On Monday 10th July over 50 children from Hornsea Community Primary School were awarded Bronze and Silver Awards for the Junior Award Scheme for Schools (J.A.S.S.) The Presentation Evening took place in Hornsea Town Hall which was full to capacity of children, parents, carers, teachers, school governors and prominent members of the community who came to support the children's achievements.
The aim of the Scheme is to promote wider achievement with the majority of activities which count towards their Awards being done in the children's own time. In an educational culture where national expectations and standards are ever-rising, the academic achievement of our children has never been more important. However it is also important to reward children for their non-academic achievements and to recognise children for being well-rounded individuals as well as having regard for their local community. The Award Scheme has been called a "mini" Duke of Edinburgh's Award by many, and children must show that they have good personal and communication skills, resilience, perseverance and can work as part of a team to earn their Award.
The Junior Award Scheme for Schools is made up of four elements: My Interests, where children take up a new interest or hobby or try to improve performance in an existing interest; Get Active Stay Active, where children participate in a sport and show sustained interest and improvement; Me and My Community, where children need to "give something back" to their school or local community; Adventure, where they must participate in an adventurous activity where they have to work with others as part of a team.
Children's interests and activities have been varied and community projects have included helping Hornsea Lions with a bag-pack for Children in Need; being involved in designing a new sensory garden in Hornsea; being reading buddies and peer mentors for children younger than themselves in school and at Hornsea Nursery School; running charity events and raising money for local and national charities and being involved in a beach clean (to name but a few).
The children were honoured to have their awards and badges presented by the Mayor of Hornsea, Cllr Anne Padgett, and Cllr A Robinson. Cllr Ian Smith, members of Hornsea Rotary and 2 uniformed officers from Humberside Police also attended and praised children for their achievements.
More information on children's activities done as part of J.A.S.S. can be see on the school website www.hornseaprimaryschool.net or on the J.A.S.S. website www.jasschools.org.uk