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Grantham pupils test their resilience on activity day




Pupils at the West Grantham Academy St John’s took part in an outside activity day last week, in an effort to build up their resilience.

Children from reception to Year 6 took part in a range of activities, including rock climbing, martial arts, archery and an assault course at the end of last month.

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471482)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471482)

Deputy headteacher Mrs Smyth said: “Our second resilience day was a huge success the children and staff had a truly wonderful time.

“The day was filled with a wide variety of activities that involved the children using key life skills of determination, effective communication and resilience.

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471475)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471475)

“The motto ‘try, try, try again’ could be heard as the children (and staff) overcame fears and persevered to complete tasks.

“The day was all made possible thanks to the amazing Mrs Walledge who organised yet again another brilliant and exciting day for all.”

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471471)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471471)

Pupil premium co-ordinator Charley Walledge added: “We really wanted to build on the success of last year by changing the challenges and activities to show the children that they can achieve well if they keep on trying.

“We realised that last year had such a positive impact on the children that they were still encouraging each other and repeating the try, try again phrase at the end of the year to their peers.

“This has had a positive impact on the children’s attitude to learning which is evident in the classroom.

“Therefore, it was felt that Resilience Day would become an annual event.

“This year, as well as the popular climbing wall and archery, we also had Jo from EWF Martial Arts who ran karate with an anti-bullying theme.”

The event became a whole community effort for the school.

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471480)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471480)

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) also visited to encourage children to be resilient to peer pressure.

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471488)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471488)

Mrs Walledge added: “Earlesfield Church provided an activity whereby the children used spaghetti and marshmellows to build a tower as a team.

“Inspire+ also supported us with hockey and our very own Mr Hardy organised an amazing assault course.”

Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471473)
Resilience day at St John's Academy. (4471473)


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