BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Our mission at JSS Private School is to expose children and young adults to people, places and things they would not normally or easily have access to in their daily lives. By providing unique, educational, and positive experiences, we empower youth to see the world outside of their classrooms and neighborhood, grow hope in their future, pursue active roles in society and achieve goals. Our youth have so much to offer to the world-we believe in the power that they hold and know that they will mould future generations to come. At Beyond the Classroom, we are here to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. We have a number of educational programs and leadership initiatives that help nurture our youth and help them develop the skills they will carry throughout their lives. Those initiatives include:
- The Voice of JSS PS
- Charity Initiatives
- Community Links
- Environmental Initiatives
- Health Beats
- Team ABLES
- JSS Pulse
The Voice of JSS PS
Talk with people who make you look at the world differently - is the motto of the Editorial Committee at JSS Private School. It is by reading the work and by looking at the world through the eyes of these creative people that we change our perspectives too: we understand better; we adjust better; we feel better. In order to ensure that these creative writers among us receive the opportunity to help us look at the world through their eyes, we have taken a step forward by creating a website link to keep everyone informed about these budding artists and their work throughout the school year. This serves as an ideal platform for both students and staff to voice their opinions and interests on a wide range of topics. This has certainly helped in developing and cultivating in students the literary taste and study habits. Regular writing sharpens the brain’s performance and promotes expression of self
The smallest Act of kindness is worth more than the Grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde
Charitable activities were initiated at JSS PS in anticipation of developing a sense of citizenship-in terms of individual engagement, participation in collective school activities and engendering a broader sense of social responsibility. We want our children to become upstanding, kind humans. It serves as a positive reinforcement and promotes happiness in young children. The positive reinforcement a child receives when giving is an integral factor in the cognitive-behavioral connection that children need, to be a healthy and caring adult.
Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of the community and has a lasting, positive impact on the society at large. Community service or volunteerism enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most. It increases overall life satisfaction and helps one feel good about themselves and aids in decreasing stress and ease depression. It engages students with the community and helps them create special bonds with the population being served and enhances social awareness and responsibility.
Environmental programs provide important opportunities for students to become engaged in real world issues that transcend classroom walls. They can see the relevance of their classroom studies to the complex environmental issues confronting our planet and they can acquire the skills they’ll need to be creative problem solvers and powerful advocates.
JSS PS offers opportunities for rich, hands-on, real world and authentic learning across the curriculum. This relevance to students’ lives engages and inspires them more than traditional pedagogy. It empowers students to lead the way in creating greener and healthier learning environments inside and outside their school buildings.
The school has a very active environmental group called Earthlings of JSS PS .The students through their dedication and commitment undertake several activities which help to develop the skills and attitudes needed to understand the relationships between human beings, their cultures and the biophysical world.
Days like Earth day, Environment day, International Day for the Preservation of Ozone layer are celebrated in order to foster awareness and to also arm them to take informed decisions. The school works in partnership with several external agencies like Dubai Municipality, Tadweer, EEG, IFAW that host and support environmental activities for the students at different levels. Higher levels of environmental knowledge correlate significantly with a higher degree of pro-environment and conservation behavior. The more people know, the more likely they are to recycle, be energy efficient, conserve water, etc.
Health Beat Newsletter is an initiative taken by the Health and Safety committee headed by Mr. Lalit Thapliyal and Committee's President, S.Jagat Gopinath. The monthly newsletter initiative is supported by teachers and leading medical specialists attached with various hospitals and was launched on June 30th, 2020, with a purpose to benefit all the students and families of JSSPS. It not only consists of preventive steps to beat COVID but gives important tips to stay healthy during these challenging times.
The Health Beat initiative includes-
- Periodical interactive webinar- “Doctor’s Health Talk Show” were conducted between students and their families to stay healthy.
- “Health Awareness Talks” during assemblies for all the sections with strongly emphasize on the “DO’s and DON’T s during the pandemic.
- To promote healthy eating and inspiring the inner chefs of the JSSPS, we have conducted flameless cooking called “Health Bites
(A-ABILITY, B-BASED, L-LEARNING And E-EDUCATIONAL, S-SUPPORT)
TEAM ABLES is a noble, virtuous, and upright initiative by our student leaders to ensure the overall well-being, mental health and mindfulness of the students in our school. They also support the students of determination and students with learning disabilities in the school. Activities are planned by the student body under the guidance of the school administration. Their main aim is to raise awareness of wellbeing in all aspects of our lives, including social, physical, emotional, and intellectual.
To expel the boredom during lockdown, the student body emerged with the novel idea of virtual musical event, under the title JSS Pulse. It served as an ideal forum to discover and showcase talented musicians in school.