Mentors help pupils to achieve goals

Savvy: Zoe Morgan with her horse-themed business display and Prosperitas project mentor Sally Husking. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Savvy: Zoe Morgan with her horse-themed business display and Prosperitas project mentor Sally Husking. Picture: Natalie Roberts

BARNIER Public School pupils turned out art, writing, woodwork and a whole business in the six months they received mentorship through Quakers Hill High School's Prosperitas program for the first time.

Each of the 12 year 6 pupils involved was helped through a self-directed project by a student from the high school whose interests or skills matched their chosen topic.

Zoe Morgan, 11, created a business and website to support her horse magazine Everything Equine.

"Sometimes trying to put all of the information I'd found into one page of the magazine was challenging," she said.

"I did a few interviews for my magazine with people who were related to horses or animals and put a few tips in there and advertised businesses that sell horse products."

Zoe's year 10 mentor Sally Husking provided her with advice in person and through Edmodo, an education-based social network.

She learnt a lot through the process.

"It was interesting," she said.

"Zoe definitely taught me a lot about in-depth business things that you wouldn't normally think of."

Grace Luckman, 11, made a short film about a girl on a farm who discovers her dream after her family have died.

"My favourite part of the project was probably filming and discovering how to put a movie together," she said.

"The challenges were to make sure my actors knew their script, that every single scene was filmed with the correct amount of characters, and then editing on time."

Prosperitas co-ordinator Bronwyn Tweedale said the program encouraged critical thinking and other skills.

"For our students it was very much about the mentoring but also honing their own skills by guiding a younger student through it," she said.

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