Rationale & Vision Statement

We believe that effective pastoral care is the ‘nourishment for the learning journey’ to which all students have an entitlement. Tutor time is the primary learning space for pastoral care where we share and ‘live’ our school values through the Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC). The PLC aims to explicitly teach and promote health and well-being, build resilience, enhance academic care and build human and social capital among our community.

The PLC is a planned programme of learning though which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The planned spiral nature of the programme ensures learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age- and stage-appropriate contexts and is tailored to our students in Hong Kong and an international school setting. This also forms a cohesive link with our school wellbeing agenda.

Learning is a developmental process that changes our thinking and behaviours, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent learning. At South Island we have recognised the IB Approaches to Learning and embraced the attributes of the IB Learner Profile as the outcome we wish our students to develop and to have acquired when they leave the school and become responsible young adults.

IB Approaches to Learning                                            

Communication | Self Management | Social Engagement | Research | Thinking

Each of our students have a personal eportfolio that they use to evidence examples of growth in all skill areas both in their academics, school life and in their extra curricular. It is the Tutors role to share and to monitor students experiences and help them to develop areas that they might find more of a challenge.