Well-Being in the Upper School
TASIS The American School in England aims to provide a supportive environment that will allow students to individually fulfill their goals and to meet the challenges of school life.
Members of the Upper School Administration set and communicate school policies and coordinate programs and activities. Each is also a classroom teacher and is available to assist and advise you on any aspect of your TASIS life.
Chris Tragas, Head of Upper School, Deputy Head of School
Stephanie Feo Hughes, International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Uta Reinikainen, Director of Student Activities/CAS
Erika Toren, Director of College Counseling
Maria Vazquez, Upper School Counselor
The TASIS Safe Hands program is an ever-evolving curriculum designed to meet the needs of boarding students in today's diverse world. TASIS acknowledges that growing up in the modern day is a challenge for most young people, and that boarding students at TASIS benefit from a program that guides them through the complexities of their lives.
The Safe Hands program is aims to promote the life skills necessary to move forward in the world and to share knowledge and insights that might not be part of the academic curriculum. The program is delivered outside of the classroom and involves many subjects and issues that are at the cutting edge of discussion in society today.
During the course of the year, each grade in the Upper School will attend a guest speaker program related to the topics outlined below. The format and content of the presentations will be interactive, grade specific, and tailored to the needs of the students attending. There will be opportunities to meet with our speakers on an individual or small group basis to discuss more personal issues. The following areas will be covered:
Aim: To raise awareness of the role and purpose of Childline as a source of support for students
Aim: To raise awareness of how to communicate appropriately on-line and what to do of you are the victim of inappropriate communication
Aim: To raise awareness of the positive aspects and potential pitfalls of this key part of adolescent life
Stretched vs. Stressed
Aim: To recognize when one becomes the other and how to deal with stressful times
Aim: To raise the community’s awareness of healthy eating, eating disorders, and the myths and dangers of dieting.
Aim: To develop understanding about issues surrounding relationships, peer pressure, responsibility for actions, confidentiality, and how to get help.
Aim: To promote improved self-esteem and positive body image among students.
Drugs & Alcohol
Aim: To develop an understanding of the issues related to alcohol and drug use. Specifically: physical and emotional health and addiction.