The mentoring Program at Marden Senior College is a program which involves all teaching staff as mentors to a small group of students.
A mentor is also your main contact person at the College.
A mentor is a support person who is there to help you when you need support.
Who has a mentor?
All students you are under 21 on the start of the school year are provided with a mentor for the entire year.
How will I know who my mentor is?
Those students under 21 can expect to be contacted by their mentor early in the school year.
Where at all possible students will be assigned one of their subject teachers as their mentor but this is not possible in all cases.
A Mentor is there to support you if and when you need support and will be your main contact person at the College.
How can a mentor help?
A mentor can help in many ways including:
- Listening, encouraging and helping you stay connected to your study program to you
- Providing practical help with goal setting and time management
- Helping with organisational skills
- Liaising with subject teachers and acting as an advocate on your behalf
- Referring to other support services in the College as required
What do I do if I do not want the support of a mentor?
Even if you feel that you do not require any extra support, your mentor can act as a contact/support person for you in a range of ways which may prove beneficial to you as the year progresses. Discuss this with your mentor if you have any concerns.
Student comments about the Mentoring Program
Mentoring is something I have never seen at any other school, and I think it is a very positive program.
- My mentor is very supportive and guides me. It makes me realise school is important and keeps me determined.
- It’s good knowing there is someone to go to seek help if needed.
- My mentor helped me get through year 12 despite my issues and lack of motivation.
- My mentor helped me to organise time and school work.
- My mentor has been helpful for me in dealing with the workload. I have been able to balance my work a lot better with my mentor’s help.
What is the Student Program?
Throughout the year a number of activities are organised to help students with their studies, general wellbeing and pathways planning. Activities can include:
- Study skills and time management
- Young people and the law
- Cyber bullying
- Pathway planning
- Tertiary information sessions.
Student comments from the study skills and time management sessions:
- I would like to see more of these programs
- I will definitely try to use the tips. Thanks
- I learned that study isn’t overwhelming; it will give you the leading edge.
- I learned how I can balance homework and social life.
- It has motivated me to spend extra time on study.
- The session was extremely helpful and useful. I would recommend for anyone!