Holy Trinity Primary School has a special link with the charity ChildLine. We are one of the schools that work alongside ChildLine on the CHIPS initiative…Childline in Partnership with Schools.
Our Year 6 children apply, in writing to become a Peer Supporter, the applicants are then interviewed and the selected pupils receive two days of training from ChildLine in Peer Support and Mentoring. Miss Sarah Presland and Mrs Nikki Kenny are both qualified Peer Mentor Trainers and they spend time supporting and mentoring our team of Peer Mentors.
The Peer Mentors help by:
• Listening to other children who come to them with a problem;
• Looking out around the school for anyone who looks lonely or worried;
• Talking to children who have fallen out with a friend or group of friends.
In 2006 Holy Trinity first received the Sports Activemark Award from the Department for Education and Skills. This award recognises excellence in School Sport and PE. Play Leaders work on the Playground at break and lunchtimes. Their role is to:
• Organise and supervise games and play equipment for pupils;
• Settle minor disputes on the playground that arise from games;
• Learn how to referee and supervise different sports and games;
• Identify new games and equipment that children would enjoy.
Like the Peer Mentors our Play Leaders go through a tough application and training process before they are made Play Leaders.
As a school we have very high expectations of our Peer Mentors and Play Leaders – this is why the selection process is very rigorous. We demand the highest standard of behaviour at all times because every peer mentor and play leader must be a good role model for the rest of the school.
Our Peer Mentors and Play Leaders are highly skilled young people and we hope that the skills they have learned at Holy Trinity will serve them well in the future as good citizens.