Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Mistakes

Children are incredibly aware of the world around them, and the messages they receive about mistakes- intentional or unintentional- are internalized. If we want our children to be gritty, resilient, risk-takers, we need to be teaching that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. If we want our children to succeed, we need to teach them how to fail.  

Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Family Meetings

A great way to open up or strengthen the lines of communication within your family is by having weekly family meetings.  Family meetings are an effective tool because all members get to have a voice and the freedom to express themselves.  They also teach important life skills such as respectful communication, problem solving, and responsibility. 

On Wednesday, October 17th, I will be holding my first parent workshop of the year from 7pm-8:30pm in the Drama room. In addition to safeguarding, we will also explore the Positive Discipline approach to family meetings. I hope to see many of you there! 

Welcome Back!

As a school counselor, I view listening as the most essential part of my job. When we feel hurt, angry, confused, or even lost, we’re usually not looking for advice but instead someone to listen and validate our feelings.  This is what I hope to offer every person who comes to my office.

The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and overwhelming. I want to remind the middle school and high school students that I am here to support and listen to them.

 

Gratitude

Most of us were raised to be polite and respectful, and saying “thank you” is an essential piece of good manners.  But for how many of us has saying “thank you” become a reflex, something we mindlessly utter to the shop clerk or bus driver?  How many of us actually spend any amount of time really reflecting on our gratitude?

SEISEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

A sense of spirit and belonging

Seisen House System

WHAT IS THE HOUSE SYSTEM?

The House System is a way of organising students and teachers into teams, or 'Houses' vertically across the school from K-12. The girls are assigned houses and stay with that house team for their entire time in Seisen. Siblings are assigned to the same house as each other. Teachers are also assigned to houses.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

The main purpose of the House System is to create a sense of spirit and belonging across the school and to give students the opportunity to mix with girls at different Grade levels during organised events. It provides a chance for students to develop their leadership skills and creates a culture of positive role models within the school.

HOW ARE THE TEAMS DECIDED?

There are House teams, each named after Japanese mountains and assigned a different colour:

  • Iwaki
  • Asama
  • Chokai
  • Ontake

House teams have been assigned with the aim of achieving a balance of nationality, artistic and sporting ability across the houses. Each homeroom contains all four houses.

WHY JAPANESE MOUNTAINS?

These names were chosen to acknowledge our host nation. We liked the analogy of climbing mountains to reach goals and the names may also provide the girls with opportunities to inquire further into the different regions of Japan. They are also easy for the students to cheer during competitive House events!

IS THE HOUSE SYSTEM COMPETITIVE?

We are hoping for there to be several events organised by the House Captains throughout the year where students will get the opportunity to win points for their House. These will be a mix of K-12 events and events within the Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High Schools. We don't award points to houses in normal classes using a traditional 'House Point' or 'Merit' system.

WHO ARE THE HOUSE CAPTAINS?

Each school (Elementary, Middle and High School) has two House Captains per house (Grade 6, Grade 9 and Grade 12 students). The House captains are responsible for organising and promoting events and will meet with each other throughout the year to plan these.

SO WHICH HOUSE AM I IN?

You will be placed in the House that your predecessor was in. When you arrive you will be given your House shirt. If you have experience with House Systems from other schools we would love you to join the team to help plan House events!