Rosmini students mentoring younger kids worldwide

Since 2012 Rosmini College students have been mentoring younger students in roughly 40 classrooms across 10 countries.

They have provided a weekly video lesson across New Zealand and 23 classrooms overseas.

The Year 12 students have led 8-10 minutes lessons to some of these schools for more than four years.

The Over the Back fence programme founder and coordinator is Geoff Wood.

He says in 2004 Rosmini students first worked with primary school students at the neighbouring St Joseph’s primary school.

They ran hour-long physical activity lessons.

Now the programme has an international reach.

Rosmini College Skypes Stewart Island’s Half Moon Bay School and Mangatawhiri School as well as schools in Rarotonga, India, the United States and Finland.

“The students work in small groups and they examine environmental issues that they have and interact,” says Wood.

The environmental health part of the programme requires students to identify an issue and work to come up with a solution before implementing it.

From kicking a ball around with students at St Joseph’s Primary to discussing issues and teaching schools around the world, Wood says all parts of the year-long Over the Back Fence project are beneficial.


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