The purpose of Peer Support is to provide wellbeing that is “owned by students and led by students” (Peer Support Australia). It supports the pastoral care requirements of the college by both supporting year 7 transition into high school as well as providing ongoing leadership opportunities for our year 9 students (e.g. Year 7 Parent Welcome Evenings). The Peer Support Mentors facilitate regular contact activities intended to support the transition of year 7 students to Joseph Banks Secondary College, promoting optimism and exploring skills and aptitudes necessary to maintain friendships, develop health behaviours and grow as caring young individuals.
To become a Peer Support leader, students in year 8 are nominated by their middle school communities and train over a period of two days at the Grandis Sport’s Park Pavillion to join the program the following year.
Congratulations to our Peer Support leaders in 2021:
Jordan (Kai) Whennen-Guy
Jacqueline (Jackie) O’Brien