Student wellbeing is a key focus throughout our school. The cornerstones of the Wellbeing curriculum in the Primary School are ‘Respect’ and ‘Kindness’. These key values are developed into Secondary as three pillars: ‘Engage’, ‘Relate’ and ‘Shine’. Cultural identity is a key component of the programme.
Wellbeing is delivered through formal lessons and in celebration assemblies. Guest speakers and workshop opportunities further support the programme. All teachers are involved in its delivery and on-going content development.
A focus on risk-taking, resilience, understanding the place of failure in the learning process and the ability to work beyond comfort zones is fundamental for students to engage fully in life.
The Relate strand is concerned with relationships. The school values of being mindful, honest, peaceful and considerate to others are all highlighted.
Shine, firstly, is a metaphor for good health and relates to the choices students make to keep themselves physically well and safe. Secondly, it refers to the celebration of the achievement of self and also of others.
Mindfulness at BISP is about providing students and teachers with the opportunity to develop their own self-awareness.
Students practice mindfulness during the week and at various times in and out of the curriculum. Allowing for moments of reflection throughout their day helps students ‘check-in’ and self regulate their own emotional state. This helps them to understand and accept their emotions and begin to normalise them, even in times of struggle.
Research suggests practicing mindfulness regularly provides improvements in emotional regulation and concentration.
IB Learner Profile
As an IB school, the Learner Profile provides a framework and an essential set of goals for the Wellbeing programme. These are interpreted through the three strands of the Wellbeing curriculum.