Guiding students for today and tomorrow
At ISB, we understand the importance of supporting the whole child, not only in academic achievement, but cognitive, social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Growing evidence shows that student wellbeing is an integral part of student success.
Support given to an individual student’s academic, social and emotional needs is vital to ensuring long-term self-esteem and the confidence to succeed along whatever paths the student chooses to take. Through individual, group and class sessions and workshops, students are given information about issues that may arise at different stages of their lives; they are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers; they are given guidance on how to make healthy and sensible choices in life. Students are motivated to be aware of their potential and how it may be achieved.
All students are given guidance in how to make and value friendships, work in teams, solve problems, deal with conflict, manage strong feelings, promoting and developing empathy skills, compete fairly, respect others' rights and value diversity.
Through a combination of classroom observation, discussion with individuals and within small groups, teachers provide the means for students to learn about social responsibility and the importance of respecting their own and each other’s emotional development.
School counsellors work closely with Pastoral Curriculum Leaders at Fiechten and Reinach campuses and the Student Support Team at Aesch campus, to ensure that the personal and social needs of all students are addressed. Students at different times and of different ages encounter a range of issues that may form the basis of workshops and discussion forums allowing students to raise questions and seek answers in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere. Parents are invited to attend some workshops that may be of particular relevance to them or their child.
Parents are asked to be proactive about keeping the School informed of any issues at home that may impact the learning of their child. The School will also inform parents of any concerns regarding the emotional and social well-being of the student. Should long-term or specialized assistance become necessary, a list of English-speaking and German-speaking local healthcare professionals can be obtained from the School.
Senior School Wellbeing
In Senior School at Reinach Campus, all students participate in Wellbeing classes on a regular basis to address issues relating to physical, mental, emotional and relational wellbeing. The curriculum focuses on personal, social, health, economic education covering a wide range of topics including peer interactions, mental health, diversity, relationships and sex, substances/addiction, careers, first aid, study habits. Wellbeing classes prepare students to understand themselves and others so they can make informed decisions, both now and in the future, to enhance their own wellbeing and that of others. In Grade 8 - 10, students take a Wellbeing class for a single period every week. In Grade 11 - 12, Wellbeing classes are taught for a single period every two weeks throughout the academic year.
New students are welcomed by Student Ambassadors, who help to orient and connect them with other ISB students. Students and parents have access to the Senior School Counsellor who provides consultation, counseling and referrals to community resources. The Counsellor also offers parent workshops on a regular basis to address topics of importance to parents of adolescents.
Middle School Wellbeing
The Middle School (MS) Counsellor’s goal is to work in partnership with students, parents, and teachers in order to establish trust and provide a safe place to solve social emotional situations that could arise during these crucial years.
Students moving within or in/out of ISB are provided support to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible to their new environment. In addition, the Counsellor works in partnership with the Student Welfare and Learning (SWL) Coordinator and the EdTech Coordinator to provide meaningful lessons in Child Protection and Digital Citizenship, among other topics. Throughout the year, the MS Counsellor offers a variety of workshops or coffee mornings for parents to address a wide range of sensitive subjects linked to adolescence.
Junior School Wellbeing
The Junior School community is built on strong, respectful relationships between parents, students and teachers, ensuring each individual reaches their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. We aim for each student to be able to identify their trusted adult(s) and be guided by "What Would Gus Do?" to assist them in their decision-making and emotional regulation strategies.
College and Career Counselling
ISB has three well-qualified and experienced College and Career Counsellors to support Grade 8 – 12 students in Senior School.
Students receive regular and targeted information and advice about career and college/university choices, including opportunities for mentoring and interview preparation.