Island School has a Wellbeing and PSHE (personal, social and health education) curriculum which is a programme through which students gain the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to help manage their lives, now and in the future, as individuals and members of society.
Students take part in a variety of activities throughout their time at Island School in all their lessons, which help to prepare them for the experiences, challenges, opportunities, responsibilities and decisions they will face in the real world. Some examples are below:
- In the Lower School, the Island Time programme incorporates PSHE topics such as Health and Wellbeing and Identity
- In the Middle School, students have a lesson once every three weeks to concentrate on PSHE topics such as identity, self esteem and risk.
- Targeted ‘Focus Days’ concentrate on specific issues at key points in our students’ development. For example, the year 9s have a Sexuality and Relationships programme and the Year 10s have a Drugs and Alcohol education programme. Often this involves guest speakers.
- The Upper School has an induction programme which includes sessions on mindfulness, stress management and life beyond school.
We believe that Wellbeing cannot exist in isolation, and as such, we view it as a whole school responsibility which extends to every member of the community and underpins our core values. Our aim is that our students feel safe, secure and happy to contribute in their environment, and as prepared as they can be for life beyond school.