At Barons Court, our year six pupils apply for prefect roles that they are specifically interested in and the roles that they feel they can make a difference to across the whole school, once appointed. A mentor is one of the prefect roles and as a mentor the children work both internally; supporting our school community, and externally; supporting people in our local area.
The 2019-2020 Mentors are Bastian, Dylan, Ernest, Georgia and Chloe.
The children have started working with the youngest and newest members of our school by mentoring the nursery children. On Tuesdays and Fridays the mentors use their lunchtime to visit the nursery and support the younger children to listen carefully to adults and playing nicely with their new friends.
Dylan said "I'm trying to get the children to engage with me and play nicely with toys. I've made new friends myself!"
Ernest expressed his happiness to be back in the nursery, "Nursery is a good place, it brings back good memories from when I was there."
Georgia explained why they are working as mentors, "We are being role models so the children know what to do."
Our school has community at it's heart and our wonderful mentors have been very excited to get involved in external mentoring activities within the community. They regularly visit the residents of Milton House Care Home where they read, sing and take part in activities with the residents and staff. They have developed new skills in how to communicate with different people and how to support adults with varying needs. Georgia said "I really enjoyed talking to Margaret. She was kind and listened to us. She said that we were very well behaved. I asked her about her family and she told me she loves to be around her grandchildren."
Dylan said "I told Albert all about myself and he told me about himself. I like hearing their stories about where they have come from."
One of the residents said "The children are so kind and happy. It makes me happy. They read to me so well. They are so clever. I think it is a great way of learning, to bring children to the home. I wish we had those opportunities when I was little".
We are so priviledged to live in such a supportive community and we look forward to being involved in other exciting projects in the future.