Social and Emotional Care
Vision 2030 highlights the importance of “Developing our Children’s Character: We intend to embed positive moral beliefs in our children’s characters from an early age by reshaping our academic and educational system. Schools, working with families, will reinforce the fabric of society by providing students with the compassion, knowledge, and behaviors necessary for resilient and independent characters to emerge. The focus will be on the fundamental values of initiative, persistence and leadership, as well as social skills, cultural knowledge and self-awareness.”
The Misk Moral Code sits at the heart of our Wellbeing Program and is the foundation for how students are guided and nurtured into healthy adult living. We use it as the central and constant point of reference across our entire program of social and emotional wellbeing. Whether this is discovering the meaning of empathy, the power of accepting another person’s or group’s point of view, how it feels to be successful, or what an act of kindness looks like, Misk Morals help students build character and grow into considerate, thinking young men and women.
Focusing on a new moral every two weeks of term, we leverage a number of mechanisms and routines to explore and reinforce the definition of, and concepts behind, each of our Misk Morals. These mechanisms become a familiar and trusted framework for our children, providing behavioral boundaries and the security of care each individual student needs whilst at school.
Our Moral Code underpins one of the school’s important four values – Respect.
Misk Moral Code
- – I am eMpathic
- – I take Ownership
- – I am Respectful and resilient
- – I have Acceptance and adaptability
- – I love to Learn
- – I am Successful
Misk mornings start with a respectful silence followed by the National Anthem, a reading from the Qu’ran and notices for the day. Students are reminded of the moral of the fortnight.
Homeroom Teacher, G7+ Tutor
Students’ significant adult at school, this important teacher is responsible for individual social & emotional wellbeing. This is the first and last person students see each day.
The benefits of eating together as a family are well known. Teachers join students for lunch daily, advising them on healthy choices, encouraging conversation and good manners.
Students belong to one of three Misk Houses – Safa, Marwa or Arafat. They earn House Points for role modeling good moral behaviour, as well as through a range of House competitions.
45-minute Assemblies are used to reinforce the moral in focus, introducing relevant new concepts. Assemblies are child-centered encouraging a strong student voice.
Corner Time, G7+ Tutor Time
After Morning Parade, children spend 15 minutes with their Teacher/ Tutor in the classroom, using a toolbox of activities, from film to debate, to explore morals and link them to real life.
The Role of the Homeroom Teacher and Tutor
Children in PreK to Grade 6 are cared for by a Homeroom Teacher who is also their main teacher. When students enter Grade 7, they move into a timetable that is taught by subject specialists, which means they move from class to class. These students have a Tutor who may or may not teach them.
Homeroom Teachers and Tutors are intended to be the most significant adult responsible for each child’s life at school. Staff in these roles are hand-picked for their expertise in child development. They are responsible for nurturing the holistic wellbeing of each student in their care and are the first and often the last person students see each day. They advocate for their students, listen to, monitor verbal and non-verbal behavior and give advice as necessary. Homeroom Teachers and Tutors are also the primary point of contact for parents.
School houses have historically been associated with the British boarding school system, where students build strong bonds and communities within the boarding house they live in during term time.Houses also work well in day schools, giving students a sense of identity, promoting opportunities for teamwork, leadership, relationship development and personal responsibility.
At Misk Schools, students in each Grade are allocated into one of three Houses, keeping siblings in the same House. Our Houses are named after three of the most sacred hills in Saudi Arabia: Safa, Marwa and Arafat.
Safa and Marwa are located in the Great Mosque of Mecca and form part of the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah. Mount Arafat, about 20km from Mecca, is said to be where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life.
Our House System aims to:
- – Provide a sense of group identity, belonging and House pride.
- – Encourage individual responsibility to the group (family).
- – Offer leadership development opportunities.
- – Reward positive actions.
- – Promote a healthy environment that is safe and supportive of team efforts.
- – Be aligned with our future boarding ethos.
Students can earn points for their House in a number of ways from sporting competitions to good behavior. The award of House points is designed to reward, motivate and celebrate students who are role models of the Misk Moral Code.
Promoting and Managing Positive Behavior
We encourage our students to adopt the highest possible standards of behavior, values and moral standards. Misk Schools’ positive behavior policy follows the broad guidelines of the KSA Ministry of Education’s “Code of School Discipline” (2018). Education is a partnership between students, staff and parents. Our aim is to ensure that all parties in this three-way relationship have the highest values and standards of behavior in and outside of the classroom setting. We believe that good manners and a secure learning environment play a crucial part in the development of intellectually curious and successful students.
Our behavioral structure and lines of communication are organized so that students, staff and parents understand how behavior is dealt with, and that is managed in a fair and consistent way.The Homeroom Teacher or Tutor is the first point of contact in the resolution of any issue. Should escalation be required, there are clear layers in place, helping to ensure that any incident is dealt with quickly, carefully and appropriately.
Misk Schools applies a holistic approach to learning that is cognizant of many facets of our students’ development. Healthy patterns for positive living, balanced physical exercise, clear routines, regular sleep patterns, and regulated screen-time are all emphasized as part of our regular daily and weekly interactions with students. The school’s onsite nutritionist works with our catering partner to create menus that provide delicious, well balanced snacks and lunches. Teaching staff join students for lunch each day, giving us the opportunity to encourage children to try different sorts of food, effectively educating their pallet and ensuring they understand what a healthy diet looks like.
Looking after students’ health and wellbeing is a critical part of how we support their overall academic performance. Alongside our faculty team, we also provide essential healthcare services within the school campus through a team of full time, medically trained professionals (Doctor, Nurse and Nurse Assistant).