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Skills for Life - Resilience

At the Prep, a key part of the curriculum is Skills for Life, a thread that runs through all subject areas and one which the children thoroughly enjoy. Over the last couple of years, we have focused on one Skill for Life each half term, enabling us to deepen and broaden the children’s understanding of these essential life skills. They have been brought into sharp focus as our home learning journey commences, with the first half of the summer term having its traditional focus on Resilience. This has always been an appropriate time to consider how to be positive, to recognise that making mistakes is essential for learning and to be determined and persevere, as the children begin to prepare for moving up into the next year group, as well as all the summer term usually brings.

As part of ‘Warwick Prep Together’, the hundreds of people that make up the Warwick Prep community have shown tremendous resilience over the last few weeks, whether they be children, staff or parents. We have all had to learn a brand new way of working with new technologies but without the familial physical ‘being together’ which underpins so much of what we usually do. The children and I have considered this quote from Charles R. Swindoll: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it". Through my most recent assembly, I shared my view that having choice in how we react to a situation is the most powerful gift we have been given. Through this choice, I am incredibly proud of the ‘Squirrel Spirit’ being shown by so many children, as well as the plentiful examples of them helping other people who, for a variety of reasons, can’t do the 90% by themselves at the moment. Examples of this include the support being given to our NHS workers. The children of Warwick Prep are living embodiments of our school motto, Spiritus Reget – Spirit shall reign!