Several staff from BPS presented at a Wollongong Regional Technology Conference today. The conference, which attracted schools from the government, independent and private sectors showcased schools and staff that were recognised as leaders in this area. Mrs Lynne Takacs, Miss Sam Clarke and Mrs Simone Elliott presented on a range of topics including coding, using digital technology to support curriculum delivery and the school's "Bring Your Own Technology" (BYOT) program and policy.
Yesterday afternoon staff joined together for some special staff development on the concept of "Mindfulness".
The session was led by Jean Watson who has an MA in this area from Oxford University. Jean has extensive experience working with students and staff in England and defines "Mindfulness" as "learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment. It trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now".
Research has shown that mindfulness training has been shown to improve health and wellbeing and that people can learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed.
Although mindfulness has been practised in England and America, Broulee PS is the first school in Australia to look at this particular evidenced based course from Oxford.
We are extremely thankful to Jean, who while visiting relatives in the area so very kindly donated her time and knowledge to our school.
Stage 2 Excursion
Stage 2 students along with staff will leave on Wednesday for their major three day excursion to Jindabyne. I know they will have an interesting and happy time.