Date: Monday, 18 August 2014

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:-

http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/2012/05/01/meditation-seen-as-positive-for-school-life/

UK Government article on Mindfulness:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/10694775/Why-does-the-Government-want-to-teach-mindfulness-in-schools.html

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.

Contact Details

Street Address: 121 Kakapo Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
Telephone: (03) 208 9060
Fax: (03) 208 0000
Email: office@stpetersgore.school.nz

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