Teaching Resilience…………

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.” 
 ~Nelson Mandela~

The children are very excited as we will be welcoming Gail Emms into our school tomorrow.  We have been building the event up and the children have been counting down the days to her visit.

As part of this, we have been showing highlights of the Sochi opening and been letting children watch some of the events live at the Olympics during their break times and even during parts of our collective worship sessions.

Today we have been watching the Men’s Half Pipe event.  The children watched with ‘ohhs’ and ‘ahhs.’  We then saw one of the competitors (I can’t remember who it was now) who wiped out and had quite a bad fall.  It was a perfect way to encapsulate what our ‘Be the Best’ programme is about……resilience and the ability to ‘bounce back’ from our failures.  One little boy said that he wouldn’t have wanted to try it again after that…….and that is exactly what the crux is…….about teaching children how to be robust and unstoppable….to teach them to build up those core values within them and learn how to demonstrate them in everything that they do.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about embarking on this journey in our school.  Positivity, enthusiasm, and motivation is what I am all about……and it seems the ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ programme is all about that as well.

Tomorrow we begin the next phase as a school and I only hope that the ‘ethos’ pushes our children to truly achieve all that they set out to do.  Further, I am hoping that all of us raise our expectations of ourselves and our children and truly model the core values of what it means to always do our best……

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