Pastoral Care

 


MEF IS welcomes, nurtures and values its community. While MEF IS holds high standards for learning across disciplines, we also believe in developing relationships within our inclusive community. These relationships extend to include peers, teachers and administration as an important element of developing a cohesive community of learners. By learning how to work within a community of learners, students understand the meaning of making and keeping friendships, learning to work in teams, managing conflict, developing social and emotional intelligence and respecting the rights and values of others.

In Middle School, students learn about social responsibility and developing their emotional abilities. Embedded into the curriculum is a focus on a student's individual awareness and their role in the world around them. In PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) class, students cover the importance and monitoring of health, emotional and social issues, friendships, puberty, and global citizenship. If a student has any concerns, they can choose to speak with their homeroom teacher, classroom teacher, Guidance Counselor, Deputy Principal and/or Principal.

High School students are young adults. Many will take the initiative to seek out a trusted friend, teacher or advisor who can support them in a time of need. However, some may remain reluctant to seek help for themselves and the following structure is in place so that students have access to support to help them address their needs as they arise.

Should parents become aware of issues that might affect the performance or behaviour of their son or daughter at school, they are invited to contact the Secondary School Principal. We are aware of the need for both confidentiality and sensitivity.

Every secondary school student is placed in a class that has a corresponding homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers meet with their homeroom each morning for registration and this ensures a regular meeting point for students. Should concerns arise with individual students within school, they will be brought to the attention of the Secondary School Administration. Concerns that are primarily of an academic nature will be handled by the Learning Support Team, whereas issues that are behavioral in nature will be handled by the Guidance Counselor and Deputy Principal.

Should parents become aware of issues that might affect the performance or behaviour of their son or daughter at school, they are invited to contact the Secondary School Principal. We are aware of the need for both confidentiality and sensitivity.

House System

MEF IS has a house system which includes all the students in Primary and Secondary school. The houses are: Red House, Blue House, Yellow House and Green House. Each of the houses has elected captains who are chosen by the students, and they are in charge of organizing their teams for these events. There are also Primary school vice-captains who complete the same role for the primary school. The house systems build a spirit of community and cohesion among the students.


Secondary students participate in a number of activities which celebrate all aspects of the school community. In the past these have included Sports Day, International Children’s Day, team building and spirit weeks, fund raising events, swimming gala and other community events. We believe our older students can be positive role models for our younger students.


Homerooms and Assemblies

MEF IS Secondary School holds student-led assemblies once a month and pastoral homeroom classes once a week. Our assemblies are designed to showcase both student achievements and whole school initiatives. Assemblies also enable consistency with expectations; provide a forum for regular communication, and an opportunity to celebrate the school’s accomplishments. Our homerooms allow for pastoral care programs and a chance for students to bond with each other.

Our Secondary School Student Government leads the monthly assemblies. Each assembly showcases a particular IB Profile trait and each class presents on a certain trait once an academic year. Students and teachers also have the opportunity to present club activities, fund raiser information and student achievement awards. There are also slide shows from field trips, and assemblies are a good opportunity to share school policies and procedures as well as pastoral and administrative initiatives.

Each week students attend a 45 minute homeroom period with their homeroom teacher. These meetings are designed to share specific class information, celebrate birthdays or milestones, provide students a chance to collaborate on projects, or relax and socialize with their classmates. There is also a pastoral program in which students are presented with such topics as career pathways, cyber bullying, or self- image to cite a few among the many topics presented.