooling is a major and critical event for Year 7 students. In order to facilitate a smooth and stress-free entry into the college, the Peer Support Program is run for one period of each week during Term 1.

Each Year 7 student is allocated to a Peer Support Group consisting of approximately 9 other Year 7 students. Each Peer Support Group is lead by three carefully trained Year 11 leaders who take the students through a highly structured, yet engaging, program in which orientation, ice-breaking and team-building activities are undertaken.

Year 10 students are trained in the Peer Support Program during the last week of their Year 10 studies. Throughout the training process, teachers identify those particularly suited to assuming the role of Peer Support Leaders. At the conclusion of the training process, interested Year 10 students apply to become a leader. A rigorous selection process ensues, in which the most suitable and enthusiastic leaders are selected and matched with Year 7 groups.

The Peer Support program is a rewarding program for both Year 7 and 11 students. Year 7 students regularly report that having an older mentor in the college makes their first term a much easier and more engaging experience.

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