Guidance Counseling

The secondary school counsellor is a professional educator with a mental health perspective who understands and responds to the challenges presented by our diverse student population. The secondary school counsellor does not work in isolation; rather, aligns and works with the school's mission to support the academic achievement of all students. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive school-counselling program. School counselling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional high school counsellor holds a master's degree and required certification in school counselling.

The Secondary School Counsellor Implements our Counselling Program through the following efforts:

Classroom Guidance
Academic skills support, organizational, study and test-taking skills, post-secondary planning and application process, career planning, education in understanding self and others, coping strategies, peer relationships and effective social skills, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills, career awareness and the world of work, substance abuse education, multicultural/diversity awareness.

Individual Student Planning
Goal setting, academic plans, career plans, problem solving, education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses, transition plans.

Responsive Services
Individual and small-group counselling, individual/family/school crisis intervention, peer facilitation, consultation/collaboration, referrals.

System Support
Professional development, consultation, collaboration and teaming, program management and operation

High School / IB Retreat & MS Skills Conference

To promote and further emphasize the importance of student accountability and intrinsically-motivated student-led learning, we offer our students the chance
to re-familiarise themselves with the essential tools for active learning and

These specialised workshop sessions are meant to tap into the 'other'

aspects of learning across the disciplines.

The High School / IB Retreat and the Middle School Skills Conference are held simultaneously on one devoted day during the third week of the academic year.

Teachers pair together to offer workshop sessions in various topics from test-taking, note-taking skills and effective study habits, to ways to relieve stress, exercises to increase blood circulation, and maximise a healthy and
balanced life-style.

Grades 5 - 6 Transition TASTER DAY
The momentous move from the fifth grade to sixth grade is instrumental, as MEF IS students transition from Primary school to Secondary School; from the children they were yesterday to the young adults they will be tomorrow.

At the end of May, the Grade 5 students will have a chance to have a 'taste' of what it is like to be in the Secondary school for an entire day. They will manoeuvre through a Grade 6 timetable, switch from class to class attending Grade 6 taster lessons, and appreciate a new form of responsibility with break times and visits to the canteen. A Transition Parent Night and a Taster Bowling Afternoon are other key elements offered as part of the transition programme.

Pastoral Care
An emphasis on the pastoral aspects of education are instilled and developed further through weekly homeroom activities and assemblies led by the homeroom teachers in collaboration with the school's Guidance Counsellor and the school administration.

Issues such as healthy eating habits, fostering social interactions, exercising effective solutions and problem-solving techniques, and developing a positive self-image are all included in the Pastoral Care component. Through team-building activities, workshops and mini sessions and practical applications, the topics tap into the deep issues and concerns that our youth have today. From cyber-bullying to teen pregnancy & relationships, students are bound to gain confidence and build strength of character.