As an IB World School, ISNSZ believes that counselling students goes beyond academic and emotional support, and we aim to develop student achievement through incorporating leadership, advocacy, collaboration, equity and access to opportunities. We maintain a safe learning and working environment for all members of the school community, and ensure that students have someone to turn to if they need help.

Our PYP guidance counselling programs offers comprehensive services to students from K3-Grade 5. We offer: 

  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Individual and small group counselling (friendship, anger control, grief, etc.)
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Consultation and collaboration with parents and teachers
  • Referrals to other school support services or community resources
  • Student Support Team

Goals of the Guidance Counsellor

  • Help students interact effectively with others
  • Help students maximize their academic, social and emotional potential
  • Help students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits required to successfully respond societal expectations;
  • Help students gain the skills they need to cope with personal problems and concerns that may impede educational achievement, career development and personal/social growth; 
  • Request assistance of parents, teachers, and other school personnel in the identification of personal, social and intellectual needs of students;
  • Help exceptional students and their families to identify and access appropriate intervention programs and services.

Guiding Principles of the PYP Guidance Counsellor

  • To promote communication and establish connections among the school, home and community agencies
  • To develop and implement appropriate pro-social activities and services
  • To promote acceptance of diversity within the school;
  • To inform those within the school community about available services and programs;
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school counselling program and its relation to the school mission statement;
  • To assist students to assume responsibility for their learning and behaviours;
  • To provide support and guidance to assist in the teaching/learning process.