Here at Gibbons School, we continuously work on important virtue characteristics for our students, and this year we have focused on resiliency. There is much research to support the idea of raising resilient children, teaching them the tools they need to respond to the challenges of childhood and to develop these skills into adulthood. Resiliency is much more than simply dealing with conflict; it focuses on the skills necessary to deal with many situations we all encounter. These skills are: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution and Coping.
This month, we focused on “Coping.” Learning to cope effectively with stress will help you be better prepared to overcome life’s challenges.
Eva Scrimshaw, Youth, Recreation & Events Coordinator with the Town of Gibbons, gave our school a challenge last month. The challenge was for students to share a time when they were able to “brush off” or “cope” with a negative situation. I was very happy to see a number of excellent examples our students shared with some very empowering stories. Our Edmonton Eskimo and Eva Olssen presentations certainly reinforced these concepts. To remember to treat everyone with kindness and dignity is important for our Gibbons School family, and I am happy to see this from our students each and every day!