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Peer Men­tor Training


Over two days at end of last term, 27 stu­dents from Year 8 who had stepped up to the chal­lenge and applied to be a peer men­tor under­took train­ing that explored the dif­fer­ent aspects of the men­tor­ing role, what they might have to come up against and how they can strive to be the best role mod­els and peer men­tors to the new stu­dents arriv­ing in Sep­tem­ber. First and fore­most a huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who were suc­cess­ful in their appli­ca­tions and under­went the train­ing pro­gramme which was a lot of fun, ener­getic and enlightening!
Peer Men­tor­ing has long been a reg­u­lar part of KES life and the recently trained stu­dents will remem­ber hav­ing this peer sup­port avail­able to them when they arrived here two years ago, and for many this was the exact rea­son why they wanted to give some­thing back and do it themselves.
Men­tor­ing pro­vides new stu­dents with a peer led focal point, some­one to talk to, ask advice, be a ready-​made friend when you can often feel like a small fish in a big pond on arrival to sec­ondary school. For the men­tors they gain a new level of con­fi­dence, recog­nise the ben­e­fits in help­ing oth­ers both in terms of oth­ers and their own self-​esteem, and of course recog­ni­tion and responsibility.
The first task of the men­tors will be start­ing very soon as the New Begin­nings pro­gramme gets under way for the cur­rent Year 6 stu­dents as they come into school over a period of weeks for a real taster of KES life — our newly com­mis­sioned men­tors will be instru­men­tal in mak­ing this a suc­cess. They will also be accom­pa­ny­ing vis­its to local pri­mary schools in the sum­mer months as part of the tran­si­tion process. The train­ing may be done, but the job is only just beginning!