Nossal has commenced its program with The Resilience Project and at the time of preparing this newsletter, students were participating in their workshop with this acclaimed program.
As both a parent and an educator, I fully appreciate the need to have today’s young people skilled and ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead of them. When I was young and growing up, life was a lot simpler. As kids we played in the street until it was dark; we would think nothing of walking unattended to primary school, (in my case along laneways in the inner suburbs of Melbourne) or to shops along a busy road; we knew all our neighbours; we would explore our local areas as members of scout groups and learn all sorts of physical and practical skills. But in today’s world, we are much more fearful of the unknown or want to anticipate the unexpected to protect our children. We want them to experience success, to be the best they can be, to be the recipient of awards and recognition, (all of which are worthy goals), but so often we want to do this ‘first up’ and not put them through the disappointment of having experienced loss or a runner up feeling.
I know of a parent of young students who is so determined to make up for what they see as their own personal disappointments in success at the things they have done or the measures of achievement they have felt in their life, that they continue to push to have their children the absolute best at everything they do. There are times when they are the ‘ugly parent’ at their children’s sporting matches; they are the parent who regularly tells others about their child’s latest certificate or recognition at school or sport; they are the parent of children who have all the latest gadgets and enjoy all of the ‘must do’ experiences but at what expense? When things don’t go right or the child doesn’t succeed at what they are doing, no matter how simple a task, either they will simply give up and walk away, or they will sulk and sometimes cry because they are ‘no good at that anyway’. And as I look at these children, I wonder what lies ahead for them in their future?
The Resilience Project is a program we at Nossal believes is a great one for all sectors of our school community. Last week, Martin Heppell a presenter with The Resilience Project came to the staff Professional Learning meeting. He spoke passionately about resilience and how important it was for us all to be not only resilient ourselves, but to also help and develop resilience in the young people in our care. Testimony to Martin’s presentation, was the number of staff who independently and personally went to Martin at the end of his presentation and thanked him for his message. It was inspiring!
And now, as I said above, it is the student’s turn to listen and enjoy Martin who will be speaking to them on Tuesday June 12. He will challenge them about the way they think, react and behave as they meet the situations they are faced with. He will encourage them to take on the school’s motto to “Embrace the Challenge” but to do so in a healthy and productive way.
Click on this video link to see a sample of Martin presenting to students participating in The Resilience Project at a primary school.
When your son or daughter comes home from school after their session, if they don’t tell you about The Resilience Project, ask them. Get them to tell you about what it was all about. Ask them what they thought were the best three things that Martin talked about and then come and compare their opinions with your own by attending the parents’ session of The Resilience Project to be held at the school next Tuesday June 19 at the school. This is a free event and there are only limited seats still available. Last week we distributed a special edition newsletter, (reproduced later in this newsletter) with details of the program and providing the link to reserve your seats. I encourage you to read that newsletter if you haven’t already done so, watch the video links it contains and follow the link to reserve your seats. This night is a program for all parents and provides an affirmation about the things we do well while also guiding us in ways we can do things differently to help support and nurture our children in their future. My children are both in their 30’s, but having listened to Martin, there are things I have learned and can still do as I guide them in an ever-changing world.
Reserve your seat at The Resilience Project session for parents at https://www.trybooking.com/VOFJ
As indicated, seats are limited and the message being delivered is directed at parents and so we ask to ensure as many parents as possible are able to attend, that unless necessary, parents do not bring children (particularly Preschool and Primary aged children) with them on the evening.