The Secondary School Peer Support Program seeks to increase connections for Year 7 students as they transition to Secondary School. This allows students to form relationships and develop empathy and a sense of responsibility towards students they might not typically engage with. While working within these structured groups, older students lead younger students through activities that explore social and emotional skills focusing on resilience, values, and anti-bullying.
The College Peer Support Program integrates leadership training and learning materials to assist the campuses in achieving and maintaining a positive campus culture. It empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to their campus community.
Year 10 students run peer support training sessions for Year 9, under the supervision of facilitator Ms Underwood and trained teachers. Year 9 Peer Leaders will work with our new intake of Year 7 students each year on day one and for a further 8 weeks throughout term 1 and 2 to assist their transition into high school, focussing on friendship building, resilience and problem-solving.
Our approach empowers student representatives with the skills needed to act as leaders within their campus, influencing and contributing to policies, and to promote civic participation amongst students, their parents and the broader community.
The participating Year 9 students realise the significant outcomes of the program, including better connectedness, improved resilience, positive relationships, sense of self, a responsibility for others and a greater sense of possibility and the establishment of a shared language across the College community.
Teachers will continue to offer students ongoing training and support through group sessions through debriefs and further upskilling and training throughout the year.
Hastings Secondary College Peer Support Program have run the Peer Support Program for a number years under the facilitation of Peer Support Coordinators. The program is a peer-led, skills-based, experiential learning program. It encourages peer connections throughout the campuses and assists students in developing practical skills to enhance social and emotional wellbeing.
Teachers from Hastings Secondary College undertake a Secondary School Peer Support Implementation Workshop where they learned about the implementation, resources, and benefits of the Peer Support Program. The workshop prepares teacher participants to implement an effective Peer Support Program and learn ways to increase well-being and create a positive campus culture.
Teachers learn about different leadership styles and strengths, making connections and working with others regardless of different leadership styles and characteristics.