We are dedicating this week as Well-Being Week at St. Mary’s. Across all areas of modern life, we hear constant messages of the vital importance of well-being to our health, with clear links to our ability to learn and function effectively with our friends, colleagues and families. In last week’s newsletter, we communicated some information on our new Brisbane Catholic Education Vision from 2020, formed around five new priorities. The well-being of our students, staff and families is clearly identified under the priority of Cultivating a Connected Community and we look forward to continuing this significant component of our work at St. Mary’s for the remainder of this year and beyond. Throughout the classes this week, teachers are having a greater focus on student well-being, and in Term 4 we are have a soft launch of our ReBoot Program in readiness for next year. The focus will be on emotional regulation with children giving teachers feedback on how they are feeling across the day. We look forward to sharing more information on this early next Term.
Important also is the well-being of our dedicated and committed staff at St. Mary’s. At this week’s staff meeting we will focus on well-being also looking at the practice of meditation and mindfulness. An exert from a video we will watch teaches us that
“Mindfulness and meditation offers the opportunity, the potential to step back and to get a different perspective, to see that things aren't always as they appear. We can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it. That's the potential of meditation and mindfulness. All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarise yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.”
In the spirit of cultivating a connected community focusing on well-being, why not dedicate some time yourself to be in the present moment.