PROGRAM SHAPING YOUNG MINDS
IT’S being touted as the “essential” part of school curriculum for the 21st century: mindfulness.
At Benowa State School, the Smiling Minds program sees children using techniques to teach selfawareness of their mental and physical state-of-mind. Pupils take part in five to 10minute sessions each week.
Inclusion and wellbeing teacher Trish David said the mindfulness curriculum was helping children to selfmonitor and self-soothe – tools they could use in the future when facing particular situations.
Ms David said they implemented the program into their school with research showing there were rising numbers of kids with mental health problems .
“The evidence is that there are enormous benefits of mindfulness,” she said. “Students are finding it relaxing, they’re feeling clear. (One student) said it was like a ‘shower for my brain’.”
Benowa Primary pupils Max Bartley, Mischa Scott, Noah Morton and Bam Thorburn with teacher Emily Williams during a Smiling Minds session.