From the Classroom – Year 1 – Natural Mentors

“Research finds that the presence of one or more caring, committed adult in a child’s life increases the likelihood that children and youth flourish, and become productive adults themselves. These individuals have been called natural mentors.”  

Last Friday, we welcomed many special visitors to Barbreck for our Special Visitors’ Day.

Our VIPs were treated to a concert featuring all girls from Prep to Year 3. We read, sang, and performed for these important people in our lives. To read more about our performances read Ms Dhono Isworo’s Blue Ribbon article here.

It was a truly special morning in the classrooms too, with the girls spending time making and creating special items for their special visitors to keep.  

In Year 1, we showed our special visitors how to make tissue paper flowers and presented them with a bunch to take home and enjoy.  

Scales, P. C., & Leffert, N. (1999). Developmental assets: A synthesis of scientific research on adolescent development, Minneapolis: Search Institute.  

Rhodes, J., Ebert, L., & Fischer, K. (1992). Natural mentors: An overlooked resource in the social networks of young, African American mothers, American Journal of Community Psychology, 20(4), 445-461. 

Mrs Courtney O'Brien, Year 1 Teacher