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Academic Welfare and Leadership Development Program


Academic Welfare and Leadership

​​​Fenton Village is a large family unit and, we want our Boarders to enjoy a sense of belonging and know that they are part of the John Paul College Family.​​ The ‘belonging’ approach is directly supported by leadership and service from within the community and, the boarding leadership framework aims to foster the values that underpin that focus.

The boarding leadership framework relies on the ‘Three Key Boarding Principles’ to achieve its aim – Kindness, Service and Forgiveness.

Kindness - The quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.

Service - The action of helping or doing work for someone or a community.

Forgiveness - The action or process of forgiving or ​being forgiven.

We hold great value in the ongoing Academic Welfare of each Boarder. We appreciate that each student begins their journey as a JPC Boarder with varying levels of self-leadership and then learns to lead others.

Our Academic Welfare and Leadership Development Program have three active components to ensure each and every Boarder realises their individual potential to not only lead themselves but to lead others.

These components are the Academic Welfare and Leadership Development Matrix, the Keep in Touch (KIT) Mentoring Program and the Boarder Leadership and Committee​ Structure.


Academic Welfare and Leadership Development Program

Academic Welfare and Leadership Development Matrix

The matrix is a guide to how boarders grow and develop, leading themselves into a new academic and home life here at John Paul College. It outlines an incremental process of how boarders acquire the skills and ability to lead by example and achieve success in their individual pursuits.

Keep in Touch (KIT) Mentoring Program

The Keep in Touch (KIT) Mentoring Program aims to provide a wholesome and inclusive approach to boarding life which involves boarders caring for boarders, new and continuing.

The focus of KIT is to welcome new boarders in a way similar to a buddy program. This program allocates a student from Years Ten, Eleven or Twelve to a group of younger boarders. KIT allows boarders to connect with their boarding family through small activities that are negotiated through each member’s interests and likes. They are guided by a staff mentor, who is allocated to each KIT Group. Their role is to guide their KIT Group through the year by being an active pastoral care agent.

Boarder Leadership and Committee Structure

The aims of this committee are to:

  • Embed the three key focuses of boarding – Kindness, Service and Forgiveness
  • Create and foster a sense of belonging and ownership through service and leadership within the boarding community
  • Structure responsibilities for all boarders
  • Involve younger boarders on the journey of acquiring the skills of servant leadership.​