How do we focus on wellbeing?
Our House system is central to our pastoral support in school, creating a sense of community, identity and belonging. When a family joins our school, they are allocated one of our four Houses and each child is allocated a class buddy to support them in their transition. Throughout the school year, children engage in a range of transition programs to help build resilience in coping with change.
The school community partakes in a range of House competitions and challenges throughout the year with each challenge promoting a strand of wellbeing. A detailed PSHCE program is run throughout school, engaging our students in understanding a healthy lifestyle, as well as promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness. During home time in primary and House tutor time in secondary, students engage activities which focus on wellbeing.
We are a UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting School’, which forms our community values in primary and helps our students to gain a greater understanding of the IB ‘Attitudes of Learning’ as they transition through the school to secondary. Student voice and leadership has a strong focus in all areas of the school, with wellbeing selected as one of our key portfolios. These initiatives encourages our students to take responsibility for contributing positively within our community.
How do we keep track of wellbeing?
At NAIS HK, we understand the importance of maintaining strong relationships and bonds of trust between students, staff and parents. Through establishing robust relationships between home and school, we are able to quickly identify any needs our students may have. Each child has a class teacher / tutor, Head of House and Head of School, that activity monitors their wellbeing, as well as specialist teachers who are able to identify learning and language needs.
During times of online learning, regular one-to-one and class wellbeing calls are given to students. This helps to continue the connection between our students and their trusted adults at school.
We also use a range of internal and external surveys that allow us to carefully track and monitor levels of wellbeing across the school. Pastoral teams meet regularly to discuss this information and, if necessary, we adapt our pastoral programmes to meet the needs of different cohorts of students.
What support is available to help wellbeing?
We understand that everyone is an individual and therefore, support must be personalised. There is always someone to listen and each student has a team of adults to support them in school. Students are encouraged to identify at least one adult in school, that they feel comfortable to ask support from.
As well as individual mentoring, peer support groups are run to encourage connections of support within peer groups.
In addition to this support, we also have onsite counsellors through our partnership with Monash University. Students are referred to Ms. Procter (Primary) and Mr. Scrivener (Secondary) by a teacher or students may approach them themselves if they would like to reach out to someone for a little support.