All photos on this site are credited to Ed Janes and 2020 Year 12 students Renee Bragge, Tilyia Peoples, Elizabeth Grayden and Yasmin Bridge
The program began in 2016 after a Year 7 student had a peer mentor in Year 11 for Maths. The connection was fostered in primary school between families and remained a constant when the Year 7 student moved to Carine. The improvement in grades and sense of connection showed the value of linking younger students with achieving and enthusiastic mature students.
In 2018, five students from the Year 11 Maths Specialist Program started tutoring seven students in Academic Extension Years 7, 8 and 9 to foster Maths inquiry. This quickly grew to include other subjects, year groups and ability levels. We now have over 100 students. Students come for the support, ability to form relationships and the fun and social atmosphere in the library. Celebrations for participation are held each semester and students flourish under their peers guidance. The program is supported by an Academic Performance Manager.
Online Application for the Academic Peer Mentoring program is sent to students who complete an expression of interest. Information regarding the process can be found on the Carine SHS Connect page.
Students say it….
Students choose to be part of the program and arrangements are only made if they guarantee reliability.
Mara started tutoring us for Year 10 Physics. We had a lot of laughs but the serious thing was my grades improved. It wasn’t only in Science it happened. She told me stuff about Geography and ultimately my HASS grade improved. She even helped me write a sentence better in English. It’s not just about Mara though. I think working with a couple of friends helped and also my attitude to study matured and I worked independently more effectively.
Christie Jansen van Vuuren