Improving student welfare and providing the support services students need to improve their academic performance and social development are the mission of our Student Services team.
The Student Services Team meets regularly to discuss student issues and monitor students who need support. Some of the key services they provide include; individual and group counselling of students, developing a strong pastoral program, teaching communication and leadership skills, peer counselling, coping with stress, supporting cultural adaptation, improving academic performance, and social development. Student services also works closely with various community support groups, and provides parent workshops and information sessions to build a strong parent connection.
Our Suite of Student Services
Our academic advisors help students make course selections and recommend courses based on students’ strengths and identified areas of improvement. They also talk to students about their grades and take measures to motivate students to improve their results. Students are sometimes placed on academic probation or report as required.
At Chatsworth we provide initial individual and group counselling for students in need. We also provide referrals to outside counsellors, psychologists, and psychiatrists when more extensive counselling is needed.
We attempt to resolve behavioural issues quickly and gently before they become bigger issues. We use a three step model whereby most issues are resolved using intervention methods. Depending on the severity of the issue, a disciplinary approach may be adopted and, where it is required, a formal Review Board may be conducted.
English as an Additional Language
We encourage students to develop their English Language skills along with building a solid foundation in their mother tongue. For students who require a more intensive study of the English language, we provide support classes that run parallel to and complement our mainstream English classes. Our objective is to provide a clear and coherent pathway for our EAL students through all levels of the school. This pathway is dynamic, relevant and rigorous, and highly beneficial for our student population..
Students at Chatsworth who do not live with their parents must be formally registered with the school as guardianship students and must live with their official guardians. The school must be notified in writing by the parents before the student changes guardians. Guardians at Chatsworth are expected to maintain an appropriate level of care and support for their wards, communicate with the school and the parents of their wards regularly, and attend parent-teacher-student conferences, accompanied by a translator if necessary.
We take a holistic approach to health, providing students with information to make good choices regarding sleep, diet, exercise and managing stress. At the beginning of the school year (or when the student joins the school), an information form regarding the student’s health is required to be completed. This will inform Student Services whether the student has any medical condition to be taken into consideration.
Chatsworth provides learning support for students at the Primary and Secondary levels. Needs are met wherever possible within the classroom for students with assessed learning needs. Our Learning Support Coordinator liaises with teachers, parents, students, and with specialists within the community as required. If needs emerge which are beyond the resources that the school can provide, a more appropriate educational setting will be recommended.
A carefully designed pastoral year plan is used to facilitate age-appropriate activities during weekly pastoral lessons. Each homeroom teacher has the opportunity to contribute to the topics covered, allowing homeroom teachers and their students to enjoy and participate in the pastoral lessons.
Our University Advisor provides high school students with information on university options and requirements. Students are informed about university fairs in Singapore and online, and visits by university representatives to the school. The University Advisor also provides students with transcripts and assists with the university application process. Students should consult with the University Advisor to discuss their emerging career plans and the best way to achieve these.