We have been using Thrive at Route 39 for several years and have seen the benefits of it across the student body.  At some point in life everybody needs a little extra support and help whether we are dealing with a personal problem, a difficult relationship, a sudden change we struggle to accept, or even just some self doubt or lack of confidence.  These commonplace issues can be even harder to deal with if you throw the trials and tribulations of being a teenager into the mix. This is where Thrive comes in and our Guardian Angel of Thrive Emma Isherwood!
The Thrive Approach is based on research into child development and provides a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports social and emotional development, especially those who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.  The aim is to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning, which is already part of our school ethos.
Recent Thrive sessions have been about working on resilience.  Students have been making towers out of lolly sticks and wooden pegs.  As the student builds they are encouraged to think and question themselves; how many rungs do you think you can manage before it falls down? How could you overcome your frustrations when it does? What would motivate you to build it again? 
We had some students who really persevered with this task and managed astonishing towers! The feel good factor of achieving through not giving up has spread around the school and everyone is talking about who might break the record with several new records set this week with various students eager to go one better.
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