Mentor Groups form an integral part of student wellbeing at Star. Each Mentor Group is led by a dedicated Mentor Teacher who has a vital role in monitoring the wellbeing and learning progress of their students. Mentors support the College’s mission to empower young women to engage in critical reflection that leads to positive action for our world. Mentors are also critical to Star’s mission to provide a nurturing, compassionate and just educational environment, wherein every student is able to develop her independence, initiative and leadership capabilities.
In Years 7–9, Mentor Groups are year-level based and are under the care of their respective mentors for the duration of the year.
In Years 10–12, Mentor Groups are arranged vertically with students from each of the three years levels and based on their house group. In cultivating a considerate and sharing school community, students remain with their Mentor Group for their final three years of senior education and build friendships across the year levels. This model also ensures a strong relationship develops between the Mentor Teacher, House Pastoral Leader and families over these three years.
Each year level and house has a staff member appointed as Pastoral Leader. They are responsible for monitoring the spiritual, academic and social wellbeing of each student.
Student wellbeing programs are delivered within the Mentor Groups and include topics such as:
- Bullying, cyber-bullying and cyber-safety
- Healthy relationships
- Alcohol use and abuse
- Future-learning goals and team building
- Study techniques
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Mental health
- Drug education
As well as completing these units within their Mentor Groups, students participate in year-level wellbeing activities specifically targeted to their age group and particular needs.
The ‘Big Sister Little Sister’ program, which pairs each incoming Year 7 student with a Year 11 girl, is an important part of Star’s wellbeing program. The program provides a point of communication and orientation for each Year 7 student from the start of the year and beyond, and facilitates the settling in of our students to their new learning environment and routines with greater comfort and ease.