Mentors and Proteges for the Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 will be the beneficiaries of a pilot mentoring program that has kicked off at Kirrawee High School.

By definition, a mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor, whilst a protégé is a word the derived from the French word ‘proteger’, meaning ‘protected’. With those definitions in mind, formalising teacher mentor/student protégé partnerships has the potential to have a huge impact on the wellbeing and, therefore, the academic results of the Class of 2020.

The KHS community is extremely lucky to have 28 teachers who have very kindly taken up the opportunity to mentor the 93 students from our new Year 12 cohort who expressed an interest in having a teacher mentor for their final year of school. The 28 teachers represent every faculty in the school and include year advisors, head teachers, a school psychologist, a deputy principal and the principal.

The goals of the mentor program are to:
• Provide time management support and accountability, especially with regard to balancing and prioritising commitments in and outside of school
• Guide student proteges to actively reflect on their learning and set academic goals
• Offer a mental and physical health check-in (and refer on to welfare support if required)

The school will review the program at the end of the term, with the aim of hopefully expanding the program in the future. The feedback already received from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward with much anticipation for what the program can achieve in terms of student happiness, fulfillment and achievement in their HSC year.