Counselling and Guidance
The Counselling department is an integral part of the educational process here at Premier Academy. Our program is built on the belief that certain educational, career and personal objectives can be achieved when School Counselling is provided to students. The School counselling program is coordinated with the input of teachers, parents and the school administration. With the knowledge that growth and learning is developmental, the School Counselling program is also developmental and sequential.
The School Counsellor offers educational and social advice, in addition to guidance services to students from Kindergarten to Year Thirteen. Our primary responsibility is to promote the academic, social/personal and career development of all students.
The School Counsellor also holds group counselling sessions, focusing on specific topics such as social skills/friendship, anger management and study/personal organisational skills. Students are encouraged to participate in these activities so as to help them further develop skills that will contribute to their success in school.
Individual counselling is also available to students who need short-term assistance and support.
The Counselling Department works with every student at the Kindergarten to help make school a safe and welcoming place. This also encourages the social and moral development of our youngest learners. Simple life skills such as good manners, how to make friends and what to do when their feelings are hurt, are imparted to them from a counselling perspective.
Through counselling, children in their early years are eased into a formal school setting, so that the new exposure to others broadens their understanding of the world.
Children at this age are also guided on how to identify their feelings, what causes them, as well as how to manage their emotions and behave appropriately.
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They begin to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes towards the school, themselves, their peers, social groups and their family. Comprehensive developmental school counselling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification of children’s academic and personal/social needs and intervention into these matters is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse and mobile society, new technology and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student requires support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence-a time of rapid growth and change. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that impact academic achievement.
The School Counsellor’s role is to promote emotional, social and personal development in students, in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, administrators and community agencies. Some of our many functions, here at Premier Academy include counselling students, their families and the community to foster growth in the students’ self-esteem, individual responsibility, and in skills such as decision making.
- Mentoring Program –
Premier Academy recently launched a mentorship program which is growing steadily. At its most basic level, the program guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them such that the child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.
The Mentoring program provides girls and boys at Premier Academy with a role model and a friend to talk to and with whom they can share the experiences of growing up, within school grounds. It is expected that the program will help create all-rounded students and mould them into responsible global citizens.
Mentoring can focus on particular areas including:
- Social and emotional wellbeing. Mentoring assists the mentee to increase their self-esteem, self-efficacy and resilience by actively supporting their social and emotional wellbeing. The focus includes improving both their life skills and the positive connections they have with their friends.
- Individual talents and leadership. Mentoring assists students to further develop their individual talents and/or leadership skills in a specific area (e.g. Sports, Music, and Drama) in order for them to reach their full potential.
- Identity, culture and faith. Mentoring can assist the mentee in understanding their faith and/or culture and cultural identity. The program actively supports mentees to be proud and confident of their identity and culture and to be able to exercise this in their community.
- Youth justice and crime prevention. Mentoring assists the mentees to avoid anti-social and offending behaviours by encouraging and motivating them to understand their weaknesses and improve on their strengths, and aim to be a better version of themselves.
- Education, training and employment. Mentoring helps the mentee to positively engage in and maintain their participation in education. The program assists them to develop a vision for their future and provide support to achieve their education and career goals.
In Premier Academy, we have two types of mentoring relationships:
One to one. One mentor matched with one young person.
Group. One mentor matched with a group of young people.
- Peer Counselling Program –
Peer counselling is the process by which a trained student provides counselling, support and information to one of their peers (in this case students). The aim of the Peer Counselling Program in the school is to train students as counselors and equip them with the necessary skills and correct information to tackle current issues in the school – ranging from bullying, healthy relationships, mental and physical well being, drugs and alcohol etc. The peer counselors also assist students when they have personal problems as students seek out other young people from their age group to confide in.
The Peer Counselling Program provides students with in-depth training and will certify the students as Counsellors.
Participating in the Peer Counselling Program also looks good on the individual students’ university application form, as it shows that the student is responsible, motivated, mature, a role-model, and has the necessary skills to become a team leader.
- Ted Ed Club –
Through TED-Ed, students at Premier Academy identify and research the ideas that matter to them most. And while TED-Ed offers students the opportunity to connect with others who, like them, are unabashedly curious about the world,
TED-Ed is also about presentation literacy.
These form a broad spectra ranging from animation creation, story boarding, filming techniques, YouTube broadcasts, media processing and much more…
TED-Ed offers students a hands-on opportunity to work on storytelling and communication skill – skills that are essential and are relevant to all careers.