When students arrive in school for the first time they are usually nervous, excited, disorientated, confused and unsure of themselves. The mentor plays a vital role in helping them settle in successfully to their new environment. Because the mentor has spent a number of years in the school they are familiar with its history, curriculum and layout. For the students new to the school all of these are like a foreign country.’
Seamus O’ Brien –‘The School Mentor’
A Peer Mentor is a very privileged position to hold in the school. The students in Transition Year are invited each year to apply to train as Peer Mentors. The selection and training of Peer Mentors is facilitated by members of County Wicklow Partnership and Arklow Springboard.
The supportive role of the Peer Mentor is very important in helping students settle into school life. Peer Mentors help and support first year students in a variety of ways.
'A comprehensive Peer Mentoring Programme to support Students starting Secondary School
- Bettering everyone’s Secondary Transition'
Training provided by Karen Carter - Arklow Springboard