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BOARDING

Mentorship Programme at the Boarding House

The mission of the Bishop Grandin House Mentoring Programme is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for new pupils and to link them with successful role models. Senior pupils as Pupil Mentors contribute positively to this transition process. The programme motivates and assists new pupils to improve their performance while promoting a cohesive boarding and school culture. All new pupils need and have a right to be part of an inclusive, responsive and friendly boarding community.

History of Mentoring

The concept of mentoring has a long history, one that comes to us from Greek mythology. In Homer’s Odyssey, Mentor was the teacher of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus. However, a Mentor was more than a teacher. Mentor was half-male and half-female and was wisdom personified.

Empowering pupils

Mentoring is the art of helping and empowering others to shape their learning behaviours. Effective mentoring is an influential factor in pupil success at school . Good mentoring empowers pupils by encouraging and supporting each pupil in successful achievement of goals, and adapting to the academic, religious, sporting and cultural norms of the school.

Ease the transition to High School

Transition to high school is a challenging experience. New pupils benefit from the assistance of more experienced individuals. Mentors have the gratification of helping a fellow pupil and acquiring multiple skills for themselves.

Christian Principles

The practice of the Pupil Mentor program promotes the principles of the St Benedict’s College policy document as a Catholic School.