Our academic programs, cocurricular activities, teaching staff and facilities exist for one purpose: to support each and every student to be the best they can be.
We know that every student is an individual with individual talents, interests, experiences and learning styles, and that there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to education.
To ensure each student who walks through our gates leaves with the tools they need to be the best they can be, we have developed an innovative mentoring program that runs throughout a student’s life at the College, from their first day of school to their final exam preparation in year 12.
In the Junior School, classroom teachers act as mentors for their students, looking out for their educational and emotional wellbeing, and creating a safe, nurturing and happy environment that encourages them to take risks, learn and grow. Transition programs provide new students, particularly in ELC and prep, with opportunities to meet their teachers and classmates, establish routines, and feel safe in their new school environment.
Every student in Years 5 and 6, Middle School and Senior School is allocated to a home room: a small group of students who have regular contact with one teacher, their mentor. Mentors have the important responsibility of monitoring the academic and pastoral progress of each student in their home room and establishing a strong partnership with parents.
In Years 5 and 6 and Middle School this involves encouraging students to become self-managing individuals who take responsibility for their own learning; challenging students’ mindsets and comfort zones; fostering a culture of positivity; and empowering students to achieve their personal best. The Peer Support program connects year 7 students with students in year 11 who assist with the transition to secondary school and provide positive role models.
Senior School mentors meet regularly with the students in their home rooms, collectively and individually. Topics discussed include stress management, healthy habits and exam strategies, as well as one-on-one conversations about each student’s progress and any issues relating to their wellbeing and academic performance. Mentors are in regular contact with parents, ensuring that each student is supported and equipped to reach their full potential.
We know that effective mentoring relies on building strong connections between staff, students and parents, and our mentors are committed to knowing each student; knowing their interests, personal circumstances, strengths, weaknesses, and academic history. This highly personal approach ensures every St Leonard’s student can be the best they can be.