Our Pastoral Programme is centred on supporting and exploring the social, emotional and physical well-being of our students. Our values of relationships, courage, respect and responsibility are the starting point and mainstay of our programme. Although our tutors are the primary delivers of the formal, pastoral programme, all teachers are knowledgeable of the framework and contribute to the consistent delivery throughout the school years.
The International Personal, Social, Emotional and Health Programme of Study from Wayfarer Education is used within tutor classes, and focuses on three learning areas, which are divided into strands. These areas are revisited every year as students progress up the school, supplying them with age-appropriate material:
Health and Wellbeing
Society and the Wider World
Planning and Preparing for the Future
Within the tutor class the tutor mediates the curriculum first of all by building relationships within the class, and then through discussion, debate and projects. The pastoral programme also includes academic support through the delivery of study skills, organisation and planning to students and the support of group work dynamics. There is both horizontal and vertical alignment of the programme.
The tutor is the first point of contact with any pastoral concerns - which include attendance - and is supported by the Head of Section and the counsellor.
All teachers are trained in recognising areas child safety, (which includes bullying) and well-being via Educare, and we participate in a local Drug Prevention Programme from YOUZ. In the coming year, our special focus will be Social Media Awareness, which will be delivered through a series of workshops.
Tutor of 6A:
Welcome to the new school, Grade 6A! Wherever you come from, whatever languages you speak, you will feel safe, supported and comfortable in the friendly environment of RISS.
Tutor of 6B:
Welcome to RISS, Grade 6! Are you ready for some challenges? I’m looking forward to enjoying this exciting journey together!
Tutor of 7A:
A stands for Amazing, which this year will be! I am looking forward to continuing the social and academic journey with students in grade 7A.
Tutor of 7B:
I am here to guide you as you become the best version of yourself by using all wonderful learning opportunities that RISS provides. Remember to make it a great year.
Tutor of 7C:
I believe my tutor group are winners. The best way to express this is to work and have fun together. Let's go 7C!
Tutor of 8A:
Because you can: Show Respect; Build Relationships; Have Courage; Be Responsible.
Tutor of 8B:
Grade 8 is all about making choices for your future. Let's work together on taking on that challenge!
Tutor of 8C:
Audrey Hepburn said: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself is I’M possible.” Together we can make anything possible!
Tutor of 9A:
Welcome to fantastic 9A and the beginning of a new journey which will be challenging, fascinating and brilliant. Don't stop believing.
Tutor of 9C:
Fasten your seatbelts, enjoy the journey, and get ready for an amazing year! GO 9C!
Tutor of 10A:
Let your hard work propel you to a speed so fast that GOOD LUCK has no choice but to ride with a winner like you ! Let's work together 10A, lets make this the best school year ever !
Tutor of 10B:
An exciting year awaits you, 10B! Your first external exams with the many ups and downs they will bring. We're all in it together, so let's make sure it's a fantastic year from day one!'
Tutor of 10C:
It’s important that my tutor group has the ability to speak freely and also to be sensitive to other cultures and beliefs. In 10C, we are in this together and we look out for one another. Remember our secret signal :-)
Tutor of 11B:
Confucius wrote: "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones". One day you'll be able to move a mountain. Let me help you with the small stones.
Tutor of 11C:
Looking forward to having 11C forming new and strengthening old relationships in order to be able to depend on one another as well as enjoy the wondrous journey that is the IB.
Tutor of 11D:
Really looking forward to meeting all the students of 11D and getting to know you all and share experiences with you over the next year. I'm certain we have lots to learn from each other!
Tutor of 12A:
I will do my very best to help you meet the requirements, face challenges and achieve all academic goals in your final IB year so you can "steer yourself in any direction you choose."
Tutor of 12B:
Life (IB) is an exciting challenge, let's face and enjoy it together. 'It always seems impossible, until it's done.' - Nelson Mandela
Tutor of 12C:
John Lennon famously sang: “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” In 12C, we will definitely have your dreams and ambitions in mind but we will also make it the best year we possibly can!