Principal's Message Term 2 Week 8 | Dr Michael Carroll
Mentoring at Terrace
Dear Members of the Terrace Family,
Mentoring is defined as providing advice or training, or providing support that benefits one or more aspects of a person’s development. There are several ways in which mentoring at Terrace is undertaken.
Mentoring at Terrace occurs in one-on-one and group settings and can involve a teacher and student/s, student and student or Old Boy and student/s. Mentoring helps individuals grow and become the best version of themselves.
Another important form of mentoring at Terrace is Academic Mentoring. Every student is exposed to this through their House and their Pastoral Care Mentor. Students in Years 5 – 10 meet with their Academic Mentor twice each year to review their academic progress and processes, which has proven to be an excellent way to broaden the student-teacher relationship. Year 11 students meet with their House Dean for Academic Mentoring in Term 2, with follow-up meetings arranged on a needs basis with the Program Leader or Head of Faculty. Year 12 students meet with a member of the College Leadership Team each term to review results, plan strategies to improve outcomes and examine possible pathways post-school. Program Leaders also meet regularly with students, parents and caregivers in an Academic Mentoring capacity. Each year, Old Boys return to the College to run Study Hall for Years 11 and 12 students, and the Year 12 students commence their peer tutoring program in Semester 2 as a different tool in preparation for their external exams.
On a more personal level, many staff, including House Deans, Counsellors, Campus Ministry and Sport staff, work with students to support and provide advice as your sons navigate the challenges of adolescence.
More recently, the GTOBA (Gregory Terrace Old Boys' Association) have initiated a program where Old Boys have nominated themselves as mentors to provide insights into possible career options and offer career advice and potential employment pathways. Known as GTOBA Mentoring Connect and run through the Potentiality platform, several Old Boys have already volunteered for this role, and the list is growing. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, visit the College website and access the link to the GTOBA site or log in to https://gtoba.terrace.qld.edu.au. While only in its infancy, GTOBA Mentoring Connect has the potential to be a long-term mentoring and support mechanism for students in their final years of school and past Terrace students graduating from tertiary studies.
I am sure that you will agree there is much happening at Terrace. While the academic journey is undoubtedly important for our students, other aspects of College life, such as our social justice and co-curricular and pastoral programs, contribute significantly to the holistic educational experience offered at Terrace.
Have a great week.