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Resilience is such an important topic for all people, especially young people. We felt it was vital to deliver sessions specifically on this topic, in addition to the constant work we do with our pupils on this in all areas of school life, to give them opportunities to reflect, discuss and become more involved with understanding the need to learn from setbacks. Adopting a positive, growth mindset in the face of challenges and ultimately developing inner strength to be able to manage the difficulties that life will throw their way is a core skill, and the pupils always drive these lessons with their own examples and inspirational stories.

By the end of the cycle our hope is that all pupils will have a stronger understanding of the importance of failure as a learning tool and that these are only deemed so if we fail to learn from them. By knowing our larger goals and helping the boys see the bigger pictures more clearly, we can help them develop resilience, courage and perseverance to help manage the short term setbacks they will encounter on their road to mastery and more importantly happiness.

We will be welcoming Tom Sanderson (Merchistonian 2006) back to school next term to talk to us about his experience with serious illness and the journey he has been on since his time at Merchiston. He is raising money for MIND, a mental health charity, by completing a trek through the Andes, for which he was selected as one of the few UK representatives for HSBC. He is an inspirational man and his fundraising page and full story can be found here:

Lessons will be delivered to pupils this cycle on the theme of resilience.

Freddie Main