Grit – crucial to adolescent growth

Students are passionate, intense, fun and full of surprises. Individuals navigating the world in which we live need more capacity to thrive in the face of adversity and to have the power to overcome setbacks

How they adjust to their reality, remain strong, happy, motivated and looking forward positively, growing from experience and being able to trust their own wisdom is incredibly important.

There is one characteristic that has been identified as a significant predictor of success and a healthy mental capacity.  It isn’t social intelligence.  It isn’t good looks or physical health. And it isn’t IQ.  It is grit.

Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.  It is the ability to persist and persevere when faced with obstacles.

To be gritty is to stick with things that are important to you and to bounce back from failure.  And importantly, it is a driver of achievement and success, independent of, and beyond, what talent and intelligence contribute.

Outdoor learning is pivotal to developing grit in adolescents. 

Somerset recognises and promotes outdoor education as a vital cog in the holistic nurturing of young adults, supplying the ideal platform and context for place-based learning and personal development.

Somerset aims to develop the students’ relationships with others in an environment which requires teamwork, adaptability, perseverance and a sense of responsibility.

Our Programs provide the opportunity for students to extend their physical and emotional capabilities.  To have guts, to initiate, have tenacity, develop resilience, to enhance self-confidence and self-reliance and to embark on positive initiatives which are crucial to their development as they emerge from adolescence to adulthood.

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