This academic year we’ve launched a new programme with the help of our friends in Ely University Centre called Horizon. This programme aims to help secondary school students see their school years from the viewpoint of their entire life. It encourages them to develop now the skills and attitudes they will need for future life challenges.

Through a combination of monthly classes, workshops, career presentations and one-to-one mentoring, it teaches them to be men of character who are ready for their future roles in society.

In all these activities, students are encouraged to think about their future roles as:

  • Good husbands and fathers
  • Excellent professionals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Loyal friends

The underlying idea is that, while material possessions, athletic ability, good looks, and intellectual ability do matter, what matters most in life is character. Character allows men to take on responsibility and makes them great. Character endures after these other things are long gone.

The important things in life are discovered when looking beyond the immediate to the horizon—the ideals that ought to guide the choices you make today. This programme encourages and coaches these students in practical and powerful ways to start thinking and acting now on the basis of those ideals.

At the heart of the programme is the mentoring component. Each student is assigned a mentor who guides him in finding practical applications of the principles taught in the classes. He is like a coach who teaches, challenges and encourages each student to reach his best.

Specifically, he helps the student set goals that are important and practical. In an ongoing way, he helps the student track his progress towards these goals. The mentoring programme follows a monthly curriculum, but it is tailored to each individual student’s needs.

For further information please contact the programme director, James Pampillon and you can read more on www.theHorizon.ie.