Ms. Lianne Lim
School Counsellor,Victoria Shanghai Academy

Ms Lianne Lim is a Secondary School Counsellor at Victoria Shanghai Academy, where she also coordinates the in-school VSA Mentoring Programme.  She worked in the field of finance before she followed her passion and pursued a career in counselling. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University, a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, and a master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University. Lianne is a registered counsellor with the Asian Professional Counselling and Psychology Association.

Abstract

Models of Mentoring

The Victoria Shanghai Academy team will describe and discuss three forms of mentoring that they have implemented at our school. The first, peer mentoring, involves students supporting each other with homework completion and social-emotional development through a club they refer to as ‘Learning Buddies.’ The second, teacher mentoring, has students paired with a teacher mentor who supports them in developing academic skills. Lastly, in the form of ‘coffee mornings’ and workshops, they engage parents in conversations around parenting, social-emotional learning and academic support. They describe how they have implemented each form of mentoring, discuss lessons learned, and seek to show how each form of mentoring has impacted our community.

During this presentation participants will:

In sharing their experiences, they hope to give participants ideas that they can take back to their schools and try themselves. They have seen improvements in student learning and engagement in those who have participated in these mentoring programs. They have also noticed increased levels of targeted and thoughtful support from parents who regularly come to our sessions. Mentoring has proven to be a worthwhile use of time and resources in our school community, and they hope to inspire others to develop their own similar programs.

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