Tuart Rise PS students learn mindfulness

Year 2 students get in a quick meditation before class. Caleb Vollmer, Jivana Koprivica and Saxon Norbury.
Year 2 students get in a quick meditation before class. Caleb Vollmer, Jivana Koprivica and Saxon Norbury.

TUART Rise Primary School is one of the latest schools around Australia to benefit from a mindfulness program that aims to improve the mental health of students.

The school was selected by not-for-profit mindfulness organisation Smiling Mind to be part of its mindfulness program.

The program is offered at no cost to the school as part of a charitable partnership between Smiling Mind (SM) and Frasers Property.

SM chief executive Dr Addie Wootten said more than 800 students at Tuart Rise will participate.

“We are making real progress reaching into more and more Australian communities and introducing the benefits of mindfulness,” she said.

“Working with students in particular is so important to build awareness and resilience around mental health. It doesn’t matter what age they start.

“With one in four secondary students and one in seven primary students suffering from a diagnosed mental illness it’s vital that we, as a community, do everything we can to take a proactive approach to preventing this health issue into the future.”

The program involves training workshops with guided meditations and mindfulness activities which are accessed by the organisation’s app.

Deputy principal Todd Clark said the school was grateful for the free program.

“Our school endeavours to develop the whole child, placing student wellbeing and social and emotional development equal to academic achievement,” he said.

“We are encouraged by implementing the Smiling Mind program and hope to engage our whole school community in the program.”

Dr Wootten said the benefits of introducing mindfulness into schools can included stress management, developing emotional intelligence, enhancing creativity, and enhancing decision making.