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4. Implementing a Whole School Approach
School / home / community links

It is important to consider how parents and the broader school community can be regularly informed about the school’s approach to mindfulness and to seek their ongoing involvement in the implementation of the school’s strategies, both at school and at home.

Examples on how other schools have chosen to include families and the broader community into the school’s approach to mindfulness:

  • Regularly sending information home to families about the school’s approach and what they can discuss and practice with their children;
  • Inviting families to observe and/or participate in mindfulness activities in the classroom or at whole-school assemblies;
  • Providing training to parents (face-to-face or online) relating to mindfulness;
  • Involving parents in behaviour management of their child and providing mindful strategies to try at home; and
  • Working with neighbouring schools / daycare centres / retirement villages to share the school’s approach to mindfulness.

Examples for Developing the School + Home + Community

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    Reporting Wellbeing Outcomes

    What is it

    Being vocal within the school and community on how mindfulness is impacting your school.

    How it works

    Share wellbeing outcomes in different community engagement materials and school events.

    Instructions

    Evaluation outcomes can be shared: In newsletters, annual reports, on parent nights and in community engagement materials and events.

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    Ongoing workshops

    What is it

    Offer school community mindfulness and meditation workshops.

    How it works

    Engage school community through mindfulness workshops that teach parents about techniques young people are learning with an intention to also provide benefit to parents and caregivers.

    Instructions

    Presentations can be offered by MMA and other specialist training organisations.  Schools might consider running their own workshops and wellbeing events.

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    Home Practice

    What is it

    Provide parents with home practice information and recommendations.

    How it works

    Schools can develop materials that explain what student mindfulness initiatives are being developed in the school and provided instructions for at home practice. Students can be encouraged to support their parents with learning techniques.

    Instructions

    Information about evidence based mindfulness interventions should be made available to families with an explanation of what's going on in the school. Schools might provide link sto recorded mindfulness activities or instruct young people to lead mindfulness and meditations in times of stress or before sleep.

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    Mindfulness in Newsletters

    What is it

    Add mindfulness tips to ongoing newsletters and promotional communications.

    How it works

    Choose simple and clear mindfulness tips that can be used in ongoing publications to support your schools initiative.

    Instructions

    Mindfulness tips can be found:

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    Parent Nights

    What is it

    Organise a mindfulness and meditation session for parents and students to attend together.

    How it works

    Sessions can be organised for parent nights or as part of wellbeing initiatives running in the school.

    Instructions

    Have an external facilitator or someone in the school run through evidence on why mindfulness and meditation help and some mindfulness and meditation activities.

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    Involve nearby schools / day care centres / retirement villages

    What is it

    Share the school's approach to mindfulness with other local organisation and learn from their approaches

    How it works

    Extend the school's existing networks with the local community to share the benefits of mindfulness with other groups

    Instructions

    Using the school's existing local networks explore ways in which students can encourage others in the community to implement mindfulness.  This may be with a local day care centre, retirement village or local businesses.

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    Student take-home activities to complement classroom learning

    What is it

    Extend student and parent learning by creating homework or at home learning tasks between students and parents relating to mindfulness and meditation

    How it works

    By asking parents to complete an at-home activity with their child, both are learning about the science behind mindfulness and the way in which it can be embedded in to every day life.

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