Calm instead of storm

Karitane School pupils do some exercises as part of a new programme called Calm Seeds, which teaches a combination of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and positive and cognitive psychology, to give children tools to deal with anxiety and stress.

The initiative is run by local parent Sam Diprose, who has a background in social work, animal behavioural science and alternative health practices.

She has been visiting the school once a week for the past six weeks to run the programme.

"I developed the programme because I felt there was a need for young people to have access to evidence-based practices to help them not just survive, but thrive.

PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR

"The children really like it because it’s teaching them about their brains and how to apply simple strategies to make life easier — how to calm down when the stress response happens."

She plans to offer the programme to other schools next year.

Principal Nicola Philip said the whole school had participated in the "popular and enjoyable" weekly sessions, and they were having a positive effect on pupils.

"It ties in with the school’s curriculum focus this term — healthy body, healthy mind. The children are exploring ways to be healthy and stay healthy."

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Local journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Otago Daily Times reporters and photographers continue to bring you the stories that matter. For more than 158 years our journalists have provided readers with local news you can trust. This is more important now than ever.

As advertising drops off during the pandemic, support from our readers is crucial. You can help us continue to bring you news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter