BRUCE ROCK

Mentoring at Bruce Rock District High School(DHS) commenced in 2011 under True Blue Dreaming with the year nine and ten cohorts involved. In subsequent years it was extended to the year seven and eight cohorts, with a further extension to the year five/six class more recently. Since its inception it has become an important feature and a constant in the lives of Bruce Rock DHS students, staff, parents/primary carers and the Bruce Rock community due to its success. 

The Bruce Rock DHS coordinators, Karen Strange and Janine Dayman, had a vision that they would like to run this type of program in the Wheatbelt to allow the opportunity for more regional students to access this valuable program. Our vision became reality with the establishment of WBYM late in 2019.

HISTORY

Bruce Rock is in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 50 kilometres south of Merredin and 240 kilometres east of Perth. The Shire covers an area of 2,727 square kilometres. Other communities in the shire also include Ardath, Babakin, Belka, Erikin, Kwolyin and Shackleton.

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OUR PROGRAM

Our secondary students are each matched with an adult mentor, predominantly medical students from Notre Dame University. Students look forward to weekly emails, face to face catch ups in Bruce Rock and Perth and other forms of communication. 

Face to face catch ups in Bruce Rock include activities to increase interaction, communication skills, problem solving and planning in areas of the town that are important to our students including the pool, school, Youth Booth, Amphitheatre and sport. Students enjoy meeting their mentor and showing them around the town and community. 

Year 9/10 camp in Perth is an opportunity for the students to meet up with the mentors for activities and late night shopping. We also enjoy a day trip to Notre Dame University to complete activities and see the mentors.

Annual feedback from mentees, parents and mentors shows great benefits to all parties and is valuable for shaping and improving the program. Numerous mentors have received their 5 year appreciation certificate over the years. They report finding the program easy, flexible, rewarding and cost neutral, as well as enhancing their careers. Many mentors choose to continue to support their mentee as they leave our school to further their education.

CLASS MENTORS

Year 5/6

As an extension to our mentoring program our Year 5/6 class also enjoy the benefits of the Wheatbelt & Beyond Youth Mentoring program with a class mentor assigned each year. The class teacher works with the class to decide what topics of conversation to talk about and how to construct good quality emails.

 

This has proven to be a valuable training platform for the students before they have their own individual mentor in high school. Great enthusiasm for the program also develops under this model.

Year 1/2

For several years our secondary students have individually mentored our Year 1 & 2 students. Whilst it was initially intended to alleviate the fear of the Year 1 & 2 students coming into the school and being around secondary students who seemed big to them, increased leadership opportunities and experience of being a mentor have added further value to the program.

Babakin PS

Babakin PS is a small level 3 primary school in the Bruce Rock Shire, with less than 20 students. Having a mentor for their Year 4-6 students assists them with exposure to the life of a person from outside their community and the transition from primary to secondary education, moving to a larger school and often leaving home at the age of 12 or 13 to go to boarding school.