Student Support @ HIS
At HIS we believe that a valuable and meaningful education is one that encompasses the whole child and aims to provide all students with the skills to become healthy, balanced, life-long learners and valuable contributors to their wider communities.
Student wellbeing and pastoral care are at the core of all teaching and learning experiences from early years to the IB Diploma, ensuring a harmonious relationship between academic life and wider school experiences. Happy, healthy children have the skills to make healthy choices, develop resilience and flourish both inside and outside the classroom.
Moving beyond the classroom, an essential aspect of ensuring the holistic approach to student wellbeing is maintaining strong home-school relationships, and counselors work closely with parents through advising or consulting on issues affecting the child’s social, emotional and academic growth. Similarly, counselors communicate and collaborate closely school wide with all members of faculty as well as with the wider community through referral and consultation with mental health service providers as as college admissions officers.
We understand that Families and students at times experience difficulties in their lives in which they feel they need extra support. These difficulties may be related to personal, social and emotional issues such as adjusting to a new environment, family breakdowns, loss of a relationship, stress or excessive worrying, feelings of isolation or intense sadness or friendship issues to name a few.
The role of the Counseling Team is to work with students, teachers, parents and outside agencies/professionals to support the social and emotional development of students. This includes:
- Social skills
- Emotional awareness and regulation
- Peer Relationships
- Developing self-esteem
- General goal setting and coping strategies
- Providing confidential individual counselling
- Parent workshops according to need
- Consulting on specific cases with teachers
- Consulting on specific cases with outside agencies as and when necessary
Our counseling and wellbeing program underpins all aspects of HIS life and encompases all members of the community to ensure that we provide adequate support to nurture a meaningful, sustainable and well-balanced education for all our students.