Resilience is commonly described as ‘bouncing back from adversity’—the notion of figuratively hitting a wall, and instead of breaking, bouncing back! Resilience can commonly be mistaken for optimism or positivity. However, resilience is a unique concept which requires one to face difficulties and take action to overcome challenges for positive growth. Without a preceding struggle, resilience cannot be cultivated. Consider resilience as climbing a mountain, rather than a walk in the park! It takes commitment, effort and courage to practice resilience!
This term we have definitely seen resilience in action! When challenged with an obstacle such as a pandemic, no less, we are faced with a choice: ‘break or bounce?’ Both choices will include hitting a hard place, but the outcome is dependent on what you are made of! Over the term, we have seen families in our community undergo potential breaking points, and have been proud to see so many make the choice to bounce back! We understand that under regular circumstances, raising a family is a tricky job, adding a pandemic to the mix can prove quite testing. Knowing the challenges occurring across our community, makes us even more grateful for the demonstrated efforts to have children prepared and ready for learning. Furthermore, we understand that by extension, children have been exposed to various changes and challenges. We have been impressed with the level of resilience our students have shown in their efforts to carry on with their learning.
Although term 2 has come to a close, we are aware that the struggles are not over. During this holiday break period, we encourage you to take the time to reflect on how you and your family have been coping recently. Consider if you need to take any action in supporting your family’s well-being. Resilience requires awareness of the challenges and taking action to overcome them. As the school holidays are upon us, we encourage you to consider well-being and support strategies to benefit your family’s resilience during this time. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday break!
Local support services and numbers:
SONDER (Counselling and Mental Health service):
Phone: 8209 0700 | Website: https://sonder.net.au/ | Address: 2 Peachey Rd, Edinburgh North SA 5113
SALVATION ARMY (Financial assistance):
Phone: 8397 9333 | Address: Cnr Bridge & Maxwell Rd Ingle Farm SA 5098 | Website: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/financial-assistance/
Phone: 1800 55 1800 (free call) | Availability: 24/7 | Website: https://kidshelpline.com.au/
ASKPEACE (virtual mental health service for culturally and linguistically diverse people):
Phone: 8245 8110 | Website: email@example.com
PARENT HELPLINE (South Australia):
Phone: 1300 364 100 (cost of a local call) | Availability: 24/7