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When selecting a school for your child, it is crucial to consider its approach to pastoral care; both at a theoretical and practical level. It seems obvious because it is – how a school cares for your son during his educational journey should be a primary thought for all parents.

Almost every guide or blog on choosing a school will emphasise the importance of pastoral care.

However, have you ever given thought to how – or even if – a school provides support for your child’s wellbeing after they graduate?

While the advent of modern communicative technology has brought us all closer together, with that has come a sense of disconnection. The decline of traditional places of community gathering, together with the general degradation of the public square, has caused disunity and a lack of people to ‘reach out to’ in times of need. 

The challenge of community-based organisations in the 21st century will be correcting this in order to care for the diverse mental health needs of all in a community. In selecting a school for your child, consider whether the school has a commitment to the lifelong wellbeing of its students.

Here are some ways to assess a school’s commitment to the wellbeing of its alumni:

  • Research partnerships and community connections. Does the school’s alumni association partner with mental health experts and have open dialogues about supporting its members? Does the association ‘go it alone’ or partner with leading communities of knowledge to deliver positive outcomes?
  • Consider the focus of an association. Does the alumni association commit itself publicly to being a caring community? Speak to alumni to find out whether or not there are supportive mechanisms in that community.
  • Consider a whole of life approach. Does the alumni association recognise the challenges of young, working and retired graduates? Does it provide programs to make university less impersonal, seminars on financial management, or something as simple as a morning phone call to older alumni who live alone?

At its core, the Scots Old Boys’ Union is an association that cares. We actively support the welfare and wellbeing of our members. Guided by the values and traditions of the College, we are a progressive, modern and caring community that seeks to advocate for all. We move forward together — united in our resolve to be part of our Old Boys’ lives and to make a positive difference. 

To learn more about how integral pastoral care is in the life of a Scots boy, download a copy of our prospectus today.

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