Life at Southbank is rarely static. As is the inherent nature of international schools, we experience movement within our school community. As such, we are used to the process of welcoming new families to our own Southbank family, and make each and every new student feel wholeheartedly at home. Upon arriving at Southbank, all new students are given a ‘buddy’, one that, if possible, shares their mother tongue/nationality.
New parents are also put in touch with members of our Parent Teacher Association who have been through similar experiences, in order that they too have a support system during the transition. Coffee mornings are held for new parents to meet with other parents, old and new, and orientation days are provided for new students before joining. We know how daunting it can be to start a new school, let alone move, sometimes, half way across the world, and aim to make the transition as stress-free, and enjoyable as possible for everybody involved.
Southbank students benefit from an extensive language programme comprised of 20 different languages, as well as a substantial variety of extracurricular activities ranging from sports like football, to Robotics and First Lego League. There is something on offer for everyone, and we endeavour to give our students the very best experiences available to them, not only in their academic lives but also in developing lifelong passions that they can continue to nurture wherever their international minds may take them. Our class sizes are small (most classes 18 or smaller), we have highly qualified teachers, and a very diverse student and staff body, comprised of over 70 nationalities.
We hope that all students feel well cared for, continuously heard and always encouraged throughout their school lives at Southbank, whether that be for 1 term, or 14 years. The Southbank family is a myriad of cultures, all of which complement each other, and no matter where in the world our students end up, we hope they will always look back on their time at Southbank International School with fondness. Once a Southbanker, always a Southbanker.