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At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), the transitional journeys of students play a pivotal role in shaping their educational experiences. These transitions are not mere shifts in grades but well-thought-out processes that aim to seamlessly integrate students into the school environment from the moment they step foot on campus. The support provided by teachers, peers, and buddies ensures that students feel welcomed and nurtured throughout their tenure at WISS.  One of the notable milestones in a student's journey at WISS is the transition between sub-schools, such as from Early Years to Primary and from Primary to Secondary. Within the Primary school, students build upon their Early Years experiences, fostering maturity and academic preparedness for their Secondary journey. These transitions are meticulously planned to make each learning environment feel familiar and welcoming, creating a sense of unity among students across different grade levels.

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At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), students' transitional journeys play a pivotal role in shaping their educational experiences. These transitions are not mere shifts in grades but well-thought-out processes that aim to seamlessly integrate students into the school environment from the moment they step on campus. The support provided by teachers, peers, and buddies ensures that students feel welcomed and nurtured throughout their tenure at WISS.


One of the notable milestones in a student's journey at WISS is the transition between sub-schools, such as from Early Years to Primary and from Primary to Secondary. Within the Primary school, students build upon their Early Years experiences, fostering maturity and academic preparedness for their Secondary journey. These transitions are meticulously planned to make each learning environment feel familiar and welcoming, creating a sense of unity among students across different grade levels.


WISS implements various support measures to facilitate these transitions, such as buddy classes and 'Step Up Day' events. For example, Grade Five students participate in a 'Step Up Day' in Secondary, where they explore new classes and start preparing for the next phase of their academic life. Similarly, Kindergarten students visit Grade One classrooms, interact with their future teachers and buddies, and receive a glimpse of their upcoming learning environment.


As an international school with a transient population, WISS also focuses on supporting students preparing to leave the school, ensuring a smooth transition back to their home countries, universities, or new locations. The school's commitment to guiding students through these changes reflects its ethos of providing seamless and supportive pathways for each student's journey.


Recognizing that change can be daunting for students, especially when transitioning to new grade levels or sub-schools, WISS emphasizes creating a supportive environment for students and their families during these critical milestones. Through a comprehensive approach involving meetings, information sessions, and experiential days, the school community aims to guide students through these transitions with care and consideration.


Most recently, Grade 10 students at WISS engaged in informational sessions to explore the different academic pathways within the IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-Related Programme available to them, preparing them for their future educational endeavors. Parents are also actively involved in this process, with information sessions that give them insights into their child's academic milestones.


Furthermore, our Grade 6 students welcomed their Grade 5 peers during a recent 'Step-Up Day,' fostering connections and familiarity within the school community to ease the transition for younger students. By providing structured support and guidance, WISS aims to instill confidence in students and empower them to embrace change as an opportunity for growth and development.


The nurturing of student transitions at WISS is a vital component of the school's educational philosophy. By navigating these transitions together, the school community ensures that every student feels supported and prepared for the exciting journey that awaits them. 


Contributions:  Ms. Lisa Ellery (Primary Principal) and Ms. Evi Singleton (Secondary Principal)

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