Message to Parents & Carers
There is a large body of research that tells us kids need three things to thrive in this modern changing world of uncertainty.
Confidence, Character & Resilience
They best develop in an environment where parents purposefully adopt principles and techniques that promote these qualities. Nor do these qualities develop independently of each other.
The development of one impacts on the others. When kids develop a greater sense of self-confidence they usually behave better and they are more likely to bounce back from setbacks, particularly social injustices.
Confident kids take more learning risks and are likely to challenge themselves more than kids who are low on confidence. They are less likely to place limits on themselves or their achievements. Confidence is so crucial today as so many kids are anxious and fear failure.
Character refers to the attitudes and behaviours a child develops that maximise his or her success. Character is about doing what’s right, not what’s easy!
Children need to be resilient. They need to be able to bounce back from life’s bigger and smaller setbacks. Resilience is linked with good mental health habits and also with a child’s success.
Building resilience means strengthening one's ability to effectively cope, adjust, or recover from stress or adversity. "Resilience reflects the ability to 'bounce back'... and move from being a victim to being a 'survivor,' and even to becoming a 'thriver.'"
As parents, we want our kids to feel confident within themselves so that even if they experience bullying, they will be able to bounce back. If we want our children to have the ability to adapt to, handle, and overcome the tough situations they will encounter in life, the effort to provide them with these skills needs to begin at home. If we allow ourselves to continually focus on others without reflecting on how we could have handled different situations then we are simply advocating for our students rather than building their capacity.
A.P / Curriculum Coordinator
HSC exams have begun. A big thankyou to Fr Francis who blessed our students and prayed with them before their first exam.