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. Bishop Grandin House has gone into a vertical mentoring system which we call our House Families. The boys are split evenly through four families across all five grades. Within these families the senior boys are able to form relationships with the younger boys in their families as they compete with each other against the other families in various activities throughout the year.
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.
The practice of the Pupil Mentor program promotes the principles of the St Benedict’s College policy document as a Catholic School. Every evening all the boys gather together in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray together as a family. Each boy will get the opportunity to lead the prayer session every term which enhances their relationship with God. Every Sunday the Boarding House travels to Malvern Parish to celebrate Holy Mass. This is great opportunity for boys to pray worship our Lord with other families.