School seeks vol­un­teers for men­tor project

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Col­man

Mar­garet River Se­nior High School is seek­ing vol­un­teers for the school’s men­tor pro­gram.

Year 12 stu­dent Ja­cob Buck­land will grad­u­ate in Novem­ber, and said he owed his school­ing suc­cess to lo­cal busi­ness­man Lloyd Shep­herd­son.

“When I started high school, I strug­gled to make friends and I had a lot of be­havioural prob­lems be­cause of that,” he said.

“I started the men­tor pro­gram with Lloyd when I was in Year 8, and it gave me back my self-es­teem and the power of re­silience.

“The time we spend to­gether helps me get things off my chest which makes get­ting on with school work eas­ier.”

The pro­gram, which has run suc­cess­fully for sev­eral years, in­volves com­mu­nity mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing to give support to stu­dents who are seek­ing guid­ance.

Mr Shep­herd­son said it was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to de­brief on how they were feel­ing.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s school, life or so­cial mat­ters, we are here to pro­vide support,” he said.

“Ja­cob and I spent a se­mes­ter do­ing met­al­work and we made a sword.

“It was fan­tas­tic bond­ing time that’s valu­able for stu­dents hav­ing a hard time with school life.”

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Kathryn Seisun said a sim­i­lar pro­gram was set up across lo­cal pri­mary schools to help stu­dents tran­si­tion to high school

Com­mu­nity mem­bers want­ing to vol­un­teer can reg­is­ter at ed­conn ec­taus­tralia.org.au.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Year 12 stu­dent Ja­cob Buck­land with men­tor Lloyd Shep­herd­son.

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