Tutoria is not just a program or club. It's not just a 45-minute meeting every Tuesday morning. Tutoria is a relationship. It's a relationship that students should experience the very first moment that they step on campus. It's a relationship that the high school tutors are committed to developing. And it's a relationship that 7th and 8th graders actively take part in. The high school tutors are committed to this relationship, because it allows them to build community within the school. Every tutor has made the decision to get to know the younger guys and to help them as they move up in the school.
Tutoria is a program that we have inherited from Benedictine schools in Chile. It's a program that is at the very heart of these schools, and they were actually founded with Tutoria in mind.
Priory does not have the same origins as these Chilean schools, but over the past 10 years we have built a relationship with these schools. Current headmaster Father Gregory and past headmaster Father Michael made several trips to Chile and witnessed the Tutoria program at these Chilean schools, and they knew that it was something that could be beneficial to Priory.
Tutoria at Priory is not the same as Tutoria in Chile, but we have tried to adapt it to our school. Here is what it looks like on the surface:
Every Tuesday morning from 8:00-8:47 the high school tutors go to the Junior School advisories. The advisories are split into two groups. Each group has 3-4 high school tutors, 3-4 7th graders, and 3-4 8th graders. These small groups pray and play together. The tutors lead the younger boys in Lectio Divina, a slow and deliberate reading of the gospels. This activity serves as a springboard to discussion and allows the tutors an opportunity to be both spiritual and academic guides for the younger boys. The tutors also do other activities and plays sports with the younger boys. The goal of these activities is for the boys to develop meaningful friendships among the communities.
- Tutors develop leadership and problem solving skills. They are the role models for the junior school boys and are responsible for accompanying their younger "brothers" on their spiritual journeys.
- Junior School boys get to know their upperclass brothers while working on growing through a rich spiritual journey.
When and Where:
Tuesdays 8 - 8:47 p.m. in the Junior School
Prerequisites: Tutors must apply and be selected for the program. Freshmen tutors undergo four months of training before they enter the program.
Estimated Time Commitment: Officially 45 minutes/week, but Tutoria ideally takes places all the time.
How to join: 8th graders apply in the spring term
Mr. Andrew Erker