Rockbrook provides supportive personal guidance as part of its educational service to all students. The school‚ mentor system is a major element in this educational service. Each student is assigned a member of the academic staff to act as a personal mentor. The mentor helps in guiding the student’s academic progress and in the development of his character and personality. Through mentoring and the integrated formation offered by Rockbrook each student will be encouraged to do his best and to serve society through his work and unique personal qualities.
The same mentor may be assigned to a student over his six years in Rockbrook. Mentors meet the students entrusted to them on a regular basis (usually on a three-weekly basis), in total around ten times during the academic year.
Mentors meet with the parents/guardian of the student three times annually. Parents are requested to organise these meetings through the school secretary. To assist in this, some particular evenings are assigned for such meetings in the school calendar, although a mentor may be available at other times instead (e.g. during the school day).
Mentors also encourage parents to fully participate in the parent education programme of the school.
Parents should be aware that mentors are not educational experts nor are they qualified to identify special needs. They are teachers who, with some training, are helping in the development of the character of the student. If a parent requires advice on particular special needs or on career guidance, they should use other resources within the school.
Part of a mentor’s role is to highlight strengths and weaknesses in behaviour and personality, as witnessed in school or on school-related activities, with positive practical advice to the student and to his parents on how to address these. Specifically a mentor is a person who is well placed to draw the various threads together, so as to help paint a true picture of the student within the school and in the out-of-school environment, insofar as it relates to his developmental needs. A mentor is not a replacement for a subject teacher or a Year Head: parents should see the subject teacher if they wish to get background academic information, or should see the Year Head if discipline issues need to be discussed.