Emotional wellbeing at O Castro British International School
Student wellbeing is essential to promote a healthy educational environment, support the holistic development of students and maximise their learning potential, contributing to a brighter and more successful future.When we talk about the integral development of students, we are referring to both the academic and personal aspects. Schools are places where the most important thing is to learn, of course, but also to learn to do and, above all, to learn to be. Under this premise "The Cottage" was born, a new multipurpose space designed to promote the emotional well-being of the entire educational community.
As in the rest of the Globeducate schools, at O Castro British International School we promote a safe and healthy environment in which pupils can develop their full potential. This space will host a range of activities from workshops and group discussions with Secondary and Baccalaureate students to support talks for teachers, performances, as well as talks for students and parents on a variety of current topics of interest led by the school's new School Counsellor, Ana Fontán.
In order for learning to be meaningful, it must be linked to positive emotions, because if we link it to negative emotions, learning takes place, but it is rejected. We want our pupils to grow up happy and excited, to be able to develop their curiosity, to find activities that they enjoy and that move them, to have fun and to take on challenges. In the meantime, they learn to be the people they are, respecting their identity and that of others, and strengthening their skills and abilities. Let them learn to be the people they already are.
"Learning to be" is a challenge, but tools can be developed to make that challenge precious. It is precisely at this point that our Shcool Counsellor is crucial, because if our students or staff do not find those tools in their backpacks on their own, with her support they will.
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“Schools are not, or should not be, student factories. When we talk about holistic student development, we are talking about both academic and personal development. Schools are places where the most important thing is to learn, of course, but to learn to do and, above all, to learn to be”
Ana Fontán, School Counsellor