Positive Mental Health initiative

The High School has commenced a 10-week programme on mindfulness as part of a pastoral initiative implemented by the Health Promotion Committee to promote and support positive mental health among our pupils.  This programme has been specifically designed for schools.  It aims to use the mind to recognize negative thoughts and appreciate the present whilst improving concentration and attention, becoming more aware of our surroundings, and learning how to cope with worries and stress.  It is an excellent programme for all pupils but particularly suitable for those who might be facing into a stressful period of time.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.

What are the aims of the .B programme?

  • To improve concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention, and listening to others.
  • To fulfil potential and pursue goals (for example to be more creative and more
    relaxed both academically and personally).
  • To experience greater well-being (for example feeling happier, calmer, more
  • To work with difficult mental states such as anxious thoughts and low moods.
  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life (for example
    examinations, relationships, sleep problems, and family issues).

How can I take part?

  • You are welcome to join the programme by signing up on sheets located outside C11 and on the SPHE noticeboard outside the 6th Form Common Room.
  • The duration is 30-40 minutes.
  • It takes place after school on Fridays in the Dining Room.