Galen mindful of taking time out to relax, focus

WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH: Galen College students and staff including Cameron Ramsay, year nine coordinator Kelly Smith, and Jordan McKenzie are looking forward to mindfulness training. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

A GROUP aiming to make mindfulness meditation part of the national curriculum by 2020 began whole school training at Galen College on Monday.

Galen has received funding through the State Government supported School Focused Youth Service Program at NESAY to deliver the training by not-for-profit organisation Smiling Mind.

Kate Meehan, Galen College student counsellor, said the training began this month with year 12 VCAL and VCE students, a staff session, and a night for parents.

In the last week of November, it will extend to students in years seven to 11.

Ms Meehan said there was a growing need for young people to take time out from their increasingly busy lives, and mindfulness could be of great benefit in helping them relax and focus.

“It’s about trying to get kids to take that break and free their thoughts,” she said.

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