Abu Dhabi (UAE)—— Aspen Heights UK School, part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), recently organized and delivered an event in partnership with the Abu Dhabi School Counselors Network (ADSCN) aimed at empowering and connecting school counselors across the UAE to Support the wellbeing of the student community.
The ADSCN network provides a supportive platform to share experience, knowledge and best practice to meet the holistic needs of students and contribute to their overall wellbeing, personal development and academic success.
Conference speakers included Dr. Ruba Tabari, Educational Psychologist and ADEK Consultant; Dr. Sameer Awadalla, renowned Child Psychiatrist; and Aysha Sulaiman Alkindi, Clinical Psychologist from SEHA. Reda Khan, a counselor at Aspen Heights School and one of the committee’s five co-chairs, moderated the meeting. The other co-chairs are Alison Haswell, Jennifer Guss, Tara Thompson and Victoria Blackadder.
Experts discussed the critical importance of mental health to children’s wellbeing and highlighted the role of schools in raising awareness and maintaining a safe environment for students of all ages. Dr Ruba Tabari The conference kicked off with an inspirational presentation on the importance of prioritizing school wellbeing. She highlights the power of forming strong bonds with children and the profound impact of genuinely listening to their concerns and providing human connection.
Aisha Alkindi and Dr. Samir Awadala Provides valuable insight into the most common mental health issues and trends among young people today. They emphasize the need for psychoeducation, especially for parents, to better understand and support their children’s health.
Emma Shanahan, Principal, Aspen Heights British School, said: “We value the opportunity to work with other experienced professional colleagues to focus on improving, supporting and developing the wellbeing and mental health of our children. At Aspen Heights British School the wellbeing of our pupils and staff is our number one priority Mission and Values. The ADSCN committee meeting addressed the changing needs of students and gave us a better understanding of the strategies we can implement to support our young people. A focus on wellbeing and mental health will not only lead to A more rewarding educational experience that also teaches them strategies to deal with challenges and succeed throughout life.”
“We are pleased with the outcome of this conference as it marks a crucial step towards a brighter future. By reaffirming our shared dedication to the overall wellbeing of our students and working together to build support systems, we can make a significant difference to the student community. We Together we can improve the emotional and mental health of young people and help them reach their full potential.” Alison HaswellCo-Chair, Abu Dhabi School Counselors.
In 2022, Aspen Heights British School won the School Mental Health Award, a joint venture between Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School Center of Excellence in Mental Health and social enterprise Minds Ahead. The school has been awarded Silver Standard accreditation for its outstanding approach to addressing community mental health and wellbeing.
Located in Al Bahya, Abu Dhabi, Aspen Heights British School is a quality British international school with a focus on community and the environment. The school offers the National Curriculum for England up to Year 11 and, as it is an IB Candidate School, has an IBDP for Year 12 and above.
The school offers a high level of pastoral care and a strong sense of community. Amazing learning is at the heart of everything the school does. A personalized approach ensures children make remarkable progress and reach standards that amaze them. Some of the learning environments within the school include: hydroponic greenhouses, animals, bespoke playground, ICT suite, astronomy court, 25m swimming pool, multi-purpose sports field and dance studio.
Aspen Heights British School is part of the International Schools Partnership, a global group of international schools. For more information about the school, please visit https://ahbs.ae/
About international school cooperation:
The International School Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of international private schools around the world, all of which aim to be the local school of choice. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our students, colleagues and parents. We are always striving to get better.
ISP was founded by a team of experienced educators and operators who have worked together for many years. ISP has now expanded to more than 70 schools, offers a variety of programs and is based on local brands and reputations, with approximately 61,000 students and 9,000 staff in 20 countries.
For more information, please visit www.internationalschoolspartnership.com
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