Teaching Mindfulness to Our Tamariki

Pause Breath Smile is a special programme which teaches the basic mindfulness and gratitude teachings with children aged 5 – 12 years of age. Grant Rix co-founder of Pause Breath Smile shares the background of the kaupapa, its progress and goals.

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Providing Tools to Deal with Life’s Ups and Downs

SELF-awareness, mindfulness resilience, relief form stress and healthy minds are growing in Tairawhiti. Those newly-found attributes are the notable changes that have taken place with Kaiti School students – and others around the country – taking part in the Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) mind health programme.

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Health, Wellbeing, Above All Else

Central to the New Zealand Curriculum is the aim of developing young Kiwis who are “confident… positive in their own identity… resilient… and able to relate well to others.”

Creating foundations for lifelong wellbeing within schools can take many forms and can provide priceless ripple effect throughout the school, its community and the lifetimes of its students and staff. What could be more valuable?

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Pause Breathe Smile: Teaching Tamariki the Power of Mindfulness

Teaching students mindfulness is even more crucial in such unpredictable times. A programme teaching mindfulness in primary and intermediate schools across the country is giving young New Zealanders the skills to navigate everyday life. Emily Writes talks to the people running the Pause Breathe Smile programme.

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Integrating Mindfulness into Learning

Mindfulness practices are emerging as one of many strategies schools and kura can use to support learner wellbeing. The Ministry of Education’s Education Gazette looks at the Pause Breathe Smile mindfulness programme that has recently been scaled up, allowing more schools access.

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Last year was my best year teaching and I know it was no coincidence that we were launching into the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme...

Teacher, Kaiti School, Gisborne


Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is one of the core practices of the PBS program. A much-loved exercise for all our PBS children, mindful eating is a way to bring mindfulness into everyday life and we often see children taking this practice home with them to their families.
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Gratitude Practice

Gratitude practice is a core component of the Pause Breathe Smile programme. Practising gratitude regularly helps us to more frequently notice and feel appreciative of the everyday things in life, including things that we may take for granted, such as the sunshine, a morning coffee, or our health.
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Mindful Movements

Mindful movements is a core components of the PBS program. It simply means to bring our attention to our bodies as they move. The body is always grounded in the present moment, it is the mind that wanders - mindful movements helps us to get out of our heads, by redirecting our attention to our bodies.
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