Big sister, little sister
Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Programme
The programme matches First Years to Fourth Year students with the aim of easing First Years transition into secondary school.
The BSLS School programme is a fantastic opportunity for the First Years to get to know
their new school and take part in weekly fun activities, whilst building a friendship with
an older student.
BSLS operates a mentoring programme in schools. The aim is to provide additional
support to young people who have made the transition from primary to secondary
The students meet once a week over the school year and participate in games, sports, making lunch etc, in the school.
Similar methods of intake, implementation, recruitment, training and supervision are
used in the schools as in the community-based programme. In each school, there is a
designated teacher who links in with the local BSLS Officer. Our officer is Peter Duffy.
Here are some quotes from last years sisters..
‘It was great fun and I really enjoyed the meetings.’ Nicole Dillon-Hegarty (Little Sister)
‘I loved all the fun things we did together.’ Amy Browne (Little Sister)
‘I really enjoyed meeting my Little Sister, and now have a life-long friend.' Laura Sloyan (Big
‘A worthwhile experience.’ Lorna Moran (Big Sister)
Objectives for the Mentees (1st Years)*
Through participation in the programme mentees will:
• Have the opportunity to develop a supportive friendship in a safe environment
• Increase their confidence and self-esteem through the relationship they will develop with their Big Sister
• Have a positive role in their school lives
• Have a positive developmental programme linked to their formal education
• Have a medium through which to discuss issues of concern to them
• Have fun
Objectives for the Mentors (4th Years)
Through participation in the programme mentors will:
• Develop friendships
• Increase their self-confidence through training provided as part of the programme
• Enhance their communication skills
• Increase their self-esteem through positive affirmation by school and BSLS personnel
• Be provided with the opportunity to contribute positively to the school community
• Realise the importance and benefits of volunteering.
Due to numbers, not all who apply can get on the programme; it is decided upon interview according to suitability and need.