Pupils get a taste of university life

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 16/05/2012
Cameron Lemon
DAVID HALLETT/Fairfax NZ
TEAMING UP: Hornby High School year 12 student Cameron Lemon receives instruction from third-year Canterbury University student Tom Swan under a new mentoring scheme.

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Hornby High School pupils are getting a peek at university life.

A pilot mentoring programme was launched yesterday and will see 35 Canterbury University students team up with Hornby High year 11 to 13 pupils.

Hornby principal Richard Edmundson said the scheme was designed to introduce pupils to university.

The students and pupils would meet eight times over 16 weeks. He said pupils were matched with students who had similar interests or were studying courses the pupils wanted to study.

Canterbury University mentoring co-ordinator Jane Hall said she hoped to be able to double the number of mentors next year, which would enable the scheme to be expanded to other schools.

Pupil Dallis Yates, 16, said the programme would help him to move from school life to university life.

Mary Natta, 15, said she wanted to get a better understanding of what gaining a law degree entailed. She has been teamed with a third-year law student.

Tom Swan, 20, a third-year biology and geography student, said he joined the programme because he wanted to provide some guidance and support.

He has been teamed with pupil Cameron Lemon, 17, who said there were many differences between high school and university and it would be good to know "that stuff". Mentors have received extra training for the assignment.

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