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A Safe Harbour: Supporting Students, Parents, and Staff
|The mission of A Safe Harbour is to help students, parents, and staff cope with the challenges, and maximize the opportunities, inherent in the experience of international relocation and cross-cultural mobility.|
|What is A Safe Harbour?|
Every fall, and periodically throughout the year, ASH welcomes new students, families and teachers into our international community and School. At the same time our current community "refreshes" for the new school year; students are faced with different classes, making new friends, learning new routines. In face of all this "newness" it is easy to get caught in the culture shock of adapting to a new situation and "being new" in general.* Students, parents and teachers alike can feel disorientated and lonely, experience grieving for those they left behind or have moved away, or face cross cultural confusion, misunderstandings or conflicts within their new learning situations and living environments.
A Safe Harbour is a network of teachers, students and parents working together to provide a comprehensive approach addressing the challenges and opportunities that arise of moving among cultures. A Safe Harbour isn't just one program or one person, it is an umbrella of individuals, activities, programs and committees that work hand in hand to help each of our community members with all of the aspects of arriving, orientating, integrating and departing. A Safe Harbour is everywhere at ASH; just take a look around you! Remember the Student Ambassador that helped you settle it your classes and schedule? Or what about the parent from your home country that welcomed you to life here, in your mother tongue language? Or the New Hire boat cruise where you met other new staff? All of these activities are just a small example of what makes up A Safe Harbour, things woven into the fabric of the school.
Whether you are coming, staying or going, a student, parent or staff, A Safe Harbour seeks to help every member of the ASH community feel welcome to "sail forth" to enjoy his or her own international experience.** You may not notice that the Harbour is here, but when you need to "pull up your boat and dock", someone will always be there to catch the line!
* Carol Mecklenburg, A Safe Harbour Founder, 2004
** Doug Ota, A Safe Harbour Founder, 2008-2009
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professional goals. Additionally, Sea Change helps young people strengthen coping
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