Challenge Your Limits Wellbeing and Happiness

Challenge Your Limits (CYL) is our pioneering wellbeing programme that underpins all aspects of school life and helps our girls become resilient, maintain a positive outlook, embrace challenges and combat the fear of failure that can be a significant inhibitor to girls fulfilling their potential. The programme is designed to develop a “can do” spirit within the school community and to celebrate our achievements.

Challenge Your Limits Week was launched in 2014 with a focus on resilience and from small beginnings it now includes talks, activities and cross-year challenges. Students from each year group help plan the events to ensure that the week has the student experience at its core and is fully supported by the girls. Each year activities centre on a particular wellbeing theme and funds are raised for the students’ chosen charities: recent themes have included ‘Problem-Solving’, ‘Dare to Care’ and ‘Doing the Right Thing’.

Activities include: Self Esteem and Relaxation Workshops; ‘It’s OK to Fail’ Breakfast Meetings; Workshops with Thoughtbox on Campassionate Leadership; Workshops with Laughology; Protest Art Installations; the Year 7 and Year 8 Trashion Show; and the Godolphin and Latymer Summer Fete with a starring role by Hank the therapy dog!

Expert speakers have included: Dick Moore speaking about the importance of resilience in ‘Learning to Dance in the Rain’; Oli Hunter-Smart sharing his stories of resilience as he trekked through India; Zara Balfour, talking about her film and charity to support the education of children in the Himalays, Snowland Journeys; Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and campaigner for Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe; Steven Smith, CEO of the International Refugee Trust, Mabel van Oranje from the charity, Girls Not Brides; and War Surgeon, David Nott.




We could not have imagined how fundamental the Challenge Your Limits initiative – which was pioneering at the time – would be in preparing our girls to deal with what they are dealing with now.
Upper Sixth Parent, May 2020