St Peter's College has been chosen as part of an the Mental Health Foundations’ "Mindfulness in Schools" research by the Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology using meditation for student well-being and resilience. The school is one of 20 around New Zealand involved in the study. Our whole Junior School is part of the 8 week programme. You will have received information via email and letter home. A parent evening was held on Tuesday the 5th of August.
For more information on meditation in Catholic schools refer to this article:-
UK Government article on Mindfulness:-
International Research Findings on the benefits for Children
• Increases the ability to transfer previously learned material to new situations,
• Improves focus and attention
• increases creativity and independent thinking,
• improves knowledge retention
• decreases levels of test anxiety
• Reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression,
• increase calmness,
• improve self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-regulation and sleep quality
New Zealand Findings
In 2013 after an 8 week pilot Mindfulness Programme in 5 Primary Schools with 126 students between the ages of 6-11 years.
• increased calmness,
• improved focus and attention,
• enhanced self-awareness,
• helped with conflict resolution and the development of positive relationships,
and reduced stress.
Should you want to know more about this programme – Please contact Katie O’Connor or Simon Coleman at St Peter’s College.