Peer Support was back this term in full swing here at AISHK. Our Year 6 leaders ran weekly sessions for a total of 6 weeks. Peer Support is a wonderful collaboration across the entire Primary school, where students participate in a 45 mins session revolving around a particular set of skills or theme. Each of the vertical groupings is made up of students from Prep to Year 5 and is led by the Year 6 Peer Support Leader, meaning students work in groups of seven or eight in different classrooms across the school. The AISHK school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’ was the focus for our six-week program and formed the basis of the discussions and activities each week.
The purpose of the first two sessions was for the students in each group to get to know each other and make some initial connections. The PSL organised games and activities around the students’ names, interests and common connections. To end the session, there was a specific focus on the ‘Connect’ component of the school motto with students asked what the term means to them personally and how they connect with each other and the school.
For the next two sessions, the focus turned to the ‘Strive’ component of our school motto. Each group explored what it means to genuinely strive for success with many of the activities and discussions centering on the notion of learning from one’s mistakes. Indeed, many of our students’ ultimate successes are borne out of an ever-evolving understanding that, in life, things do not always go as we may plan or hope. What is important is a resolve to improve and a determination to realise our goals.
The final two sessions turned to the ‘Flourish’ component of our school motto. Each group explored the notions of resilience, creativity and personal growth. The leaders guided their group through activities and discussions designed to examine the ways in which we can achieve our goals and grow into the best possible version of ourselves. This includes our need to think about the whole body and mind: being healthy, sleeping well, exercise, being kind and showing gratitude. Students finished off the program with a whole school flourishing tree, where each member of the group was asked to add two goals to a leaf starting with “I am going to…” This display can be seen towards the main entrance of the school on the 2nd floor. It is a lovely reminder for students to check in and recall their goals and how they will achieve them.
Year 6 Team
Stephanie Clarke (Head of Year 6), Jodie Spencer, Emma Knight, Chris McCorkell