Advisory and Student Support
At HIXS, each student is assigned an advisory group along with a mentor/advisor whose role is to provide guidance, support and resources to aid in the learning process and eventually in the college admission process.
Advisory is a proven pedagogical tool to build a culture of learning among adolescent student communities. At HIXS, each student is assigned an advisory group along with a mentor/advisor. Each advisory group meets along with the advisor to discuss issues and provide support. The advisor/mentor also works with her/his mentees to provide guidance, support and resources to aid in the learning process. In the senior school, such advisories also form the foundation for the college and career guidance process, which is another area of strength for the school that has placed its students in the best colleges across the world.
The Counselling Department at the Heritage International Experiential School was initiated 3 years ago with the vision to foster authentic student to counsellor relationships with emphasis on student self-worth and valuing of the self. School counsellors are the first line of support for students as the school believes that students can’t achieve academically when they can’t cope with their social or emotional problems.
School counsellors are the first line of support for students as HIXS believes that students can’t achieve academically when they can’t cope with their social or emotional problems. School counsellors can help guide students through their journey through childhood and adolescence and the process of building connections starts right from time the child is admitted to the school. The department is committed to students and this is communicated through all its actions.
Some Of The Initiatives Taken By The Counselling Department:
- Adolescence workshop for Grade 6 students: The objectives of the workshop with Dr. Ravindran an eminent Educational Psychologist are – changes in physique, affect and cognition, introduction to sex education and reproductive systems, understanding the menstrual cycle and hygiene, orientation to child safety and building on healthy work habits: academics and extracurricular.
- Adolescence and substance abuse: Adolescence is a time for change and creating a strong sense of self. It is also a time when many can be influenced by peer pressure and societal demands. The session conducted by Mrs. Bhavna Chaddha, a clinical psychologist provides insights on substance abuse, how to be assertive and how to seek help.
- Parent as coach: Parenting is an ever-evolving skill and with each year the repertoire of skills required needs a revisiting. To initiate the conversation on parenting and share the best practices and some of the common strategies one can adopt as we see children transition through teenage years, a workshop is conducted by Dr. Chandana Bhandari, a counselling psychologist. The workshop addresses some common concerns such as difficult conversations, screen time and discipline to name a few.
- SEL for youngsters: An interactive workshop by Dr. Nandini C Singh, a neuroscientist to discuss the role of social and emotional learning in decision making and learning in the classroom. She shares factors and practices that are helpful in adolescence through multiple tools.
- Managing examination anxiety: Aditi Kaul, an expressive art therapist through multiple workshops shares with the students of Grade 8 to 12 how to manage examination anxiety. Practical tools from time management to breathing exercises were taught to the students through this engaging session.
- Story time: Ms. Bindu Malik’s workshop on using narrative storytelling, helps give voice to children’s emotions and helping them express themselves. The workshop also provides resources to teachers to continue the work in classes.
- Aptitude testing: The school in its endeavour to reach out to students and parents and assist them with subject selection for IB, organizes an interactive session with Dr Ravindran on the scientific process of Subject Selection. It helps explain how general ability, aptitude, interests, personality and values are connected to the process of subject and career selection. Few other schools in Gurgaon, irrespective of the board, offer this kind of personalized support in making subject choice.