Teacher / tutor
It is the class teacher in the primary department and the tutor in the secondary department, who are primarily responsible for ensuring that all the needs, whether academic, physical, social or emotional, of all children in their care, are met.
They are supported in this task by:
- The Headteacher
- The Head of the Primary Department
- The Deputy Head of the Secondary Department
- Secondary Department subject teachers
- The teacher with responsibility for Special Needs
- The school psychologist
Personal qualities and values
The school believes that the education process extends far beyond the purely academic.
The acquisition of personal qualities and values must be an integral part of this process.
Qualities of honesty, kindness and respect are constantly encouraged. Pupils are expected to be fair, polite, thoughtful and cooperative.
The Primary Department follows the “Primary National Strategy -Excellence and Enjoyment: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning” (SEAL), to ensure that every child develops skills in the following areas:
- Emotional wellbeing
- Developing respect for others
- Social skills
- A positive disposition to learn
- Communication skills
This approach is cross-curricular and fully integrated into all aspects of the Primary curriculum.
In the Secondary Department, all students follow a personal, social and health education programme (PSHE). This programme deals with the many real issues young people face as they grow up and gives them the knowledge and skills to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and members of society. Students also have a weekly tutorial during which they continue the work commenced in the primary SEAL programme.
Rewards and awards
Throughout the school, exemplary behaviour and good work habits are praised. At the annual, end of year celebration prizes and diplomas are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, effort and improvement.
In recognition of good work and behaviour, primary children are given stickers, “pupil of the week” awards, verbal praise or notes home to parents. At monthly merit assemblies, certificates for improved work or behaviour, excellent behaviour, consistent hard work and outstanding achievement are awarded.
In the secondary department, good work and behaviour are recognized, on a daily basis, in a variety of ways ranging from verbal praise and comments written in exercise books to the awarding of house points.
A caring community not only respects and cares for all its members but also has the capacity to look outside itself and recognize the needs of others.
This ability to empathize with others is one of the personal qualities that we wish to see each of our pupils develop and, to this end, we take advantage of every opportunity to make them aware of those in need and to encourage them to take action to help meet these needs.
Our main fund raising event is the annual Christmas Fair and this, together with various sponsored activities, enables us to support many worthy causes both locally and abroad.
The Queen’s College Sisu Award is presented annually to Year 13 students, in recognition of effort and perseverance. The award is based on specific results-based criteria. There is no limit to the number of awards available each year which means that all students who achieve the established objectives are rewarded.
The award, apart from public recognition of qualities such as sustained effort and achievement consists of a monetary prize: the refund of 50% of the final year’s annual school fee (see below: Sisu Award Criteria).
The origin of the award’s name: ‘Sisu’ is a Finnish term which, when loosely translated into English, means ‘strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity’. Sisu does not imply momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against all odds.
We believe that the concept of SISU is particularly appropriate to the spirit and philosophy of Queen’s College. It is also a perfect example of how each culture and language is unique. The diversity which stems from the coming together of different cultures and languages is responsible for the richness of the international school experience.
Sisu Award Criteria
This award is presented to students who achieve the equivalent of 4 “A” grades at GCE “A” level and who have demonstrated the academic and personal qualities which make them excellent role models for younger students.
The award comes with a percentage refund of Year 13 fees as specified below.
- 10% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for one year’s attendance at school.
- 20% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for two year’s attendance at school.
- 30% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for three year’s attendance at school.
- 40% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for four year’s attendance at school.
- 50% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for students who have attended the school for a minimum of 5 years.