Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care for Prep School Pupils

During a child’s formative years, it is crucial they spend their days in a caring and supportive environment, with opportunities to lead and be led by others. All members of faculty work tirelessly to promote this atmosphere, while taking great care to practise values such as tolerance, sensitivity, integrity, and thoughtfulness. This emphasis on pastoral care ensures we ingrain in them a positive self-image and sense of independence from a young age.


Values and Conduct

By instilling the following code of conduct, we want our pupils to embrace their full potential and be productive members of society:

• To act with integrity
• To respect the rights and property of others
• To act considerately towards all living things
• To help those around us and those less fortunate than ourselves
• To develop self-discipline

A set of rules at the Prep School reflect the goals of the stated conduct:

• To try our best in everything we do
• To be truthful and act with integrity
• To respect and care for other people and their property
• To be proud of our school and to take care of it

In Pre-Prep and Early Years, we use:

• Gentle Hands
• Walking Feet
• Quiet Voices
• Good Listening
• Careful Thinking

Promoting a Safe and Happy Community

We believe that school should be a space where children can be happy and free from fear, knowing their rights will be respected while understanding the need to respect the rights of others. Specific rules, rewards, and codes of conduct help foster this environment, which are carefully implemented through the Prep School’s pastoral programme:

Class Teacher as a Role Model
The child’s class teacher leads pastoral care in their class. Fair conduct and relationships with others are modelled by the teacher, with the help of the teaching assistant.

Knowing Individual Children
All staff members take ownership in getting to know each pupil in order to better guide and encourage them.

Circle Time
Every week, children will be given the opportunity to share their challenges and celebrate their successes with classmates.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
This special subject covers aspects of health and social and personal development that guides pupils to be good citizens.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Here, pupils learn about different beliefs in order to develop a better understanding of cultural differences and similarities. They will also learn to tell the difference between right and wrong choices, and how these choices impact those around them.

Marble Rewards
A special Prep School system that rewards the group for conduct in line with the ECiM ethos. See below for more information.

Assemblies
Pupils attend weekly assemblies, where positive values like ‘Patience’ and ‘Telling the Truth’ are discussed to develop an understanding of the subject.

School Council
It is here that elected pupils learn the value of teamwork and pick up leadership skills as they plan and develop events. Pupils can also share the challenges they are facing in order to find a solution in a group setting.

Suggestion Box
This box allows children to share their ideas to improve the Prep School, which will be discussed at the School Council.

Links to the Senior School
Prep School pupils are afforded access to the Senior School’s state-of-the-art facilities, in addition to the company of Senior Pupils who provide them with a positive role model. There are several events that involve the entire ECiM student body, where pupils of all ages have the opportunity to share ideas and spend time together. It is through this complete on-campus integration that young children learn to be confident and comfortable in the company of those who are much older.
Marble Rewards

We implement a group reward system to encourage positive behaviour, by awarding pupils with a marble when they perform one of these tasks:

• Welcoming new pupils
• Being a good friend
• Holding doors open for others
• Helping classmates or the teacher
• Being smartly dressed
• Being organised with belongings and homework
• Doing their best at new or tricky tasks
• Listening well
• Being proactive

A reward will be given for every 100 marbles collected by the class. Tiered rewards are agreed upon among pupils in each class at the start of the term. Some examples include:

• 100 marbles: 15 minutes extra playtime
• 200 marbles: 30 minutes of swimming time
• 300 marbles: 45 minutes of volleyball
• 400 marbles: 1 hour of computer games
• 500 marbles: ½ day kite-making and flying trip