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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING 

 

Mental health and wellbeing is at the core of our holistic approach to education. As such, we host a series of workshops and seminars, delivered by specialists, for students and parents aiming to equip them with the skills they need to be effective and resilient as part of their learning journeys and beyond.

To be successful in these modern times, students require soft skills to be proficient in leadership, communication to work effectively as part of a team as well as understanding the art of time management and goal setting. At Jaffaria Academy, our students have the opportunity to learn these skills and much more.

Some of workshops we hosted this year include:

  • Encouraging Emotional Growth

Part 1 of this 3-part interactive program was aimed at both parents and secondary students, focussing on examining strategies to help improve positive communication and minimise conflict. This was an opportunity to explore important topics of discussion between Parent and Child and work together to identify effective solutions.

Part 2 entitled “Listening and Responding to Children” examined the importance of communication and trust in developing a close bond with your child. It explored ways to communicate effectively, diffuse emotionally charged situations and read behavioural cues.

In part 3, entitled “Communication Problems and Strategies” we focused on developing skills to appropriately and effectively express feelings in an open manner; to better aide communication and build a strong relationship with parents.

  • Understanding feelings & emotions and how they impact us 

A program aimed to help primary students understand their feelings and emotions in a safe space by learning from each other. 

Recently, 1 in 4 young people have experienced their mental health worsening. Understanding feelings and emotions can be difficult for adults, let alone for young people experiencing various pressures in their lives. This programme offered age-appropriate support in understanding different feelings and how they can impact us by providing a safe space for young people to learn from each other. With better mental health and given that our students learn from home, students may be more able to connect with Allah SWT and their families.

  • Personal Growth Series

A series of student-based workshops that covered the following themes:

  • Finding your inner strength: Confidence and self-esteem
  • Being a proactive life-long learner (and not just for school!). This included goal setting, time management and life hacks for proactive learning
  • Teamwork and problem-solving skills

  • Effective Parenting Series

A two-part public seminar aimed at parents.

Part 1: The science of parenting

We explored the following topics:

  • How does parenting affect brain structure?
  • What can monkeys teach us about being good parents?
  • What are the different parenting styles and which one describes you best?

Part 2: Pandemic parenting 

Home-schooling, lock-down, working from home and social isolation have become the norm since 2020, and this makes parenting even more unpredictable and challenging. Collectively we thought about how to parent during a pandemic, including life hacks, what good enough parenting looks like, a real emphasis on looking after yourselves too and where to get help if things become too difficult.

 

To view the full event recording including synopsis and bio of the guest speaker click on the YouTube links below and read the description section.

Part 1: The science of parenting

Part 2: Pandemic parenting 

  • The Radiance Podcast Ep#02 

Episode Title: Understanding Stress in Children and Building Resilience

In this episode we defined what “stress” is in children and discussed its impact on their holistic development, on parents and the wider family. We explored research-based studies on the topic, listening to and acknowledging stress signals as parents; and how we can help our children build resilience and thrive.

 

To view the full event recording including synopsis and bio of the guest speaker click on the YouTube link below and read the description section.

 

  • The Radiance Podcast Ep#04 

Episode Title: Safeguarding Children’s Wellbeing to Prevent Harm

 In this episode we explored how best to nurture the parent/child relationship with a focus on a supportive and secure growth environment. Impacting factors such as experiences, personal growth, memories, and external societal forces all play a role in safeguarding our children. Awareness of these factors plus more will better enable family units to enhance the wellbeing of their children.

 

To view the full event recording including synopsis and bio of the guest speaker click on the YouTube link below and read the description section.

  • Community General Wellbeing

At Jaffaria Academy we believe that individuals thrive the most when they are part of healthy communities. As such, and in line with our Islamic tradition which encourages building a healthy community we conducted public seminars on the COVID-19 vaccine programme in an effort to educate the community and help it make the right decision about this important matter.

 

To view the full event recording including synopsis and bio of the guest speaker click on the YouTube link below and read the description section.