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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Counseling Services

Counseling in the Middle School

Young people of today live in a fast paced exciting time, with a more diverse and mobile society, new technologies and growing opportunities. To ensure that they are ready to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, students need support, guidance and opportunities. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.


School Counselor, Fenella David

I am Fenella David and am privileged to be working alongside the students, parents, teachers and staff at ISS as school counselor.  My role is an exciting one and over the years it has taught me to listen and to encourage those that need help to take the lead. In counseling, it is not success or a solution that is the main emphasis but to focus on the person so that whoever seeks help may find a way out of their present dilemma. At times, it has not been so easy applying the ‘Person-Centered’ approach but more often than not it has worked brilliantly. This ultimately leads to an action response on their part, which in essence aids them to sort out their own dilemma.

My goal as a counselor is to walk and work through issues with whoever comes for counseling. Furthermore, to realize my limitations and be ready to refer certain cases on, so as to ensure additional sources of support where appropriate.  

ISS Middle School Counseling Program Provides:

Classroom Guidance

·         Academic skills support

·         Organizational, study and test-taking skills

·         Education in understanding self and others

·         Coping strategies

·         Peer relationships and effective social skills

·         Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution

·         Career awareness, exploration and planning

·         Substance abuse education

·         Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

·         Goal-setting/decision- making

·         Academic planning

·         Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

·         Transition planning

Responsive Services

·         Individual and small group counseling

·         Individual/family/school crisis intervention

·         Peer facilitation

·         Referrals

·         System Support

·         Consultation, collaboration and teaming

·         Parent information night

·         Assistance with students’ academic plans

·         At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

·         Parent communication/education

·         Behavioral management plans

·         Student assistance team building

·         Peer support

·         Academic support

·         School climate

·         Leadership development

Welcome to Middle School Learning Support Department

 

At International School Suva we take a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of our Learning Support and English as a Second or Other Language students in the Middle School. Our Learning Support teachers work with the classroom teachers, specialist subject teachers and parents, to ensure that we are providing a high quality education that meets the needs of the very diverse group of both LS and ESOL students.

 

 

ESOL & LS STUDENTS IN YEAR 6 TO 8

 

An Individual Learner Plan (ILP) is prepared for the provision of effective learning support to pupils with special learning needs or poor academic achievement.  This includes recommendations, accommodations and individualised programs to cater for individual needs. The ILPs are prepared after consultation with core subject teachers, pastoral teachers, parents, students and external support providers if necessary.

 

Students in Year 6 to 8 who have limited English receive ESOL lessons from trained ESOL teachers. The number and location of these lessons will depend on the student’s English ability, and may include up to 5 hours a week.

 

IDENTIFICATION AND PLACEMENT

 

These are the proposed LS assessment, referral and action plan procedures that has to be followed when identifying and placing a student.

 

1.      Surfboard form

From the results of the PAT diagnostic test, a surfboard form is completed. Students are then placed in different tiers depending on ability and results by the respective teachers.

 

2.      Referral forms

Once the students have been identified, they are referred to the teachers. It is the responsibility of the core teachers and the specialist teachers to indicate student performances in their respective subject areas on the referral forms.

 

3.      Individual Learning Plan.

According to the performance indicators in the referral forms, an ILP is completed for each student. Short term and long term goals are established.

 

4.      Team meeting.

LS staff, parents, relevant and/or interested teachers and student then meet to discuss ILP.  The document is then signed by the parents or guardians.

 

5.      Counsellor Assistance

The school counsellor works with students who have behavioural management issues as well as with students of concern. High school student can request the services of the counsellor personally.

 

6.      Ongoing communication and review by all parties, as required

It is the responsibility of the LS teachers to ensure that students are able to achieve their short term and long term goals. This is through ongoing communication and review by all parties, as required.

 

OVERVIEW OF LEVELS OF SUPPORT

 

The Learning Support Department at International School Suva coordinates programs and services for students with learning needs.  The model is based on the belief that students vary in their level of ability, achievement, motivation and interest and that individuals respond best to educational programs that provide appropriate challenges and meet their individual needs.

Currently ISS offers three levels of support ranging in spectrum and intensity.

·         Tier 1
Level 1 support is for students who are able to follow the regular curriculum with differentiation, adaptations or accommodations.

·         Tier 2
Level 2 support is for students who require some accommodations to the content in order to be able to access the curriculum. This may include either inclass support from a Learning Support teacher, or individual or small group out of class instruction.

·         Tier 3
Tier 3 support is for students who require significant accommodations and/or modifications to the content of the curriculum.  Students who require this level of support will usually require documentation from a qualified professional educational provider which states accommodations are needed for a student to access the mainstream curriculum. A Learning Support teacher will ensure that accommodations are available to the student in the mainstream classrooms.

A student who requires tier 3 supports may also be required to have an individual Learning Support assistant to help them in the classroom, either full time or part time. The cost of this service and other necessary resources will be borne by the parents and/or guardians.

 

 EXTERNAL SERVICES AND ASSESSMENTS

ISS works with number of external experts who can provide assessment and expert information on a wide range of learning needs. If applicable, the ISS Learning Support team will recommend an external assessment, and provide relevant contact details and information. Parents and guardians then correspond directly with these experts.

 

STUDENTS OF CONCERN (SOC)

Students may be placed on SOC status if an academic concern is noted in the admissions process or in mainstream classes at ISS. Parents and guardians will be notified if their child is placed on SOC status, and a Learning Support teacher may monitor their progress through reports and contact with mainstream teachers and the student themselves.

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Contact Us

 

ESOL & LS STUDENTS IN YEAR 6 TO 8 Learning Support Case Managers

 

The Learning Support Case managers are part of a year level team and join the classroom teachers during planning and teaching time. They focus on the differentiation for LS, Extension and ESL students during planning time and co- teach in classrooms by working with different groups or individuals. The Case Managers also develop ILP’s in collaboration with classroom teachers for Tier 2 and 3 students and provide updates and individual ILP progress reports twice a year, as well communicate on a regular basis with parents and guardians.

 

Year 6 – Arieta Koroidimuri – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Year 7 – Regina Mastapha – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Year 8 – Tanya Vatubua – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Teachers


Name

Position

Email

Kristofer Stice Head of Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rosi Uluiviti Curriculum Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Juan Carlos Legaz-Clua Year 601 Pastoral Teacher | Maths Teacher | Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shelly Forbes Year 602 Pastoral Teacher | English Teacher | Social Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Paul Singh Individual Teacher Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Annie Prasad Teacher Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arieta Koroidimuri Learning Support Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sarah Bothamley Learning Support Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tanya Legaz-Clua Year 701 Pastoral Teacher | English  Teacher | Social Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ryan Ludher Year 702 Pastoral Teacher |  Maths Teacher | Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Regina Mastapha Learning Support Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jojina Tulele Year 801 Pastoral Teacher | Maths Teacher | Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carmen Fox Year 802 Pastoral Teacher | English  Teacher | Social Science Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tessa Eastgate Visual Art and Drama Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kate Reimann Visual Art Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tanya Vatubua Learning Support Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Timothy Nova Ulacake Music Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Yao Music Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sara Volkmar French Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Benjamin Gibson Drama Teacher Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Shao Chinese Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brett Barons P.E Teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jonathan Uluiviti P.E Teacher Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dona Baledravu P.E Teacher Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Entry Requirements

 

Entry Requirements include the completion of a school enrolment form accompanied by an original birth certificate or passport. (a copy will be made and documents returned to you immediately) For new arrivals from overseas, written evidence of a permit to reside is required/visa exemption. This is available from the Fiji Immigration Department. Children from within Fiji will need to provide a transfer letter from their previous school and report cards from previous schools are also required. Current medical records will be sighted. The ISS enrolment fee payment is required before enrolment can be confirmed.

 

Placement of students is guided by birth date and your child must have turned the given ages below by December 31 of that year.

 

Year

Student’s age upon entry

Year 6

11 (turning 12)

Year 7

12 (turning 13)

Year 8

13 (turning 14)

 

Students will be enrolled according to their birth date. Prior to the formal enrolment interview, students are required to sit entrance tests in literacy, numeracy, and English language skills to ascertain levels of support needed for a smooth transition. These tests take three hours in total to complete. More information on Learning Support and English a Second or Other language programs are available here.

Welcome to Middle School

 

I am very pleased to welcome you to our Middle School website. A tour of these pages will provide insight into the learning experiences of our students, the environment in which they learn, and what drives the learning that is taking place. With a strong team of teaching and non-teaching staff, wonderful students, the solid support from our school council and hard-working parents, the Middle School is a wonderful and happy place in which to work and learn together, as we all contribute to the warm and friendly atmosphere we all enjoy.

 

The Middle School comprises a diverse international staff and student body exemplifying a rich blending of cultures. The pursuit of academic excellence and community and service initiatives is integrated with the artistic, cultural and creative side of students and occasionally, it is a struggle to maintain the right balance.

 

In all of these experiences we have focused on developing Middle School students who truly embody the School-wide Learner Outcomes: caring, open-minded, inquirers, risk-takers, reflective, balanced, communicators, knowledgeable, visionary, courageous and principled.

 

The opening of our dedicated Middle School building with re-modeled classrooms has been the highlight of this year. Some of the students told me recently they wished they had more time in the classroom. Indeed, it is a home away from home for many students. Technology has been introduced progressively, with Google Classrooms being introduced this term. Google Classrooms allow teachers to create classes, post assignments, organize folders, and view student work in real-time.

 

The website will provide more detailed information that will help both current and prospective students and their families. It will also be of interest to members of the wider community, the school council, and indeed our alumni all over the world.

 

If you wish to know more about our school, more comprehensive documentation is available from our main school website; however, please  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if necessary. We value partnerships that will take our school forward and welcome feedback which will help us to do this.

 

Mere Fong

Head of Middle School