Mentors demystify high school

Learning partnership: Prosperitas Quakers Hill High mentors Boomika Sreenivasan and Sally Husking with their mentees Eustacia Surjanto and Zoe Morgan from Barnier Public School. Picture: Geoff Jones

Learning partnership: Prosperitas Quakers Hill High mentors Boomika Sreenivasan and Sally Husking with their mentees Eustacia Surjanto and Zoe Morgan from Barnier Public School. Picture: Geoff Jones

A QUAKERS Hill High School mentoring program is demystifying the high school experience for Barnier Public School pupils.

It is the first time Prosperitas, a program which allows high school students to complete an extended project on the topic of their choice with a teacher's guidance, has matched year 6 pupils with a student mentor from years 8 to 10.

Barnier's deputy principal Craig Werner said pupils could access their mentors through school online collaborative network Edmodo, when they were not meeting face-to-face.

"They're able to provide feedback to our students, who are comfortable uploading different information and drafts of what they have completed.

"They gain all those 21st century learning skills of analysing and creating, peer assessment and peer feedback.

"While the mentors and teachers are guiding them, they're taking responsibility for their learning, setting targets and goals along the way. It's a very fluid project."

The pupils' projects span film, sport, soccer, history, wood carving, mythology, art and writing.

Quakers Hill High School's primary school transition co-ordinator Melissa Lachevre said the program had helped build the leadership capacity of students and promote self-directed learning.

"We've got quite a few budding novelists," she said.

"They're quite ambitious and they're very excited."

The projects will be displayed at the schools in August.

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