Grade 8 is a celebratory time at Sterling Hall School.
As their time at Sterling Hall comes to a close, our boys are poised to graduate and enjoy a role as kings of the school - the ones that the younger boys look up to and admire.
At the same time, it's a moment filled with the unknowns of transition as students prepare to move on to new challenges at high school. Even though our boys realize they have made friends and connections to last a lifetime, they also know they will miss SHS.
To prepare our students for their world beyond SHS, we ask them to choose a faculty mentor to help guide their transition. They also take on key leadership roles in the school and continue their roles in the Peer Teaching program.
In past years, a class trip to Temagami celebrates their journey through to this point and helps them to plan emotionally for the road ahead. This year, we will be planning something new and possibly virtual for them in light of the current health and safety concerns.
As with each graduating class, to ensure a smooth transition to high school, boys and their families meet and partner with the Director of Graduate Placement, Elizabeth Gray, to discuss the next steps in their education. We offer a Grade 9 school fair that helps boys to understand their secondary school options. The Director of Graduate Placement is also available to assist with completing applications and references, as well as interview preparation.
When a student enters Grade 8, he chooses a mentor from a list of more than 30 faculty and staff members.
The mentor commits to spending a half hour every week, providing a sincere and supportive ear, as well as advice and guidance on any issues the boy may wish to discuss. These can be informal meetings covering self-awareness or vocational issues, private, confidential chats, or an opportunity to cover practical matters surrounding school applications and admissions for the coming year.