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Mindfulness at Willingdon Community School

What is Mindfulness?

At its core, Mindfulness is being able to direct your attention into the present moment. Many a time our thoughts are lurking in the past or fixated on the future. Mindfulness allows you to regain that attention and focus it on the present moment. Mindfulness can allow you to be more effective, think more clearly, bring a calmness to the mind and settle your thoughts. Mindfulness can bring a less anxious way of being. Mindfulness can bring improved performance in the classroom as well as sports and music.

Mindfulness involves directing our attention in a more focused way by use of meditation practices. It allows us to focus on sensations within the body, our breath, connection points. It really enables us to calm the mind and rationalise our thoughts. Mindfulness isn’t just for coping with adversities that may have happened, happening or indeed about to happen. Mindfulness can help us savour and nourish the good around us, let it soak into our bones absorbing the goodness.

Is practicing Mindfulness difficult?

At first the mind wanders constantly, Mindfulness will not bring a clear mind but with practice it can allows us to sustain our focus and attention directing it more skilfully on what is happening around us. It can help break the grip of unwanted thoughts, judgments, habits and impulses making way for a calmer mind. Mindfulness can cultivate a kinder way of thinking about the aspects of our life. However, it does take concerted practice!

What is .b? How can it help your child?

.b is a ten-session Mindfulness course taught here at Willingdon Community School aimed at young people. .b aims to gives life skills to students who study the course. Students use it to…

  • To feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled

  • To get on better with others

  • To help them concentrate and learn better

  • To help cope with stress and anxiety

  • To perform better music and sport.

Students will have an Introduction session to Mindfulness over two lessons followed by nine sessions:

These sessions are designed to make the best we can of our precious mind.

  • Everything you see

  • Everything you hear

  • Everything you taste, smell, touch, feel.

  • Everything you experience is filtered through your mind.

At the end of the course, students will gain a certificate of attendance as well as picking up a valuable life skill.

Who teaches Mindfulness?

.b teachers initially undertake a rigorous 8 week .b foundation course. This is followed by 6 months of developing daily Mindfulness practices within their own life. A sign up to ‘Teach. b’ is then granted which gives the skills, confidence and materials to teach. b effectively. Only certified trainers can teach the. b curriculum.

Mindfulness in Schools Project

MiSP are a charity based organisation being the most established provider of mindfulness training for schools, delivering world-leading curricula for classroom-based mindfulness. Materials are based on rigorous research in clinical psychology and neuroscience, written by teachers for teachers, and used successfully in a wide range of educational contexts.

Full ongoing support giving the most up to date research, CPD, teaching surgeries ensure students are always get the best teaching available from. b teachers.

Teaching Mindfulness at Willingdon Community School.

I am incredibly proud to be a teacher of Mindfulness at Willingdon Community School. The impact that Mindfulness has had on my own life has been one of enlightenment. To be able to teach students the .b curriculum is an absolute joy and pleasure. The feedback is so rewarding as is the impact it can have upon students’ lives.

Students are eager to report how much the .b lessons really help with day to day life. From Mindfully eating to Mindfully moving to Mindfully sleeping! The lessons are backed up by access to a wonderful online resource that takes students through lesson animations and guided meditation practices that they would have studied in the classroom.

Willingdon is the only school within Eastbourne currently offering Mindfulness by way of the .b curriculum. I am extremely honoured to be one of a handful of .b trained teachers in Sussex.

If you have any questions related to Mindfulness please feel free to email myself mstammers@willingdonschool.org.uk

Warmest of wishes

Martin Stammers.


How are you feeling?

e-wellbeing is a digital wellbeing service for young people, run by YMCA DownsLink Group. Our aim is for all young people to be able to access the right support and information around their emotional health and wellbeing, in the right place, at a time that is right for them.

This website is for young people who live in Sussex (including Brighton & Hove.) We hope to branch out to more areas soon!

We understand that accessing support around your mental health can be confusing and complicated sometimes. We’re here to help you understand a bit more about how to be mentally healthy and how to connect to support across Sussex.

You can make a start by taking our short quiz on the homepage.

If you need urgent support around your mental health, please click here.

And if you'd like to get in touch about anything else, send us email: e-wellbeing@ymcadlg.org.

https://e-wellbeing.co.uk/


East Sussex School Health 

East Sussex School Health have a confidential texting service for students aged 11 – 19 in East Sussex, monitored Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Phone 07507 332473.  School Nurse drop-in sessions will resume soon after the Spring break.

Teenage Helpline - Support and advice for young people

East Sussex School Health

Beat Eating Disorders

NHS Mental Health Apps

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

Place2b - Improving Children's Mental Health


Children & young people's mental health & well-being

 Dear Student

Looking after your mental health is really important, especially at this time.  You may need someone to listen to you.  You may also need guidance to support you in a situation, or enable you to offer advice to a friend. 

If there is anything which is concerning you, whether it is school related or not we encourage you to email the Safeguarding Team at talk2us@willingdonschool.org.uk.  There are also many agencies who are also skilled at offering support to young people - Click here for additional services


Please look after your Mental Health - Every Mind Matters!

With best wishes

The WCS Safeguarding Team

Willingdon Community School Safeguarding Team: talk2us@willingdonschool.org.uk

There will be a member of the Safeguarding Team monitoring this email address continually, whilst the school is partially closed.

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