By Elizabeth Westwood, Head of Primary
At BISS Puxi we pride ourselves on how sociable, friendly and caring our students are to each other. We see this on a day to day basis whether it is how a new student is welcomed into a class or a lonely child is welcomed into a group to play or chat. The lack of social interaction is something which we will all, adults and children alike, be finding difficult especially those of us who are used to seeing so many people every day. However, again our students are demonstrating resilience and making connections in different ways despite there often being many time zones separating them. Teachers are facilitating class catch-ups and families are reaching out to one another for children to have video calls. The key to this is the feeling of connection. When we have strong networks around us we feel able to overcome hardships and difficulties.
Exhibiting resilience comes in a variety of ways. Some of our students have demonstrated that they have drawn upon themselves and demonstrated an inner strength which has gone beyond their years and others have taken the opportunities available to them to demonstrate their learning in their own way. Many of our students have ‘come alive’ in their videos, showing a side to them which we may not see on a day to day basis in the ‘normal’ classroom. Others have taken the opportunity to strengthen their connections with their teachers and families, developing strong bonds which will last for a long time. Many of our students are demonstrating their dedication to the ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy. One of my favourite messages contained pictures of a student who had collected as many items around the house starting with various letters. ‘Q’ was definitely tougher than ‘S’ and had some which were not immediately obvious. She also demonstrated her creativity by using family members who fit into her categories. The grin on her face told me everything I needed to know about how much she was enjoying her learning. Again, connecting with others and hopefully an indication that she had the agreement of an adult in the process!
We do not only have to make connections with other people, we can also make connections with animals. Earlier this month, we celebrated World Wildlife Day. Teachers have sent me some beautiful posters and videos completed by students as part of their optional homework. Again, the creativity and thoughtfulness which has clearly gone into the process has been truly amazing. It is clear that there have been many connections made whether it be connections at home as families have worked together or an increased understanding of the importance of endangered species across the world. This connection making develops resilience because it is empowering.
Change is an integral part of growing up and of life for all of us. Developing resilience is about embracing that change. From everything I have seen of our students they are doing exactly that and I have our families and school staff to thank for their support in the process.