Wellbeing at ISH Secondary
At ISH we recognise that all students require different levels and kinds of support to ensure their wellbeing. First and foremost all staff at ISH are responsible for and committed to, providing a safe and secure environment for our students to achieve personal excellence.
We support our Yr7-Yr11's through the FlourISH Mentor Programme whereby all students work with their class teacher on the development of important social, emotional and behavioural skills that support their approaches to academic learning. Mentors also provide guidance on healthy lifestyles and help students develop other life skills that will enable them to be successful beyond school.
Having built strong foundations through Flourish Yr12&Yr 13 students shift focus to strengthening the skills and knowledge they will need for life beyond school.
For students who need further and more specialised support we have the Student Wellbeing Team.
Our Student Wellbeing Department
- The Student Wellbeing Coordinator leads the department and is the main point of contact for the Student Wellbeing Department for parents, staff, and external organisations.
- Our Student Wellbeing Counsellors provide individual and group support to students and their families, working collaboratively with teachers and other professionals
- Our School Psychologists conduct psycho-educational assessments and contribute to the development of school-wide policies and procedures, in addition to providing counselling support as above.
- Our Social Worker provides counselling support to students and their families in their homes as well as in school. They support students and families through the process of finding additional professional support outside school, where needed.
Dutch Law on Support in Education
All students who are resident in The Netherlands have the right to access education that suits their qualities and abilities. The education provided by a school must provide them with the potential to be successful and therefore the school should try to determine before entry whether the education that is offered by the school is appropriate. Entrance to The International School of The Hague is determined by the nature of our academic programmes and the availability of the additional support that we provide.
We offer a range of support for students with additional needs, including academic, social-emotional and health - but we are not a special educational needs school.
During the Admissions process we need all available and accurate information regarding any needs the children may have, so that we are able to determine whether they will be happy and safe following our educational programmes.
In the event that we are provided with inaccurate and/or incomplete information a student’s place at the school may be jeopardised.
How Do We Offer Support?
- Individual counselling: a one-to-one counselling lasts for 45 minutes and we usually offer 8 to 10 sessions
- We have an open-door policy so that students can access support without an appointment
- Referrals to external professionals/agencies when additional professional support is needed
- Staff training.
Rock and Water
Rock and Water is an assertiveness and resiliency training that uses physical and self defense exercises as tools to increase physical, emotional, and self-awareness.
The Camino Group
The Camino Group is a specific social and emotional support for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or related difficulties. To learn more about the Camino Group please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Any information shared with the Student Wellbeing Department will remain confidential. It can be helpful to share information with other people (e.g. parents and teachers) and this will be done with the agreement of the people involved. If someone shares information with us that indicates that someone is at risk of significant harm, we have a duty of care to share that information to protect all involved.