The annual SJR Learner Voice Conference, held at Holland Hall Hotel on Wednesday 14th June 2017, focussed on Resilience and was another highly enjoyable and successful event.
Upon arrival, students were welcomed by Andrew Taylor, Assistant Principal, who introduced Rachel Ward Lilley as Keynote Speaker for the event.
Rachel’s speech on the topic of resilience quickly grabbed the students’ attention as they learnt about what resilience is and how people can learn to overcome setbacks and, rather than just ‘bouncing back’, they can ‘bounce forward.’
Students then enjoyed a carousel of workshops looking at a number of different areas of resilience, with strategies to help them learn to become more resilient. Workshops included: the impact of body language and ‘power poses’; the impact of being optimistic; how being part of something bigger can improve resilience and how our responses to events can determine their outcome.
Feedback from students and staff was fantastic, with one student commenting that it “Helped me to think about myself and how resilient I am and ways and means to improve myself,” whilst another commented, “I learnt how to be more confident in myself and not give up.”