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Unravelling the Mysteries of Mindfulness
Donald Pincott & Anne Ingram (QLD)

Brisbane Girls Grammar School is a mindful school and students along with staff are recognising the long term benefits of this wellness strategy. This presentation will identify the background to the development of such a programme and will outline the steps involved in instituting a mindfulness framework in the context of a highly academic, girls’ secondary school.
Workshop participants will engage in a variety of mindfulness activities and practices. The pedagogy of successful mindfulness teaching will be explored in this experiential session.

About Donald
Mr Donald Pincott has been a Visual Art Teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School for thirty-five years and is currently Head of Visual Art. As well as being responsible for the academic administration of the Visual Arts Department, and a former House Group teacher for many years, he also continues to have a keen interest and involvement in the School’s co-curricular and student care programmes. In 2015, Donald became an accredited .b instructor and brings to this role a decade of experience as a mindfulness practitioner. He is also a strong advocate of mindfulness practices in schools which encourage students to develop strategies to be happy, calm and focused, as well as learn how to cope better with the pressures of everyday life.


About Anne
Mrs Anne Ingram is Deputy Principal (Students) at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, where she has worked for over twenty years. Anne has been a teacher in the Science Faculty and then moved to a pastoral position as Head of House and following that, Dean of Students. In her current role as Deputy Principal (Students), Anne is passionate about her students being able to embrace the challenges of the future with a spirit of optimism, and become thoughtful, resilient and confident young women.

 

Mindfulness and Compassion Training in Education: International Perspective and Applications to the Australian Education System
Sean Lappin (WA, VIC)
Mindfulness and compassion training is gaining momentum across the world, with documented success stories, including the UK national health system endorsing Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), based on empirical evidence of improvements for stress, anxiety and depression. In the UK, mindfulness and compassion skills are being embedded as part of the education curriculum for private and government schools. Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is working with Oxford University on the Myriad Project; a large scale research to understand the impact of Teach .b mindfulness project, developed for teenagers.
Sean Lappin, working alongside Jean Watson (founder of Mindfulness Australia), is promoting the implementation of Mindfulness, Compassion and Wellbeing training in Australia.  Jean’s involvement with Oxford University, mindfulness training and research, has informed the development and delivery of a whole school curriculum based on MBCT for children 4-18 years old.
Mindfulness and compassion training, is the ‘how to’ when it comes to operationalising philosophies that underpin ‘positive education’, ‘wellbeing’ and ‘flourishing’.
This presentation will consider case studies in Australia, set the international framework and suggest teacher training pathways schools can use to embed mindfulness in their curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity of experiencing a sample of the mindfulness and compassion curriculum.


About Sean
Sean Lappin is the Managing Director of Connected Self, a community service agency that provides training and consulting services along with wellbeing services (including mindfulness) to young people in schools, out of home care and disability services. 
Sean has twenty five years’ experience in policy, service design, implementation and delivery, research, systems reform and program delivery, which has informed his strong commitment to advocating for preventative and early intervention approaches, particularly for children, young people and their families. 
Sean has had his own mindfulness and compassion practice for over 15 years and has been working with Jean Watson from Mindfulness Matters Australia to embed mindfulness programs at each stage of a child’s journey through education. Sean is a qualified teacher of the Teach .b Program for young people and the Mindfulness for Children Program, (children 6-8 years old), as part of the broader spiralling mindfulness and compassion curriculum. 

 

MINDFULNESS PRESENTATION (NSW) SARAH FORGAN
Mindfulness and Compassion Training in Education: International Perspective and Applications to the Australian Education System 
Mindfulness and compassion training is gaining momentum across the world, with documented success stories, including the UK national health system endorsing Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), based on empirical evidence of improvements for stress, anxiety and depression. In the UK, mindfulness and compassion skills are being embedded as part of the education curriculum for private and government schools. Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is working with Oxford University on the Myriad Project; large scale research to understand the impact of Teach .b mindfulness project, developed for teenagers.
Sarah Forgan working alongside Jean Watson, founder of Mindfulness Australia, is promoting the implementation of Mindfulness, Compassion and Wellbeing training in Australia.  Mindfulness Australia is developing and delivering a whole school curriculum based on MBCT for children 4-18 years old, following Jean’s Masters in MBCT from Oxford University.
Mindfulness and compassion training, is the ‘HOW’ when it comes to putting educational philosophies, that underpin wellbeing and flourishing, into action.

This presentation will consider case studies in Australia, set the international framework and suggest teacher training pathways schools can use to embed mindfulness in their curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity of experiencing a sample of the mindfulness and compassion curriculum.

Sarah Forgan – B Ed (Primary Education) M Ed (Communities and Social Justice)

Sarah works as an independent educational consultant with a particular interest in mindfulness and compassion training as part of wellbeing opportunities in both primary and secondary schools.

She has worked on a range of projects both internationally and in Australia. Her work with diverse educational groups led Sarah to Namibia, where she served as an advisory teacher for the Ministry of Education.  Maintaining a strong interest in children's mental health and the science of neuroplasticity, Sarah enjoys working with children with learning and emotional difficulties.  

Sarah is a fully accredited mindfulness and compassion trainer with her own daily practice. She is working with Jean Watson from Mindfulness Matters Australia to embed mindfulness programs at each stage of a child’s journey through education with children from 4-18 years old. She is a qualified teacher of the Teach .b Program for young people and the Mindfulness for Children Program.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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