Advisory is the mainstay of a student’s education at Hillrange. It offers guidance, support and encouragement to each student in the individual development of his character and personality. It is a one-on-one meeting, during which a boy and his advisor discuss his current activities and review both accomplishments and opportunities for further improvement. This means of personal growth brings together all the other aspects of education offered in the school with a view to helping the student apply them to his himself and as it were, internalize them. It is carried out in collaboration with parents.
Consequently, the advisor meets at least once ever term with the parents of his respective advisees to discuss ways of helping him forge ahead in his academics and personal development. The advisor is specially trained to work both with parents and the boys in such a way that he renders this support with the utmost respect, delicacy and professionalism. It is only the context of understanding, confidence and friendship that the advisory system flourishes. Some of the characteristics that Hillrange expects to see in every advisors include:
ability to act and diligently follow up realistic goals in advisory. This will usually be in the form of one or two very specific points for the boy to take to heart.
Topics for advisory chats with students include:
The Spiritual Dimension of Life
An essential key to full personal development lies in having personalised goals. These goals need to be appropriate, easy to remember, specific, achievable and able to be evaluated. And the advisor can help parents: