While we are obviously committed to the academic success of our students, we believe that each child's overall health and happiness is essential to their learning.
We want every student to benefit from the support they need to thrive on their academic journey.
That’s why we have our own Director of Student Wellbeing leading a team of caring professionals including a full-time in-house Nurse, Counsellors, and a Specific Learning Needs Coordinator. Together, they provide for the overall wellbeing of all of our students from Pre-K to Grade 12 – and ensure that each child’s moral, physical and learning development is on track and well-supported.
To do this, our Wellbeing team has developed an original skills-based approach to wellbeing focused on three pillars:
- Mindfulness (personal): we regularly use mindfulness exercises to raise students’ awareness of themselves and others and help them better respond to contradiction and stress. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses are also available for teachers and parents so that adults can model a way of living that creates a more peaceful environment for learning.
- Nonviolent Communication (relational): NVC focuses on how we communicate with others and helps us avoid many of the ways we hurt each other, intentionally and unintentionally, that can lead to and escalate conflict.
- Restorative Justice (communal): rather than the traditional method of behaviour management (retributive justice), where students are punished for rules that are broken, we favour a system of relationship management that helps students recognise the impact of their actions on themselves and others and develop the skills and motivation to identify, take responsibility for, and repair any harm that is done.
These three tools all have strong records of evidence-based success in improving school culture and student learning. We are excited to be innovators in integrating these three programmes into our comprehensive approach to wellbeing.
If you’d like to find out more about our approach to Student Wellbeing, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.
In addition to the Wellbeing of each student, their safety and security is also a priority for us at GEMS World Academy Switzerland. To help ensure the campus is a safe and secure environment for each student, the security team in the lodge located at the entrance of the campus, will screen and welcome visitors as well as students.
Families, including visiting relatives, are welcome to join their children for lunch in our school restaurant.