Young students, just like the adults around them, sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by their school work; upset because of family problems; worried about a friend; grieving because of the death of someone close to them; scared because of somebody bullying them or lonely because they feel like they don't fit in.
Just like adults, students sometimes find it's just not possible to sort through these tough times and challenges alone. Problems build up, they lose sleep, are unable to concentrate on their studies, and may even become depressed.
ISU employs a trained school counselor, someone with whom these troubled students may speak. School counselors know how to listen and help. The counselor assists students to work through their difficulty, understand themselves better and find ways of managing their situation.
In the broader perspective, the school counselor is responsible for overseeing the pastoral care programme across the school. The counselor works with the classroom teachers when they identify a concern with one of their students.