Students and parents from Riversdale and High View primary schools from Wandsworth came together on Thursday 26 June 2013 at Roehampton University as part of their ten week Primary School Mentoring Programme. Those about to graduate included 28 boys and girls from High View, the school running the first ever Boys Primary Programme pilot and 14 girls from Riversdale.
The day was led by student volunteer Bill Rivers and five amazing student ambassadors from Roehampton University who showed off all the University had to offer. Following some games and competitions that got the students introduced to the ambassadors, they were split into teams and given a questionnaire to fill in as they were shown around the picturesque University. The questionnaire was designed to encourage the students to get as much from the tour as possible, and encouraged them to ask questions along the way.
The ambassadors gave the students an informative and factual account about the University and University life, combining this with their personal experiences so the students got a very real sense of what going to Roehampton was really like. The ambassadors explained why they had chosen to go to University and why they chose Roehampton in particular and what they enjoyed most about the subjects they were studying.
The students were blown away by the University’s grassy setting and lakes, which gives a real sense of Roehampton being a campus University, despite its Central London location. Following the tour everyone was taken back to the hall for one last activity in which the students were given pen and paper and asked to create and design their own Universities. The students were encouraged to be as imaginative as they liked and whilst some stuck to the Mosaic ethos by calling theirs the ‘Progress and Professions University’, others took a different approach and called their University the ‘Pink University’ complete with its own recording studio and yoga rooms.
Overall, the day was a great success and allowed the students to see all aspects of University life, from the library to the halls, to the Student Union and the amazing grounds Roehampton has to offer. One farther in particular, who had managed to get away from work for the occasion, expressed just how much his daughter had got from the programme and how important he felt it was to make it to the sessions, urging other parents to attend more if they can. One of the mums spoke about her extremely shy daughter, who had previously been happy to sit back and allow her more confident class mates to speak; she has now gained enough confidence to do a presentation to 64 people! A direct result of the support and mentoring her daughter had received from her Mosaic mentors.
Mosaic London is now recruiting mentors to support programme delivery commencing in the autumn term. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact Anu.Atewologun@bitc.org.uk