Five alumni have returned to school to volunteer as mentors for gifted girls in Year 5.
The first Girl Guardians meeting took place on Tuesday evening; we are very fortunate to have past students so willing to give back to Perth College.
We started by sharing a meal in the Boarders’ Dining Room and then moved into an ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ in the Junior School Library. The shared meal allows us to have conversations about our days, our lives and our interests, building the connection between the mentor and mentees as they get to know each other in a shared environment (a little reminiscent of having dinner with your family!). The discussions at each table were diverse, with common interests identified, and shared experiences with detailed stories making the room buzz.
The Appreciative Inquiry started with reflections on our own character strengths and how they have contributed to situations when we flourish. We questioned what makes us flourish, and who supports us in this journey. How does the environment we are in contribute to our flow? And what do we deem as ‘flourishing’? The discussions were in-depth and insightful and saw the girls identifying common factors in their stories, character strengths and challenges.
Over the coming weeks, the inquiry will continue and lead into the girls directing the learning through their own curiosity, creativity and reflection. I will introduce you to some of our mentors and mentees during the term through the blog. The mentoring programme runs each Tuesday evening throughout Term Two.