Across all year levels at CHAC, students work alongside their peers to mentor and motivate each other, to build shared value in and among our community.

One such effective peer-to-peer program is Bridge Builders™ – a program created by Jocelyne Chirnside of Empowering Life Skills, who has worked with students and staff in Primary to help make the program an essential part of the curriculum and pastoral care program. This year, 26 Year 6 volunteers have been chosen to support their younger counterparts in Prep to Year 2, during their playtimes.

The aim of the program is to create a supportive network for Early Years students, to help them resolve conflict within the playground. ‘Each of us has different values, beliefs, interests and experiences,’ said Pastoral Care Leader and Year 4 teacher, Stephanie McQuillan. ‘At times, these differences cause obstacles. Often, the most disruptive and stressful experiences children face are conflicts with others. By teaching students how to successfully rebuild and repair relationships after encountering conflict, helps to build self-confidence as well as instil an important life skill.’

Read the full article in the Winter 2016 Edition of Pax et Bonum.