We hope that everyone had an enjoyable break with family and friends and we wish all of you a Happy New Year filled with joy, hope and new beginnings!  Our first day back to school is tomorrow, January 7th at 8:30 am and the staff are very excited to be welcoming everyone back!

As you know, our school has been learning and developing skills that will help us overcome challenges and obstacles with the Umbrella Project.  For the month of January, we will be focusing on RESILIENCE.   Resilience is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.  It allows us to bounce back from hardship as a stronger, more resourceful person and allows us to adapt well to change and new situations.

Why does resilience matter and how does it help us?  Why do some people get knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever? It’s their resilience. Over time everyone will face a range of obstacles and difficulties; it’s part of life. Resilience allows us to adapt or even feel stronger and happier after these times. It helps us to feel less like the victim of our own story and more like the hero. When it comes to resilience, practicing helps. With every storm you successfully weather, your resilience gets a bit better and the more we do that, the stronger we get. The next time life is difficult, know that you become a bit more resilient with each challenge you face.

Research based outcomes of resilience: 

  • Helps us graduate from school
  • Allows us to see bad times as temporary
  • Prevents us from feeling like victims
  • Helps us to manage pressures positively
  • Improves life satisfaction
  • Increases our feelings of self worth
  • Leads to better health and well-being

Stories of resilience involve making it through hardships and tough times. You will often hear resilient people mention that they are stronger because of the difficulties they have faced. These stories are about getting back up after we fall down and trying again even if things didn’t go well the first time. They are also about being able to adapt to new situations and looking on the bright side. Stories of resilience are about how we get through tough times even when we are sad, angry, scared or frustrated. Being resilient is not about avoiding or not having those feelings. In fact, the deeper our feelings, the more resilience we can build.