Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
Empowering a sense of belonging and security
We believe that students thrive best - both academically and personally - in a school environment where they feel safe, supported, and valued. BIS has a comprehensive programme to address the social and emotional needs of our students, known in our school as pastoral care. A full-time Primary School Counselor and Secondary School Counseling team lead our pastoral care system by focusing on four major components.
We can’t ever forget that we are teaching humans.
Promoting a positive culture built upon dignity and respect is step one in inspiring and empowering them to achieve.
Peter Owen, Secondary School Principal
Individual student plans
BIS supports whole child development and strongly values student voice. Students, parents and guardians have the ability to work closely with their School Counselor to plan, monitor, and understand individual student growth and development.
In collaboration, our team works to support students' social and emotional development, to enhance overall well-being and academic readiness. School Counselors coordinate ongoing meetings and activities to assist students individually in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.
Wellbeing in classroom learning and curriculum
Our team works with classroom teachers to create, implement, and deliver developmentally appropriate guidance lessons. These are designed to assist students in achieving the social-emotional skills and knowledge appropriate for their developmental level. These guidance lessons are woven throughout all levels of our curriculum and present through classroom lessons and grade level activities.
Social and emotional well-being is key to our students thriving in the classroom, as well as in every other aspect of their lives. Providing support for our students during times of vulnerability ensures they can reach their full capabilities by learning to make optimal choices for themselves.
Kelli Holm, Primary Counselor
Addressing immediate concerns
School Counselors respond to the direct and day-to-day events occurring in students’ lives. These can include collaboration and consultation with parents and guardians, teachers, other in-school specialists or outside support services with parental consent. Our Counselors take a strengths-based approach to their work. Some typical issues that School Counselor help to support students and families might include friendships and peer relationships, time management and organizational skills, detracting classroom behaviours or problem solving and responsible decision making.
Connecting all resources
School Counselors connect students and families with the necessary support services which allows students to reach their full academic and social-emotional potential, if necessary also outside of our school. Additionally, school counselors continually collaborate on programme management and whole staff professional development in order to enhance the overall BIS learning environment and counseling programme support services.