Welcome to Term 4. I hope the holiday period has been a relaxing and enjoyable one for the whole family. This year has brought many challenges and changes to our normal way of life. Resilience has been a word mentioned many times during COVID-19.
Over the holidays I read a few books on the holocaust in World War II. These books had underlining themes of extreme life circumstances and displays of resilient people. Eddie Jaku’s book “The Happiest Man on Earth” had positive attitudes on how to deal with challenging times. Here are some of those attitudes:
* Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It’s up to you.
* Shared sorrow is half sorrow, shared pleasure is double pleasure.
* One good friend is my whole world.
* Education is a lifesaver.
* You can find kindness everywhere even from strangers.
I noticed that these matched the five ways to wellbeing that the school has promoted throughout the COVID lockdown.
What is resilience and how do we teach our children resilience?
Resilience is important for a child’s mental health. It is their ability to bounce back from failure, challenges, adversity and stress. It’s not something that kids have or don’t have, but a skill that kids develop over time as they grow. Building resilience not only helps a child deal with current difficulties, but it also helps develop a resilient mindset that will allow them to deal with challenges later in life. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says, “Resilience is key to addressing mental health issues. We need to allow our kids to experience adversity. There is a tendency to shield our kids because parents have become a bit over-protective.”
Click here to watch SchoolTV’s article about how to help your children grow in resilience.
Examinations periods are a time that is stressful for some students and resilience is a big factor when sitting examinations. This term presents as being very busy with Year 11 just completing their yearly examinations and their results about to be released. Years 7 to 10 have examinations in Weeks 2 and 3 this term. As a result, your children should be devoting some time each night to preparing for these examinations.
Finally, please remember to uphold our Year 12 students in prayer as they begin their formal HSC examinations next week.
In His service,
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9