School life & pastoral care

The well-being of all students, whether day or boarding, is of paramount importance to us. Students thrive in an environment where they are well-known and cared for by staff, and where they feel happy and confident. Our team of pastoral staff aim to help each student at St. Constantine International to not only reach their academic and co-curricular potential, but to also develop into a happy young individual with good self-esteem and a real belief in their role in society.

This is the time for your child to grow, learn and explore the world around them. It is essential that all students have a support network that cares for their whole wellbeing. Our Pastoral Care goes beyond classmates to include housemates, buddies, tutors, teachers, counsellors and family. That support network is about looking out for our students and looking after them when they need it – and it’s a big part of what makes St. Constantine International different.

Pastoral Care in Boarding

“Pastoral care at St. Constantine International nurtures the social development of all students at the boarding house,” says our Head of Boarding. “Students are trained to develop a sense of value, judgment, self-discipline, and the ability to mix and form relationships.

We aim to help in the total integration of academics spiritual, social-emotional, physical, and cultural well-being and development of a student, bearing in mind the possible contrasting interface between home and school.”

Boarding school has always been a secure option of children with working and/or travelling parents and many find that they not only make lifelong friends in the boarding house, but secure higher academic and sports results with the distractions of the outside removed. See Boarding

We have an effective model of pastoral care for our students, with each House providing a sense of belonging and inclusion within our school, be it for boarders or day students.

As well as registering students’ presence each morning, (and checking their wellbeing in this Covid-19 environment) Tutors keep an overall eye on an individual’s work and monitor each individual’s progress on an on-going basis throughout the academic year, which becomes even more important in the examination years, Year 10 – 13.

Anyone with a problem of any kind is encouraged to discuss it with their Tutor. They are the first point of contact between home and school and they will remain with their Tutor Group as it progresses, getting personal support and encouraging them to make the most of their opportunities at the School.

For our boarding students, our team of caring House-parents, Matrons and Residential Boarding Assistants – under the watchful eye of the Head of Boarding – means they can be assured of being well looked after and always having someone to talk to in addition to our School Counsellor and School Nurse. Our current Boarding Assistants are Mr Igalu and Miss Glory, while our counsellor, who is an intern, is Miss Tabitha.

House Structure

Every student is assigned to a House – Athens, Delphi, Olympia or Sparta, recognising the Greek heritage of the school. Each House has its own identity, motto, shield and colours, and our students take pride in competing for their House.  In Secondary, one member of staff – the Head of House – is in charge, assisted by a team of Tutors.

All students are encouraged to take an active part in house activities, which usually take place during the last week of each half-term, by joining in or supporting as many of the inter-house competitions as possible. A variety of activities are organised so that participants of all skill levels can take part and have fun.

From their first day at St. Constantine International this house becomes their support network, giving them a sense of belonging from the initial showing them around, to fostering friendships, providing Secondary-Primary mentoring relationships and study help, to encouraging them to explore their interests and hobbies, sports and cultural interests.

The House structure and system provides many opportunities for students to take on responsibilities and roles, building confidence, strengthening their teamwork and leadership abilities and broadening their skill set for the future.

Many activities can earn points for house rewards and recognition. Inter-House competitions are run throughout the year in sports, dance, debate and music (Battle of the Bands is a school favourite) with each House accumulating points towards the annual trophy, as well as the event accolades.

In keeping with our vision of Creating Global Leaders, our students are given many opportunities to take on responsibilities and roles within their House, including selection as a Year 13 House Prefect.

As a school which embraces all nationalities, religions and abilities, the House system encourages students to respect differing opinions, cultures and ways of doing things.

All our Houses have a team of support staff who oversee day-to-day care and supervision and monitor a student’s academic and co-curricular progress. Staff also provide emotional support and counselling as required.

As well as registering students’ presence each morning, (and checking their wellbeing in this Covid-19 environment) Tutors keep an overall eye on an individual’s work and monitor each individual’s progress on an on-going basis throughout the academic year, which becomes even more important in the examination years, Year 10 – 13.

Anyone with a problem of any kind is encouraged to discuss it with their Tutor. They are the first point of contact between home and school and they will remain with their Tutor Group as it progresses, getting personal support and encouraging them to make the most of their opportunities at the School.

For our boarding students, our team of caring House-parents, Matrons and Residential Boarding Assistants – under the watchful eye of the Head of Boarding – means they can be assured of being well looked after and always having someone to talk to in addition to our School Counsellor and School Nurse. Our current Boarding Assistants are Mr Igalu and Miss Glory.