Wonderful feedback on the work our trainer, Alia Offman, is doing for her local school. Attached is a copy of an article written up in the local paper about the mindful schools program. See also the email below from the classroom teacher.
I just read the article that was in the Perth Courier. What an awesome article and wonderful pictures!
It was really interesting to read what you had to say and I think the importance of the sessions really shine through.
Like I mentioned today, the class is taking the things you are teaching us in the lessons and applying it to their own lives. Just this afternoon we were rehearsing for the Remembrance Day assembly and all of the students made a point to walk mindfully to the front of the gym as they prepared to sing their song.
We use the bell that you gave us often. After we've finished one activity we collect our thoughts with mindful breathing and prepare ourselves to move onto another activity. I know I can speak for the class when I say that we all really enjoy these times and everyone takes part. We are all so focused on breathing and our bodies that the environment becomes very calm (almost instantly) and we are all ready for our next activity. The students are so focused that I am sometimes reluctant to begin the next activity because they are just so peaceful!
Alia adds "The other day she told me a wonderful story about the children and their mindfulness. They had had a very noisy and lively rehearsal of a song and after they had lined up and returned to the classroom she had followed a few seconds afterward. She found them sitting on the mat in a circle practicing their breathing - completely unprompted (these are 4 & 5 year olds!)"