The Haut-Lac International Bilingual School tutor programme is delivered by form tutors during the first period on Wednesday mornings.
If appropriate, we occasionally invite outside parties, such as the police, the FCD (drugs prevention course) and parents, to share their expertise and guidance on particular subjects.
Health and Social Education themes are usually delivered over a maximum of 6 periods to allow full discovery and coverage of specific subjects.
Below is an example of the current tutor programme for MYP1 to MYP5. The specific subjects delivered reflect the needs of the student body, as well as current developments in the community.
- Knowing others
- Study skills for academic performance and examination preparation
- Conflict resolution, including negotiation and self-management
- Respecting others and constructive ways to deal with insults and bullying
- Safety at home
- Transportation and road safety (delivered by the Riviera police)
- Internet safety and good practices
- Healthy lifestyle
- Self-image and confidence
- World religions
- Sexual education
The range of topics is intentionally wide to give students a broad exposure to typical matters of curiosity and uncertainty during their teenage years. We have found that the tutor sessions consistently deliver the following benefits.
Broad development of life skills
At Haut-Lac, we insist on constructive communication and mutual respect in all circumstances. We have created an atmosphere of support, trust and safety by modelling and consistently enforcing these values.
However, we want our students to be prepared to deal with disrespect, confrontation and bullying when they encounter them elsewhere in their interactions with the world. We want to create a safe place for your children to grow up in and develop, whilst also preparing them for the fact that the world can be an unsafe place.
Developing situational awareness and practicing sound personal safety techniques
During sessions led by the local police and technology experts, we explore different aspects of personal safety. We discuss the importance of situational awareness, teach students to recognise early signs of danger, and arm them with sound decision-making tools for staying out of trouble.
Internet safety, a subject that did not exist 20 years ago, is at the forefront of our conversations. In this increasingly connected world, we believe it is essential to teach our students about staying safe on the Internet.
Younger children may be completely unaware of the dangers that lurk online. As they begin to use Internet resources for school projects and entertainment, they quickly realise that they can make new connections and meet friends through social networks and chat groups. Children and teenagers may easily become a target for online predators, who are after anything from confidential information about their parents, to possible kidnapping and sexual abuse. It is critical that our students understand and practice basic safety rules. As much as we want the world to be a happy and safe place for our children, not everyone has your son’s or daughter’s best interests in mind.
In the Internet safety sessions, we cover the basics, such as never discussing or sharing personal details, pictures or videos with people they do not personally know. We also encourage them to speak up when something makes them uncomfortable.
- Stronger confidence
Teenage years are a time of uncertainty and insecurity for many children. From body changes to emotional swings, growing up is not easy. The tutor-led sessions on healthy living, sexual education and self-image give students tools to better understand the changes they are going through and how to manage them constructively.
- A more inclusive and accepting student body
Our students come from many different cultural, religious and national backgrounds. In addition to modelling an attitude of open-mindedness and connection, we teach the student body about the world’s main religions, cultural practices and customs.
- Empowered choices with regards to study and career direction
Middle school is a time for students to choose a more specific course of study. We find that by choosing their subjects based on particular study needs, students improve their chances of being accepted at a university of their choice.
However, narrowing down their course of study is no small matter. We want to expose our students to a wide variety of careers to help them explore possible areas of interest early. Combined with individual guidance and a thoughtful examination of strengths and weaknesses, early career exploration leads to stronger motivation, a desire to learn more about certain topics through self-study, and an attitude of intellectual curiosity.