Community Resilience: Learning from Christchurch

“Bounce back: Scientists know why some people rebound so well from setbacks.”

“Further studies for children found that factors like having a tight-knit community, a stable role model and a strong belief in their ability to solve problems helped children find success.

Researchers have also found that facing the things that scare you relaxes the fear circuitry, making the good first step in building resilience.”(Anne Knock)

I always find any information and research about resilience fascinating, especially after we have seen the traumatic destruction that has recently happened in Paris.

How is it that some people are able to bounce back after such trauma?

I love my family, my friends and the community in which I live in and cannot imagine the trauma that the community in Paris must be experiencing.

We now know that we need to have a strong network of social support. This is critical to resilience – very few highly resilient individuals are strong in and by themselves.

At Main Arm I see a strong network of support for our students so that our students can continue to be the resilient learners we wish them to be.

How? By having wonderful caring teachers who show care, commitment and compassion every single day for our special students and helping them be the best learners they can be.

I see our wonderful caring community who continue to exhibit kindness, care and wonderful support whenever they can.

Every day we see this strong network developing amongst our students as we continue to teach our students how important it is to support each other.

There is still so much to learn about how we can continue building community resilience. Resilience is an essential life skill and at Main Arm we will continue to focus on this foundation to ensure that we all keep improving.

Research shows that the way we cope with little stressors strongly predicts how we’ll do once the big stuff hits. (*Richard Davidson, Neuroscientist, University of Wisconsin)

Below is an article on some top tips.

Have wonderful weekend and make sure you can continue to be the loving, supportive role model in your child’s eyes.




1. Develop a core set of beliefs that nothing can shake.

2. Try to find meaning in whatever stressful and traumatic thing has happened.

3. Try to maintain a positive outlook.

4. Take cues from someone who is especially resilient.

5. Don’t run from things that scare you: face them.

6. Be quick to reach out for support when things go haywire.

7. Learn new things as often as you can.

8. Find an exercise regimen you will stick to.

9. Don’t beat yourself up or dwell on the past.

10.Recognise what makes you uniquely strong-and own it.