Hi Everyone, 5/6 students have now completed two full days of Peer Support training. Students have focused on building their communication, problem solving and organisational skills through a range of different activities.
What is the Peer Support program? The Peer Support program provides students with a supportive environment where children and young people develop skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Positive relationships are developed across the school through a series of engaging activities with a range of students of all ages. The program enables participating students to contribute in an environment where all can join in. Peer Support Leaders who deliver the program also gain leadership skills.
How does Peer Support work at Coburg North? After the initial Peer Leader Training, students from across the school are placed into small, mixed level groups every week for 8 weeks. These weekly sessions will run for about 40 minutes using materials from Peer Support Australia about positive relationships and anti-bullying. Peer Leaders run these weekly, supervised, sessions to develop protective factors and strengthen positive relationships across the school. Student leaders will have a weekly briefing on material that is to be delivered and receive feedback from their supervising teacher at the conclusion of each session. Using Peer Leaders means we have student role models who can help our staff and parents encourage positive relationships. The students identify their own strengths and then discuss what is respectful and what are unhealthy behaviours and how strategies, including talking to staff and parents can help. The module reinforces some of our schools key values and our policy and procedures.