Thursday, 25 September 2014

P7 Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) Conference

On Thursday 25th September we held our annual P7 Conference, designed to welcome pupils to Primary Seven and to challenge them to make the most of the many opportunities available throughout the year.



The theme this year centred around the Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) programme, which has been running at Sciennes for a number of years, since its inception. (The original concept of JASS actually emerged from a conversation between Alice Brown, Barry Hewitt and Gael Logan during a P7 trip to Lagganlia!) P7 pupils gained a Bronze award last year in P6 and are aiming for a Silver award by Easter this year. They will be able to continue to Gold at James Gillespie's High School in S1 and S2.

We were delighted to welcome Joan Alexander from JASS who gave the children a sneak preview of the forthcoming online version: eJASS, due to be piloted in Sciennes and Tollcross Primaries this year. Software designer Steve Moore was very impressed by the input P6 and P7 Sciennes pupils (including current P7 pupils Zoe and Cerys) were able to articulate to him last session, and their ideas have contributed to his design.

Each of the four School Houses took part in four workshops.



JASS PLANNING 
A JASS planning workshop, led by JGHS Cluster Active Sports Co-ordinator Jonathan Wallace, helped pupils begin to plan how they will set about achieving the Silver award. Joan Alexander gave us lots of inspirational ideas to help get us started. A key message was for pupils to challenge themselves. Pupils were able to use their personal iPads to mind map their goals and have been asked to complete this online planning tool with their families:


MY INTERESTS
Ms Christie, ably assisted by Katie's mum, Dante's mum and Kate from the School Office, helped each group prepare a delicious bowl of healthy minestrone soup with garlic bread. Cooking and baking are two possible interests pupils might wish to pursue as part of their JASS award. Other ideas can be found in the online P7 JASS PLANNING tool (see above).

ME AND MY WORLD
We were delighted to welcome back Joe from ChangeWorks who provided a 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - workshop using interactive voting tools.

GET ACTIVE, STAY ACTIVE
Karen from Dance Division provided superb dance workshops for each of our groups and it was lovely to welcome back Cat Perry, Managing Director.

ADVENTURE
The fourth aspect of the JASS award also involves a minimum of twelve hours activity. This time in adventurous activities so our trip to Lagganlia next week will certainly meet this. Instructors at Benmore and Lagganlia fully support the JASS programme and will provide our pupils with accreditation for this section of the programme.

When our pupils have provided evidence of 12 hours spent developing skills and achievements in each of the four areas of JASS they will be awarded a Silver certificate and badge. They will be asked to give a short presentation to their classmates, explaining how they set about achieving Silver.

All our visitors and staff were very impressed with the way P7 conducted themselves throughout the day and we look forward to helping them achieve one quarter of the award next week at Lagganlia.
Thank you to Mr Howie for the photographs.

JASS PLANNING with Mr Wallace on the iPads





MY INTERESTS - MAKING MINESTRONE SOUP AND GARLIC BREAD WITH MS CHRISTIE











ME AND MY WORLD - JOE  FROM CHANGEWORKS 3 Rs INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP




GET ACTIVE, STAY ACTIVE - KAREN FROM DANCE DIVISION









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