As we reach the middle of Term 1, we have been struck by how calm, attentive, and settled our students have become. This has been evident in our quite long assemblies this week, in the classrooms and even when the students are moving around the school. However, it has been most striking in our Lower 1st students, who through such practices as pausing, have been truly remarkable in giving their full attention to what is before them.

The quickest way to bring us into the present is to focus on the senses. This week we introduced the sound of a Buddhist meditation bell to our whole school pause, which occurs at 11.05 each day. Attention is something that requires effort and needs to be encouraged and developed. The regular practice of the Pause facilitates this.

Julian Wilcock