Mapleton School Camp

Last week I was on camp with the older students for three days at Mapleton. Thank you very much to  the staff for their time and expertise. Thank you to the students who were a credit to the school with the way they engaged and behaved across the week. Here is a link to a brief summary for you to watch of the archery, canoeing, orienteering, bush skills, swimming and night activities the students got up to across the three days.

All of these activities are challenging, as well as fun, but the aim is about building the skills of confidence, organisation, getting along, persistence and I think most importantly resilience. Our social and emotional curriculum which include the use of Programme Achieve defines Resilience “As the ability to cope and ‘bounce back’ after encountering negative events, difficult situations or adversity and to return to almost the same level of emotional wellbeing. It is also the capacity to respond adaptively to difficult circumstances and still thrive. Young people who encounter difficult or challenging situations can learn from them and become stronger. Young people will always need the personal skills and attitudes to help them to bounce back.

Everyone encounters everyday challenges such as making mistakes, falling out with a friend, moving to a new school or losing in a sports competition. Many young people will also face more serious challenges such as adapting to a step-family, the illness or death of a family member, or being bullied.  Resilience helps young people to navigate through life and is an important aspect of adolescent development. When young people are resilient they are able to cope reasonably well with difficult situations and things that go wrong and then ‘bounce back’. As a school we work hard on teaching these skills to children but your support is invaluable in this. Working with your children to increase independence in every-day tasks, trying new foods and activities, setting them weekly jobs or chores and outside activities that require collaboration and teamwork like scouts, music practice or involvement in sporting teams all help this skill development.