What is a Mentor? A mentor can be defined as ‘an experienced adviser and supporter’ ie. somebody, usually older and more experienced, who advises and guides a younger, less experienced person.
Academy students study an extremely rigorous curriculum which requires them to adopt new approaches to learning. With this in mind, QAHS implements the Mentor Learning Community Program (pastoral care program) to ensure that all students achieve to their potential through developing a range of strategies and behaviours.
Under the program each student is assigned to a mentor who acts as their on campus parent. Each mentor is responsible for:
- Meeting with their Mentor Learning Community on a weekly timetabled basis
- Mentoring the group to develop appropriate study and learning skills
- Monitoring the academic progress of each of their students
- Liaising with parents and other support services as needed
- Implementing the emotional/social pastoral care and career programs
- Meeting with each student one-to-one on a regular basis to discuss progress and provide mentoring.
The Mentor Learning Community is the key mechanism for ensuring the well-being of all Academy students.