The KCOBA is currently seeking several
volunteers to participate in its mentoring programme
at the school. This
initiative began a few years ago and initially took
the format of old boys adopting a form at The Melborne
Park Campus. These
old boys would have a session with the boys one morning
per month. The
programme was relatively successful with between ten
and twenty old boys participating on a regular basis.
A few forms on the Student Campus were also adopted. At our Annual Reunion Dinner in November 2001,
one can recall that current Headboy, Nembhard commented
on the positive impact Stratton Palmer had on him five
or six years ago in the many motivational sessions the
President had with his 2nd form.
This year the emphasis has shifted
to "one-to-one mentoring" of students who
have been identified by the guidance councillors.
In this regard the KCOBA is currently seeking
suitable volunteers to undertake the responsibility
of mentoring students.
Volunteers should have the time and energy required
for the task. The major objectives of the mentoring programme
are: to support the student in finding the motivation,
discipline, insight and life skills to move forward
and achieve; to assist in diverting the student's disruptive
behaviour into projects and extra curricular activities
which encourage a sense of personal achievement and
possibility; to support teachers in discipline and also
to support the student's learning by encouraging a sense
of self worth and discovery.
Initially, about twenty mentors are
needed to mentor twenty-five students who have been
identified so far. To date less than ten volunteers have come
forward. We need your support now. Old Boys and others
who are interested in joining this important and critical
programme should contact the guidance councillors at
the school, Mrs. Shiela Hoosang and Mrs. Sonia Watson
or Dr. Cedric Lazarus 2nd VP President of
the KCOBA who is co-ordinating the programme.