This is my first year being a Stars Mentor. I began going to Stars around the start of Term 2 and so far the experience has been great.
My Year 9 class has been productive and involved in class discussions and activities. Being a mentor is a great opportunity to work with other students within the school and promote the importance of teamwork and values within our community. This is a great experience and I would recommend others take up this opportunity. I have found it personally beneficial as I have gained many skills around leadership and working with younger students.
Ella, Year 12
I saw an opportunity to encourage impressionable Year 9's to be upstanding students in their future years at Hornby High School. Being a Mentor I have been able to encourage the new Year 9 students to be more open about opportunities within the school and to try and see the positives.
I have been able to get a different perspective from the younger students, as well as the teachers who have been influential during the my years at school and in the Stars sessions. It has helped with my decision for what I hope to do when I leave school.
Using the leadership skills that I am developing during our Stars sessions, I hope that I can help make the students more comfortable with any future problems and hopefully they will chose to be Stars mentors themselves in the future.
Mason, Year 12
As a Stars mentor I have an amazing opportunity to work together with the Year 9's and get to know them very well. When I first started being a Stars mentor I didn’t know what to do but after a few sessions, I started to enjoy it. I regret thinking my earlier teachers were push overs because now that I am in their shoes I understand that it is not a walk in the park. I know that I have a long way to go with my leadership but with my team I believe that we can all make a difference. What I have learnt from being a Stars mentor is that you have to stand up and take the wheel.
I think if anyone has an opportunity to be a Stars mentor you should definitely take it.
Nini – Year 12