Students mentor younger peers

Twenty-five students in Years 12 and 13 at St. Ignatius Catholic School are helping to build confidence and self-esteem in younger peers.

The mentoring group is providing guidance and support as well as helping with academic work to younger students within St. Ignatius and George Hicks High School.

The group meet on Wednesdays at 12.05pm at St. Ignatius campus for 20 to 25 minutes.

After a short session with all students, the group separates for one-on-one chats.

‘So far the mentoring programme has had a positive impact within GHHS and St. Ignatius,’ said Diana Brodowska, St. Ignatius Campus Minister.

In order to assist these students, Ms Brodowska said the sixth-formers underwent a mentoring training programme last November.

On a recent Wednesday, one group of mentors, which included Yentel McGaw, Katrina Watson and Chloe Scott, heard how George Hicks students Antakia Ebanks and Catherine Bodden were doing in their studies

The three mentors questioned students on how they liked school; studying habits; career choices after school; and reading habits.

Young Antakia said she enjoyed mathematics while her classmate Catherine said she wanted to be a judge when she left school.

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