Takapuna Grammar runs a number of peer programmes where senior students are trained in specific areas to support junior students. The philosophy behind these programmes is based on the premise that our own students are our greatest resource and that junior secondary students are more likely to be influenced by positive role models closer to their own age. The programmes include the following:
This is an extension of Peer Support, where Year 9 students needing extra support (eg difficulty settling into school or making friends) nominate a Peer Support leader to be their mentor (tuakana/teina). They then meet their mentor fortnightly during one of the Peer Support leader’s study periods.
For several years the school has had a group of senior students who have been given specific training in restorative mediation skills to work with students who have harassment or friendship issues that need to be resolved. The experience for all involved is beneficial in developing conflict resolution and communication skills, both vital for the world in which we live. The Peer leaders also work with students identified as ‘bullyproof’ in Year 9 to work to make the school a safe place.
Peer Sexuality Support
The Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP) involves a group of Year 12 and 13 students who are trained to support their peers in making healthy choices in regard to their sexual health and sexuality. During their training the PSSP team are provided with accurate information and access to resources, and they are taught communication skills so that they can discuss all aspects of sexuality with their peers in a confidential way. These include subjects such as contraception, STIs, pregnancy, and sexuality issues.
Peer Drug and Alcohol
A new team with a focus on creating a safer culture for teenagers in relation to alcohol and drug use via assembly presentations and the junior health programme.