Mindfulness program plays a big part in the success of students at BDC.

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Bishop Druitt College encourages students to focus on mindfulness as a way of reducing stress. The college provides an 8-week course program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and encourages students and parents to get onboard. MBSR is a renowned mindfulness program run by Angela Ryder Dip . ED. MA. MBSR facilitator, RYT.

The program brings the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that can be incorporated into the daily life of students to help break cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. It is an evidence-based program offering mindfulness tools in order to help manage the physical and emotional symptoms of everyday stress, worries and anxiety, specifically for teenagers.

We recognise that mindfulness techniques are important for students to learn on a range of levels – whether it is just to escape the busyness of life or perhaps the anxiety that comes with it. Some students need these extra strategies and we offer the opportunity for them to participate in this course. The benefits for those students who particularly suffer from stress and anxiety are massive.” Sue O’Connor, Director of Student Wellbeing K-12.

The classes will run for 8 weeks, each term for a small group of students. Specifically, students will learn how to cultivate focus and presence, emotional calming skills and activities and be able to see patterns and values with more clarity to benefit future actions. The course is taught mainly through direct experience; and is presented in a fun, accessible and engaging way, providing a safe, warm and supportive place of learning.

Thank you for the mindfulness class at BDC. It has been a great benefit to my son and I have seen a positive change in reducing his anxiety levels. He is certainly able to stop and look at things prior to reacting. I hope the program continues to be available next year.” Parent of BDC student.

For more information, please contact:

CONTACT: Sue O’Connor
PHONE: (02) 6651 5644
EMAIL: sueoconnor@bdc.nsw.edu.au