Bounce Back!

Bounce Back!

By Admin on 23 August 2019

For all of us, life is an exciting and often unpredictable journey that provides joys, satisfactions and highlights, but also some difficulties, frustrations, disappointments and hard times. Through meeting life’s challenges we grow stronger and gain personal coping skills and a sense of who we are. We become more resilient. When we talk about human resilience we usually mean the capacity of a person to cope with times of adversity and hardship. For young people the skill of resilience needs to taught and fostered.

Schools can make a major contribution to the development of resilience in students. Next to families, schools are the most effective places in which resilience can be developed. As such we are pleased to announce that we are implementing the BOUNCE BACK! Program in our Junior School. BOUNCE BACK! is a well regarded resiliency program that is based on research outcomes and sound psychological and educational theory. It incorporates practical activities and strategies that will be introduced to students each fortnight at the Junior School assembly and then reinforced with follow-up classroom activities.  

Semester 2’s unit introduces human resilience, or the capacity of people to bounce back after experiencing hard times. Students will be introduced to the acronym of BOUNCE! Each acronym acts as a coat hanger for specific coping skills. Teaching coping skills makes it more likely that students will attain greater emotional wellbeing. Coping skills provide students with cognitions, behaviours and attitudes for making their lives in the classroom and playground happier, and more productive; they are also given life skills for coping with any difficulty times in their future careers and relationships. The acronyms help students to learn to master the coping statements that underpin the personal skills of resilience. The focus in the unit is on:

  • The ways in which ‘nature’ bounces back
  • People who have ‘bounced back’ after hardships
  • The BOUNCE BACK! Acronym and ways of understanding and learning the acronym.
  • Using helpful thinking
  • Normalising negative events rather than personalising them
  • Talking to trusted people in order to get a reality check on their thinking and perceptions and seek assistance with problem solving
  • Developing skills in taking responsibility or having a ‘fair’ view of why something went wrong. That means working out how much was due to your own actions, how much was due to the actions of others and how much was due to random factors such as bad luck or timing.

 

The following is the proposed schedule of topics that will be cover across the remainder of the year. You may want to also discuss these ideas at home!

Term 3, Week 3 & 4: Bad feelings go away

Term 3, Weeks 5 & 6: Other people can help you if you talk to them

Term 3, Weeks 7 & 8: Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset

Term 3, Weeks 9 & 10: Nobody is perfect – not you, not others

Term 4. Weeks 1 & 2: Concentrate on the good things and have a laugh!

Term 4, Weeks 3 & 4: Everybody feels sad and worried sometimes, not just you

Term 4, Weeks 5 -9: Consolidation of the BOUNCE acronym

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