The Links Programme at John the Baptist Community School is designed to assists and supports First Year students as they adjust and settle into second level school. The Links Programme involves trained T.Y. students becoming a point of contact and support to First Year students.
Transition Year students interested in the Programme apply in writing to become Links students at the end of their Third Year. Following the written application students may be interviewed before being selected for the Links Programme. This year(2017), forty five students were selected. They completed a full training day in May 2017. Six mentor teachers guide and monitor the Links Programme throughout the year.
The Links students become a point of contact to three or four First Year students. The Links students play a key role in welcoming the First Years and are heavily involved in the running of the First Year Induction day.
The Programme has obvious benefits for our First Year students as they adjust to second level school. It also helps to build confidence and leadership qualities in our T.Y. students. We wish the students and all participating in the Programme every success for the year.