Regenerate hosted a mentoring group for students from Granard Primary School who are about to move onto secondary school.
The programme helped the group to grow in confidence, realise their strengths and talk about their concerns about moving on to Secondary school. They threw themselves in to all the activities with great enthusiasm, from digging for dinosaurs (that was a craft activity) to talking about their inner strengths! There were honest discussions, where students were given the chance to ask questions about secondary school and voice their fears and worries.
It was practical as well, the group thought about how to organise and manage their timetables, pack bags and remember all the new things that come along with this big change. They talked about how to make positive relationships and reflected on all that they have learnt from their time at Primary school.
The Year 6 teacher said “ The children loved reflecting on their qualities and making a piece of art around this; they were really proud. The parents were beaming when they left with their artwork with the children running up to them saying ‘Where can we put this in our house?“
The final session took place at Growhampton, our local urban farm at Roehampton University and there couldn’t have been a better way to end. We toured the edible campus, picked our own veg and then prepared and cooked lunch on the campfire.
Followed by a nature scavenger hunt we reflected on all we have learnt during our time together. The group now feel more confident about moving to secondary school and are looking forward to starting a new adventure!