"Students at Caulfield Junior College are enjoying a new unit this year, Respectful Relationships. This unit is now compulsory for all Victorian schools to implement into the curriculum.
This term it included Friendships, Stress Management, Help Seeking and Problem Solving.
As part of this unit, students in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 have been learning and practising meditation. Mediation and breathing exercise are one way to help lessen stress"
Students were then asked to create their own meditation method, a fantastic exercise to connect them with the practice in an active and engage them individually.
Here are some examples or their work:
RAINBOW MEDITATION, by Naomi
Get comfortable, lie down, close your eyes.
Clear your mind, breathe in, breathe out.
Feel the cloud and the blue blue sky above you.
Hear the cars outside or maybe the rain .
Feel the rainbow above you.
Bright and comfy clouds will always be there even when it is raining.
Breath in. breathe out.
Feel the comfy cloud you're on.
Don’t forget that you always can come back to the comfy cloud.
Breathe in.Breathe out.
Feel your feet and toes.
Breath in. breath out, 2 times.
Inhale.Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
What does it smell like ?
What can you hear ?
Breathe in. Breathe out .
Close your eyes and forget about stress.
Imagine when you will be older how you will look.
It is time to leave at the count of three .
One ,two, three.
Slowly Open your eyes and sit up.
Oli’s Cool Meditation®, by Oli
Lie down and close your eyes, imagine you are at the top of a hill, in a clearing ringed by tall, peaceful trees, imagine you are surrounded by your favourite animals.
You are lying down in the tall grass, you see all of the animals around you.
You reach out to pet them, and they do not run away. Instead, the animals approach you and nuzzle you. You float up into the sky, feeling the cool breeze on your face. You float to the place where you are the most comfortable.
Imagine you are riding the wind.
Take three deep breaths. In through your nose, out through your mouth. In (wait 1 second), Out (wait 1 second), In (wait 1 second), Out (wait 1 second), In (wait 1 second), Out.
You are free to fly wherever you want. You float back into the room. Sit up and return to the real world.
Stretch out your arms and legs, wiggle your fingers and toes.
Relaxation meditation by Rhythm
Rest your body. Find a comfy place to relax and close your eyes.
Imagine an ocean. Feel your body going down in waves.
Imagine your favourite things. Lie down and imagine your favourite place. Take a deep breath in through your nose and then back out your mouth., relax your body, let your mind go and feel calm.
Imagine a peaceful place where birds chirp and waves flow in peace. Feel peace and calm in the galaxy.
Feel your mind and body letting go of all the stress.
Imagine the world in peace with no stress, anger or sadness.
Imagine a fluffy cloud if you are angry, feel the coolness of the air , think about the sun's heat and if you're tired feel the fluffiness of the cloud.
Feel the world's calmness and imagine the world in peace and feel calm.
And when you're ready to open your eyes and go back to reality, remember you can go back anytime if you're mad, stressed or tired.
Lay down and rest and go back to your mind and imagine peace and quiet.
This week our 5/6's were lucky enough to have Project RockIt come in and speak with them. The students participated in an 'unite' workshop to build a shared understanding of what bullying is and how it impacts those targeted. Students were empowered with strategies to promote a culture of taking action to support each other.