Prestige College learners taking Ethos Committee to new heights
As a Prestigian you have probably heard about the ETHOS COMMITTEE but never actually knew what it was all about. The committee was created by the school management to assist learners in different aspects. The ETHOS COMMITTEE is divided into three categories, namely Peer Coaching, Behavioral Coaching and Tutoring.
Peer Coaching is about assisting students with issues that they face in their lives. It is peer to peer assistance hence there are Peer coaches in each grade. A lot of students go through different situations in life and would like to have a person to confide in. Peer Coaches are taught not to be judgmental but rather a shoulder to cry on. “I chose peer coaching because I feel like, I’m interested in interacting with people. Partaking in peer coaching makes me acknowledge a variety of things like people’s backgrounds and the different kinds of situations they are faced with on a daily basis. I really enjoy helping students and I feel like I can relate to them with a lot of things. At first I didn’t know what peer coaching was all about but with the help from Mr Malatji, I developed a better understanding about peer coaching. Peer Coaching is a platform where peers help each other. I believe that as time goes on peer coaching will have an impact on the school and I think it should be marketed more.” said Samukelo Mathe.
“Behavioural Coaching is about finding out why learners are misbehaving at school. It is also addressing learners who misbehave. I feel like learners misbehave because there’s a background story to their actions. Our aim is to connect and understand different situations and also discipline. Behavioural Coaching is a slow and steady process. As there are behavioral coaches in different grades you are expected to acknowledge the learners that continuously misbehave. When you acknowledged those learners you then report them to the prefects in charge of behavioral coaching then they report to the grade heads. ” said Olwethu Khanyile.
Tutoring is about assisting students with who have difficulty with their academic grades. Learners don’t necessarily know who to ask for assistance when it comes to their academics hence there are tutors within the committee. “We want to take learning to a new level in terms of time periods people learn, when it comes to video learning to learners who don’t grasp everything within class time. We want to have a collection of tutors. Instead of the tutor’s preparing actual lessons we want them to make videos that students can upload on ITSI so that learners can take them home and study/practice at their own pace and rewind the video multiple of times until they understand. It also has to do with patience and most people don’t have patience, but if we made videos at least you as the learner can see the tutor’ s constant smile all over again. We want tutors to focus on particular subjects and make videos with the different topics of that subject for people to use for exams. We are trying to accommodate all learners. It is going to take time, patience, and commitment from tutors. If we do this at least for a year then the videos will last for a long time. Instead of learners watching American YouTube videos they can learn from their own school’s videos. These videos can even help other schools. Not only will we make history in our school, we will make history in our country as well. That is my solid dream for our project. ” said Omolemo Tsomele.