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  • Writer's pictureISHCMC

Culture of Care

Over the school year, we have continued to strengthen and further develop our culture of care to support our children and their ongoing development. Areas of significant growth include:

  • Implementation of Positive ISHCMC

  • Increase in Parent Workshops and Learning Opportunities

  • Hearing Student Voice and Taking Action

  • Development of Positive Restorative Behaviour Matrix

  • Introduction of Dean of Students in the secondary school and revising job descriptions for grade level leaders to support students in response to the increase in student numbers

  • Introduction of an additional Vice Principal for the Primary School with a focus on pastoral care in response to the increase in student numbers 

Positive ISHCMC

The POSISH curriculum framework aims to promote the development of social-emotional competencies, positive well-being, healthy relationships, and responsible digital citizenship among students. The framework is designed to integrate the curricular pillars of Positive Education, Comprehensive Sexual Education, and Digital Citizenship into a cohesive and comprehensive approach to seven specific social-emotional learning domains.


The framework emphasises the importance of creating safe and supportive learning environments that foster a sense of belonging, inclusivity, and respect for diversity, aligning with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It recognizes the interconnectedness of social-emotional learning, sexual education, and digital citizenship in promoting students' overall well-being. The curriculum framework provides age-appropriate and developmentally relevant content and activities that enable students to acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to thrive in school, relationships, and the digital world.

The POSISH program at ISHCMC was implemented through a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders across Sexual Education, Digital Citizenship, and Positive Education. Cognita's Regional Educational Technology Lead, curriculum coordinators, and EDTech specialists contributed to the digital citizenship section. At the same time, experts like Suzie March and Fiona Dixon facilitated professional development for Vietnam schools. The development process included comprehensive reviews of existing curricula, online surveys, focus group discussions, and input from teachers, students, and advisors, ensuring the program's effectiveness and alignment with best practices and international standards.


Through the Positive ISHCMC programme, the team has taken opportunities to directly deal with specific behavioural issues with different grade levels in an educative way such as global citizenship, cyberbullying, and kindness within the school community.


The POSISH curriculum framework has positively impacted the community by fostering the development of social-emotional competencies, well-being, healthy relationships, and responsible digital citizenship among students. By integrating Positive Education, Comprehensive Sexual Education, and Digital Citizenship, POSISH creates safe, supportive learning environments that promote inclusivity and respect for diversity. The framework ensures age-appropriate, developmentally relevant content that empowers students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in school, relationships, and the digital world, enhancing their overall well-being.


Parent Workshops and Learning - Working in Partnership

We are committed to offering our parents a wide range of learning opportunities that support our work to build an understanding of the content and concepts explored through Positive ISHCMC.  These have included:

  • Phone Policies and Parent Partnerships

  • Digital Dependence

  • Parenting Through Grades 11 and 12

  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education

  • Introducing Positive ISHCMC (POSISH)

  • Positive ISHCMC, Health and Wellbeing 


Our Speaker Series has offered opportunities for engagement with internal and external experts on various critical topics.

  • Brain Development: What Every Parent Needs to Know 

  • Keep Your Kids Safe Online: Navigating the Online World with Your Family 

  • Digital Citizenship 

  • Substance Use and Awareness


Other workshops offered have also included:

  • Online platforms at ISHCMC + IT Support for parents 

  • MAP Test and how to understand your child’s results

  • What to Expect from the grade 5 to grade 6 Transition Program

  • Insights and Strategies to Support Smooth and Successful Transitions 

  • Learning Support at ISHCMC

  • EAL in PYP

  • Introduction to the PYP (English, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese) 

  • PYPx Information for Parents 

  • PYP Inquiry Pedagogy

  • PYP Concept Driven Curriculum

  • How Assessment Works in the PYP 

  • Introduction to the Counseling Team in PYP

  • The Power of Play and Resilience in Early Explorer's Years 

  • Language and Play Development in PYP

  • Enrichment in PYP 

  • Mathematics in PYP 

  • Library and Digital Literacy in PYP 

  • Understanding Assessment & Reporting in the MYP 

  • SEQTA Helpdesk and Q&A 


Hearing Student Voice

Our students joined the Learning Exchange conversations and presented to our Senior Strategic Leadership and Design Team. They shared examples of micro-aggressions that they experienced, made a call to action for the adults in our community, and took action.

Positive Restorative Behaviour Matrix

The purpose of creating the behaviour matrix at ISHCMC is to integrate behavioural supports based on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Positive Discipline, and Restorative Practices frameworks tailored specifically for our school community. This document provides a detailed behaviour matrix for EE-12 education across tiers of intervention, questions for teacher-student interactions, and a quick reference guide for faculty. The matrix was collaboratively developed by 30 experts and stakeholders, ensuring it promotes equity, inclusivity, and positive behaviour in alignment with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and our school's mission, vision, and values.

We look forward to working with our parent community as the new school year commences to ensure a school-wide understanding of our expectations for behaviour, what behaviours ‘cross the line’ and how the matrix guides responses across the school.


At these sessions, we look forward to you getting to know our secondary school's Dean of Students and Vice Principal and our primary school's new Vice Principal (Pastoral).

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