- Personality, Strengths & Learning Style Exploration
- Study Skills & Planning for Academic Success
- Career Exploration
- Course Choices
- The IB and Me
- University Admissions Systems Around the World
- The Importance of Best Fit Counseling
- Writing a University Application
- Summer Programs Across the World
Please note that the counsellors will be organising several coffee morning informing parents about application systems most popular in our ISL community. We will also present on other relevant topics, such as Effective Time Management in High School and IB Course Choices. All our workshops will be announced in the school's newsletter and in the DP newsletter. In the tabs above you can explore the grade specific presentations and curriculum. In the section below, you can learn more about your college counsellors.
Originally from the Netherlands, I have studied in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, which provided me with a sense of how university experiences differ per destination. Having since counseled for the world, but with a focus on the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and Australia, I have learned how important it is to find the right fit for my students. As such, it is my aim to find the best place for everyone in their post secondary education.
Heather Charlton holds a BA Honours and an MA in Child Youth Counselling from the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She holds a Diploma in Counselling with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counselling from Vancouver Canada. Heather has spent the past 20 years working in the counselling field and has spent most of that time in Vancouver doing health promotion work counselling in schools. She has also worked for three years in Doha at Canadian Schools as a Guidance Counsellor. Heather previously worked at Blyth Academy Qatar as the school's guidance counsellor. The family is a football family; and are huge Liverpool fans. In addition, Heather loves music, watching movies, yoga, and laughing. Her husband, Jonathan, has also joined ISL Qatar as an English teacher along with their son who will be entering Grade 3.
Welcome to High School, Grade 9! This year, the counseling department will help guide you on your journey of self exploration. Together with your homeroom teacher, we will deliver lessons that focus on preparing you for success in high school. All lessons can also be viewed below.
Welcome to grade 10! This year, we will be exploring your personality, interests and career. You will learn more about how to research careers effectively, and you will be completing an internship as part of CREW week. The college counsellors will also invite all families for course advice meetings to discuss subject choices taking into account interests, strengths and post secondary study requirements.
Welcome to Grade 11! This year will be an exciting time as you will start preparing for post secondary options. You will learn how to research university destinations and begin your work on your applications to university. Around February, the college counsellors will also invite you and your family for college advice meetings during which we will provide guidance for the university (and other post-secondary option) application process.
Welcome to Grade 12; your final year of high school! During this exciting time, the counsellors will be focused on guiding you through the university application process. Our department will be offering workshops on Budgeting, Stress Management and how to approach the application process. Meetings will be held with all grade twelves and their families at the beginning of to year to ensure a thorough understanding of your hopes and aspirations for post secondary options.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Summer is a wonderful time to relax, recharge and reconnect. It is also a perfect opportunity for your to start exploring some of your passions and interests through summer programs, online courses and further reading. Check out this presentation to learn how you can enhance your demonstrated interest in a subject during your summer break.