Workshops

Mindful Storytelling

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1. The Foundation:

Social and Emotional Learning through Collaborative Storytelling

Kinder – Year 2

One session per week for a term. Intensive programs available.

* Reflects current and best practice for student wellbeing

* Connects to the capabilities curriculum

* Supported by high impact teaching strategies

Self-regulation builds social and emotional capability, and is central to student success and wellbeing. Students who have self-awareness, and effective strategies to manage thoughts and feelings, will do better at school.

This is a playful but purposeful program that gives students explicit self-regulation strategies, develops self-esteem, and seeds good relationships with the people around them.

Mindfulness, movement (yoga postures and dance), drama, and storytelling are used to engage younger children with key themes, including:

* Kindness

* Friendship

* Naming emotions

* Ethics of good and bad, right and wrong

* Gratitude

* Growth mindset

Testimonials:

My daughter’s favourite class at school is Mindful Storytelling. She immediately felt comfortable with Cathy and was excited to explore all the various themes each week. I am so pleased that our school recognises the importance of helping nurture children’s ability to be not only mindful, but to be kind and grateful. I think the tools learnt in these classes will be invaluable throughout their lives in our now crazy, often chaotic, world!

Parent

Some mindfulness sessions with Cathy in the summer break, before starting prep really helped our learner build her confidence, gave her tools she uses daily to calm and focus herself when faced with challenges. Then having Cathy in school running classes during the year strengthened the lessons and strategies learnt and gave our little prep a real sense of belonging to a caring mindful community.

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2. Tomorrows Creative Thinkers

Kinder – Year 6

One session per week for a term. Intensives also available.

* Develops more effective, engaged and creative classrooms

* Connects to the capabilities curriculum

* Unlocks creative capacity across multiple domains

* Prepares learners for a changing world

*Flexible content for interest lead curriculum, Inquiry learning or Concepts

In a fast-changing world, students who can create and innovate will succeed. The ability to confidently make transdisciplinary connections, experiment, and reflect is vital.

This program supports students to develop strategies to focus, be present, regulate emotions, and be open to creative possibility. All of these strategies are key to supporting student Well-being and general outlook on life.

Mindfulness, yoga, movement, drama, and storytelling are integrated with key areas of the curriculum.

Testimonials:

My son has absolutely loved Mindful Storytelling and in-fact its the only activity/lesson he can actually recall at the end of the day. He absorbed so much from it and was able to bring the learnings home. Lovely to see this workshop run.

Parent

My child absolutely loved the mindful storytelling. I think this type of activity / teaching to our children is imperative. Of course; maths, science, literature etc are all extremely important but I believe the social and personal development outcomes of such programs in addition to physical education are not focused on enough in schools. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn mindfulness based practices and move their bodies purposefully every day and from this we would see great change and improvement on a number of levels.

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Books ALIVE

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We put a twist on picture books and stories, using music, drama, props, movement (yoga and dance) and the brilliant ideas of the students.

Age appropriate programs for schools, kinders and child cares

* Inspires confidence, creativity and problem solving

* Incursions or Term programs with weekly classes available

* Facilitators- are Primary Trained or Performing Artists

*Flexible content for interest lead curriculum

* Great for author studies

* Promotes Literacy comprehension, knowledge and understanding

* Follow up activities

Testimonials:

Great Fun and so good to see the kids warm up so quickly!

Educator

Very inclusive of my ASD son… was able to engage him in activities and listening.

Parent

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Cathy was GREAT! Very enjoyable from a retired retired English Drama Music and special Ed teacher.

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