Determined Darby


Building Learning Power is divided up into 4 dispositions (learning powers). The first of these dispositions, or learning powers, that we introduce to the children is resilience.

Resilience means being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning. It means persevering even when something seems difficult and being able to absorb yourself in a task while not allowing yourself to be distracted.

Determined Darby

Our learning hero for resilience is Determined Darby, the Emperor penguin.

We want our children to develop the skills (capacities) involved in being resilient learners.

These skills, or capacities, are: perseverance, managing distractions, absorption and noticing.

There will be workshops and meetings throughout the year for you to come into school and find out more about what these will mean for your child.

The capacities of resilience will be taught to the children through all areas of school life and we would like you to support this at home too.

  • Show your child what it means to be resilient and talk about how you feel when you take on new challenges.

  • Encourage your child to try hard with difficult tasks, to concentrate, to be determined and keep going when they feel like giving up.

We would love to know if your child has shown resilience at home, so please share this with us by completing a home Determined Darby award and sending it into your child’s class.