The Guidance Department is available for students from Early Years to Grade 12. The team is comprised of two Lower School counsellors, six Upper School counsellors, one well-being counsellor and a School Psychologist. The most important function of the team is to act as student advocates and to provide ongoing support for students across all areas of their lives, including emotional, social, academic and physical development, extra-curricular and post-secondary choices.
The Lower School Counselling programme criteria is developed along the PYP personal, social and physical education outlines. Support is comprised of a balance between prevention, proactive and responsive education and counselling for students. The counsellors work collaboratively with the classroom teacher, parents and external professionals to design and implement programmes to promote optimum individual emotional, academic and social development.
The Upper School Guidance Department organises meetings and seminars to assist individual students with their social and emotional development, academic achievement and personal goals. The students and Guidance Counsellors work as a partnership and are actively involved in the university process. Counsellors support each individual student with creating their personalised plan towards their new and exciting journey into post-secondary education. The Guidance Counsellors partner with parents by offering an array of support and information via regular seminars and encourage parents to contact the Guidance Office with any questions or concerns they may have with regard to their child's education and development.
CDNIS is proud to host hundreds of university reps every year on campus and also organizes an annual Higher Education Fair in March each year. We advertise university visits to our students and parents and also organize annual visits during school breaks to campuses around the world. Members of the Class of 2021 enrolled in these universities and were offered scholarships exceeding HK$17,000,000 by many of these universities.
We welcome visiting university representatives throughout the academic year for presentations about individual universities and mini-fairs. The best time of day to visit our campus is during the Upper School lunch period from 1:30pm-2:30pm or after classes from 4pm-5pm. Visits are normally hosted in the Guidance Office or Alan Dick Forum and it is common for more than one university to visit on the same day. We are also able to accommodate larger presentations, but this must be arranged beforehand.