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.
Individual Student Planning
BIS supports whole child development and strongly values student voice. By having dedicated school counselors available at grade levels, we provide students with an opportunity to cultivate meaningful, personal relationships with their school Counselor. All students and their families can work closely with their Counselor to plan, monitor, and understand the individual student growth and development. Together, they support students' social and emotional development, 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.
School Counselors work closely with classroom teachers to assist students in acquiring the social-emotional skills and knowledge appropriate for their developmental level. These guidance lessons are woven throughout the whole school curriculum and present through classroom lessons and grade level activities. In Grades 6-10, much of the curriculum is accomplished through Advisory and Physical Health Education Classes.
School Counselors respond to the direct and immediate concerns of students in response to life events or on-going conditions. These needs can include individual counseling, crisis counseling, referrals or consultation with parents/guardians, teachers, other in-school specialists and/or outside support services. We take a strengths-based approach and provide services based on current developmental and evidence-based best practices. Some typical issues that a Counselor might help to support students and families with include:
- Transitions into and out of schools
- Friendships, peer relationships
- Stress management
- Anxiety and depression
- Time management, organizational Skills
- Bullying/conflict Mmanagement
- Family dynamics, stress at home
- Substance use and misuse
- Behavioral issues
- Problem solving, responsible decision making
Systems of Support
School Counselors connect students and families with the necessary support services which allows students to reach their full academic and social-emotional potential. This is accomplished through leadership, advocacy, consultation, collaboration and teaming within our school system. Additionally, Counselors continually collaborate on program management and whole staff professional development in order to enhance the overall BIS learning environment and available support services.