At the International School Wassenaar we believe that in order for children to achieve academic success, they need to be supported in their social and emotional development. Student guidance is programmed into every class across the school, focusing on developing young men and women who are equipped to tackle the world beyond the school bridge. We do this through consideration of their own personal development and their relationships with others in the community.
Mentors are the first port of call for students or their parents/guardians if they have any concerns. The mentors take responsibility for the care of students in their class groups. They play a critical role in assisting with the smooth transition of students into the International School Wassenaar and have substantial contact with their students in their daily teaching, getting to know each individual very well. Mentors meet weekly with the MYP Coordinator to discuss the progress of every student in their care.
All students at the International School Wassenaar have weekly lessons with their mentor. Discussions and activities are based on themes such as respect, organisation, effective learning, problem-solving, dealing with stress and making healthy decisions. Developing positive study habits and organisational skills are important features of the programme.
A strong student leadership programme sees our older students develop skills and enact formal leadership as student mentors. Each class is assigned a male and female student mentor to assist the class mentor in fostering trust, confidence and positive role models for our younger girls and boys in and out of the classroom.
In cases where students may need extra support, we have links with suitably qualified internal and external professionals, such as educational psychologists or therapists, to whom our students can be referred.