Student Mentor Programme
This consists of selected
groups of Lower 6th students working with each Year 8 class once per week in a
classroom situation. This is to help Year 8 students in the transition
year to settle into the College and have the support of older students.
They explore issues like smoking, friendship, bullying etc. through drama,
music, poetry, discussion etc. It is of great benefit to Year 13 students
in developing self-confidence and self-esteem. Year 13 students are
helped to recognise their own talents and abilities and to use these
for the benefit of Year 8 students. Training is given to Year 13 students
to provide them with skills in listening and communication, team building,
lesson planning and classroom management. Teacher co-ordinators meet with
each Year 13 group to monitor and evaluate their work.
At the end of the year,
there is a presentation night to award certificates to Year 13 students for
their contribution to the College. They prepare Year 8 students with
song, drama, etc. to explore one of the themes studied during the year and
parents, teachers and guests are invited. The bonds made in Year 8 and
Year 13 often continues into the next year but without the formal classroom
What is the Student Mentor Programme?
The Student Mentor
Programme is about Year 13 students discovering their talents and gifts and
sharing them with the Year 8 students. It is about working together to help
Year 8 students discover their own strengths.
As the Programme develops
Student Mentors will
- recognise their own gifts and talents
- learn useful skills, e.g. communication,
- classroom management, planning, social, etc.
- have the opportunity to develop these skills
have a support system
- make a valuable contribution to the life of
How does the Student Mentor Programme work?
Year 13 students are
assigned in groups of 4 to a particular Year 8 class. For the duration of the
Programme they will meet with that class once a week to explore various themes,
e.g. smoking, drinking, drugs, bullying, prejudice, friendship, school, the
environment, talents, relationships etc. It is envisaged that music, art, drama,
poetry, story, etc. would be used as means for exploring the chosen theme.
What support is given?
Training days will be
organised for new Student Mentors before their first classroom visit. For the
duration of the Programme Student Mentors will meet once each week with one of
the Programme's Coordinators to prepare for the next class and examine how this
might effectively be presented. This is also an opportunity to evaluate the
previous lessons and discuss any problems the Student Mentors might have
How are Student Mentors selected?
- Candidates must be free from
classroom/curriculum commitment at the required times
- They must be prepared to commit themselves to
the programme for three classes per week. At least one of these may be
deducted from study periods.
- They must apply in writing to the Student
Mentor Programme Committee. Application forms will be supplied.
- They must have written parental permission.
- Candidates may then be called to interview.
What are the benefits of the Student Mentor Programme?
It is envisaged that the
Student Mentor Programme would be of benefit primarily to the Year 13 students
who take part in it and that in the exercise of this considerable
responsibility they would grow in confidence and self esteem. The Programme
enables Year 13 students to recognise their own talents and provides them with
the opportunity to develop and use these for the benefit of Year 8 students. It
provides them with valuable experience in lesson planning and classroom
management. They will learn how to work with others as part of a team
and will develop a variety of essential communication and social skills.
These skills will be of immense value in interview and
public-speaking situations. In addition, participation in the Student Mentor
Programme will be an impressive contribution to a student's curriculum vitae.
In selecting Student Mentors
the selection committee will apply the following criteria:
- Who would be good for the Student Mentor
Programme? (Taking into consideration personal qualities such as
commitment, ability to work as part of a team, talents, social and communication
skills, good role-model for Year 8 students, etc.)
- Who would benefit from the Student Mentor
Download the Student
Mentor Application Form by clicking here.