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WEEK 26 - Friday 16 April 2021

The importance of Resilience

Within our school community we are very aware of the challenges that our students are facing. Many of us spend a great deal of effort trying to avoid change, but it will inevitably catch up to you. Whether it's starting a new job, returning to school after a long period of absence, the end of a relationship, or a loss of a loved one...being able to cope with change and being resilient is a personal attribute that we all must continue to work on.

We experience changes in work and relationships, changes in our physical and mental health, and new events in our local communities and our world. Sometimes we know a change will occur, while other times it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Maybe it’s a disappointment, or maybe it’s a wonderful surprise. If you can learn to cope with change, you’ll lower your risk for anxiety. Your relationships will flourish, and your body will feel healthier. But if you can’t cope with change, only a minor amount of stress can make you feel overwhelmed by life. You might also struggle to set and meet the goals you have for yourself. Being able to cope with change is called resilience.

Sometimes it’s all too easy to become fixated on events over which we have no power, or people who might never change their actions or attitude. But rather than focus on blaming others or moving the unmovable, resilient people set their sights on what they can control. To evaluate your level of control over a situation, you can ask yourself, “What can I take responsibility for in this situation?”. Some of our young people find this a difficult action to take. They are still developing the confidence and the experience to make more informed decisions. I see this as our opportunity, both us as educators and you as parents, to always encourage and develop the resilience of all our young people.  When you look for opportunities to empower yourself and work towards change that is possible, you’re less likely to feel stuck in difficult situations. You can generate more positive thoughts if you take the time to remind yourself about transitions and challenges you successfully navigated in the past. Make a list of ways you’ve been resilient in your life, and consider what traits and actions might be able to see you through the current challenge. By focusing on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, you will feel more empowered to meet what lies ahead.

The most resilient people see change as an opportunity rather than a monster to fear. Transitions in life allow you to consider where your priorities lie. How do you really want to spend your time at school? What’s really important to you? Where do you see yourself wasting your time and energy? What career pathways do you want to pursue? With a clear sense of your goals and values, you will find your mind and body can be much more resilient when it comes to the stressors of change.

Above all, prioritizing your health in life’s transitions means not being afraid to ask for help when you need it. Humans are social creatures by nature, so you weren’t built to withstand every sudden event in life without the support of others. Talk to family and friends who are experiencing similar changes, or consider engaging with the support offered at school. At Hessle High we pride ourselves in supporting all families, all stakeholders in our community. My overriding message to you is to always ask for help, and communicate with us at all times to ensure your children are happy and engaged in their learning.

If you require any support please contact me via email: hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 8

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 8