I. The System II. The Parents III. The Tutor IV. The Tutee (student)
I. The System 1. Strathmore aims at giving its students an all-round formation. 2. ‘All-round’ means personal growth in terms of academics, character building (good manners, human virtues, etc), physical training (sports) and spiritual training (chaplaincy).
I. The System 3. This goal of all-round formation, coupled with the fact that each student is unique, necessitates individual attention. 4. Strathmore’s response to this is the tutorial system.
I. The System 5. From Std 6 onwards, every student is assigned a tutor. 6. Through regular personal meetings, the tutor helps the student (tutee) to strive to grow and improve academically, in character, physically and spiritually.
II. The Parents 1. Since both parties (Tutor & Parents) are dealing with the same young man, there must be a minimum meeting of minds. 2. This is achieved through regular meetings between the tutor and the parents. 3. Minimum target should be twice a year: chart the path; take stock.
II. The Parents 4. Both parties should anticipate and prepare for these meetings. 5. Possible subject matter for these meetings? -Intellectual: CAT results; homework; study habits; responsibility, etc. -Physical: sports; health; eating habits; hours of sleep; hygiene.
II. The Parents -Affective: self control; self esteem; mood swings; relationship with siblings; social life, etc. -Spiritual: piety; Church-going; sacraments; personal convictions. -General: use of leisure time; chores; pocket money; mobile phone; order; personal concerns.
III. The Tutor 1. Tutors are selected from among the teaching or administrative staff of the school. Some are also chosen from among the alumni. 2. The Tutorial Department appoints and assigns tutors to students.
III. The Tutor 3. The Department does attempt to address compatibility between tutor and tutee (particularly in cases of students with special circumstances). This can be facilitated by consulting with the class teachers and experienced subject teachers.
III. The Tutor 4. The tutee is assigned one tutor for his entire stay in Strathmore. 5. A tutee may ask for a change of tutor if he has serious reasons for doing so (This rarely happens).
III. The Tutor 6. To change tutors, a written request is made to the Head of the Tutorial Department citing reasons for the request and suggesting a new tutor. 7. Parents may also request for a change, always in consultation with their son and for a serious reason.
III. The Tutor 8. Time for each to know the other. This time is usually within school hours, but like all genuine friendships, it is not limited to these hours (e.g. when the parents and the tutee invite the tutor home for a meal). 9. Trust meaning that what is mentioned in a tutorial session remains between the tutor and the tutee.
IV. The Tutee 1. In academics, the tutor assists the tutee to form good habits in reading, studying and class- attendance. 2. The tutor does not give ‘tuition’ to the tutee.
IV. The Tutee 3. Character formation covers many areas: good manners and human virtues such as order, industriousness, sincerity, cheerfulness, etc. 4. Physical training: Encourage participation in sports (soccer, basketball, swimming, volleyball);
IV. The Tutee 5. Spiritual training: foster piety; prayer; attendance to Sunday and weekly Mass; confession; reading of spiritual books; spiritual direction with the Priest (Std 8 onwards), etc.
How Parents Can Help 1. Meet your son’s tutor at your earliest opportunity. Provide any background information that you think the tutor should know. Provide any background information that you think the tutor should know.
How Parents Can Help 2. Inform the tutor of any changes in the home that you think may impact negatively on your son: change of jobs, bereavement, relocation, sickness, etc.
How Parents Can Help 3. Consult with the tutor before introducing any drastic measures in the life of your son especially if these changes are geared towards helping him improve on his academics.
How Parents Can Help 4. Encourage your son to involve his tutor: to invite the tutor home for a visit, to get the tutor’s opinion on an issue parents and son differ in, etc.
How Parents Can Help 5. Be ready to be demanded from. Feedback from your son coming through the tutor; need for structural changes in your home (especially for candidates); need to be more demanding on your son, etc.