Student Well Being

The role of the Class Teacher in supporting your child.

At North Zealand International School, we know that to learn well, our students need to be happy and comfortable in their surroundings. Our students might need help being preparing for lessons or something which feels more complicated, like needing support with some work, or wanting someone to talk to.

We have a pastoral system which ensures that students feel they have someone there for them, every single school day. This begins at 8:55 in the morning – the students spend the first 10 minutes of their day in their Homeroom with their Class Teacher and their peers. This can be used for practical elements such as notices and announcements, but also a great chance for students and teachers to chat and discuss anything which is on the students’ minds.

How the school supports your child

We have a pastoral system which ensures that students feel they have someone there for them, every single school day. This begins at 8:55 in the morning – the students spend the first 10 minutes of their day in their Homeroom with their Class Teacher and their peers. This can be used for practical elements such as notices and announcements, but also a great chance for students and teachers to chat and discuss anything which is on the students’ minds.

How the school supports your child

As a school, we always have an ‘Open Door’ policy.  In practice this means if you have concerns about your child or something at school you wish to discuss, then the Head Teacher and the Class Teachers are always available to help. 

We are very fortunate at NIS to have a full time counsellor.  Our full time Social and Emotional Counsellor, Michelle Bentsen is available to all students.  She offers in class support, together with the teachers and drop in sessions during breaks and after school. Students are usually referred to Michelle by their Class Teacher.  This safety net and in school support means that students can maintain their academic studies while receiving the help they need. When unexpected situations occur, Michelle co-ordinates the response by the teachers and management. Michelle is a fully trained counsellor and offers advice and counselling on anxiety, conflict and anger management and any personal issues that can arise. Parents are welcome to contact Michelle as well.

Preventive programmes at NIS are in place to maintain good relationships and trust between our students.  For example, each primary school child who enters NIS is given a purple bear.  This bear and the ‘Fri for Mobberi’ (Better Friends) programme at school allows teachers and children to talk about wellbeing in an open forum. The program is focused on primary school children and works together with the eight IPC personals goals Cooperation, Respect, Enquiry, Resilience, Adaptability, Morality Communication and Thoughtfulness (link)

Throughout the Primary and Secondary School, the teachers use the Personal, Social, Health and Education program which covers health and wellbeing, relationships and digital citizenship.  This program gives students the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves and others healthy and safe together with the tools they need for everyday life.

When conflicts occur between students at NIS, we take them very seriously.  The school has a conflict resolution policy to ensure robust procedures are in place to ensure a good outcome for everyone involved.  The policy is updated yearly in accordance to the rules and regulations stated by Danish Centre for Education.