10 March, 2023


Resilience must be tested to be developed

As we push through the mid-way part of a busy first term, so many examples of resilience building is evident in all aspects of our learning.

From grasping curriculum concepts to co-curricular selections and team representation, to friendship changes and wellbeing challenges, these are all part of learning and in fact, are all part of developing resilience both ‘testing yourself’ and being ‘tested’ by a challenge and or accepting an opportunity.

Upon the return to the Penquite Campus from the Education Outdoors program,  Year 7 students have been reflecting on their own characteristics and attributes that have further grown from the Valley Life program.  These reflections enable both the further identification of opportunities to take in the future and also celebrate strengths.  This week our NIJSSA Swimming team displayed resilience by continually putting the team first before individual goals.  Our team displayed outstanding commitment and skill to work together and accept the depth of our school swimming program, all for the benefit of the team.

Looking ahead the Year 6 students will enjoy the many ‘resilience tests’ on the Coastal Dwellers Education Outdoors program, another opportunity to link real-world learning and further develop character.  I urge all Middle School students to understand that it is ok if some days/moments are uncomfortable, it is the comeback and resilience that counts!

Ben Green
Head of Middle School