Peer Support has been operating at Sydney Boys High School for a number of years and the Year 10 students who become leaders are very committed, valuing their experiences with Peer Support in Year 7 and the opportunity to develop leadership skills now they are in Year 10.
Students practise the skills to support their peers in leading healthier and safer lifestyles and help Year 7 students adjust to a daunting new environment after Primary School.
The Year 10 students are trained by teachers in Term 4 of Year 9 using the Peer Support Foundation documentation.
The Leaders work in teams of two with six Year 7 students. The first Peer Support session is on the first day of school for Year 10 and continues throughout the year during selected Year 7 Values Education classes where the teacher assists in monitoring the small groups. Teachers are not expected to participate in the Peer Support sessions.
The Peer Support Leaders have all the necessary materials supplied.