Growing Young Men
St Bede’s College has a proud tradition of developing well-rounded young men of faith; many of whom have gone on to be leaders in their respective fields across NZ and the world. We have deliberate focus on educating the whole person through high quality pastoral and guidance systems, servant leadership programmes and positive psychology frameworks.
Pastoral and Guidance
St Bede’s prides itself on the personalised care and support our students receive as they develop into young men of faith and action. In 2020 staff, student and community feedback told us that more ways were needed to teach and promote soft skills, to engage with, and develop deeper trusting connections with our akonga (students) and provide support and guidance around careers education and pathways through school. The Mana Tāne (Growing Young Men) programme was created to respond to this.
Each boy is placed into a horizontal Mana Tāne group of 12-16 boys that forms the foundation of their pastoral care, academic mentoring and engagement with home. The Kaiako (Mana Tāne teacher) role is to advocate for their students and in doing so, coach them by getting to know them, caring about them and listening to them. Each Kaiako will move with their students as they transition through the College.
The Mana Tāne programme is part of the College five-year strategic plan. The focus and goal of Year One is that every student will be able to identify someone at school who cares about them.
Year 9 Transition
From the time our young men enter the College through to their departure as an old boy, careful consideration is given to each key stage to ensure transitions are as smooth as possible. New entrant orientation and peer support programmes ensure new boys to St Bede’s feel welcomed and valued as Bedeans from their very first day. As our young men make their way through the College, ongoing goal setting, mentoring and careers programmes engage and inspire our young men to be the best they can be.
There is no better example of our school culture than the competitive spirit and pride the boys show to each of their houses whether it be Benedict, Colin, Mannix, McCarthy or Redwood. As well as competing across traditional events such as athletics and swimming, our houses add to the pastoral support and sense of community at St Bede’s through creating opportunities for our seniors to mentor and model expectations to our junior students.
Through the Bedean Learning Environment
We are all encouraged to reach our potential through our faith and by our actions while knowing we are valued, safe and supported.