The Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) program provides a variety of opportunities for students to develop their own self awareness and to build the social and emotional competencies necessary to manage positive relationships with others. This proactive and preventative program focuses on emotional and social literacy, with the intention of enhancing our students’ well-being and enjoyment of the school environment. It will teach various child protection topics, with the aim of proactively ensuring student short- and long-term physical, mental, and emotional health and safety. The course aims to ultimately create a positive impact on student performance and overall success.
At MEF IS, the PSHE curriculum is delivered by the School Guidance Counselor. It is a vertical program, in that, content and skills are taught in an age-appropriate manner and extended throughout grades 6-12. Curriculum guides provided at the start of the academic year provide a clearer understanding of what is taught at each grade level.
The Secondary PSHE curriculum was designed to align with the guidelines provided by the United Nations and Council of International Schools, regarding having a comprehensive and international child protection and well-being program. Furthermore, the program was created with the Child Protection team at MEF IS, and aligns with the Primary PSHE program, to provide continued learning to all students.
PSHE has the following general aims and objectives:
- Developing reflective skills and self-awareness.
- Understanding the complexities of emotions and their impact on behaviour.
- Developing strategies to manage emotions in positive and constructive ways, in order to take our individual place within a community.
- Develop the personal and social skills needed to take a positive, balanced and constructive place within a community.
- Focus on developmental, social, and emotional issues that arise during adolescence, in order to develop strategies and raise well-being.