The Student Mentoring Program is a special volunteer program that provides individual support for students who might benefit from one-to-one time with a caring volunteer.
Volunteers, in partnership with teachers, help individual students of all ages in areas of special interest or need.
Children can join the program through a referral from their teacher or the Learning Support team, or through a request from the parent or the child himself.
What does Student Mentoring do?
It provides social/emotional support and is primarily a buddy system. It provides translation in the student’s mother tongue for new students to help them understand the classroom routine and to introduce the Units of Inquiry. A mentor might provide some minor academic support in the areas of handwriting, reading, math, project research, or extension work that has been provided by the classroom teacher.
What does it not do?
It does not replace Learning Support or in-class tutoring.
The teacher completes the online referral form which is submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator, giving specific details of the student’s needs. A Parent Permission Form must be signed by the parent and returned to the Student Mentoring Coordinator before a volunteer will be placed.
If you are a parent and would like to volunteer to be a Student Mentor, please complete the application below:
Parent Volunteer Form
There are other ways you can get involved as a parent volunteer at ZIS. You could become a classroom helper (normally for Early Childhood Center and Lower School children), volunteer to assist in one-off events eg field trips, drama productions etc.
If you are interested in volunteering please complete the Parent Volunteer online form below: