Rydal Penrhos is thrilled to announce our new Peer Mentor team for the 2022/23 academic year, which consists of Sixth Form pupils.
The Peer Mentoring Programme at Rydal Penrhos helps pupils to learn how to support each other by offering a listening ear. Volunteers attend an eight-week training course in which they learn basic counselling and mentoring skills, which prepares them for almost every eventuality during a busy few months across all departments.
All Year 7 and 8 pupils are assigned a peer mentor who will help them to settle in, make progress and achieve their full potential within school life. Mentors are supported by a trained mentoring teacher, Mrs Richardson, and there are regular meetings throughout the year.
After hopefuls went through an assessment process to judge their suitability for the role, a 21-strong group consisting of Sixth Formers were chosen by staff members following a highly successful trial period.
There is a large contingent of Year 13 pupils within the Peer Mentor team, with Charlotte Hourihane, Emily Thomas, Sophie Madden, Emma Hackman, Luisa Berto, Elsi Pyves, Erin Bullick, Moli Birkinshaw, Jacob Cousins, James Copeland, Niall Richardson, Saul Sugarman, Noah Langford, Adam McGuigan and Ethan Bytheway all looking to put their experience at Rydal Penrhos to good use by inspiring younger members of the school community.
Eve Durrans, Eloise Chapman, Fayeth Jones, Ruby Merrick and Lily Davies are the Year 12 pupils selected to become Peer Mentors and will also be a tremendous asset in their respective roles.
The team will be on hand to lend support and also contribute to a large number of specially organised to improve confidence, group cohesion and team spirit within the group. These were sorely missed during a difficult recent period thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.
We would like to congratulate our new Rydal Penrhos Peer Mentors on their appointments and wish them the very best of luck in the coming months.