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Student Advisors at BCIS

The Advisor occupies a unique and important role in the structure of BCIS Secondary School. The Advisor is primarily responsible for the support and pastoral well-being of the students in their Advisory group, and therefore should be included in all matters related to their students’ (e.g. successes & failures, achievements and concerns, issues regarding friendship, study skills, homework, behavior, discipline etc.). Communication with parents and with faculty is a key feature of the Advisor’s role. The Advisor also works with their advisory group during registration and advisory periods.

General Duties include:

-       Welcoming the students from 8:10am, and ensuring a positive start to the school day

-       Building positive relationships with and between students, celebrating student successes and helping students to find solutions to issues and/or concerns

-       Advocating for and on behalf of students in the advisory group

-       Monitoring student well-being, successes, achievements, behavior and disciplinary concerns

-       Liaising with subject teachers and, where necessary, with the Middle or High School Counsellors and Learning Support Department on issues concerning students in the advisory group

-       Communicating directly with the IB DP and IB MYP Coordinators about concerns/issues related to each students success/difficulties in meeting program expectations.

-       Reporting disciplinary issues to the Secondary School Principal

-       Communicating regularly with parents about student successes and/or concerns, and if necessary, arranging meetings with parents and/or faculty to resolve concerns

Arrival of New Students:

-       Working through the New Student Checklist (see below)

-       Advisors should ensure that New Students are guided through the checklist within 7 days of arrival at BCIS


During the registration period (8:15 – 8:30 each morning) the advisor will meet with their Advisory Group to complete the following:

-       Recording attendance electronically

-       Organising duties and routines with the students (including paper recycling, announcing daily bulletin messages, student locker management, arrangement of furniture, student buddy systems, monitoring dress code etc.)

-      Giving information and announcements to students

-      Keeping electronic records including absence notes, late slips, locker numbers etc.

-       Ensuring appropriate materials (official letters etc.) are distributed to students

Advisory Periods:

These periods are scheduled every Wednesday from 8:30 – 9:20am and Friday from 2.40–3:30pm and sessions will be planned with the Grade Level Facilitator and other advisors.

-       Working with the Grade Level Facilitator to deliver the Advisory Program

-       Liaising with the Grade Level Facilitator, Counsellor, Secondary Principal and Deputy Principal and other advisors to develop the Advisory Program for the assigned Grade Level/Advisory Group

Reporting Duties include:

-       Writing an Advisor comment on progress and achievement reports

-       Contacting parents at least once every two weeks by e-mail or phone to provide update (positive and negative)

-       Generating progress reports on students (when faculty or family request it)

-       Issuing reports to students

Discussing reports and guiding students through a reflection process


BCIS is accredited by the CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which demonstrates that the school meets demanding international standards in all the areas of philosophy and objectives, curriculum, governance and management, staff, student support services, resources, and student and community life.Visit www.cois.org and www.acswasc.org for more information.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IBO currently works with 2,771 schools in 138 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 763,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.Visit www.ibo.org for more information.

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