Mindfulness is a secular form of meditation which focuses on the development of certain mental skills. Warwick School has become an early adopter of the teaching of Mindfulness in the curriculum as a part of our pastoral care programme to help boys grow in resilience. Pupils learn to focus their attention and gain control of concentration. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment in a world in which we frequently live in the past (worry, regret, anger ...) or the future (fear ...) but miss the now!
Scientific research suggests that the practice of mindfulness can have a number of benefits including an improved sense of well-being, a reduced sense of stress, improved sleep and improved self-regulation. It is not a panacea but practised regularly it does promote better physical and mental health.
We teach the .b course (dot-B or Stop & Be) from the Mindfulness in Schools Project. The .b course introduces pupils to the basic principles of mindfulness in a positive and entertaining way, teaching them simple skills that they can apply in their own lives.
We teach the .b Foundations course for staff and parents. This is an 8 week course designed for an Academic setting. Parents interested in the course should watch the e-newsletters and emails for further information.
Mindfulness was introduced to Warwick School by our Well-Being Coach Reverend Hewitt, who has practised meditation for nearly 40 years. It is taught by a small group of teachers who are both regular practitioners of mindfulness and accredited by Mindfulness in Schools to teach the .b and .b Foundations curriculum.