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SECONDARY HOUSE INTRODUCTION


PASTORAL CARE & STUDENT WELL BEING RATIONALE (EMS 2019-2020)

The EMS Doha House Programme has been put in place to ensure the continued development of our students in line with our Vision and Mission statements. 2019-2020 saw EMS Doha abolish the ESLRs and align our school with the Cambridge Learner Attributes (CLAs) and the Qatar National Vision (QNV) to “…transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development by 2030.” 

 

The Cambridge Learner Attributes are:

  • Confident
  • Responsible
  • Reflective
  • Innovative
  • Engaged

 

Qatar National Vision to “…transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development by 2030.”

The CLAs in conjunction with the QNV 2030 forms the foundation for how EMS Doha believes all students can successfully achieve our Vision and Mission statements moving into the next decade.  Our House System and Student Leadership Programme have been developed to build on the CLAs & QNV values set forth and will allow our House System and Student Leadership programme to blend these ideologies together.  By weaving our Pastoral care philosophy throughout the school, we will ensure that our Pastoral objectives are met.

 

These are:

  • Reflect the mission objectives of EMS Doha.
  • Developing a sense of pride and belonging through challenge, academia and positive competitiveness
  • Ensuring a transparent, clear efficient process of communicating with the school and home.
  • Encouraging a proactive student approach to optimizing academic and Co-curricular outcomes for every student
  • Embedding a diverse system of student leadership and opportunity
  • Building a caring, embracing and supportive family culture at school
  • Instill a sense of attachment to the school by the student
  • Build an effective system of monitoring progress towards holistic developmental objectives
  • Embed a system and forum for instruction supporting a process for evaluating student progress 

 

THE HOUSE SYSTEM

Our Vision:

To create a safe environment for all our students to develop a sense of pride, ownership and achievement. This is achieved through Academic excellence, positive competition and developing internationally-minded student leaders.

Our House System is built on the belief that every student should be able to reach their full potential, these are reflected in our four house mottos (tbc with student input):

  • Motto 1 Green House
  • Motto 1 Red House
  • Motto 1 Blue House
  • Motto 1 Yellow House

 

There are 4 pastoral houses at EMS Secondary.  These are:

  • Green Dragons
  • Blue Falcons
  • Red Scorpions
  • Yellow Vipers

Our Houses are overseen by Heads of House.  These teachers are experienced teachers with extensive knowledge of our students and school. Our House names reflect our passion and determination to be successful, driven and passionate.  Our House are made up of different year groups and each house includes:

  • 2 x yr 7 House forms
  • 2 x yr 8 House forms
  • 2 x yr 9 House forms
  • 2 x yr 10 House forms
  • 2 x yr 11 House forms
  • 1 x yr 12 House form 

Our Pastoral team are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of all our students each day.  Students meet in House registration class each morning to discuss the day ahead, take registration and is an opportunity for the House tutor to discuss any issues that may arise.  House tutors also meet once a week for an Advisory lesson to meet with House group.

House tutors, Head of House and all other staff work closely as small teams to ensure students are happy, supported and known across the school.  The pastoral team also works closely with the Academic staff, Inclusion team, Counselors and senior management to ensure that students make expected progress in all classes. Heads of House also ensure that behaviour, uniforms and attendance are exemplary at all times. 

Students are encouraged to represent their Houses on a competitive level and earn points.  The pastoral team tracks each house and recognition of student success is celebrated through a variety of procedures.  These include assemblies, individual recognition, events, trips and rewards.  

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP: 

Rationale:

Student leadership has been placed at the center of everything we do.  Our students are supported by all staff to ensure they are able to flourish to their full potential.  Our leadership programme does this by ensuring the following:

  • Students have a voice and are listened to through our Student Council
  • Allowing students to support each other 
  • Proactively seeks to support academic and co-curricular excellence
  • Develops self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness
  • Builds lifelong leadership skills
  • Prepares our students for internationalism

Our student Leadership body is comprised of the following positions and are voted in by the students and staff each year:

 

Year 12

  • Head Boy / Head Girl

 

Leadership roles

  • Communications
  • Well-being & Community
  • Events & Logistics
  • Academics & MUN
  • 21C Learning & IT

 

Year 11 & 12

  • House Captains 

 

Year 7-10

  • House class Leaders

 

Student Leadership Roles:

This selection process is put in place to identify students that embody the ethos and values of our Leadership vision for all students.  We believe that this will support our responsibility to develop lifelong, internationally-minded learners that will have a positive impact on the world.

All students that reflect the schools vision and satisfy the selection criteria may run for these positions:

 

Head Boy / Head Girl

This represents the most senior position a student can hold at English Modern School. These students are voted on by teachers and students.  They are year 12 students that are selected through a 3 step process. 

  • Teacher body votes on nominations
  • Year 11& 12 students vote on shortlisted candidates
  • SLT interview final 2 candidates

Holding such a position the Head Boy and Head Girl are the student face of English Modern School. 

Click here for the position specification

 

Leadership Roles:

These students are also drawn from Year 12 via the voting process. They are expected to work under the direction of the Head Boy and Head Girl and are given the responsibility of running a student committee. Their roles include monitoring supervised study, break time supervision, helping at Parent’s evening and other parental functions, helping with assemblies, showing guests around the school. They are expected to uphold and support the ethos of the school, the titles are above.

 

House Captains:

These students work directly with the supervision of the Houses alongside  the teacher Heads of House (HOH). One male and one female are elected to this position and are voted on by all other students in the House.  They are on a par with school Leaders and have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • To support the Head of House by maintaining House notice boards, communicating to the student body regarding upcoming House events and to participate in assemblies.
  • To be a House leader and complete one break duty a week.
  • To attend weekly meetings with the HOH to carry out activities and discuss House issues.
  • To support all other students in the house.

 

House Leaders:

These students represent the House body and are elected into the position by other students in the House Group.  One student represents the Tutors groups from KS3 and one student represents the students for KS4 from within each house.

These students work directly with the supervision of the Houses alongside  the teacher Heads of House (HOH) and the House Captains. They are on a par with school Leaders and have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • To support the Head of House by maintaining House notice boards, communicating to the student body regarding upcoming House events and to participate in assemblies.
  • To be a House leader and complete one break duty a week.
  • To attend weekly meetings with the HOH to carry out activities and discuss House issues.
  • To support all other students in the house.