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Building Resilience and Confidence with PE and Sport

18 Sep 2019

The mission of the PE department at Huili School Shanghai is:

“Through maximum engagement and a focus on excellence, we will develop physically literate pupils who possess a passion for movement through sport, whilst maintaining the highest levels of character and a lifelong love of physical activity.”
To achieve this, building our pupils resilience and confidence is a priority. We want every child to develop their character and resilience by having access to a variety of activities to stretch and challenge themselves, learn about success and failure, explore winning and losing, delve deeper into excellence and teamwork and develop into well-rounded leaders.
PE and sport at Huili looks at provision beyond the  constraints of many a school sports programmes, which often tend  to focus on traditional team games  with the aim of winning competitions   in order to bring prestige to the school. Here at Huili, we want to promote ‘physical  literacy’ which includes the development of  ‘character’ as well as  bodily strength.


Everyone can and should become a physically educated person. Everyone can learn to move and then learn how movement might allow them to flourish in ways that are relevant to them and their lives, even if they do not want to actually play sport.

 Movement is a way to build character and resilience. In sports you learn to fall down, in order to get up again. You learn to win; you learn to lose; you are part of a team; you have a role; sometimes, you learn to sit on the bench; even how to manage getting hurt. There are so many elements of sport that help you build your confidence and resilience to naturally emerge.


Sport builds resilience along with life skills, so our programme here at Huili doesn’t just teach sports to our pupils, we also have a curriculum that teaches life skills. It teaches confidence, for example, how to use voice in sports leadership positions. It teaches negotiation amongst peers, health and wellness.


Many PE teachers see pupils develop quickly. Initially, when receiving a ball, a child might drop it or it hits a part of their body  , because they have not yet developed the coordination to catch the ball. Later, often in a matter of weeks, they are playing basketball or volleyball, happily and enthusiastically, having quickly mastered the rudiments of the game. In these cases, there is a somatic, physical change occurring in the body, one that can be felt on a number of levels. It is often accompanied by a feeling of: "Gosh. That didn't feel good but I'm going to get up again and I'm going to do this."  This is an example of resilience in action here at Huili.
Tips from Department of PE
Here are some suggestions and guidance from the Huili PE department for you to consider when developing your child’s confidence and resilience: