The tutor is the most important person to a student (i.e. their tutee) and his/her parents/guardians as the tutor is the first point of contact in any issues related to the learning and wellbeing of a student. Tutor are expected to take time to foster relationships with both students and their families to enable the student to reach their full potential in their development and ensure their wellbeing. Tutors meet with their tutees each week during tutor times. Each week, for one lesson period, all students have one tutor slot that is spent on alternative weeks for either the Life Skills programme or Assemblies. There is also a possibility for tutors and tutees to meet each day for short Tutor Moment that is used in many ways, e.g. for Life Skills programme, sharing information and updates on the school calendar and one-to-one discussions with tutor and tutees.
Tutors are lead and supported in their work by their Head of Year and Student Support Department.
Head of Year
There are four Head of Years at UWCM:
Head of MYP Years 1-3 Louis Odendaal
Head of MYP Years 4-5 Virpi Mähönen
Head of DP Years Saskia van Kampen - Marcus Felsman
HoY’s lead teams of tutors by supporting their tutors in their work by e.g. providing them with advice, structure and material to use in pastoral care. HoYs are responsible for monitoring the overall wellbeing and development of the students in their years and taking any further actions needed while liaising with appropriate school departments, but also external agencies.
Life Skills programme
UWC’s Life Skills programme is intended to introduce important, transferable skills to students with the view to helping them towards becoming more rounded, reflective students and global citizens. Life Skills is a compulsory component of all UWCM students’ timetables and it is delivered in tutor group by the tutor. The course is designed to match the UWC values with the IB’s ATL Skills. This is done through a series of Life Skills building blocks (Social Skills, Emotional (intrapersonal) Skills, Academic Skills, Community Awareness, Sex Ed & Substance Abuse).
Participation and engagement in the Life Skills programme is reported on in the tutor report.