Mindfulness at the Gryphon School

Be the best that you can be! Mindfulness helps you develop your ability to direct your attention. This simple, yet great ability, will help you take your sport, music, artistic talent, creative writing, design capabilities etc to the next level – simply whatever you choose to apply it to!

Do you ever feel stressed, that everybody is getting at you and you simply want a break? At times our world which is full of social media, school work, peer pressure and issues with friends can spin pretty fast. Mindfulness gives you the opportunity to just step outside of this ‘hamster wheel’ of life  and allow you to have a break. This will allow you to see the bigger picture and how important you are in it.

Mindfulness training has been proven many times to improve health and wellbeing in adults and there is a growing body of evidence that it is effective for young people too. It allows us to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less worried. At The Gryphon School we aim to allow all those students who wish to learn this skill access to a course during their time here.

Mindfulness involves training our attention to be ‘in the present’ to whatever is happening at that moment, rather than worrying about the past or what might happen in the future. Brain imaging studies have shown that Mindfulness practice brings about profound changes to the structure and function of the brain that improves quality of thought, feeling and understanding of others. It is increasingly used in business, companies such as Google, Apple, Glaxo Smith Kline, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. It is also approved by NICE for use in the NHS and is also used by top sports stars and at the Guildhall School of Music to improve performance.

How can Mindfulness help?

Well-conducted Mindfulness interventions have been shown to

  • Improve wellbeing
  • Reduce worries, anxiety, distress, reactivity and bad behaviour
  • Improve sleep and self esteem
  • Bring about greater calmness, relaxation, and self-regulation and awareness.
  • Contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in the young.
  • Help people learn to be more ‘present’ and less anxious
  • Often improve attention leading to an improvement in the quality of performance, in the classroom, at work, on the sports field, and in the performing arts for example

Parents Information Evening on 18th January 2018 – find out more here.


Mindfulness Courses:

Mindfulness is taught through a 9-week course at the Gryphon, focusing on key skills. Our next course is open to Years 7-11 and will start on Thursday 25th January from 3.35-4.35pm in MFL3. If you would like your child to take part please complete the permission letter below.

Parental Letter - Mindfulness Course - Jan 2018Download
The Gryphon School - Facebook 18 Jan

It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!

Download the Event Programme now for a full list of which employers are coming, and it also includes some handy tips for how to get the most out of your discussions with companies:https://www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk/events/sixth-form-careers-degree-apprenticeship-fair/#.WmCIdxicab9

The Gryphon School - Facebook 22 Jan

*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.

Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.

Find out more: https://samee.co.uk/news/

The Gryphon School - Facebook 24 Jan

Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm