This year, we are implementing a mindful meditation program for all children across the school. The Program is known as Smiling Mind. As a brief introduction, Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique, Australian web and App-based program, designed by renowned psychologists to help bring balance to young lives. We have chosen to implement the Smiling Mind Education Program as it complements student learning and wellbeing. For more information on Smiling Mind and their range of Mindfulness Meditation programs, please visit their website: www.smilingmind.com.au. Smiling Mind was successfully trialled in many classrooms at Eltham North last year.
Introduction of this program means that our school times will change slightly. The Music will sound at 8:55am and the Bell will ring at 8:57am. This will give children time to come into the classroom, get organized for the day and be ready to start their meditation by 9am. The meditation sessions will conclude by 9:10am. Specialist classes will also commence at 9:10am.
Please note that when the meditation session commences, teachers will not be available for discussions with parents. Parent helpers will commence their assistance after the meditation session concludes. Students who arrive after the bell will be encouraged to join in the meditation session and unpack their bag after the session. We are very excited about this initiative and look forward to seeing some positive developments in relation to student focus, learning and wellbeing.