Here in Francis St CBS, we practice mindfulness, yoga, and promote positive mental health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation which focuses on directing our attention to what is happening right here, right now. It helps us to get in tune with our feelings and stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It comes with a number of emotional and health benefits, some of which are:
– lower stress levels
– greater regulation of emotions and thoughts
– encourages a greater sense of self-awareness
– helps to improve our concentration, which in turn improves our work performance and grades
– lower risk of depression
– improves the memory and learning parts of our brains
– helps us sleep better
– increases our immunity levels
3 times a day a Tibetan bell is rung in our school. This is a ‘mindful moment’. Here every boy and teacher puts their hands to their stomachs and inhales deeply for 4 seconds and exhales for 6 seconds. This encourages us and reminds us to live and think in the moment.
Every Tuesday, some of our students take part in a yoga class with Ms. Nolan.
Yoga uses stretching, movement, breathing methods, relaxation and meditation to exercise your body AND mind. Yoga can benefit your sleep, give you increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure.
Boys who have shown a great interest in the yoga classes over the past number of months have the opportunity to do yoga with their parents for the next month. It is an enjoyable and relaxing way for parents and their sons to spend time together.
Ms Nolan does yoga with ‘Mums and Sons’ and ‘Dads and Sons’ It is great fun and wonderful to promote family bonding, and fun while raising serotonin levels!
We have adopted the use of Restorative Practices here in Francis St CBS.
You’re probably wondering what Restorative Practice means.
Well, Restorative Practice’s main aim is to replace ‘Why?’ with ‘What happened?’. It looks at dealing with conflict from a different perspective, hoping to train students to think about the situation, themselves, and the other person instead of allowing unnecessary tension to build and conflict to turn into something that cannot be controlled. It wants to reduce levels of conflict, and increase levels of understanding and relaxation and in turn help students develop healthier relationships.
The use of restorative practices has been shown to reliably reduce misbehaviour, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning.
One of the most important aspects of Restorative Practices are the use of circles. In circles, everyone is equal, and it is the best forum to discuss and resolve issues.