The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (which children can start when they are 14 years of age) and has similar aims. This academic Year 5 children will be able to complete the bronze level by the summer holidays and Year 6 children will be able to complete the silver level. Children will be able to go onto the gold level when they enter Year 7 at Hornsea School and Language College and complete this in their first year there. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is run at HSLC, where children in Year 12 can complete it as an enrichment activity. Doing JASS would give children a real “taste” of what the DofE Award is all about.
The use of JASS in developing new skills and building self-confidence is beneficial for all young people. It may be particularly useful in providing additional support and encouragement to young people who are not coping well with education or who may need an extra boost in confidence to cope with the transition to secondary school.
Jass can also help to increase the motivation of high achievers, giving them more challenges out of the core curriculum.
In 'JASS' children must complete activities in all four sections: Get Active Stay Active (sport or physical exercise); My Interests (a skill or hobby); Me and My World (being involved with the community) and Adventure ( 1 to 2 days doing outdoor challenges, focussing on working with others). Children will need to balance their choices on what they already do (these will count towards the award) with new things that they would like to have a go at. The majority of activities should be in the children’s own time however a small number of activities could be completed within the school day, as part of the school curriculum, if this is deemed appropriate by school staff. Some elements will be organised for all participants by school e.g. an adventure day trip towards the end of the school year. We may also organise for all children to participate in community-based events if we have the opportunity to do so.
If you would like to volunteer to help run the Award scheme at HCPS, please contact me via the school office. It may be that you could run a lunchtime club to develop a particular skill or hobby, you may want to organise a fundraising campaign or event with a group of children, you may be a member of Hornsea Town Council and know of a project our children could do for the good of the community.