Peer Support Program
Peer Support is a skills based and experiential learning program which is designed to enhance peer connections throughout the school. Its aim is to support in particular the incoming Year 7 students’ transition from primary school to high school. Peer leaders in Year 10 work with small groups of Year 7 students for 8 sessions in Term 1. The groups work through a program of activities which involve developing skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership. At the conclusion of the program it is envisaged that the network of support developed during the term will continue throughout the year.
Training to become a peer support leader is undertaken in Year 9. All students are encouraged to nominate themselves for this important leadership role. Students’ interpersonal and communication skills are considered during the selection procedure. All Year 9 and 10 students who participate in this program are awarded a certificate from the Peer Support Foundation to acknowledge their contribution to this excellent program at SGHS.