This photo is of Gabrielle and I visiting Woldgate school to present a cheque for £223.39, from the carol singing, in aid of the peer mentoring group they run to help other pupils with coping strategies and mental health issues. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and skills the young mentors had. The work they do is helping many children at the school to deal with often minor issues that could if not dealt with early become bigger problems.
I personally came away with a different but very positive impression of our young people and feel our money will be well spent.
The photo and information below were printed in the schools newsletter.
Peer mentoring is a well-established part of the support which we offer pupils at Woldgate School. Buddies are chosen and trained by Mrs Vickers when in Year 9 and then begin their roles when Year 6 join us for Creative Arts’ days and the main transition events in the Summer. They are an integral part of helping the new Year 7 pupils find their way around in September and then go on providing support for all pupils as the year progresses.
It is a successful project, but one which we hope to expand in coming months and so we were so grateful to receive a cheque for £223.29 from Bielby Parish Group, Chairman Paul Ward and Secretary Gabrielle Rose and our very own Mrs Kendra, who raised money for us by carol singing at Christmas.
The money will be used to develop the training and to provide more opportunities to raise pupils’ awareness of the support in a higher profile way, such as a stalls in A Block corridor.
Alicia Sanerivi, on behalf of the mentors said: “It is a very rewarding thing to do. Pupils talk to us about friendship issues and things which they are struggling with and we are friendly face. We help them to speak to a member of staff when something is more serious.” “We enjoy getting to know the new pupils and helping them to settle in