There is a network of teachers and professionals to look after your child, treating each as an individual and working to ensure their happiness.
The level of care is paramount. Every member of the teaching staff acts as a personal tutor to a small number of pupils. The tutors meet regularly with the pupils assigned to them, mostly at one to one tutorials and occasionally in small groups. The tutor monitors progress, provides encouragement and channels advice. The tutor provides guidance to a tutee through conversations about such matters as academic progress, any problems being faced, extra-curricular involvement and more generally about how life is going. Discussions become more structured when there are decisions to be made such as curriculum choices, careers and university applications.
The Prince of Wales Island International School operates a House system, each house made up of both boys and girls, day pupils and boarders. Each pupil develops a sense of belonging and loyalty towards their house. The teachers, as tutors, also belong to houses. Each house is led by a housemaster or housemistress who coordinates the work of the tutors and oversees the pastoral care of pupils in the house.
Our aim at POWIIS Primary is to provide effective, sensitive, well-co-ordinated pastoral care. We want our students to feel safe, happy, confident and resilient.
We treat all our students as individuals and strive to meet their needs accordingly. The student’s class teacher, supported by the Heads of Year, is central to this care and they co-ordinate with the school nurse and senior-management where appropriate.
We have an open culture where students are encouraged to share their concerns through their PSHE (Personal. Social, Health Education) lessons which can be in the form of discussions, circle time, drama or assemblies. Challenging topics like bullying and social media are regularly and openly discussed in order to help students become aware of themselves and others through developing their knowledge, skills and understanding that they will need through life. Pupil voice is an important aspect at the school and we have an active School Council where students learn to discuss issues and talk about ways to improve the school.
We operate a House system, which allows each student to develop a sense of belonging and loyalty to the house. The House leaders co-ordinate events and encourage enthusiasm during house events, with all students contributing by acquiring House points in order to win the House trophy.