Community Action is a central part of the extracurricular provision at JAGS, which encompasses all five of the school’s aims. Girls are encouraged to use and develop their own academic, creative, athletic and social skills and qualities to demonstrate a concern for others, while developing their own self-confidence and independence in learning more about local, national and international conditions.
We encourage girls to engage with the local community in term time and also to volunteer for international projects in the holidays, both our own projects in Romania (Libra foundation) and Uganda (AFFCAD) and those organised elsewhere.
JAGS girls begin to learn about volunteering in Year 7, in assemblies and in their Civilisation carousel. In Year 9, we take part in the national WE Day event. Volunteering placements begin in Year 10 at weekends and after school with most of our Sixth Formers being involved in some capacity in voluntary work. It is amazing what giving back can give. Here are just some of the amazing projects we are involved with:
JAGS together with Dulwich College students teach elderly people from Link Age Southwark how to stay up 2d8 with the latest changes in technology with weekly computer lessons #SilverSurfers
Anyone for tea?
In another great partnership with Link Age Southwark, students from JAGS and Charter School work together to put on a lovely spread of afternoon tea and share stories both old and new.
Girls, having been trained in social care and given some understanding of dementia, make weekly visits to local residential homes for the elderly.
Working with other schools
From running lunchtime clubs and debating sessions to helping with reading and mathematics, JAGS students have long lasting volunteer placements at many local primary schools including Goose Green, Bessemer Grange, JAPS, 2 Dulwich Village, and Turney School. We also invite some of our partner schools into JAGS for pond dipping and nature trails in the summer holidays.
Athol House on College Road is a care home for people with various disabilities. Residents and JAGS girls form really strong bonds and build relationship by playing cards, board games completing art projects, music sing-a-longs and much more.
Saturday Literacy Scheme
Saturday Literacy Scheme is a long running successful project in which 40 Year 4 students from various primary schools come into JAGS every Saturday for lessons to improve their literacy skills. JAGS girls in years 10 and 11 act as one to one mentors helping to children to develop reading, writing, presentation skills along with boosting confidence levels and communication skills. Over the course of 2 terms, wonderful relationships develop and we finish with matching fancy dress on World Book Day!