Peer mediation is a new wellbeing imitative beginning in 2018. The program is about Year 11 students helping younger students to resolve low level conflict. We have 22 Year 11 students who undertook training in conflict resolution, communication skills and critical thinking. Mediators have been trained to help junior students with issues such as:

  • name calling
  • rumour spreading
  • friendship problems
  • property issues
  • teasing
  • exclusion

They will not be called on to deal with bullying, physical violence or anything that may involve breaking the law. 

To initiate the program and make the younger students comfortable with the mediators they will be rostered on to one lunch time a cycle. They will be wearing their badges as peer mediators. During this time, they will be a visible presence in the playground and speaking to younger students. At this point they may take students to a quiet space to mediate a situation. Otherwise, they will just be making their presence known and creating relationships.

Students may self-refer but staff will also refer students for mediation. If you think your child may benefit, please get in touch with the appropriate student coordinator to discuss. The program is completely voluntary. This program does not replace the support offered by student coordinators, pastoral care worker or the school psychologists. 

Referrals can be made face to face or via email to Kerrie Guest or Blair Brownlee directly or through the peer mediation email address BRG-Peer-Mediation@mn.catholic.edu.au

The anticipated benefits of peer mediation are as follows:

  • Reduced peer conflict in the junior years.
  • More harmonious peer groups.
  • Greater connection between the older and younger students.
  • Greater leadership opportunities for Year 11 students. 
  • Extension of the skills and relationships that Year 10 students experienced during Peer Support.
  • Increased ability and responsibility for solving their own problems.
  • Reduction in bullying through early intervention.
  • Increased skills in communication, listening and problem-solving
  • Development of social, language and leadership skills
  • Increased self-esteem for the mediators and students experiencing conflict

We would appreciate your support with this program.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Kerrie Guest.