Mindfulness

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
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