The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

From the Deputy Head of Junior School


The Junior School continues its wellbeing journey in a myriad of ways. Classes engage in mindful activities including short reflections, understanding body posture, practicing breathing exercises, learning about the areas of the brain and what they are designed for, and showing mindful listening. The Junior School staff have participated in some professional learning through Mindful Meditation Australia (MMA) which in turn has enhanced the Yoga sessions the Year 1-3 boys and staff have been engaging in on Wednesday afternoons.

These sessions of Yoga are running throughout the term and the Year 1 and 2 boys participate in fortnightly gatherings, whilst the Year 3 boys come together every week to enjoy the lesson.  Each week the sessions build on from the last, so the boys get to practice a range of techniques and activities. Experiencing the different breaths, such as, balloon breath, snake breath, ocean breath, bunny breath and candle breath all help the boys to understand a variety of breathing methods and know what type of breathing may help in different situations.

Whilst breathing variations are being shared with the boys, they will practice this through meditations, affirmations and particular poses. The sessions have been very well received by staff and students alike, and we look forward to seeing the impact the Yoga has on the well-being of Year 1-3 staff and students throughout the term.

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Miss Penny Hooper
Deputy Head of Junior School
(Administration and Pastoral Care)