At a special lunch on Friday, Saint David's kicked off a new advisory program for our seventh and eighth graders, in conjunction with the school's Sophrosyne unit. Sophrosyne, an ancient Greek virtue, denotes excellence of character and a healthy state of mind and is characterized by self control, moderation, and awareness of one's true self. The unit seeks to help our older boys handle complex issues around health, wellness, and sense of self in adolescence.
The advisory program provides each seventh and eighth grade boy with another "go to" faculty member, as well as a small and supportive group of peers. On Friday, the groups met for the first of several Advisor Meeting lunches that will be held throughout the year. The boys and their advisors began to get to know each other, discussed goals for this year and foreseeable challenges, as well as topics and themes that the boys are discussing in Sophrosyne.
Advisors don't replace the homeroom teacher as a boy's primary adult in his daily life at school, but they are an additional faculty member a boy can turn to when faced with academic or social challenges.
Our world continues to change at a rapid pace, as have the trials that our students will face within and outside of school. As a caring community, we are committed to providing our boys with as much support and guidance as possible as they navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of adolescence.