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Reflecting on the Jubilee School Experience
10th December 2013
Her Majesty Queen Noor greeting students Mohammad Blasi and Suhaib Al Arakzeh.

The Jubilee School's 20th anniversary celebration offered an engaging space in which students, alumni, and other supporters could consider a range of crucial topics related to the Jubilee School and education in general. 

While talking to the event's diverse attendees, most feedback was about what they believe makes the Jubilee educational experience special. Jubilee student Mohammad Blassi finds that the school's rigorous electives have set him on the right path to his future profession: "I think that I'm an ambitious person, and I really want to become a successful engineer," he says. "I work hard and study hard across diverse curricula in order to become a better person." Other students like Hamzah Bastoni have found niches that empower them to step into the spotlight: "Organizing events and being part of the Leadership Program has helped me become both a leader and a team player."

The panel discussions included people like Mariam Abu Adas, Suha Joanneh, Dr. Mohammad Al Abed, Basma Abdallah, Najeeb Jarrar, Hadeel Khamash, Aseel Al Rawashdeh and Hamza Fakhri_res

The Jubilee School isn't just about high-quality academics and extracurricular activities – the school's holistic approach to education – an education that develops each person as a whole – left an impression on many of the event's guests. George Baqaeen, the proud parent of a 10th grade student at Jubilee, was surprised to see his son develop a more confident and determined personality: "My son's greatest dream is continue with computer science, which is both his academic passion and his hobby. I think he gets it from his grandfather, who is actually a professor in the field at Jordan University. I told my son, 'It's your wish to pursue this field – but there's a difference between your wish and your career.' He told me that I was being old-fashioned and that Jubilee has prepared him to make his passion a viable career someday. This is one of Jubilee School's strengths – it creates students that are independent thinkers." 

Hala Zureiqat, media consultant at Ro'ya TV, emphasized Jubilee's role as a model for educational excellence that should be replicated locally and internationally. "These students' qualities are exceptional: they excel at public speaking, they express themselves well, and they exude confidence," Zureiqat says. "The quality of education that these students receive is very important, and I hope that this style of learning will be copied across public and private schools in Jordan."

The anniversary's theme, "Thinking Out Loud about Learning at Large," highlighted not only praise for Jubilee's achievements but suggestions for the way it should grow and develop in the future. Nidal Eses, creator and Guardian at the eponymous company Eses4 Ventures, expressed the need for a shift from an entitlement-based culture to a performance-based one, where people are respected for their actual accomplishments and impact instead of markers of success like a prestigious job title. "I would suggest that most schools in this part of the world focus on academics and what you love, but they can't differentiate between a job and a profession. In the discussion panels, everyone was talking about their careers in terms of their job – not their profession." Additionally, Eses recommends increased exchange between Jubilee students and students of public schools so that both parties can benefit from sharing their experiences, as well as an extension of the school's holistic approach to something he likes to call "life sensitivity training:" "There are things that they don't teach in any school – how to be a good father, a good mother, a good friend, a good employee – even a good citizen, which doesn't just mean being loyal to the system, but someone who is part of a greater society."

Looking back, it's these intangible things about the Jubilee experience that many attendees reflected on.  "Because of my time at the Jubilee School, I'm more blunt, outspoken, and daring. I take risks and approach challenges with ease because of my three years at the school. It was hard at first – you go from feeling like one of the smartest kids in your school, then suddenly you're enrolled among the country's smartest – but then you realize that they are your teammates, competitors, and true friends," reflects Rawan Al-Jayyousi, a 2003 graduate. "You learn how to be loyal to your country through a serious belief that you belong here, genuine love for Jordan, and a commitment to your responsibility to give back. That's exactly what we learned here at the Jubilee School; it was a magnificent experience." The school's current students agree:  "Jubilee focuses not only on the subjects that we study, but also on our personalities," Suhaib Al Arakzeh says warmly. "In my life, I want to be a leader and leave a long-lasting positive impression on the world – that's what the Jubilee School does for me." 

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