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 Raising money for animal sanctuary
The Dogs of Rossall Calendar 2018 was the initiative of Rossall School, Lancashire, Digital Executive, Houseparent and Dog Lover, Miss Amy Campbell.
A similar item had been produced in 2012 when Dr Stephen Winkley was Headmaster and Miss Campbell recalled how fondly it was received.
Traditionally dogs have been a favourite companion to staff members living on the School Campus and the pupils grow very fond of all of them.
Dr Stephen Winkley, who passed away in April 2014, was a resolute cat lover before joining Rossall
but soon became the owner of a Bedlington Terrier named Bluebell. Whilst at Rossall, Dr Winkley stated:
“I came to realise that every time
I saw a dog I felt better: their cheerful, steadfast foolishness, their persistence, their innocent joy.”
Miss Campbell also suggested that any money raised from the selling of the calendars should be donated to Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary whose aim is to rescue and re- home unwanted, neglected and stray animals.
The calendar which features
many staff members’ dogs who
live on and off campus raised £577.00 for the local charity and representatives from Easterleigh came to the School to meet some of the doggy stars. The cheque was presented to the Manager, Debbie Stannard and Bispham Shop Manager, Sharon Paul.
Pictured: Micky with owner Revd van Blerk, Lily with owner Mr McCleary, Shamrock with owner Mr Edge, Halley and Jess with Dr Dohmen, Charlie with owner Mrs Pryor, Easterleigh’s Debbie Stannard and Sharon Paul, Gaston with owner Miss Campbell, Poppy with owner Miss Bendelow, Isla with owner Mrs Wallace, Feather with Mrs Gilbert and Lily with Mrs Fielden
Resilience app launched
In today’s fast-paced society our students are faced with more and more external pressures and the need to succeed and perform is implicit. Those who are more resilient show the ability to stay on track with the biological, psychological and social demands of adolescence.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult experiences, cope with emotions and develop trusting relationships.
Resilience is not a skill that we simply possess or lack. Resilience is an asset to be nurtured through experience and adapting positively to adversity and challenges.
Why is resilience relevant to young
people in independent schools?
The word ‘resilience’ has become a buzz word within schools, but what effect does resilience have on our students?
Being resilient is associated with better academic performance and school behaviour. According to a recent governmental report into the link between wellbeing and attainment, schools that have programmes that directly improve students’ social and emotional learning demonstrate 11% higher results in exams.
Resilience over the longer term is also associated with fewer mental health difficulties and greater life opportunities including employment and relationships.
As educators we know that to achieve at the highest levels, young people need to be able to cope and be resilient.
Resilience sits amongst emotional and mental wellbeing, which may be promoted via relevant PSHE lessons and the curriculum more generally. We know from the young people we work with that PSHE lessons are often boring, and they often feel ‘talked at’, or just given a factsheet to read. To be effective, the lessons need to be regular, relevant, up-to-date, interactive and interesting.
How do we engage young people to become more resilient?
Engagement is key to success for any programme that seeks to improve the lives of young people. With this in mind, Prospects – Gabbitas Education’s parent company – created the ‘I am resilient’ programme to aid the development of resilience in young people.
This evidence based programme trains teachers and mentors to nurture resilience in young people through proven and engaging methods. The programme includes modules such as ‘Resilient Managers’ and ‘Teaching Resilience’.
After a rigorous development process, Prospects recently launched the resilience app. The app delivers the ‘I am Resilient’ programme to students using a platform they can relate to and engage with.
The resilience app enables teachers and mentors to use their time more efficiently, and report quickly and more profoundly on the progress made with each student.
‘The resilience app is an exciting platform which identifies given goals and provides stepping stones and support to enable positive change.’’ Ben Rowe Director of Student Services, Kingston College.
During the pilot stages the app exceeded all expectations. Barriers such as confidence or culture were easily overcome by the chat feature in place of a more intensive one to one structure.
The holistic approach of the resilience assessment meant practitioners could identify issues students were experiencing and develop action plans in line with the student’s own wishes according to the cycle of change. Due to the nature of the app, students felt more at ease to be honest in their answers and seek help where they wouldn’t have in person.
Resilience is not all or nothing, it comes in amounts. You can be a little resilient, a lot resilient, resilient in some situations but not others. And no matter how resilient you are today, you can become more resilient tomorrow.
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