Your teachers and coaches will get to know you well, but it’s your adviser’s job more than anyone else’s to understand where you’re coming from and where you want to go – to understand you as a person unlike any other. Your adviser, a faculty member who lives in your house (your dorm), will advise only a handful of students. Advisers are never far away when you need them, maintaining an awareness of what is happening in their advisees' lives.
Advisers are the first point of contact between parents and the School, and they are often the first adult to whom you will turn for help with any part of your life at school, but it’s important to remember that you can turn to any adult at St. Paul’s for advice about academics or life outside the classroom. Forming relationships like that is part of why St. Paul’s has remained entirely residential since its founding.
The Prefect Program provides a link between students and faculty within student houses, strives to welcome new members of the student body, and works to ensure the well-being of student members of this residential community. Prefects are Sixth Form residential leaders who are trained and selected in the spring of each year. Several Prefects live in each house. As leaders in the house, Prefects set the standard for fairness and objectivity and recognize the need to intervene and seek guidance in times of crisis. Their goal is to make your life at School welcome, comfortable, safe, and enjoyable by setting positive examples for all who live and work in the house.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
It’s not always easy to navigate a new school and a new environment away from home. Each new student is assigned a returning student “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” to help with the transition to boarding school life. Big siblings are usually Sixth Formers, and their responsibility is to provide guidance to the new student with whom they have been paired – everything from where to find one’s Chapel seat to how to retrieve mail at the SPS Post Office, to what to wear to Seated Meal. These relationships usually last long after the opening days of school.