Every student at the College has a designated Mentor Teacher. This relationship is central to the student’s academic progress, as well as their personal development. Every term, the Mentor Teacher meets twice with the student for an in-depth, one-on-one conversation on their progress, their goals and their wellbeing.
Mentor Teachers are trained in coaching techniques to understand and develop each student’s capabilities. By working with the student over time, they become a stable and trusted source of guidance.
Four concepts guide the discussion:
- Head: academic progress
- Heart: emotional well-being and relationships with others
- Hands: involvement in the College and the wider community
- Spirit: mindfulness, self-reflection and search for meaning
A report from each meeting is provided to parents, to help the College to partner with families in wrapping support around the student.
The report includes an update on academic results, which Mentor Teachers monitor closely to intervene if concerns are flagged.
The Mentor Teacher is also available to students and families at any time outside the arranged meetings, for encouragement, advice and support.