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Enhancing Capacity
3.1 Leadership

The first step in enhancing the school’s capacity to implement mindfulness is to ensure the school’s Principal and Deputy Principals are supportive of the approach.

This is best achieved by providing the Leadership Team with sufficient evidence for the approach, either using the MMA’s resources or by inviting the Leadership Team to attend an MMA training session.

Once the Principal and Deputy Principal are supportive of the approach, they should begin to discuss mindfulness and the school’s approach at assemblies, staff meetings and any other formal or informal gatherings of the school community.  This will demonstrate their support for the approach across the school community.  Furthermore, they should be encouraged to lead by example, by role modelling mindful practice in their dealings with students, staff and parents.

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Strategies for Action

1. Establish a Project Team

How it Works: Project team manages a mindfulness initiative in the school and ensures the initiative is properly supported and managed.

Instructions: Group meets regularly to measure and communicate success of the initiative

2. Principal Leadership

Principal as champion

How it works: The school’s Principal believes mindfulness is one of his or her top priorities for the school

Instructions: Principal actively promotes mindfulness during:

  • Meetings
  • Assemblies and
  • With staff and student

Principal Training

How it works: The school’s Principal is involved in the school’s approach to mindfulness

Instructions: Undertake Mindful Meditation Australia leadership or whole school training.

Principal Communication

What is it: Principal communicates his or her support for mindfulness to the whole-school community

Instructions: Information on mindfulness is communicated to teachers, students and parents. Mindfulness is included in:

  • Newsletters
  • On parent nights
  • At assemblies and
  • Over the PA system.