Mindful Schools

Growing up can be an emotional and challenging time, as are the demands of teaching young people. The pace of modern urban life can leave people of all ages feeling pressured, anxious or disconnected. Often we react to the ups and downs of life in a habitual way, which can be unhelpful. Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present and being able to respond in a calm and more creative manner. Meditation and mindfulness techniques are a good way to reduce stress and build awareness.

Mayor and councillors giving certificate to MBC
Moreland Council grant awards evening – August 2017

A small team from the Melbourne Buddhist Centre is contacting local high schools, to offer their skills in guided meditation, mindfulness and wellbeing. This project is gratefully supported and funded by Moreland Council.

Student and teacher training project

The project will offer meditation and mindfulness training to small groups of students and teachers at high schools within the Moreland area.

The participants will be offered sessions on topics including:

  • meditation
  • mindfulness in daily life
  • well-being and stress management techniques
  • kindness and compassion for oneself and others.

Scope

Three high schools will be invited to participate within Moreland.
Four sessions per group, with up to 10 per group.
Focused on senior high school, approx 15 to 19 year olds.
Offered to small groups of teachers at the same schools, where suitable.
Booklet or postcards given out to participants, noting the techniques and recordings of guided meditations.

Terms 2017/18 Financial year – timing guide

  • Term 3: from 17 July to 22 Sep (planning, developing materials and contacting schools)
  • Term 4: from 9 Oct to 22 Dec (first school and mid way evaluation)
  • Term 1: from late Jan to 29 Mar (second school)
  • Term 2: from 16 Apr to 29 June (third school, report to Council, project completed)

Further information

Contact us to find out more, or arrange a visit.

email: schoolsmbc@gmail.com
phone: 9380 4303

 

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