Independence and Resilience

​It has been absolutely wonderful to see our Preps and Year 1 students show independence and resilience this week in returning to school. I have noticed that our children are really proud of themselves for walking into school independently, unpacking their bags and lining up very settled. We have appreciated the support of parents in ensuring our temporary arrangements work smoothly. It is important to remind everyone that we are following government advice that schools can manage COVID-19 if they keep adults on site to a minimum. I have also loved seeing the beautiful bond of our children in Years 2-6 who have been attending this term. They are a small group of children who have developed some close relationships across different Year levels.

As parents, we want our children to be emotionally resilient — able to handle life’s ups and downs. However, parents’ ability to foster resilience in our children hinges a great deal on our own emotional resilience. Research shows that an effective approach to raising healthy, competent kids is to concentrate on building resilience. There are many ways to build resilience and it is a good idea to focus on one each week. Here are some ideas:

  • Eat at least one meal together as a family where you talk about your day;

  • Challenge your child to take on useful roles around the house, and give practical skills such as cooking, washing clothes, managing money, pumping up the tyres on their bike;

  • Find fun things to do with your extended family and between generations;

  • Do things with your children such as projects around the house, recreational activities, and community service;

  • Allow them to take on responsibilities to develop their independence.

There are many great resources that are available about wellbeing and parenting that you might find useful on