All students at Mordialloc College engage in a mentoring program from Years 7-12.
For students in Years 7 & 8 the program is called Homegroup and for students in Years 9-12 it’s called My Mentor Program. Both programs are a compulsory component of each student’s College Learning Program and are timetabled across the school on Wednesdays in 2023.
In 2023 students during HG and MMP will be engaged in our new student platform called MyMahi- this will be an online platform that will help link students from their school environment to their homes and their wider community. Areas it will address include: careers, student wellbeing, goals, and social issues for the development of all our students.
The HG and MMP structure within the learning programs in these year levels embeds processes that allow for increased contact time between a significant adult and individual students.
Mordialloc College school-based data for these year levels confirms improved learning behaviours, motivation to learn, improved attendance and a decrease in student management issues.
Acknowledging current research that identifies positive teacher/student relationships as integral to improved student wellbeing, learning and retention, the College recognised the need to develop a program to provide teachers and students in the senior years with opportunities to build and develop significant relationships.
RATIONALE: Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders
The ‘My Mentor’ Program will provide Mentor teachers and a group of students with regular contact opportunities within which to develop:
– Significant personal and social learning and self-assessment skills
– Goal setting and reflection on their academic results
– Reflective learning portfolios
– Pathways and careers education
– Preparation for student run ‘Student Led Conferences.’
Program outline and aims
- The ‘My Mentor’ program will be based on ‘Quality’ processes and principles and embed Restorative Practices and the mandated Respectful Relationships program.
- Mentors and students will systematically work through the structured program with the aim of developing reflective student learning portfolios that demonstrate evidence of each individual student’s learning journey throughout the year.
- The ‘My Mentor’ program will include activities that investigate a student’s Emotional Quotient (EQ), learning styles, strengths, needs and learning goals.
- Mentors will work with a horizontally-structured group of students.
- Weekly HG MMP sessions.
- Teachers will deliver a consistent, structured program and will receive regular professional learning to support them to facilitate the program in weekly mentoring sessions throughout the year.
- Student Led Parent Conferences’ in Term 4 are a great way for students to celebrate all aspects of their school year including, academic, sporting, cultural and community.