The mentoring system is the school's main means to promote the character development of the student. Character development, on the other hand, is the most solid support for achieving academic excellence in school.
A mentor who is a member of the school staff is assigned to each student (mentee). A personal relationship, based on trust and confidence, is forged between the mentor and the mentee through periodic conversations. The mentor's task is to take a direct and personal interest in each child's development. The principal area of education, which the mentoring system addresses, is the student's character. Everything else, including academic results, flows from this.
The mentoring system is also the main channel for home-school collaboration. Parents meet with their daughter's mentor several times a year to work together towards the child's total development through a "unity of goals" between the home and the school in her education.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Mentoring System
1. What is the Mentoring System?
The Mentoring System is a means of personalized education by which the school, through the Mentor, collaborates closely with the parents for a holistic education of their children.
2. What is the role of a Mentor?
A mentor is a personal life coach, and mature friend to her mentee. The principal role a mentor is to help the child in her character development through a close partnership with the parents, making sure there is unity of criteria and action between the family and the school toward the attainment of this goal. In developing her character, the parents and the school provide the necessary and effective support for the child to succeed in school.
3. Who is qualified to be a Mentor?
Any school staff who meets the following criteria is qualified to become a mentor:
a. She understands and is committed to the school's philosophy on education;
b. She has a good grasp of the meaning and implications of a sound home-school partnership in the education of children;
c. She has good communication skills and knows how to listen and motivate her mentee;
d. She loves children and adolescents and understands their development stages;
e. She is strongly grounded on sound moral principles
f. She strives for excellence, practicing virtues at all moments, especially integrity, discretion, humility, patience, fairness and optimism.
g. She has an ongoing desire to improve her craft as a Mentor and to improve herself as a person.
4. What is the difference or similarity between the task of a teacher or class adviser and that of a mentor in the school's thrust on personalized education?
The teachers, class advisers, and mentors all help the student to develop self-awareness, value the world around her, make good use of her freedom, and strive to reach a satisfactory output in school and the other objectives of human and spiritual formation for her total self-development. However, while a teacher or a class adviser is in charge of a group of students, a mentor deals with a mentee on a more personal level based on mutual trust and confidence.
5. What are the objectives of the Mentoring System?
a. To help families in the holistic education of their children. Ultimately, it is about collaborating with each family in the formation of their children in personal autonomy and freedom, so that they would be in condition to formulate and pursue meaningful life goals. Thus, it is necessary for the parents to be disposed to put into practice in their family life some basic criteria which are also given in school, such as respect, self-discipline, service, etc. Otherwise, the lack of alignment between these two natural spheres of education will negatively affect the child. Hence, the first concern of the mentor is to forge a deep and personal relationship with her mentee together with a strong partnership with her parents to bring about the character development of the child which serves as the foundation for her quest for academic excellence.
b. To guide each student in charting a life course and to provide direction for her self-development, based on the principles of excellence and moral character. Thus each student will be helped to foster personal responsibility, integrity, respect for self and others, be service-oriented and pursue their own personal and spiritual development.
6. How are mentoring chats carried out with parents?
The regular meetings between the parents and the mentor are a valuable assistance to parents in the exercise of their privilege and duty as primary educators of their children. The greater the cooperation, confidence and friendship existing between the parents and the mentor, the more effectively will the parents be assisted in carrying out their own responsibility of directing the integral development of the young person.
Ordinarily, the mentoring chats are structured to accomplish the following:
a. Exchange of impressions and information about the child at home (includes family life, relationships with different family members, duties at home, study habits, time management, etc.) and in school (includes mentor's personal observations, feedback from teachers and class adviser, psychometric tests, report card, etc.).
b. Focus on key issues with the aim to ensure that the parent-mentor meeting comes to grips with character issues and growth in virtue. The child's academic motivation is, to a large extent, a consequence of her character development.
c. Set goals that are realistic, specific and achievable.
d. Develop a follow-up strategy that may well involve discussing ways of helping the child take responsibility for personal goals, quick parent-mentor contact throughout the school year, mother and daughter time together, etc.
e. Restate and record goals and strategies to keep them high in the list of priorities, and to be able to review them in the next meeting.
7. What is the role of the other members of the school community in the Mentoring System?
a. The teachers and class advisers provide the mentor with relevant information on the academic and behavioral performance of their students. They are also expected to promote positive discipline among the students.
b. The other members of the school staff can also give feedback about the students that can help in their character formation.
c. The teachers, class advisers and the rest of the school staff are always expected to give good example to the students and help them strive for excellence and good character.
8. What is the link between the Guidance Center and the Mentoring System?
The Guidance Center serves as an arm of the school's mentoring system. It provides services that cater to the educational, personal-social adjustments, as well as the career needs of the students. The mentor makes use of the information from the Guidance Center in her mentoring task.
The school has a Guidance Center that provides SPED, counseling, and comprehensive testing programs that may be needed to support the Mentoring System. For consultations, please contact the School Psychologist, Mrs. Agnes Yasay. (Contact #: 850-6380 local 148 or Email ).