JESS is dedicated to the emotional, physical and social well-being of every student. Our aim is for every student to live healthy, sage, productive, capable and responsible lives; also to be known and feel part of the JESS school community and to be valued for who they are as an individual. The Pastoral Care System is designed so that students are supported in all aspects of school life so that they achieve their individual potential as well as being prepared for the rigours of the outside world.
In the secondary school, we encourage students to be enterprising, creative and independent, supporting them in effective transitions, positive learning and educational/career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.
Students are asked to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. JESS staff aim to work effectively with parents to produce young adults who can enter the world ready to make a difference, feeling confident in themselves and their abilities.
The Aims of the Pastoral Care System are to:
As part of the Pastoral Care System there is a programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which incorporates parts of the UAE Moral Education curriculum. This programme develops as students move up the school and is based around four themes: Health & Wellbeing, Social Interactions & Relationships, Personal Attributes & Living in the Wider World, and Moral Education. The JESS PSHE programme aims to support personal development by helping students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. This culminates in the overall aim of preparing students to enter the international community with an awareness and understanding of the issues they may be faced to deal with as an individual in today’s society and to be able to cope with the demands and rigours of life as a confident, resilient individual. PSHE takes place on specified days during the year as well as during mentor time.
The PSHE sessions aim to develop:
‘He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything’
The role of the school nurse plays a crucial part of school life at JESS and as such we endeavour to ensure that, at both branches of JESS we have highly qualified school nurses on site at all times, who work closely with the students and teachers. The School nurse provides a variety of services such as health education within schools, carrying out developmental screening, undertaking health interviews and advising on immunisation programmes.
The school nurse will also;
Our nurses have a multitude of experience in health promotion, to include, child protection, health education and screening. They also have a great deal of insight and knowledge in the health needs of children and teenagers.
The health office at both JESS schools is equipped to deal with all minor and major injuries. The layout is such that we can accommodate those children who visit for minor ailments and those who may require rest and monitoring. At both branches, we are also fortunate to have a separate room for School Medical Examinations to be conducted in and for use when privacy is of the utmost concern.
We also have available to us health screening equipment which includes visual screening aids for vision testing. This allows us to monitor the childhood milestones and record such information is each child’s school health record. All our nurses are IT proficient and computers are located in both Health offices to allow for computer-generated medical records. We also keep a variety of reading materials, of a health-related nature, on hand for the children if they have to spend any length of time in the office.
In the event of any medical emergency, we have protocols in place to ensure that this will be dealt with safely and professionally, to allow the best possible care for each child. Both JESS schools have a part time school doctor to perform routine school medicals and assist with other health related issues. As well as the five fully trained, Dubai Health Authority registered school nurses, we also have several members of staff who have undergone First Aid training. Emergency equipment is available in areas throughout the school and if required, external medical emergency support is readily available to the school.