Welcome to the BIS Counselor page. I am always happy to help with any questions you may have about transitions and settling in, our school culture, teenage or toddler troubles, or anything else!
Our Student Counselor, Ms. Rachael Gerbic operates school wide and supports students with social-emotional needs and career and university counseling. Our counseling program seeks to develop academic, career, personal and social skills in all students in order for them to become confident and respectful members of all current and future communities.
In order for students to be academically successful they need to feel safe, respected and emotionally stable. Our Student Counselor promotes student welfare by offering individual, small and large group counseling on a variety of social-emotional and academic topics throughout the primary and secondary divisions. As BIS is an international and mobile community the Counselor works with teachers and families to support students in transition, either as they enter or exit BIS.
Our Student Counselor provides academic, college and career guidance to individuals and groups using a variety of strategies. Examples of activities are coordinating university visits to BIS, student and parent information sessions, individual meetings about academic course selections or universities, and a Career Exploration Week in Grade 10. BIS is a also a SAT and ACT testing center. Our school and students are registered with the IB Registry website, allowing universities to view BIS and individual student profiles and approach viable candidates for their institutions. Students in turn can search for universities using the website.
BIS receives many university representatives throughout the year. Sometimes they come individually, and at other times they come as part of a ‘tour’.
College and University Fair
BIS organizes its own College and University Fair every year. This year’s fair was held on Friday September 15, 2017. We had 38 representatives visiting from 18 different countries. Over one hundred students and parents from several international schools on the island profited from the opportunity to get more information from the university booths. Several representatives offered workshops ranging from Studying in the UK, Europe and Australia to Sport Management, Hospitality and How to Choose a College. It was a great success! If you would like to ensure you are on our invitation mailing list for next year, please email [email protected]. We also host other fairs such as Linden Tours, World Education Expo Indonesia, and British Council university tours.
One of the university reps said particularly about our students:
“I was very impressed with the students I met at Bali Island School. Each had the confidence to pursue their own interests – as well as a solid foundation for those interests. They struck me as mature, thoughtful and ambitious. In my work with international schools around the world, I’ve learnt to identify the qualities held by those who go on to flourish in higher education, and I’m certain that BIS students have the grounding and the ability to succeed in whichever path they choose.”
Daniel Silman | Senior International Officer | University of Kent