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Mentors and mentees from the 2018 program

Mentoring is an important aspect of Santa Maria College’s culture. We have mentoring programs for new staff and peer mentoring for our new Year 7 students. We also have a mentoring program that employs the talents of our alumni.

The Santa Maria College and Old Girls’ Association (OGA) Mentoring Project is in its third year. It is designed to meet the needs of two particular groups in the school:

  1. IGNITE students. IGNITE is the name of our gifted and talented program.
  2. Year 10 boarders

It is hoped that through these mentor relationships the girls will be able to develop their communication skills, explore future careers and successes and apply their learning. Above all else, it will provide our students with a role model.

There are also benefits for the mentors, including:

  • Development of their personal leadership and coaching styles.
  • Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches.
  • Extension of their professional development.
  • Opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices.
  • Personal satisfaction in ‘giving back’.

The 2019 program was launched last night by Head of Boarding, Leanne McTavish and OGA Coordinator, Jacqui Daniels. The evening was attended by our generous OGA mentors and focused on the purpose and processes of the program.

We wish all our mentors and mentees a fruitful year.

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