Wellbeing

 

Mind Up Cirriculum

The Mind Up Curriculum is implemented each year across all year levels R-7. It is a comprehensive, classroom tested, evidence based curriculum that fosters social and emotional awareness, enhances psychological well-being and promotes academic success. The students engage in learning experiences that involve learning about their brains and its various functions, mindful strategies and increase social and emotional learning skills. At St Brigid’s we also provide parent workshops giving them an insight into the purpose and success of the program their child is interacting in.

Learning about the Brain
As children learn about how their brains function, they also develop the terminology used to describe this. They learn that unmindful thoughts and actions occur when the Amygdala blocks the flow of sensory input to the prefrontal cortex and reacts without thinking. In addition, mindful thinking occurs when our brain has time to think about what we hear or see before we respond to it. Children learn strategies to develop a more mindful way of thinking.
 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices increase an awareness of the moment as well as awareness that when bodies and brains work together we are more successful. Through learning mindful strategies students

  • improve self-control and self-regulation skills
  • strengthen their resiliency and decision making skills
  • bolster their enthusiasm for learning
  • increase academic success
  • reduce peer to peer conflict
  • develop positive social skills, such as empathy, compassion, patience and generosity

Core breathing

Core breathing is a whole school strategy students learn and practice daily. Focusing on our breathing helps calm the body by slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and sharpening tools. The more controlled your breathing is, the more mindful you can become. When we use Core Practice we are quieting our minds and getting ready to learn. This practice will help us become more focused in school and outside of school.

 

Brain breaks
Every child, every brain needs a break therefore all students engage in various brain breaks throughout their day. This supports children to remain more focussed, contributing to increased positive results in their learning achievements. As they learn to quiet the mind, they are strengthening their mind. Core breathing is a whole school strategy students learn and practice
 

Peaceful Kids Program

As we focus on the wellbeing of the children at our school, we also offer students the opportunity to participate in the Peaceful Kids program. This program complements the MindUP curriculum, providing a tailored approach to addressing specific student needs. It teaches a range of mindfulness strategies, meditations and positive psychology exercises as well as other evidence based strategies that help build children’s resilience.


Parent Feedback

  • The understanding of the brain and its connection to the body and how the children can relax and enjoy the class and lesson is a great ways for the kids to achieve their goals. It was good to see it in practice. I think it is a great initiative for the kids to help them in their future lives.
     
  • I like the idea of the students learning more about themselves and what is happening within themselves, and especially learning how to put issues into a perspective that they can control. I like how they can learn to not be overwhelmed by emotions or less than useful thoughts.
     
  • The background of the program was very useful and interesting, but I very much enjoyed and benefitted from seeing the lessons and interviews with students. It is great to see the enthusiasm with which the teachers shared their knowledge with us.
     
  • I think these programs are fantastic because the practices they are acquiring don’t rely on the active, continuous input of adults. No matter what they face, the students will have these experiences and learnings to fall back on and build on in the future.
     
  • I gained a lot of information about the brain that was interesting, about the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala.