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Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective


I came across JASS on an internet search.  I wanted to be more involved in his preparation for transition into High School but I also knew I had to work with him to build his confidence, build his self-esteem and make him more resilient. When I looked at what JASS was about, I realised it has Daniel’s name written all over it.  Being active, being adventurous, trying new things, helping others, being involved in your community….this was just Daniel. It was perfect for him. I researched it a little bit more then I called up the office to ask if I could do it with Daniel, as opposed to it needing his school to register him to do it.  I was delighted they said yes.  

Wider Achievement and Skills

Wider Achievement for me is what makes an individual grow into a responsible citizen and an effective contributor. The skills of Teamwork, Communication, Planning and Organising, Reflection, Trying something new, Taking on board a challenge, Setting targets and goals are all the qualities employers want in their employees, not necessarily the straight A student. Whilst I want my children to do well academically, I know results are not everything and they need to learn employable skills, and how best to do that than using JASS.  

Daniel said to us at the end of the summer holidays, that he was going to make Primary 7 count.  He was going to make it his year, his year to show everyone he is not Anthony’s wee brother, but he is Daniel, and show EVERYONE what he is capable of achieving and without any doubt JASS has been a vehicle for him to do exactly that.  Daniel has achieved so much!

To say we are proud of Daniel is an understatement, he has blown us away with his focus and determination to do this Award.  He has enjoyed the satisfaction of completing section after section. It’s given him the motivation to move onto the next part of the Award.  He will be walking to school or discussing his day and then, he says “This could be a really good idea for the Me and My World Section of JASS”. It is great to see him so engaged and enthused about this award, and to see passion in him for something other than just sport, is great!

Daniel is a “throw yourself in at the deep end” kind of boy.  He is deputy head boy at his school and he wants to be a good role model for everyone.  Daniel is funny, witty, like to have a laugh, very chatty, he is very kind but extremely sensitive (a side that not many people see).  He is passionate about sport and helping others, he is determined, enthusiastic and JASS has given him a motivation to succeed we have tend not to see in him.  Daniel is on the go and anyone who sees him play any sports will see a true grit and determination in him, he always gives 110% in everything (sport) he does.  He also does the same with any responsibility he is given, he just gets in the “zone” and it is lovely to see.  

Personal Achievement

Since starting Primary 7 in August 2016, Daniel has made a huge impact on others, and in 6 months he has achieved his JASS bronze and silver awards, represented his school in a number of sports, engaged in a huge range of church and other activities supporting a number of charities.

JASS has given us, as parents, the tools to help build Daniel into a remarkable young man, one who we are immensely proud of.

Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective


If you were to ask us to sum up JASS in a few words and what it has given our son, other than the badges and certificates, we would say 

  • it has been a vehicle for him to step outside his comfort zone
  • it has given him an opportunity to develop his leadership skills
  • It has been a motivator for him to become involved in his Community
  • He has PRIDE in HIMSELF
  • He has a BELIEF in himself and his abilities
  • And his CONFIDENCE

Before Daniel started JASS, he would NEVER read at school. He wouldn’t mind reading in his own class but to read at Mass or at school assemblies would have Daniel up the night before, upset stomachs and real nerves. Since doing JASS, he has read at the Christmas Assembly and even offered to do someone else’s part who was off sick….that is how JASS has helped my son. He has become CONFIDENT. You can’t buy confidence but you can do things to help build your confidence and belief in yourself.

JASS has given us, as parents, the tools to help build Daniel into a remarkable young man, one who we are immensely proud of.

Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective

Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective

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