The Peer Mediation Program
Jingili prides itself on whole school endeavours for an innovative, challenging and collaborative community. When in the playground students have a clear understanding of what it means to be a respectful, responsible and resilient school member and are doing their best to follow the messages teachers share with them from the Friendly Schools and Families, Bounce Back and Well Being programs operating in the school. The deep understanding that students have has led the staff to believe that the time is right to train and further empower students when dealing with conflict through the ‘Jingili PS Peer Mediation Program’.
The Peer Mediation Program is operational in the playground each recess and lunch time. This program is based on mediation. In mediation a third party literally steps between the parties in a disagreement and assists them in finding a solution to their problems. It generally involves the disagreeing students meeting face-to-face in the presence of a neutral student (the peer mediator student), who assists them to negotiate an agreement-which usually involves compromise. Mediators do not decide on the guilt or innocence of the students involved. They do not give advice, nor are they judges. They assist the parties to voluntarily reach an agreement which is acceptable to each student.
Conflicts between students are normal and a part of everyday life. Conflicts that are most common include name-calling, rumours, threats and friendships gone amiss.
The Peer Mediation program, has discovered many benefits.
· Empower students and recognise their responsibilities towards resolving conflict in a non-threatening forum in
which to voice their concerns
· Provide peer support to students involved in conflict situations
· Provide a means for raising awareness of, and reducing, bullying in the school
· Create an ethos within the school community which only tolerates respect and concern for others and appreciates
positive aspects of living in a multicultural society
· Promote ‘a can do’ attitude towards conflict resolution
· Develops independence amongst students when attempting to solve disagreements (a life-long skill) i.e. genuine
listening, assertiveness and effective communication strategies
Regular reviews of the Peer Mediation structure is conducted in consultation with the Peer Mediators and teacher co-ordinators.
What does it take to be a Peer Mediator?
Peer Mediators need to be seen as people who are:
· Have a genuine interest in helping others
· Have a positive attitude and willingness to learn
· Respectful to themselves, all Jingili PS staff and students
Be prepared to be a Leader with the following qualities
· Listen to students and their stories
· Respect all Jingili students
· Use positive language
· Have an un-bias attitude
· Work hard