On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August, 15 Prefects came into school for a full two day training programme in peer mentoring; but what exactly is peer mentoring?
A Peer Mentor is another student who can serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board, and a referral service. The job of peer mentors is to provide support, encouragement, and information to students. Sometimes students prefer to approach another student rather than an adult. This can be for many reasons but ultimately we want students to feel they have someone they can go to. Peer mentors can be thought of as filling the same role as a good friend. They are not there to provide answers but rather to listen and offer suggestions and options, if appropriate. While this is a new initiative for AIS it is a system that has been tried and tested in many schools around the world.
The peer mentors have set up a meeting room and the aim is for them to work with students who are either new to the school or who are returning and find they need additional support. This might take the form of academic help, helping them to understand the options that are available, eg. ECA. Sports etc, just taking the time to sit and listen or possibly play a board game.