Thursday, 26 February 2015

Who Has Been To See Us!

Below is a map the school has been filling in as we have people visit our website! Currently we have had around 66,000 people come see us! From places such as:

Canada, USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Jamaica, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungry, Macedonia Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, South Africa, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.   

HELLO!



Sunday, 31 March 2013

Buddhism (A Quick Intro)



Want to know more about Buddhism?

Have a read of our children-friendly Buddhism section. CLICK HERE.


The Glass Is Always Full.




Last week we were lucky enough to have our old Headmaster come to visit us for a little chat. His name is Kevin Fossey. He spoke to us about the life of the Buddha and other things. Some of the things he mentioned we thought would be worth telling you guys.

At one point during his talk he asked one of us to fetch him a glass of water. Once he received it he explained that he had two choices he could make. 

1) He could moan and argue and be upset by the fact his glass had been filled only half way up. 2) He could thank Innez for the water she had delivered for him and acknowledge the kindness she had shown.

(In case you were wondering he chose number 2!)

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Non-Fiction Meditation, Mindfulness & Life Of The Buddha Books.

Non-Fiction Meditation, Mindfulness & Life Of The Buddha Books.


A big thank you needs to go out to all the children in Ocean Class who worked extremely hard this month making their non-fiction books based on their school, life of the Buddha and mindfulness and meditation. What they have contributed in class and in their books is what you see on this website. Congratulations Ocean Class and have a well earned break!




After our Easter break we will spend the afternoon with another school in Brighton and give our books as a gift and play some mindfulness games with their children in Year 4. 

Duct-Tape Maze

Duct-Tape Maze


A new mindful mind activity we have been playing before we broke up for our Easter break was The Duct Tape Maze.

Watch the video below which explains everything;

- Draw out a 4x4 square on the floor using duct-tape (or any other kind of tape really). 
- Have an adult or another class member draw our a route on and off the maze on a piece of paper.
- Take it in turns as a class to try and predict the route through the maze. (You do this silently, taking in what is happening)
- If you go the wrong way the person holding the route should shout "beep".
- The next member of the class has to try and remember the route so far and continue.
- Continue until as a class you find the complete route!


This activity helps us practice mindful mind skills such as managing distractions, noticing, perseverance, present moment, revising, planning, trying things out, reasoning, interdependence, collaboration, thinking time, 

For more mindful mind activities for your children please CLICK HERE.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Going On A Meditation Journey!

MEDITATION JOURNEYS

by Mountain class

In Mountain class this term we have been listening to some “Relax Kids’ Meditation stories. The class especially like listening to one of these after playtime, as part of our afternoon class puja.They have written their own versions, and we have made them into a class story book, so that we can use one whenever we need a bit of calm!




Finlay
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a puppy, curled up in a soft basket. As you go to sleep, you have a dream and imagine you are in space. You see an Alien, and it will play with you. It will make you feel dizzy but nice...


Now say to yourself:
I feel peaceful and friendly,
I feel peaceful and friendly,
I feel peaceful and friendly.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Oscar
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are in a cave. It has crystals in the walls, making it all sparkly. You feel warm and cosy in the dark, the cave feels strong and magical...


Now say to yourself:
I feel calm and magical,
I feel calm and magical,
I feel calm and magical.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Dorian
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a cloud. You feel fluffy and soft, and you have wispy white bits floating around. You feel soft and calm...


Now say to yourself:
I am floating high in th sky, with no one to disturb me,
I am floating high in th sky, with no one to disturb me,,
I am floating high in th sky, with no one to disturb me,.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Olivia
Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a kitten, soft and fluffy and sleepy. You have black fur, a pink nose and sparkly blue eyes. You feel calm and relaxed...


Now say to yourself:
I am really warm, I am really relaxed,
I am really warm, I am really relaxed,
I am really warm, I am really relaxed.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Felix
“Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a floating high in the sky, held up by four balloons. You have little pins, to help let you down gently You feel happy and safe...


Now say to yourself:
I feel happy and safe,
I feel happy and safe,
I feel happy and safe.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Toby
“Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a fish, gently bobbing along the bottom of the ocean. You have rainbow curls, and you sparkle in the water. You feel like you are going through a waterfall...


Now say to yourself:
I am gentle
I am gentle
I am gentle.....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Summer
“Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine you are a dolphin in the sea, flicking through the waves.
You have beautiful shiny skin and a relaxed smile on your face...


Now say to yourself:
I am relaxing in the sea
I am relaxing in the sea
I am relaxing in the sea


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Ilyana
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are a mermaid swimming on the back of a whale. You have flowing golden hair and a sparkly tail, as you ride through the waves. You feel comfortable and safe.....


Now say to yourself:
I am relaxed, I am comfortable
I am relaxed, I am comfortable
I am relaxed, I am comfortable....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Hazel
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are a little kitten, playing with a ball of white fluffy wool. You feel happy because you are at home.....


Now say to yourself:
I am warm
I am warm,
I am warm...


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Tiger
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are a magical horse with powers. You have a horn, wings and silver hooves. You feel peaceful and strong as you fly over the fields.....


Now say to yourself:
I am magical
I am magical,
I am magical....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Fred
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are a soft fluffy cloud, floating high above the countryside. You feel alive and relaxed and calm.


Now say to yourself:
I am peaceful
I am peaceful,
I am peaceful...


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Amanda
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are in a forest, and that you are a unicorn. You have a kitten and a baby panda to play with. You have a horn and a long tail, and feel magical and special


Now say to yourself:
I am magical
I am magical,
I am magical....


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Noah
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are in the desert, surrounded by Tiger snakes. You have a baby Tiger snake to play with. You feel happy and amazed.


Now say to yourself:
I feel amazed
I feel amazed,
I feel amazed...


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Matilda
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are a shooting star, racing across the night sky. You have a long sparkly tail that glitters. You feel magical and special


Now say to yourself:
I am going on a journey
I am going on a journey,
I am going on a journey...


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


Sam
“ Close your eyes and be very still, and imagine that you are in a forest full of animals. You have a baby panda to play with. You feel happy and playful.


Now say to yourself:
I am relaxed
I am relaxed
I am relaxed..


Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, rub your hands together to place on your face to wake up your eyes, and give a big stretch”


For other mindfulness activities please CLICK HERE.

StickArt Meditation & Mindfulness Activity


Today in Ocean we had an opportunity to try out a new mindfulness activity called StickArt.


New Mindfulness activity


The idea is that you sit in a circle and take it turns to place "pipe-cleaners" onto the floor in a particular shape. We take it in turns. Soon there should be a pattern or a picture created. You do this without talking, this helps us focus on mindful mind skills such as thinking time, noticing, present moment, interdependence, collaboration and trying things out



One aspect of the game we enjoyed was that no "one" person was in charge and you never really knew what it was going to turn into. You could never pinpoint exactly WHO made the picture, never pinpoint THE moment it became THE idea.

We found it a challenge to let go of what we had in mind for the picture and to accept the way it was evolving. The letting go aspect is very much related to our Buddhist ethos, not getting too attached to particular ideas and allow others to participate was important and actually what made the pieces of art SO creative in the end!

Below are some examples of our first attempts at this game. You should try too! Please send us your StickArt so we can add them from all over the world!


For more Mindful Mind Skill Activities for your class please CLICK HERE.