At JAKSA the cornerstone of our programs is to encourage a supportive, positive culture and develop a growth mindset in our students.
We strongly believe that the growth mindset way of thinking is a better reflection of reality.
Our mindset is heavily influenced by the quality of our self-talk and POSITIVE self-talk is kind, supportive and affirming.
It boosts confidence, helps children to succeed in creative or sporting activities, helps them achieve goals and most importantly helps them get through challenging times.
Due to the current pandemic, and the myriad of changes the children in our community have had to endure, we noticed that some students had become a little disconnected and lost confidence. So when we returned to face to face learning, we introduced “Circle Time!”
This new activity aims to highlight the qualities and strengths that other people see in us, reminding our students of their individuality and identity.
Our teachers lead the activity encouraging and guiding thoughtful comments made by students dedicated to another student within the class and we know that hearing these positive comments will help our students to develop their own positive self-talk narrative which will lead to developing their self-confidence again.
Our staff are motivated to promote a supportive, positive culture by role modelling our "Bee Code of Conduct" and implementing our positive rewards and peer support programs, as detailed below.
To represent and encourage our pre-class and junior students to implement our "Bee" code, we have the junior mascot Bella Bee, who you can see twirling in her bee costume to the right.
This is our code of conduct to help instil JAKSA’S values:
J Joyful ~ Smiling faces, enjoying class, including everyone.
A Appreciative ~ Showing manners and respect to all.
K Kindhearted ~ Helping others, using kind words.
S Supportive ~ Looking after our friends, inclusivity, helping.
A Approachable ~ Saying hello to a new student, asking if someone needs help, smiling at everyone when they walk into the studio
...even if they’re nervous.
Our Junior Mascot
Our "Take Five" posters are displayed in our studio and celebrated by all students.
"Take Fives" are little random acts of kindness, displayed by the student in class, reflecting our Bee Code. Our team encourages students to display “take fives” in their classes, by rewarding positive behaviour and instilling growth mindset. One student per class, each week is chosen and they are allowed to write their names on the posters for all the studio to see and celebrate throughout the year.
For example: If a student helps another student without having to be asked, we respond with:
“Wow, Lucy. I am very proud of you! You just displayed a take five by helping Mary. What a kind heart you have! Let’s put your name on the “K” chart because you are “Kindhearted”.
This program aims to continue to establish positive self-esteem, instill values and leadership skills.
As mentioned above, we have a pre-class/Junior mascot, to encourage our little ones to "Be their best", "Be brave and try again", instilling growth mindset and resilience and also relates to our "Bee" Code of conduct.
Our intermediate mascot, is a vibrant character; who is cross between a tiger and a wolf, and represents strength, determination, perseverance and loyalty! (You can see him/her back flipping below).
All our students were given the opportunity to choose a name and it's JAKSAMON!
Our Students have voted and chosen a name...
JAKSAMON was drawn by our senior student, Miss Hannah W, and represents:
Characteristics that our JAKSA students regularly display in our classes.
Thank you to everyone who thought up names and voted!