Peer Support Leaders
A caring school culture is one in which all members of the school community feel safe and cared for, have a sense of belonging and feel connected to the school. Such a culture is built on a foundation of quality relationships and supportive school environment. Students experience a caring school culture primarily through positive teacher-student relationship (TSR) and positive student-student relationship (SSR).
The Peer Support Leaders (PSLs) in West Spring hence play an important role in creating a caring and positive peer culture in the school, strengthening the SSR. PSLs are selected in Secondary One and are trained on two formal sessions every year, by the Teacher-Counsellors and the Full-Time School Counsellor. They are mentored by their Form Teachers.
Aims and objectives of the PSL Programme
- Promote a culture of care and respect in the school
- Increase the students’ sense of ownership over the caring culture of the school
- Increase the number of avenues in which students may seek help from
- Bridge the gap between students and teachers with respect to seeking help
- Equip the Peer Support Leaders with an increased awareness and sensitivity to their peers’ needs.
- Reduce the stigma against help-seeking behaviour.
- Reduce the number of bullying cases.
Criteria for Selection – CA2RE
C – Care: Be caring towards their peers.
A2 – Alert: Be Alert to signs of distress in peers, and Alert a teacher when the need arises
R – Relate: Be able to relate well to their peers and adults.
E – Empathize: Be empathetic towards their peers.
Here are some photos of our recent training: