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At Blackheath High School we believe that helping a child to achieve her best, isn’t just a result of what happens in the classroom. We not only nurture the girls’ academic progress but looking after the “whole” person. This means thinking about their overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally to ensure they achieve their very best.
We address work related stress and help the girls to find ways to cope with pressure and to meet cheerfully the demands of a broad curriculum and often a diverse range of extra-curricular activities. We aim to help the girls’ sense of well-being in several different ways, to equip them with methods of relaxation such as breathing, tai-chi and use visualisations to help relieve stress.
Mindfulness training has been proven to improve health and wellbeing. It helps us to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed.
At Blackheath High School, we pride ourselves on equipping our pupils with life skills and, as such, we have introduced mindfulness assemblies to the senior school.
During the assemblies, we train our attention to be ‘in the present’ with whatever is happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought , feeling and concern for others. Recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, mindfulness is increasingly being used in business to improve staff wellbeing and satisfaction, and in sports training to improve performance.