We were thrilled to have Daniel Merza join us to share his expertise on well-being, mental health, and leadership with our secondary students at Reach British School.
Daniel Merza is an internationally acclaimed Speaker, Author, and Well-being Expert who traveled from Australia to empower the students at Reach British School to become the best versions of themselves. He equips young adults with the emotional intelligence needed to overcome challenges, develop self-awareness, and “release the monkeys from their backs.”
All our students from Years 9-12 actively participated in the workshop titled “Thriving Well-being,” where they explored effective strategies for handling failure and setbacks to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Additionally, our student leaders from Years 6-13 were invited to a more in-depth follow-up session called “Rise Up and Let Your Light Shine,” which delved into leadership qualities and fostered self-awareness discussions to unlock their unique potential.
Ms. Anna Cavanagh, our Deputy Head of Teaching, Learning, and Wellbeing in Secondary, expressed our school’s commitment to enhancing student well-being and resilience, and highlighted that this workshop is just the beginning of our efforts to work collaboratively with students to improve their overall happiness.
Daniel Merza was delighted to share his experience at Reach British School, stating, “Spending an entire day interacting with the students at Reach British School was an absolute joy. Their enthusiasm and engagement were truly inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into discussions about the 5 monkeys, exploring their dreams and aspirations, sharing insights on positive mental health and leadership strategies, and engaging in meaningful one-on-one conversations with both students and staff. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their personal growth.”
In his parting advice to our students, Daniel Merza emphasized, “Do not allow the monkeys—ENZO, DIZZY, SCOOTER, TYSON, and MOI—to weigh you down. You possess the strength to keep them at bay and become the leaders of your own lives. Always believe in yourselves, and by practicing the 5 happy habits each day, you are steering towards a brighter and more resilient future.”
Laura, one of our Year 7 students, expressed her excitement about meeting Daniel and her appreciation for the session, stating, “I loved meeting Daniel and gained valuable insights on how to boost my self-confidence and unlock my unique potential.”
The impact of Daniel Merza’s visit to Reach British School has been truly remarkable, and we look forward to continuing our journey towards improved student well-being and resilience.