Peer mediation is a wellbeing initiative that began in 2018. The program is about Year 11 students helping younger students to resolve low level conflict. We have 18 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:
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 directly or through the peer mediation email address BRG-Peer-Mediation@mn.catholic.edu.au.
The anticipated benefits of peer mediation are as follows:
We would appreciate your support with this program. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Kerrie Guest.