Success: peer support program makes first day of high school easy

Emmanuel Catholic College students Ava Handyside (Year 7), Alyssa Hearn (Year 7), Chloe Hoogewerf (Year 11), Matilda Carey (Year 7) and Madeline Brink (Year 7).
Emmanuel Catholic College students Ava Handyside (Year 7), Alyssa Hearn (Year 7), Chloe Hoogewerf (Year 11), Matilda Carey (Year 7) and Madeline Brink (Year 7).

STARTING high school for the first time can be a daunting experience for young students, but not those at Emmanuel Catholic College.

The school’s peer support program trained 75 student volunteers from Year 11 to provide support and be a friendly face for the new Year 7s on their first day of school, helping them to find their classrooms, how to read their timetables and getting them familiar with the school’s layout.

An Emmanuel Catholic College spokesperson said the volunteer students had participated in team building activities and mentor training late last year to prepare them for the important role.

“It was a credit to the Year 11 students involved on how well they worked with the younger students, engaging in conversation, easing any tensions associated with commencing high school and making it a fun day filled with laughter,” she said.

“Throughout the year the Peer Support Leaders will catch up with the Year 7 students to check in and provide ongoing mentorship.”