At SJIS, we recognise that students’ wellbeing is pivotal to a positive school experience. Children’s social and emotional development at SJIS is an essential part of teaching and learning in all year groups. We know that children learn better in a warm, caring and accepting environment. We endeavour to create such an environment at SJIS in all aspects of school life.
It is our belief that learning is enhanced when children feel encouraged and guided. The ability for students to reach their potential is highly dependent on their attitudes, values and a range of social and emotional capabilities. At SJIS, students’ achievement, happiness and relationships are nurtured through our wellbeing programs and practices. Students and teachers connect with one another when they eat together in the classroom at recess and lunch. The students also play together happily in class and in our vast playground. They develop their social awareness, social advocacy and social action skills through our charity events, held every Term.
The basis of our positive and caring school environment is our school values and culture, our policies, Personal Development and Health lessons, school assemblies and the You Can Do It program (which is outlined below).
International Division student wellbeing initiatives
You Can Do It: The 5 Foundations Children Need to Be Successful and Happy
You Can Do It (YCDI) is a program that has been a part of the SJIS International Primary division for a number of years. YCDI teaches children different skills that they need to be successful and happy, throughout their schooling and beyond. In this context, “successful” means every child does the best that they can. “Happy” suggests children who like themselves, have good self-esteem, have friends, work hard in learning activities at school, challenge themselves, help others in need, and contribute to their school and home being a safe and organised place to live and learn.
YCDI aims to establish an environment where children will not spend a lot of time feeling extremely sad, worried or angry, who will not want to fight with others or spend a lot of time alone and withdrawn from play or work activities. At SJIS, the You Can Do It program focuses on developing students’ skills for Confidence, Persistence, Getting Along, Organisation and Emotional Resilience.
Reading Literacy support
Our reading literacy support program offers further reading assistance for those children that require extra reading support.
Japanese Division student wellbeing initiatives
NAWATOBI Kentei (Jump Rope Assessment)
As promotion of physical fitness and health education, we introduced the Nawatobi Kentei (Jump Rope Assessment) Primary students of the Japanese Division to practice Jump Rope. “Nawatobi Kentei” has a grade system and the students can follow the instruction of practice cards so they can practice during lunch recess and at home. Students learn how to set and achieve goals.
Learning Support Teacher
A learning support teacher assists the class teacher in the lower Primary years in the Japanese Division. The teacher helps to settle the classroom and assists the teacher so the classes are run smoothly and efficiently.