What do we actually do during the week?
The Resilience 4 or 5 day course develops your ability to respond positively to difficulties and challenging times. Having a positive approach to making mistakes and trying new things can be really helpful not just in school but for life in general. Learning about the power of your thoughts can help you feel much more in control of how you choose to respond to things.
The Role Models Resilience week involves learning about how we learn and how our thinking can impact the way we feel and behave. There are also lots of different tasks and challenges which require positivity and resilience to complete! One example is moving a ping pong ball from one end of the room to the other without touching it and building a tower to support a marshmallow out of spaghetti.
The week will also include some group assemblies during which you will discuss different aspects of resilience and learn about a ‘growth mindset’, and there will be time for some outdoor games. An example timetable is below; the week may not be exactly the same but it will be similar.
What if I think my skills in this area are pretty strong?
You might feel that you’re already good at doing difficult things and that you don’t tend to give up easily. That’s a great start and this determination and positive thinking will serve you well. However, the Resilience Course teaches you much more than that. For example, you might find it really useful to learn about ‘thinking traps’ and how we can watch out for the unhelpful thoughts that often pop into our minds. If you sometimes find trying new things scary, learning about going outside of your comfort zone can help you understand how you feel and how to have more control over how you respond. Learning about a growth mindset can really change the way you view what you can’t YET do.
Will this be like going to school?
It won’t be like school and it won’t be like a normal holiday sports camp but it will be fun – we can promise you that. You won’t be wearing school uniform and you won’t be doing much writing, but the course will be at a senior school. You will be split into groups of no more than 10 students with an adult per group. It will be a chance to develop those really important skills that you don’t always have the chance to focus on at school because exams get in the way.
Which adults will be running the week?
The adults will vary on each course but they will all be young, fun and experts in developing character skills such as teamwork or resilience. The adults are often teachers and actors who have experience of leading workshops with students groups.
Have other children enjoyed the course?
We always send a survey to parents after the course and they tell us whether their children have enjoyed the course. 93% of parents say their children have enjoyed the course. You can also have a read of the comments below and watch the youtube video which has some interviews with children who have attended a course before.
“The positive feedback he received really boosted his confidence and on holiday he was not phased by asking staff for something whereas previously he would ask us to do it.”
“She has been a lot more tolerant & better at problem solving in a mature manner especially with her younger sister.”
“She seems more confident about attending senior school interviews and has said that the course really helped her to prepare.”
“She said she wished school was like this. She absolutely loved it. Thank you.”
“I love the detailed feedback for him and what you were able to get from him.”
“He came back home everyday in a very upbeat mood and very talkative about the day activities. His mood and behaviour during the school holiday was best we seen in a long time, listening more, showing maturity when asked to do chores, demonstrating empathy with his brother’s problems.”
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How many other children will be on the course?
This varies a lot depending on the time of year but there can be anything from 10-40 children on each course.