UISG is an inquiry-driven learning community that embraces the uniqueness of all and commits to an International Baccalaureate education.

As part of UISG's commitment to our mission statement we view students in a holistic way and are proud to offer the following comprehensive continuum of services to support the uniqueness of our students:

  • Counselling for
    Year Levels K - 8
  • Counselling for
    Year Levels 9-12
  • Primary Learning
    Support
  • Secondary Learning
    Support

The UISG K-Y8 counsellor provides a comprehensive counselling programme for all children in year levels K-8.. The counsellor consults with teachers, parents and staff to enhance their effectiveness and create partnerships in helping students. The K-Y8 counsellor also provides support to learning support programmes in both the Primary and Secondary sections. Students can be referred by teachers, parents and/or any member of the UISG learning community. Key functions of K-Y8 counselling include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of the counselling curriculum: conducting classroom lessons on specific counselling and social skills topics to support the IB units of inquiry and areas of interaction, and providing resources to teachers to facilitate their instruction of counselling content and to infuse counselling content in the regular IB PYP and MYP curriculum.
  • Guiding individuals and groups of students through the development of life skills: working with students in acquiring knowledge about, and effective use of, skills when interacting in the home, academic and peer environments. This includes, but is not limited, to supporting students through anxieties, difficult adjustments and transitions.
  • Confidentially counselling individuals and working with small groups of children toward social and emotional growth: conducting structured, goal-oriented counselling sessions, such as "Lunch Time Social Club", in a systematic response to identified needs of individual or groups of children. Topics may include social skills, anti-bullying, academic failure, family issues, time management, decision making, friendships, self-confidence, attendance and/or behaviour problems, peer problems.
  • Consulting with and training teachers, parents and staff regarding children's needs: acting as a resource person for teachers, staff and parents; conducting conferences and workshops with teachers, teaching assistants, and parents; conducting or providing opportunities for parent education programmes; writing articles for parent newsletters, assisting families with school-related and/or "Third Culture Kid" concerns.
The K-Y8 counsellor actively pursues continuous professional growth: attends all staff development offerings; joins associations; reads professional journals and contributes to professional literature; and attends relevant workshops and conferences sponsored by professional organisations.

UISG has implemented an Anti-Bullying Programme. A website, "UISG Anti-Bullying Programme" has been created to help students, teachers and parents join the fight against bullying and the long term effects it can have on its victims. Parents and students can click "Here" to confidentially "Report an Incident". These reports go directly to the student support centre where they will be investigated immediately.

To request a meeting with the K- Year 8 Counsellor please Click Here

UISG provides free and confidential individual and group counselling to enrolled students with identified concerns and needs. The Y9-Y12 counsellor consults and collaborates effectively with parents, teachers and administrators, to provide great opportunities for personal development.

Our counsellors are highly trained and experienced professionals, dedicated to supporting all students to achieve academic success as well as a positive school experience. Meeting with a counsellor will be private and confidential, unless you give them permission to discuss your concerns.

Counselling supports and helps students develop strategies to deal with challenges that many international students, or local students studying in an international school experience. These challenges could include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjusting to the new culture without a familiar social support network
  • Reducing feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Dealing with already existing emotional or inter-personal needs
  • Developing skills to help with personal change
  • Improving self confidence, relationships and health
  • Creating balanced lifestyles
  • Time management to reduce work pressure
  • Procrastination or perfectionism
  • Managing a personal or family crisis
  • Friendships
  • Decision making
  • Exam anxiety
The Counselling services provided for Grades 9-12, also implement an effective referral and follow up process as needed. There is a certain protocol followed to assess and determine whether a student requires counselling for social or emotional needs. The counsellors at UISG participate in professional development to improve and update knowledge and skills. We adhere to laws, policies, procedures and ethical standards of the counselling profession.

As part of the UISG Anti-Bullying Programme, a website, "UISG Anti-Bullying Programme" has been created to help students, teachers and parents join the fight against bullying and the long term effects it can have on its victims. Parents and students can click "Here" to confidentially "Report an Incident". These reports go directly to the student support centre where they will be investigated immediately.

To request a meeting with the Year 9-12 Counsellor please Click Here

The core of the Primary Years Programme is that it is a concept driven curriculum. Within that, the academic skills that underpin the curriculum form a basis for learning for life. This is challenging and many students will find this demanding, as well as enjoyable.

At UISG we provide support through two main strands in addition to the differentiation and planning conducted by the students' Home-room teacher and assistant:

  1. 'Catch-up' intervention - This is when a student needs to improve a simple skill - e.g. handwriting, spelling, reading or mathematical concepts and recall. These interventions are for short amounts of time - six to eight weeks.
  2. Individual Education Plans and additional support in the classroom - e.g. a student requires differentiation in the class in order to enjoy and succeed. This may mean that they have individual programmes, tailored support that helps students gain independence and promote 'closing the gap' of knowledge and skills acquisition.
These strands are developed in co-operation with the student, Home room teacher, parents and the Learning Support Co-ordinator, as well as other staff. This ensures that the student and his/her learning are at the core of the welfare action.

Secondary students who require additional assistance within the curriculum are supported by an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This specifies the skills and strategies that are available to the student within a class environment and, where appropriate in small group or one:on:one teaching situations.

The IEP is written by the Learning Support Coordinator in collaboration with parents, teachers, students, and, where necessary, Learning Support Assistants.

When a teacher suspects that there may be a need for such support, an online referral is completed and an assessment process follows. Intervention, where necessary, may range from teacher modification, in-class differentiation, or accommodation of tasks through appointing a Learning Support Assistant to enable the student to access a suitable curriculum.

Support for IB assessments and exams such as extra time, scribes etc. are also accessed through the Learning Support Coordinator. Any such applications for accommodation need to be supported by a range of evidence, usually including specialist reports.