St. Nathy’s College acknowledges the vital role played by senior students who act as Mentors to first years during each school year. In doing so they provide invaluable help in facilitating all first year students settling into their new school quickly and easily. Their work is much appreciated.
The College has run the Mentor Programme very successfully for the past number of years. Every first year student is assigned a senior student as a Mentor – usually from the same locality as the new student comes from.
The primary function of the Mentor is to oversee the safe and happy transition of first year students from primary education into that of second level schooling.
During the course of the year the Mentors:
- Meet regularly with and get to know well the first year students assigned.
- Give advice on how the school operates and what is expected of a student in the school by way of conduct / academic attainment etc., etc.
- Assist first years determine what schoolbooks they require.
- Assist in the purchase of second hand books (if required) or new books from the book shop if needed.
- Advise on study skills and on how to note and organise homework for many new subjects and new teachers.
- Help students interpret their timetables and subject choice options.
- Identify and help solve any difficulties a first year may have in relation to any aspect of school life. Where a problem exists that can not be resolved, the student’s Class Tutor is informed.
- Assist first years at break times to organise sporting pursuits / pastimes.
- Help first years locate misplaced property e.g. schoolbooks / P.E. gear.
- Encourage students to put their names on school uniforms – especially jackets.
- Encourage students to report immediately any items they may have lost.
- Advise first years about the use of lockers and about the danger of leaving money / valuables unattended in schoolbags / jackets.
- Identify first years who are, or are likely to become, either the victims or perpetrators of bullying and bring this information to the attention of the relevant Class Tutor.
- Advise and helping first years prepare for internal house exams at Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Summer.
Mentors 2016 / 2017: