Student Support at BSS
All staff and faculty are dedicated to ensuring every student has the support she needs to thrive. Which means knowing what those needs are. Which means knowing who our girls are. We have over 900 unique students on campus, and we see them all.
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Support in the Junior School
In their day-to-day experience, every student in JK to Grade 6 is supported in important and not always visible ways. We balance the need to inspire confidence and self-reliance in our youngest learners with their need to feel safe and secure in the learning environment. Our relationship with parents is an important ingredient in supporting our girls so we ensure communication channels are wide open, with the child’s best interest always the primary focus. The most important way we can support our students, and in turn their parents, is by knowing their child extremely well. And we do. Learn more about Junior School.
TAG and Houses
Teacher Advisory Group (TAG)
Teacher Advisory Groups (TAGs) provide additional support to Grade 8-12 students, who are assigned to a staff member who will be their advisor throughout their life at BSS. TAG meet bi-weekly in small groups to discuss life at school. Boarding also offers Family Advisory Groups.
Students from JK to Grade 12 are assigned to one of 12 BSS Houses, each with its own colour and mascot. A House is a smaller community within the school that encourages students to interact informally with girls in other grades in many fun and supportive ways throughout the year.
No matter what the circumstances, whether a student is new to BSS, transitioning to a new grade, preparing for university, facing personal challenges, or just looking for a quiet spot to work, our Student Services team is there to help.
Counsellors are experienced in encouraging students to recognize their own interests and aptitudes, develop effective interpersonal skills, expand educational plans and explore a variety of career paths. When it comes to choosing a university and finding the right fit, Student Services has a library of information and hosts over fifty university representative visits each year.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a quiet space in the school with a goal to foster independence through strategy-based teaching and to support and facilitate accommodations for students with an Independent Education Plan (IEP). We have a team of two learning resource specialists who provide a wide range of support to all students, especially those who have a Ministry defined (IEP). Students are supported by assistive technology, language support and skills-based workshops.
The LRC is a terrific place for all students to find the academic support they need at different times in their school career. Extra help is offered through a peer-tutoring program on a drop-in basis.
The learning landscape and types of support offered at BSS are as varied as the learners. One beautiful, historic space on campus where spiritual learning lives is the Chapel. BSS Chaplain Reverend Cathy Gibbs heads up the spiritual growth of all students, with the mission of better aligning students with God, whatever God may look like to them. She helps girls question, challenge and engage with their faith and also provides social, emotional and spiritual support in the form of personal counselling. Learn more about Reverend Cathy, and the inspiration and guidance she provides in a feature article in The Link
The Learning Commons
The Learning Commons is a collection of leading-edge, comfortable spaces and resources that encourage students to become lifelong learners. A physical and virtual learning environment, the BSS Learning Commons consists of the library, BSS Museum and Archives, Mac workstations and a conference room. The space is divided into areas designated to the Junior, Middle and Seniors Schools, and serves as a professional development centre for the whole BSS community.