At AIS, we are very conscious of the incredible diversity of students within the lower secondary school with the often vastly different stages of physical, emotional and mental development. Our aim is to care for students in a rapidly changing and uncertain world. Students are cared for through horizontal (year level) homerooms, with a Homeroom teacher being the first point of contact for parents. Homeroom teachers play a critical role in assisting with the smooth transition of students into the early secondary years. These teachers are also supported by student welfare coordinators for each year level, along with the Deputy Secondary Principal and the Deputy Executive Principal (and Secondary School Principal) for serious matters.
All students in Years 7 – 11 have both formal and informal student care sessions with their Homeroom teacher. Discussions are based on themes such as cyber safety, intercultural respect, study habits, organisation, resolving conflict, strengthening support networks, good decision-making and developing quality friendships. Learning to build emotional resilience is an important aspect of student welfare in Years 7 - 11. Students also have access to the school counsellor, while students with significant additional needs may require a special support teacher.