In 2022 Linton Camp School started a journey of promoting wellbeing through the use of mindfulness.
All staff engaged in a mindfulness PLD called Pause Breathe Smile (PBS). The programme focuses on 8 sessions for students.
The sessions look at emotions, mindfulness and how to ground oneself in the “green zone” to be focused for learning. The sessions teach a range of mindfulness practices as well as teaching students to show gratitude for what they have and the people around them.
The process promotes children to regulate themselves by giving them tools to engage in moments of mindfulness. PBS connects to the hauora model of Te Whare Tapa Whā, giving children an understanding of Taha tinana, Taha wairua, Taha whānau and Taha hinengaro.
Children learn that their well being, emotions and feelings are all connected to the four walls of Te Whare Tapa Whā. Through learning about Te Whare Tapa Whā, we were able to recognise and connect how our learning and social experiences were strengthening aspects of our hauora.
In class, I noticed that by giving students the tools and opportunities to engage in moments of mindfulness, students were in a better position to be able to calm themselves, focus and re-engage in their learning.