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Peer support

The Peer Support Program:

  • is a peer led, skills based, experiential learning program
  • empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society
  • provides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing
  • develops key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership
  • utilises a whole school approach to support positive cultural change
  • provides authentic leadership opportunities for Peer Leaders

During students time at primary school they will undertake lessons in the following key areas:

Keeping Friends: Relationships

Students develop skills in maintaining positive friendships by learning how to play fairly, accept that friendships change, support each other and recognise that they may have a variety of friends.

Living Positively: Optimism

Students develop the skills and knowledge to approach life with a positive attitude, use their strengths, engage in enjoyable activities and show gratitude to others.

Moving Forward: Resilience

Students will be supported to recognise and utilise protective factors and develop a range of strategies to employ in challenging situations.

Promoting Harmony: Values

Students develop skills in values clarification, relationship building, assertiveness and decision making. Includes the values of caring, respect, responsibility and fair go.

Stronger Together: Anti-Bullying

Students develop skills in decision making, problem solving, assertiveness, empathy and relationship building. This module is part of a whole school approach to addressing the issue of bullying in a positive way.

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