Mentoring is a two way partnership, which may encompass coaching, supporting, appraising and encouragement. At Sydney Secondary College, a mentor is a teacher who helps students plan and to attain educational goals in order that they may reach their full potential in their senior school years. Mentors can assist with issues such as time management, establishing study routines, research skills and relationship building.
Every Year 11 and 12 student is allocated a mentor teacher, who in most cases will also be one of their course teachers. Students meet their Mentor every Friday morning and they will have time to discuss in small groups or individually the issues and concerns in regard to school performance. Mentor teachers are similar to the role carried out by a Year Adviser in the 7 to 10 campuses. The mentor teacher role is a far more personal approach.
Parents are welcome to contact the mentor teacher in regards to course performance. Please contact the Administration Office on 9660 5688 and one of the friendly staff will leave an email for the mentor teacher to return the call.
Crossroads is a mandatory 25 hour program for students in Years 11 and/or 12 in NSW public schools. The program aims to build students’ sense of empowerment and respect for themselves and others. Crossroads helps senior students address issues of health, safety and wellbeing at a time when they face significant changes and challenges in their lives. It aims to prepare and support students as they encounter situations related to identity, independence and their changing responsibilities.