PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — The Petersfield High School's Guidance and Counselling department recently launched a 'Most Valuable Person' Club (MVP) aimed at targeting students at the co-educational institution who are deemed 'at risk' because of their behaviour.
The club seeks to help students accept responsibility for their actions; develop a better awareness of self; unearth talents and potential and to display them in a positive way.
"We mainly focus on students who get into fights, have uniform violations and on a consistent basis...if we can at least reach one then one life will be changed forever, this is the basis of the MVP club," explained Kerry-Ann Barrett, the school's guidance counsellor.
Under the initiative, 'at risk' students are placed in groups of 10 and are given individual counselling sessions by guidance counsellors Barrett and Daphne Matalie.
"During the sessions we deal with anger management and conflict resolution; the development of leadership skills and help the students realise their true potential," Barrett said.
She said clubbites are given buttons but added that if they failed to conform to the rules and guidelines they would be stripped of them, and lose their membership.
"Students who lose their membership however, can rejoin the club if their behaviour shows any improvement after one month of observation," Barrett said.
According to her, members are very proud of wearing their buttons and because they don't want to lose them they have been "walking on the straight and narrow path."
When asked if the students were responding positively to the program she said, "the students are co-operating and are very receptive to it. We had a social for them and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They are very enthused and are always enquiring about meetings. They look forward to the outings they have with their mentors."