ISPP Secondary School has two student counsellors and an administrative assistant supporting students in grades 6-12. The role of the counsellors covers three main integrated areas: personal and social development support, university and career guidance and the coordination of the Home Group Advisory programme. Each counsellor is a support and resource person to students, staff (with student concerns) and parents.
The Counsellors work with students in many ways with the aim to “normalise” help-seeking in a safe environment. Students might seek a counsellor’s help for personal advice in areas such as friendships, sexuality, stress and coping, conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness, the list is endless. Being able to express their concerns often allows students to return to the classroom with a greater degree of balance and emotional stability. Students are able to see their counsellor individually or in small groups depending on the area of concern. The counsellors will assist students and parents in all aspects of the transition – from PYP to MYP, MYP to DP and ISPP to university.
The Counsellors work in close collaboration with parents, teachers and the Student Support Team to identify students needing assistance. On occasions, following consultation with parents, students may be referred to outside specialists for additional support. All sessions with the counsellors are in confidence except if the student is seen to be at risk, or when serious legal issues are involved.
The Counsellors work in collaboration with the homegroup lead advisors to deliver the weekly advisory lessons which support wellness and healthy living.
Whilst the International Baccalaureate Diploma is widely recognized worldwide, university systems in different parts of the world have specific entry requirements which can vary from country to country. International recognition of the IBDP is outlined on the IB website. The Counsellors work with students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 to identify career pathways and university choices. Students and parents need to check the website for the country and university IB recognition policies for individual countries at IB Country recognition statements.
Through the daily notices in ManageBac, the Home Group Advisory programme and individual and group email, the Counsellors keep students and parents informed about university visitors to the campus, university fairs and other relevant events. Regularly throughout the year, the Counsellors speak with Grade 11 and 12 students about university applications. Students and parents are encouraged to be proactive in searching for courses and universities to make the right choices about their future studies.
Current ISPP students may request an official copy of the ISPP transcript or past school semester reports via the Secondary Office. Grade 12 students applying to universities are provided with five transcripts free of charge.
Students can make an appointment with the Counsellors either by calling the secondary office or by sending an email to the Secondary Counsellors. At times the Counsellors might make a personal appointment with a student directly and discreetly. Parents can make contact in the same way as the students. There are times when parent concerns will be taken to the Student Support Team to work out who is the best person and what way to move forward on the discussions and issues.
University admissions visitors
We would be happy to host a visit on our campus, please contact our general counselling email and we will get back to you.
Secondary Counsellors [email protected]