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Student Council

Meet our Student Council Officers of 2022-2023

Phearakyuth Penghong
President - TK
Chhadaphea King
Vice President - TK
Lyza Chhy
Secretary - TK
Sophia Sou
Treasurer - TK
Deat Danidh
President - TTP
Do Suntech
Vice President - TTP
Poev Puthirith
Secretary - TTP
Svay Kimlida
Treasurer - TTP

Health Center

HOLISTIC HEALTH

Balance is the key to holistic health, and by adopting strategies to support each of the following five dimensions, students will be better prepared to tackle the difficulties, challenges, successes and joys that life presents.

5 DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH AND TIPS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

  1. Physical dimension – this covers a variety of factors such as adequate exercise, proper nutrition, staying away from harmful substances, going for regular medical checks, and identifying symptoms of disease. In order to maintain optimal physical health, it is important that students:
    – Engage in age-appropriate, fun and varied exercise every day.
    – Get enough sleep – at least 8 hours every night.
    – Eat a balanced diet, avoiding sodas, excess sugar and processed foods, as well as not skipping meals.
  2. Emotional Dimension – this refers to the ability to express emotions, the ability to love and be loved, and the freedom and support to achieve fulfilment in life. Emotional health includes striving for optimal levels of self–esteem, confidence and self-acceptance. To ensure emotional wellbeing, we strive to assist students with being able to:
    – Maintain a positive attitude, even when difficulties and challenges arise.
    – Manage their time wisely to reduce stress levels.
    – Openly share their feelings with others.
    – Seek help when it is needed.
  3. Social Dimension – This describes students’ interactions with other people, living up to familial, educational and societal expectations and demands, creating a reliable support group, respecting oneself and others, and contributing positively to the community. To ensure a healthy social dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Become actively involved in their community, campus activities and events.
    – Engage in voluntary work by sharing their skills and talents.
    – Cultivate healthy relationships.
  4. Intellectual Dimension – This refers to encouraging oneself to be creative, engaging in lifelong learning, expanding one’s knowledge, and improving one’s skills. To master this dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Keep up to date with current events.
    – Participate in activities that stimulate critical thinking and to embrace curiosity.
    – Cultivate a growth-mindset, which suggests that our basic abilities can be advanced through hard work and commitment.
    – To perceive failure as the opportunity to learn, and to celebrate every success.
  5. Spiritual Dimension – This describes the guiding beliefs, principles and values that give direction and meaning to our lives. This involves one’s faith, hope, values and commitments that provide one with a sense of meaning and purpose in life. We encourage our students to:
    – Make time for quiet contemplation and gratitude every day.
    – Explore whichever spiritual path they are drawn to.
    – Find ways to enhance their spiritual health.
    – Take time to self-reflect.
    – Practice mindfulness and meditation.

Read More 

Health Center

HOLISTIC HEALTH

Balance is the key to holistic health, and by adopting strategies to support each of the following five dimensions, students will be better prepared to tackle the difficulties, challenges, successes and joys that life presents.

5 DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH AND TIPS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

  1. Physical dimension – this covers a variety of factors such as adequate exercise, proper nutrition, staying away from harmful substances, going for regular medical checks, and identifying symptoms of disease. In order to maintain optimal physical health, it is important that students:
    – Engage in age-appropriate, fun and varied exercise every day.
    – Get enough sleep – at least 8 hours every night.
    – Eat a balanced diet, avoiding sodas, excess sugar and processed foods, as well as not skipping meals.
  2. Emotional Dimension – this refers to the ability to express emotions, the ability to love and be loved, and the freedom and support to achieve fulfilment in life. Emotional health includes striving for optimal levels of self–esteem, confidence and self-acceptance. To ensure emotional wellbeing, we strive to assist students with being able to:
    – Maintain a positive attitude, even when difficulties and challenges arise.
    – Manage their time wisely to reduce stress levels.
    – Openly share their feelings with others.
    – Seek help when it is needed.
  3. Social Dimension – This describes students’ interactions with other people, living up to familial, educational and societal expectations and demands, creating a reliable support group, respecting oneself and others, and contributing positively to the community. To ensure a healthy social dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Become actively involved in their community, campus activities and events.
    – Engage in voluntary work by sharing their skills and talents.
    – Cultivate healthy relationships.
  4. Intellectual Dimension – This refers to encouraging oneself to be creative, engaging in lifelong learning, expanding one’s knowledge, and improving one’s skills. To master this dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Keep up to date with current events.
    – Participate in activities that stimulate critical thinking and to embrace curiosity.
    – Cultivate a growth-mindset, which suggests that our basic abilities can be advanced through hard work and commitment.
    – To perceive failure as the opportunity to learn, and to celebrate every success.
  5. Spiritual Dimension – This describes the guiding beliefs, principles and values that give direction and meaning to our lives. This involves one’s faith, hope, values and commitments that provide one with a sense of meaning and purpose in life. We encourage our students to:
    – Make time for quiet contemplation and gratitude every day.
    – Explore whichever spiritual path they are drawn to.
    – Find ways to enhance their spiritual health.
    – Take time to self-reflect.
    – Practice mindfulness and meditation.

STUDENT WELL-BEING

According to Dr. Davis in her article in Psychology today, well–being is the event in a person’s life where he/she experience happiness, prosperity, that includes having good mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, environmental health.  This definition simply means having high satisfaction in life, sense of meaning and purpose or just feeling well. In the Oxford dictionary, well–being is defined as the condition of being comfortable, happy, or healthy.

A deeper kind of well – being is about living in a way that is good for us and others around us.  It is a positive experience demonstrating happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity, or engagement in the community.  The magnitude to psychologically function well, maintain positive relationships, having high self – esteem, high self – confidence, and having control of our lives are equally important to well – being.  In addition having an adequate amount of money, a safe home/ school environment, close friends, sense of belonging and a balanced diet are other areas that influence our state of well – being.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, WE CAN REACHED HIGHER LEVELS OF WELL – BEING WHEN WE ARE:

  • more involved in social activities and community groups
  • environmentally responsible
  • having a better social and family relationships
  • productive in school work
  • more likely studying full – time
  • more likely to recover from range of illnesses

Having high levels of well – being allows us to be optimistic and positive with life and this reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%.  We will also be able to become resilient to adversities in life and better able to achieve things.  We can even live longer by 7 1/2 years to our life span and if we are able to express emotions positively, like being happy, we are able to influence and passed these on to others. Lastly, higher level of well – being increases our immunity to infection and lower the risk of mental illness.

WE CAN ASSESS OUR OVERALL WELL – BEING ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS:

  1. Emotional well – being – decreasing levels of stress and being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This is developing awareness and the acceptance of our feelings as well as our capacity to manage these feelings in a healthy way.
  2. Physical well – being – developing awareness of our body, eating healthy foods, having enough sleep at night, engaging in physical activities, and being responsible of our health.
  3. Social well – being – creating a positive and meaningful relationships, having healthy communication, maintaining respect towards self and others, and forging a healthy support group.
  4. Intellectual well – being – stimulating creative and mental activities, exploring issues related to problem solving, reading books, magazines, newspaper, and being aware of current events.
  5. Spiritual well being – establishing peace and harmony in life and striving for consistency with our values and beliefs, being honest to others, forgiving, compassionate, and willingness to help others.
  6. Career well – being – getting fulfillment from our jobs or chosen career while still maintaining life’s balance, contributing positive impact in the organisation, and collaboration within the organisation.
  7. Environmental well – being – being active in the community, restoring, preserving the environment such as food, water, electricity, and keeping personal areas (locker/office/home/) clear and organised.

 

By following the 5 main ways below and taking into account that we need to maintain and improve these ways as well, we will able to achieve a higher level of well – being.

  1. Connect
  2. Be active.
  3. Keep learning.
  4. Be aware.
  5. Help others.

Read More 

STUDENT WELL-BEING

According to Dr. Davis in her article in Psychology today, well–being is the event in a person’s life where he/she experience happiness, prosperity, that includes having good mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, environmental health.  This definition simply means having high satisfaction in life, sense of meaning and purpose or just feeling well. In the Oxford dictionary, well–being is defined as the condition of being comfortable, happy, or healthy.

A deeper kind of well – being is about living in a way that is good for us and others around us.  It is a positive experience demonstrating happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity, or engagement in the community.  The magnitude to psychologically function well, maintain positive relationships, having high self – esteem, high self – confidence, and having control of our lives are equally important to well – being.  In addition having an adequate amount of money, a safe home/ school environment, close friends, sense of belonging and a balanced diet are other areas that influence our state of well – being.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, WE CAN REACHED HIGHER LEVELS OF WELL – BEING WHEN WE ARE:

  • more involved in social activities and community groups
  • environmentally responsible
  • having a better social and family relationships
  • productive in school work
  • more likely studying full – time
  • more likely to recover from range of illnesses

Having high levels of well – being allows us to be optimistic and positive with life and this reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%.  We will also be able to become resilient to adversities in life and better able to achieve things.  We can even live longer by 7 1/2 years to our life span and if we are able to express emotions positively, like being happy, we are able to influence and passed these on to others. Lastly, higher level of well – being increases our immunity to infection and lower the risk of mental illness.

WE CAN ASSESS OUR OVERALL WELL – BEING ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS:

  1. Emotional well – being – decreasing levels of stress and being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This is developing awareness and the acceptance of our feelings as well as our capacity to manage these feelings in a healthy way.
  2. Physical well – being – developing awareness of our body, eating healthy foods, having enough sleep at night, engaging in physical activities, and being responsible of our health.
  3. Social well – being – creating a positive and meaningful relationships, having healthy communication, maintaining respect towards self and others, and forging a healthy support group.
  4. Intellectual well – being – stimulating creative and mental activities, exploring issues related to problem solving, reading books, magazines, newspaper, and being aware of current events.
  5. Spiritual well being – establishing peace and harmony in life and striving for consistency with our values and beliefs, being honest to others, forgiving, compassionate, and willingness to help others.
  6. Career well – being – getting fulfillment from our jobs or chosen career while still maintaining life’s balance, contributing positive impact in the organisation, and collaboration within the organisation.
  7. Environmental well – being – being active in the community, restoring, preserving the environment such as food, water, electricity, and keeping personal areas (locker/office/home/) clear and organised.

 

By following the 5 main ways below and taking into account that we need to maintain and improve these ways as well, we will able to achieve a higher level of well – being.

  1. Connect
  2. Be active.
  3. Keep learning.
  4. Be aware.
  5. Help others.

Nutrition

To be healthy and live a long life, proper nutrition is really essential.  We eat food every day, and food is part of our life. The nutrients and energy found in the food we eat allows us to grow, be healthy, active such as being able to play, work, think, study, and move.  Each particular food that we take contains specific nutrition such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, electrolytes which are needed for holistic growth.

Food after water and air, plays an important role in preventing diseases and promoting health. It is a mixture of various ingredients that are eaten for nutrition.  Nutrition on the other hand, indicates a powerful action in which the consumed food is used for nourishment of the human body. The more we eat balanced food, our body will get proper nutrition.  When there is an insufficient amount of protein, or carbohydrate intake, it often results to illness or infection.  Eating nutritious food allows our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, learn, and staying healthy.

WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR OUR BODY AND WHAT THESE FOODS DO TO OUR BODY?

There is a phrase that many nutritionists use to remind us to include more fruits and vegetables in our diet and this is called “Eat the Rainbow.”  The colourful and natural foods available on our table/ kitchen supports healthy growth and prevents problems like iron deficiency, dental cavities, tooth decay, anemia, diabetes, obesity, kwashiorkor, high blood pressure, brittle hair, tiredness, stress, increased severity of infections, dizziness,  eyesight or heart problems, etc.

The rainbow foods provides the nutritional value we need!  Pack your food from every colour of the rainbow!

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Nutrition

To be healthy and live a long life, proper nutrition is really essential.  We eat food every day, and food is part of our life. The nutrients and energy found in the food we eat allows us to grow, be healthy, active such as being able to play, work, think, study, and move.  Each particular food that we take contains specific nutrition such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, electrolytes which are needed for holistic growth.

Food after water and air, plays an important role in preventing diseases and promoting health. It is a mixture of various ingredients that are eaten for nutrition.  Nutrition on the other hand, indicates a powerful action in which the consumed food is used for nourishment of the human body. The more we eat balanced food, our body will get proper nutrition.  When there is an insufficient amount of protein, or carbohydrate intake, it often results to illness or infection.  Eating nutritious food allows our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, learn, and staying healthy.

WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR OUR BODY AND WHAT THESE FOODS DO TO OUR BODY?

There is a phrase that many nutritionists use to remind us to include more fruits and vegetables in our diet and this is called “Eat the Rainbow.”  The colourful and natural foods available on our table/ kitchen supports healthy growth and prevents problems like iron deficiency, dental cavities, tooth decay, anemia, diabetes, obesity, kwashiorkor, high blood pressure, brittle hair, tiredness, stress, increased severity of infections, dizziness,  eyesight or heart problems, etc.

The rainbow foods provides the nutritional value we need!  Pack your food from every colour of the rainbow!

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT AND CAREER ADVISING PROGRAMME

The American School Counselor Association defines a comprehensive school counselling programme as an “integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counselling programmes driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career, and social/emotional development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students.”
Footprints International School counselling programme, otherwise known as our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme, provides support to help students meet their fullest potential academically, socially/emotionally, and in career decision- making. The Footprints International School Counseling Handbook serves as a guiding tool to help all stakeholders, teachers, community, parents and students.

The aim of the school social-emotional learning specialist and / or career advisor is to provide a service of support to help students overcome emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges, as they progress through their learning journey. The service of support is rendered through: individual counselling, group counselling, career planning, core-curriculum (in-class support) and working collaboratively with families, community agencies and other stakeholders.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Philosophy:

The School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme of Footprints International School adheres to the philosophy that it will support students in the area of personal, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioural aspects of their developmental growth to help them become well rounded, and purposeful individuals in the community.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Beliefs:

The School Counseling Programme is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and International Model for School Counseling. Academic, Career, Personal/Social and Global Perspective content standards reflect the needs of third culture kids. (ISCA)

Beliefs
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme provides students’ insights on how they can better understand themselves.
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme can help students build an inner positive self-image.
● We believe that our programme helps students develop skills and abilities that are useful in life.
● We believe that the tools we use for our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme are accessible to students, parents, teachers, and school management and staff.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Mission Statement:
The programme is designed to empower our learners to discover their potential while being in a nurturing environment. This is done through:
multi-tiered support, self-discovery of innate potentials using assessment tools, and by exposing students to practical learning experiences that will promote global competitive skill sets for future success.
Objectives of the social-emotional learning support and career advising programme:
1. Provide students the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and to become useful, well rounded, purposeful individuals through:
● individual and group social-emotional learning support and career advising.
● classroom guidance /health education focusing on psychological, emotional, physical well–being and empowering students to make positive choices in life
● referrals (when necessary).
2. Build a foundation for students to understand their interests, abilities and challenges by developing a career pathway, learning plan, and productive work habits in the classroom that students can apply later when they join the labour force.
3. Enhance students’ learning by enabling them to practise skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the local community.
Benefits of the counselling programme (ASCA)
● Prepare students in their academic, career, social/ emotional development
● Enhances personal development
● Assists in developing effective interpersonal relationship skills
● Encourages facilitative, co-operative peer interactions
● Increases opportunities for parent/school interaction
● Provides consultation to assist teachers in their guidance role
● Provides direct services to students
● Fosters a positive team approach, which enhances cooperative working relationships
● Promotes a safe and positive school environment that is conducive to learning
● Connects the community to the needs of the school and the school to the needs of the community
What Is Counselling (social-emotional learning support?)
It is the process that occurs when a client and a counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client. Counselling is an act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive changes.
What is the social-emotional learning support specialist’s role?
To enhance student academic, career and social/emotional development through the implementation of a school counselling programme based on the ASCA National Model (2019).
Through these programmes, school counsellors align with the school’s MTSS by:
● providing all students with standards-based school counselling instruction to address universal academic, career and social/emotional development and analysing academic, career and social/emotional development data to identify students who need support
● identifying and collaborating on research-based intervention strategies implemented by
school staff
● evaluating academic and behavioural progress after interventions
● revising interventions as appropriate
● referring to school and community services as appropriate
● collaborating with administrators, teachers, other school professionals, community agencies and families in MTSS design and implementation
● advocating for equitable education for all students and working to remove systemic barriers
When do you see a counsellor?….when you…..
● Have some good news to share
● Have conflicts with friends, teachers, or family members
● Have difficulty with school work
● Are being bullied
● Have trouble dealing with others
● Are feeling down
● Need to talk to someone

Read More 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT AND CAREER ADVISING PROGRAMME

The American School Counselor Association defines a comprehensive school counselling programme as an “integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counselling programmes driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career, and social/emotional development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students.”
Footprints International School counselling programme, otherwise known as our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme, provides support to help students meet their fullest potential academically, socially/emotionally, and in career decision- making. The Footprints International School Counseling Handbook serves as a guiding tool to help all stakeholders, teachers, community, parents and students.

The aim of the school social-emotional learning specialist and / or career advisor is to provide a service of support to help students overcome emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges, as they progress through their learning journey. The service of support is rendered through: individual counselling, group counselling, career planning, core-curriculum (in-class support) and working collaboratively with families, community agencies and other stakeholders.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Philosophy:

The School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme of Footprints International School adheres to the philosophy that it will support students in the area of personal, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioural aspects of their developmental growth to help them become well rounded, and purposeful individuals in the community.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Beliefs:

The School Counseling Programme is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and International Model for School Counseling. Academic, Career, Personal/Social and Global Perspective content standards reflect the needs of third culture kids. (ISCA)

Beliefs
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme provides students’ insights on how they can better understand themselves.
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme can help students build an inner positive self-image.
● We believe that our programme helps students develop skills and abilities that are useful in life.
● We believe that the tools we use for our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme are accessible to students, parents, teachers, and school management and staff.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Mission Statement:
The programme is designed to empower our learners to discover their potential while being in a nurturing environment. This is done through:
multi-tiered support, self-discovery of innate potentials using assessment tools, and by exposing students to practical learning experiences that will promote global competitive skill sets for future success.
Objectives of the social-emotional learning support and career advising programme:
1. Provide students the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and to become useful, well rounded, purposeful individuals through:
● individual and group social-emotional learning support and career advising.
● classroom guidance /health education focusing on psychological, emotional, physical well–being and empowering students to make positive choices in life
● referrals (when necessary).
2. Build a foundation for students to understand their interests, abilities and challenges by developing a career pathway, learning plan, and productive work habits in the classroom that students can apply later when they join the labour force.
3. Enhance students’ learning by enabling them to practise skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the local community.
Benefits of the counselling programme (ASCA)
● Prepare students in their academic, career, social/ emotional development
● Enhances personal development
● Assists in developing effective interpersonal relationship skills
● Encourages facilitative, co-operative peer interactions
● Increases opportunities for parent/school interaction
● Provides consultation to assist teachers in their guidance role
● Provides direct services to students
● Fosters a positive team approach, which enhances cooperative working relationships
● Promotes a safe and positive school environment that is conducive to learning
● Connects the community to the needs of the school and the school to the needs of the community
What Is Counselling (social-emotional learning support?)
It is the process that occurs when a client and a counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client. Counselling is an act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive changes.
What is the social-emotional learning support specialist’s role?
To enhance student academic, career and social/emotional development through the implementation of a school counselling programme based on the ASCA National Model (2019).
Through these programmes, school counsellors align with the school’s MTSS by:
● providing all students with standards-based school counselling instruction to address universal academic, career and social/emotional development and analysing academic, career and social/emotional development data to identify students who need support
● identifying and collaborating on research-based intervention strategies implemented by
school staff
● evaluating academic and behavioural progress after interventions
● revising interventions as appropriate
● referring to school and community services as appropriate
● collaborating with administrators, teachers, other school professionals, community agencies and families in MTSS design and implementation
● advocating for equitable education for all students and working to remove systemic barriers
When do you see a counsellor?….when you…..
● Have some good news to share
● Have conflicts with friends, teachers, or family members
● Have difficulty with school work
● Are being bullied
● Have trouble dealing with others
● Are feeling down
● Need to talk to someone

Health Center

HOLISTIC HEALTH

Balance is the key to holistic health, and by adopting strategies to support each of the following five dimensions, students will be better prepared to tackle the difficulties, challenges, successes and joys that life presents.

5 DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH AND TIPS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

  1. Physical dimension – this covers a variety of factors such as adequate exercise, proper nutrition, staying away from harmful substances, going for regular medical checks, and identifying symptoms of disease. In order to maintain optimal physical health, it is important that students:
    – Engage in age-appropriate, fun and varied exercise every day.
    – Get enough sleep – at least 8 hours every night.
    – Eat a balanced diet, avoiding sodas, excess sugar and processed foods, as well as not skipping meals.
  2. Emotional Dimension – this refers to the ability to express emotions, the ability to love and be loved, and the freedom and support to achieve fulfilment in life. Emotional health includes striving for optimal levels of self–esteem, confidence and self-acceptance. To ensure emotional wellbeing, we strive to assist students with being able to:
    – Maintain a positive attitude, even when difficulties and challenges arise.
    – Manage their time wisely to reduce stress levels.
    – Openly share their feelings with others.
    – Seek help when it is needed.
  3. Social Dimension – This describes students’ interactions with other people, living up to familial, educational and societal expectations and demands, creating a reliable support group, respecting oneself and others, and contributing positively to the community. To ensure a healthy social dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Become actively involved in their community, campus activities and events.
    – Engage in voluntary work by sharing their skills and talents.
    – Cultivate healthy relationships.
  4. Intellectual Dimension – This refers to encouraging oneself to be creative, engaging in lifelong learning, expanding one’s knowledge, and improving one’s skills. To master this dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Keep up to date with current events.
    – Participate in activities that stimulate critical thinking and to embrace curiosity.
    – Cultivate a growth-mindset, which suggests that our basic abilities can be advanced through hard work and commitment.
    – To perceive failure as the opportunity to learn, and to celebrate every success.
  5. Spiritual Dimension – This describes the guiding beliefs, principles and values that give direction and meaning to our lives. This involves one’s faith, hope, values and commitments that provide one with a sense of meaning and purpose in life. We encourage our students to:
    – Make time for quiet contemplation and gratitude every day.
    – Explore whichever spiritual path they are drawn to.
    – Find ways to enhance their spiritual health.
    – Take time to self-reflect.
    – Practice mindfulness and meditation.

Read More 

Health Center

HOLISTIC HEALTH

Balance is the key to holistic health, and by adopting strategies to support each of the following five dimensions, students will be better prepared to tackle the difficulties, challenges, successes and joys that life presents.

5 DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH AND TIPS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

  1. Physical dimension – this covers a variety of factors such as adequate exercise, proper nutrition, staying away from harmful substances, going for regular medical checks, and identifying symptoms of disease. In order to maintain optimal physical health, it is important that students:
    – Engage in age-appropriate, fun and varied exercise every day.
    – Get enough sleep – at least 8 hours every night.
    – Eat a balanced diet, avoiding sodas, excess sugar and processed foods, as well as not skipping meals.
  2. Emotional Dimension – this refers to the ability to express emotions, the ability to love and be loved, and the freedom and support to achieve fulfilment in life. Emotional health includes striving for optimal levels of self–esteem, confidence and self-acceptance. To ensure emotional wellbeing, we strive to assist students with being able to:
    – Maintain a positive attitude, even when difficulties and challenges arise.
    – Manage their time wisely to reduce stress levels.
    – Openly share their feelings with others.
    – Seek help when it is needed.
  3. Social Dimension – This describes students’ interactions with other people, living up to familial, educational and societal expectations and demands, creating a reliable support group, respecting oneself and others, and contributing positively to the community. To ensure a healthy social dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Become actively involved in their community, campus activities and events.
    – Engage in voluntary work by sharing their skills and talents.
    – Cultivate healthy relationships.
  4. Intellectual Dimension – This refers to encouraging oneself to be creative, engaging in lifelong learning, expanding one’s knowledge, and improving one’s skills. To master this dimension, we encourage our students to:
    – Keep up to date with current events.
    – Participate in activities that stimulate critical thinking and to embrace curiosity.
    – Cultivate a growth-mindset, which suggests that our basic abilities can be advanced through hard work and commitment.
    – To perceive failure as the opportunity to learn, and to celebrate every success.
  5. Spiritual Dimension – This describes the guiding beliefs, principles and values that give direction and meaning to our lives. This involves one’s faith, hope, values and commitments that provide one with a sense of meaning and purpose in life. We encourage our students to:
    – Make time for quiet contemplation and gratitude every day.
    – Explore whichever spiritual path they are drawn to.
    – Find ways to enhance their spiritual health.
    – Take time to self-reflect.
    – Practice mindfulness and meditation.

STUDENT WELL-BEING

According to Dr. Davis in her article in Psychology today, well–being is the event in a person’s life where he/she experience happiness, prosperity, that includes having good mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, environmental health.  This definition simply means having high satisfaction in life, sense of meaning and purpose or just feeling well. In the Oxford dictionary, well–being is defined as the condition of being comfortable, happy, or healthy.

A deeper kind of well – being is about living in a way that is good for us and others around us.  It is a positive experience demonstrating happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity, or engagement in the community.  The magnitude to psychologically function well, maintain positive relationships, having high self – esteem, high self – confidence, and having control of our lives are equally important to well – being.  In addition having an adequate amount of money, a safe home/ school environment, close friends, sense of belonging and a balanced diet are other areas that influence our state of well – being.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, WE CAN REACHED HIGHER LEVELS OF WELL – BEING WHEN WE ARE:

  • more involved in social activities and community groups
  • environmentally responsible
  • having a better social and family relationships
  • productive in school work
  • more likely studying full – time
  • more likely to recover from range of illnesses

Having high levels of well – being allows us to be optimistic and positive with life and this reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%.  We will also be able to become resilient to adversities in life and better able to achieve things.  We can even live longer by 7 1/2 years to our life span and if we are able to express emotions positively, like being happy, we are able to influence and passed these on to others. Lastly, higher level of well – being increases our immunity to infection and lower the risk of mental illness.

WE CAN ASSESS OUR OVERALL WELL – BEING ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS:

  1. Emotional well – being – decreasing levels of stress and being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This is developing awareness and the acceptance of our feelings as well as our capacity to manage these feelings in a healthy way.
  2. Physical well – being – developing awareness of our body, eating healthy foods, having enough sleep at night, engaging in physical activities, and being responsible of our health.
  3. Social well – being – creating a positive and meaningful relationships, having healthy communication, maintaining respect towards self and others, and forging a healthy support group.
  4. Intellectual well – being – stimulating creative and mental activities, exploring issues related to problem solving, reading books, magazines, newspaper, and being aware of current events.
  5. Spiritual well being – establishing peace and harmony in life and striving for consistency with our values and beliefs, being honest to others, forgiving, compassionate, and willingness to help others.
  6. Career well – being – getting fulfillment from our jobs or chosen career while still maintaining life’s balance, contributing positive impact in the organisation, and collaboration within the organisation.
  7. Environmental well – being – being active in the community, restoring, preserving the environment such as food, water, electricity, and keeping personal areas (locker/office/home/) clear and organised.

 

By following the 5 main ways below and taking into account that we need to maintain and improve these ways as well, we will able to achieve a higher level of well – being.

  1. Connect
  2. Be active.
  3. Keep learning.
  4. Be aware.
  5. Help others.

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STUDENT WELL-BEING

According to Dr. Davis in her article in Psychology today, well–being is the event in a person’s life where he/she experience happiness, prosperity, that includes having good mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, environmental health.  This definition simply means having high satisfaction in life, sense of meaning and purpose or just feeling well. In the Oxford dictionary, well–being is defined as the condition of being comfortable, happy, or healthy.

A deeper kind of well – being is about living in a way that is good for us and others around us.  It is a positive experience demonstrating happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity, or engagement in the community.  The magnitude to psychologically function well, maintain positive relationships, having high self – esteem, high self – confidence, and having control of our lives are equally important to well – being.  In addition having an adequate amount of money, a safe home/ school environment, close friends, sense of belonging and a balanced diet are other areas that influence our state of well – being.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, WE CAN REACHED HIGHER LEVELS OF WELL – BEING WHEN WE ARE:

  • more involved in social activities and community groups
  • environmentally responsible
  • having a better social and family relationships
  • productive in school work
  • more likely studying full – time
  • more likely to recover from range of illnesses

Having high levels of well – being allows us to be optimistic and positive with life and this reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%.  We will also be able to become resilient to adversities in life and better able to achieve things.  We can even live longer by 7 1/2 years to our life span and if we are able to express emotions positively, like being happy, we are able to influence and passed these on to others. Lastly, higher level of well – being increases our immunity to infection and lower the risk of mental illness.

WE CAN ASSESS OUR OVERALL WELL – BEING ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS:

  1. Emotional well – being – decreasing levels of stress and being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This is developing awareness and the acceptance of our feelings as well as our capacity to manage these feelings in a healthy way.
  2. Physical well – being – developing awareness of our body, eating healthy foods, having enough sleep at night, engaging in physical activities, and being responsible of our health.
  3. Social well – being – creating a positive and meaningful relationships, having healthy communication, maintaining respect towards self and others, and forging a healthy support group.
  4. Intellectual well – being – stimulating creative and mental activities, exploring issues related to problem solving, reading books, magazines, newspaper, and being aware of current events.
  5. Spiritual well being – establishing peace and harmony in life and striving for consistency with our values and beliefs, being honest to others, forgiving, compassionate, and willingness to help others.
  6. Career well – being – getting fulfillment from our jobs or chosen career while still maintaining life’s balance, contributing positive impact in the organisation, and collaboration within the organisation.
  7. Environmental well – being – being active in the community, restoring, preserving the environment such as food, water, electricity, and keeping personal areas (locker/office/home/) clear and organised.

 

By following the 5 main ways below and taking into account that we need to maintain and improve these ways as well, we will able to achieve a higher level of well – being.

  1. Connect
  2. Be active.
  3. Keep learning.
  4. Be aware.
  5. Help others.

Nutrition

To be healthy and live a long life, proper nutrition is really essential.  We eat food every day, and food is part of our life. The nutrients and energy found in the food we eat allows us to grow, be healthy, active such as being able to play, work, think, study, and move.  Each particular food that we take contains specific nutrition such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, electrolytes which are needed for holistic growth.

Food after water and air, plays an important role in preventing diseases and promoting health. It is a mixture of various ingredients that are eaten for nutrition.  Nutrition on the other hand, indicates a powerful action in which the consumed food is used for nourishment of the human body. The more we eat balanced food, our body will get proper nutrition.  When there is an insufficient amount of protein, or carbohydrate intake, it often results to illness or infection.  Eating nutritious food allows our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, learn, and staying healthy.

WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR OUR BODY AND WHAT THESE FOODS DO TO OUR BODY?

There is a phrase that many nutritionists use to remind us to include more fruits and vegetables in our diet and this is called “Eat the Rainbow.”  The colourful and natural foods available on our table/ kitchen supports healthy growth and prevents problems like iron deficiency, dental cavities, tooth decay, anemia, diabetes, obesity, kwashiorkor, high blood pressure, brittle hair, tiredness, stress, increased severity of infections, dizziness,  eyesight or heart problems, etc.

The rainbow foods provides the nutritional value we need!  Pack your food from every colour of the rainbow!

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Nutrition

To be healthy and live a long life, proper nutrition is really essential.  We eat food every day, and food is part of our life. The nutrients and energy found in the food we eat allows us to grow, be healthy, active such as being able to play, work, think, study, and move.  Each particular food that we take contains specific nutrition such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, electrolytes which are needed for holistic growth.

Food after water and air, plays an important role in preventing diseases and promoting health. It is a mixture of various ingredients that are eaten for nutrition.  Nutrition on the other hand, indicates a powerful action in which the consumed food is used for nourishment of the human body. The more we eat balanced food, our body will get proper nutrition.  When there is an insufficient amount of protein, or carbohydrate intake, it often results to illness or infection.  Eating nutritious food allows our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, learn, and staying healthy.

WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR OUR BODY AND WHAT THESE FOODS DO TO OUR BODY?

There is a phrase that many nutritionists use to remind us to include more fruits and vegetables in our diet and this is called “Eat the Rainbow.”  The colourful and natural foods available on our table/ kitchen supports healthy growth and prevents problems like iron deficiency, dental cavities, tooth decay, anemia, diabetes, obesity, kwashiorkor, high blood pressure, brittle hair, tiredness, stress, increased severity of infections, dizziness,  eyesight or heart problems, etc.

The rainbow foods provides the nutritional value we need!  Pack your food from every colour of the rainbow!

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT AND CAREER ADVISING PROGRAMME

The American School Counselor Association defines a comprehensive school counselling programme as an “integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counselling programmes driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career, and social/emotional development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students.”
Footprints International School counselling programme, otherwise known as our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme, provides support to help students meet their fullest potential academically, socially/emotionally, and in career decision- making. The Footprints International School Counseling Handbook serves as a guiding tool to help all stakeholders, teachers, community, parents and students.

The aim of the school social-emotional learning specialist and / or career advisor is to provide a service of support to help students overcome emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges, as they progress through their learning journey. The service of support is rendered through: individual counselling, group counselling, career planning, core-curriculum (in-class support) and working collaboratively with families, community agencies and other stakeholders.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Philosophy:

The School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme of Footprints International School adheres to the philosophy that it will support students in the area of personal, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioural aspects of their developmental growth to help them become well rounded, and purposeful individuals in the community.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Beliefs:

The School Counseling Programme is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and International Model for School Counseling. Academic, Career, Personal/Social and Global Perspective content standards reflect the needs of third culture kids. (ISCA)

Beliefs
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme provides students’ insights on how they can better understand themselves.
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme can help students build an inner positive self-image.
● We believe that our programme helps students develop skills and abilities that are useful in life.
● We believe that the tools we use for our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme are accessible to students, parents, teachers, and school management and staff.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Mission Statement:
The programme is designed to empower our learners to discover their potential while being in a nurturing environment. This is done through:
multi-tiered support, self-discovery of innate potentials using assessment tools, and by exposing students to practical learning experiences that will promote global competitive skill sets for future success.
Objectives of the social-emotional learning support and career advising programme:
1. Provide students the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and to become useful, well rounded, purposeful individuals through:
● individual and group social-emotional learning support and career advising.
● classroom guidance /health education focusing on psychological, emotional, physical well–being and empowering students to make positive choices in life
● referrals (when necessary).
2. Build a foundation for students to understand their interests, abilities and challenges by developing a career pathway, learning plan, and productive work habits in the classroom that students can apply later when they join the labour force.
3. Enhance students’ learning by enabling them to practise skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the local community.
Benefits of the counselling programme (ASCA)
● Prepare students in their academic, career, social/ emotional development
● Enhances personal development
● Assists in developing effective interpersonal relationship skills
● Encourages facilitative, co-operative peer interactions
● Increases opportunities for parent/school interaction
● Provides consultation to assist teachers in their guidance role
● Provides direct services to students
● Fosters a positive team approach, which enhances cooperative working relationships
● Promotes a safe and positive school environment that is conducive to learning
● Connects the community to the needs of the school and the school to the needs of the community
What Is Counselling (social-emotional learning support?)
It is the process that occurs when a client and a counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client. Counselling is an act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive changes.
What is the social-emotional learning support specialist’s role?
To enhance student academic, career and social/emotional development through the implementation of a school counselling programme based on the ASCA National Model (2019).
Through these programmes, school counsellors align with the school’s MTSS by:
● providing all students with standards-based school counselling instruction to address universal academic, career and social/emotional development and analysing academic, career and social/emotional development data to identify students who need support
● identifying and collaborating on research-based intervention strategies implemented by
school staff
● evaluating academic and behavioural progress after interventions
● revising interventions as appropriate
● referring to school and community services as appropriate
● collaborating with administrators, teachers, other school professionals, community agencies and families in MTSS design and implementation
● advocating for equitable education for all students and working to remove systemic barriers
When do you see a counsellor?….when you…..
● Have some good news to share
● Have conflicts with friends, teachers, or family members
● Have difficulty with school work
● Are being bullied
● Have trouble dealing with others
● Are feeling down
● Need to talk to someone

Read More 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT AND CAREER ADVISING PROGRAMME

The American School Counselor Association defines a comprehensive school counselling programme as an “integral component of the school’s academic mission. Comprehensive school counselling programmes driven by student data and based on standards in academic, career, and social/emotional development, promote and enhance the learning process for all students.”
Footprints International School counselling programme, otherwise known as our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme, provides support to help students meet their fullest potential academically, socially/emotionally, and in career decision- making. The Footprints International School Counseling Handbook serves as a guiding tool to help all stakeholders, teachers, community, parents and students.

The aim of the school social-emotional learning specialist and / or career advisor is to provide a service of support to help students overcome emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges, as they progress through their learning journey. The service of support is rendered through: individual counselling, group counselling, career planning, core-curriculum (in-class support) and working collaboratively with families, community agencies and other stakeholders.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Philosophy:

The School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme of Footprints International School adheres to the philosophy that it will support students in the area of personal, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioural aspects of their developmental growth to help them become well rounded, and purposeful individuals in the community.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Beliefs:

The School Counseling Programme is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and International Model for School Counseling. Academic, Career, Personal/Social and Global Perspective content standards reflect the needs of third culture kids. (ISCA)

Beliefs
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme provides students’ insights on how they can better understand themselves.
● We believe that our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme can help students build an inner positive self-image.
● We believe that our programme helps students develop skills and abilities that are useful in life.
● We believe that the tools we use for our social-emotional learning support and career advising programme are accessible to students, parents, teachers, and school management and staff.

Footprints International School social-emotional learning support and career advising programme Mission Statement:
The programme is designed to empower our learners to discover their potential while being in a nurturing environment. This is done through:
multi-tiered support, self-discovery of innate potentials using assessment tools, and by exposing students to practical learning experiences that will promote global competitive skill sets for future success.
Objectives of the social-emotional learning support and career advising programme:
1. Provide students the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and to become useful, well rounded, purposeful individuals through:
● individual and group social-emotional learning support and career advising.
● classroom guidance /health education focusing on psychological, emotional, physical well–being and empowering students to make positive choices in life
● referrals (when necessary).
2. Build a foundation for students to understand their interests, abilities and challenges by developing a career pathway, learning plan, and productive work habits in the classroom that students can apply later when they join the labour force.
3. Enhance students’ learning by enabling them to practise skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the local community.
Benefits of the counselling programme (ASCA)
● Prepare students in their academic, career, social/ emotional development
● Enhances personal development
● Assists in developing effective interpersonal relationship skills
● Encourages facilitative, co-operative peer interactions
● Increases opportunities for parent/school interaction
● Provides consultation to assist teachers in their guidance role
● Provides direct services to students
● Fosters a positive team approach, which enhances cooperative working relationships
● Promotes a safe and positive school environment that is conducive to learning
● Connects the community to the needs of the school and the school to the needs of the community
What Is Counselling (social-emotional learning support?)
It is the process that occurs when a client and a counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client. Counselling is an act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive changes.
What is the social-emotional learning support specialist’s role?
To enhance student academic, career and social/emotional development through the implementation of a school counselling programme based on the ASCA National Model (2019).
Through these programmes, school counsellors align with the school’s MTSS by:
● providing all students with standards-based school counselling instruction to address universal academic, career and social/emotional development and analysing academic, career and social/emotional development data to identify students who need support
● identifying and collaborating on research-based intervention strategies implemented by
school staff
● evaluating academic and behavioural progress after interventions
● revising interventions as appropriate
● referring to school and community services as appropriate
● collaborating with administrators, teachers, other school professionals, community agencies and families in MTSS design and implementation
● advocating for equitable education for all students and working to remove systemic barriers
When do you see a counsellor?….when you…..
● Have some good news to share
● Have conflicts with friends, teachers, or family members
● Have difficulty with school work
● Are being bullied
● Have trouble dealing with others
● Are feeling down
● Need to talk to someone

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