The peer support program at Blakehurst High School focuses on developing communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. It has proven to be beneficial for all secondary students who have come to Blakehurst High School since the program was implemented.
Better communication between all sectors of the school community - students, their peers, younger students, older students, teachers and parents/caregivers is an important goal that the teachers and Year 10 students who are chosen to be peer support leaders aspire to achieve.
Additionally, the peer support program allows for a more efficient means of assimilating Year 7's into the high school life. This is achieved through:
- 30 minute weekly peer support sessions
- peer mentoring
- introduction of icebreaking techniques.
The four main areas that are accentuated during the peer support program are:
- framework for orientation - orientation
- facing our challenges - resilience
- behaving with integrity - values
- working through conflict - anti-bullying.