Mindfulness for Schools Programmes

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Clodagh McCarthy from Bright Sparks Coaching is passionately committed to supporting Teachers and Schools integrate Mindfulness into the classroom to support & promote the positive well-being of both staff and pupils. Mindfulness compliments the work of the SPHE curriculum by helping students cultivate awareness of themselves, others, and the world around them and develop a range of important life skills to enable them to grow happy, healthy and mindfully.

 

Mindfulness is a technique for living in the present moment.

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It is the art of learning to pay attention on purpose so we can bringing  awareness to our inner and outer experiences from moment to moment.

From a scientific point of view, the ability to focus our attention for a sustained period of time supports our emotional, mental, social and physical well being.

Research has proven that mindfulness practices activates our pre frontal cortex and other regions of the brain that affects decision making, emotional regulation, attention & empathy

Integrating short moments of mindfulness into the classroom and school day supports teachers create an optimal learning environment for students to be able to learn where they are feel balanced,  heard, seen, focused, open , curious and engaged in what they are doing while they are doing it.

Bright Sparks Coaching offers a variety of Mindfulness Programmes for Teachers, Staff , Pupils & Parents within the School Setting and in collaboration with Local Education Centers, VEC Colleges & Universities around the country.

 

Bringing Mindfulness into your school - Where to begin? 

 

For Teachers & SNA’sto begin to share the gifts of mindfulness with their pupils & students they need to take time first to develop their own understanding & practice of Mindfulness. This takes times and dedication.

The best place to start in integration mindfulness into your school is with teachers , supporting them to develop their own understanding and practice of Mindfulness which in time enables to train to teach mindfulness in their classroom.

For you, the teacher.. to bring mindfulness into your classroom and school environment you need to begin with cultivating mindfulness for yourself and then let the practice be your teacher as you begin to grow and cultivate a greater capacity for presence, attentiveness and mindfulness in any moment of your day both in the Classroom and in your School.

 

How Teachers Can BRING MIndfulness to schools:

  1. Cultivate your own Personal Practice of Mindfulness –  Take one of our Mindfulness Courses
     
  2. Teach whatever subject you teach in a mindful way and see what you learn
     
  3. Learn to teach mindfulness to children / young people through specific curriculum training.
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Our Programmes for School Teachers/ Staff include

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  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Self Care and the Classroom Workshop – 2 Hours – Croke Park Hours in the School Setting or through various Education Centres including Drumcondra Education Centre, Navan Education Centre,  Cork Education Centre,  West Cork Education Centre & the Wexford Education Centre. Enquire here.
  • 8 Week Mindfulness Programme (MSBR) for Teachers –  Developing your own Personal Practice –  Delivered in School Setting /  Education Centres.  For more details about coming dates, click here.  
     
  • Department of Education Approved Summer Course –   Offered each summer in Cork. Enquire or Book Now.

 

Our Mindfulness Sessions for Students include:

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We often go into schools and work with the students directly, often as part of mental health week and health promoting initiatives in the school.

 

For Primary students

  • Short Introduction Sessions –  A taster of various Mindfulness to understand how this makes us feel calm, relaxed, focused & aware.
  • 8 Week Mindfulness Course , based on the work of Eline Snel,  Author of Sitting Still Like a Frog
     

For Secondary school students

  • A short Taster & introduction to Mindfulness and its many benefits for Young People
  • 6 Week Mindfulness Course, This course offers an space in the week for students to pause and practice mindfulness.
  • 10 Week Mindfulness Course , based on the work of Eline Snel,  Author of Sitting Still Like a Frog & Breathe with this.

VIEW COURSES FOR STUDENTS

 

Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

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Practicing Mindfulness can save time in school. Mindfulness practices help students focus and pay attention. A few minutes of Mindfulness practice improves the learning environment. Many teachers report that on the days when students practice mindfulness, the students are calmer and the class accomplishes more than on days when mindfulness is not practiced.

Scientific research results proves the many benefits that Mindfulness Programmes have for Adults in enhancing health and well being and reducing stress and anxiety. The application and practice of this work has multiple benefits for children & young people also.

Mindfulness provides them with a life skill to support their overall physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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  1. It increases their ability to concentrate and focus. Research has proven that children who learn in a mindful way have an increased ability to transfer learned material to new and novel situations, they are more creative and think independently (Richart & Perkins 2000).
     
  2. It increases self awareness and awareness of others helping children to build and develop self awareness, self esteem and positive & healthy relationships with others around them. It helps children improve their social and emotional skills by develop an awareness of feelings & emotions and learn new ways of responding kindly to them.
     
  3. It helps children develop an awareness of their thoughts and emotions creating an understanding and awareness around choosing their behaviour rather than habitually responding.
     
  4. It supports students to be less reactive and improve impulse control by understanding how to push their pause button & choose their behaviour rather than habitually reacting.

  5. It helps pupils develop a kinder, friendlier and more compassionate relationship with themselves and therefore in turn with others

  6. Mindfulness reduces worry, anxiety & stress and improves academic performance in school.

 

Case Study:  

Mindfulness in Drogheda – Drogheda Minds Programme

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In the Autumn of 2014 in collaboration with the Local Education Committe, we were delighted to offer a 6 Week Mindfulness Programme to 20 Teachers and Youth Workers across the County of Drogheda.
 

This was focused on supporting teachers and youth workers take some valuable time out for themselves to understand the benefits and practices of Mindfulness with the view to be able being able to bring this back to their classrooms and youth groups.

 

Some Schools we have worked include;

Primary

  • St. Patrick’s NS, Diswellstown, Dublin 1
  • St. Andrews College Junior School, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
  • Lusk National School, Co. Dublin
  • Bayside Junior School, Dublin 13
  • St. Bridigt’s NS, Drogheda
  • Scoil Barra, Ballingcollig, Cork
  • St. Columba’ s National School, Douglas, Cork
  • Scoil Mhuire Lourdes Boys NS, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  • Newport Boys School, Newport, Co. Tipperary
  • Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Athy, Co.Kildare
  • Myshall NS, Co. Cavan
  • Cushinstown NS, Foulksmills , Co Wexford

Secondary

  • St. Joseph of Cluny, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
  • Loreto Beaufort High School,  Rathfarnham , Co.Dublin
  • St. Peter’s Community College, Co. Meath
  • De la Salle College, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • Mount rath Community School, Co. Laois
  • St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda
  • St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, Cork
  • Carrignavar Secondary School, Co. Cork
  • Rochestown College Cork, Cork
  • St. Gerards’s, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

Enquiries about a Session; 

If you would like us to come into your school or have any particular needs for your Staff Group or Students, please do not hesitate to contact me directly to discuss:

Clodagh McCarthy

Tel No: 021 483 3769 or: Mobile 083  346 9166