Programs and Classes
Developing self awareness and broader community awareness.
Our term themes underpin our yearly curriculum and are maintained each year in the same sequence to ensure student familiarity and a sense of continuity. We use these themes to guide our classes and focus on learning outcomes.
- Term one: Wellbeing
- Term two: Social Harmony
- Term three: Cultural Diversity
- Term four: Environmental Balance
Throughout the year subjects include:
Interdependence, Gratitude, Respect, Non-Harm, Honesty & Intent (Motivation), Mindfulness, Aspiration, Courage, Generosity, Positive/Thoughtful Speech, Universal Responsibility, Difference, Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight, Forgiveness, Loyalty, Kindness, Deep Listening and Loving Speech, Reverence for Life, Loving Thoughts towards Self and Others.
Our Awareness Programme Activities include: Meditation, discussion, reading and writing stories, drawing, art and craft, model-making, music, song and dance, construction, and role play.
Research has shown many benefits to meditation practice for children. Some of these benefits include:
- Meditation helps students to become more focused, calm, quiet, settled and rested, by providing them with opportunities to learn to relax and reflect.
- Ten to 12 minutes of mediation also enhances positivity and creativity among students, by reducing restlessness, nervousness and irritation.
- The largest effects of meditation are experienced by those areas of the brain which are responsible for happiness and positive feelings.
We practice a range of meditation techniques including breath awareness, body-scan, loving-kindness, walking and chanting.
We restrain our senses and release ourselves from communication, to allow a quiet inner depth of awareness to emerge.
Not directly looking or unnecessary eye contact, no hand gestures or body language, no phone or internet connections, nor reading.
It familiarises our mind with simple awareness and an open-hearted way of being.
For 15 minutes of each day, each class performs specific cleaning and maintenance tasks. This encourages collective responsibility for caring for our spaces, practical skills development, and a co-operative spirit.
Bush School is designed to provide regular one day immersions in nature within the local Hepburn Region. The learning that occurs is via experiential, place-based experiences that embed the environmental, cultural, social and historical aspects of local places. In these settings, it also provides a meaningful extension to the Awareness programme and our inquiries into Buddhist precepts and principles.
Research indicates there are many benefits for children taking part in nature based learning which include (adapted from Hughes, Elliot, Anderson & Chandler (2022)):
- The importance and value of connecting children with nature
- First Nations Peoples’ perspectives
- Advocacy for addressing climate change and sustainability
- Children’s agency
- Alignment with curriculum frameworks and learning outcomes across key learning areas
- Health and wellbeing aspect
Hughes, Elliot, Anderson & Chandler (2022), Early Years Learning in Australian Natural Environments
– His Holiness The Dalai Lama-
Whisdom Garden, Friends on The Path & Noble Guides.
Wisdom Garden is the name given to our Prep, Grade One and Grade two class as the new Preps join our little school community. Children in this class are given the space and a range of provocations to
immerse and discover the world around them and get to know each other through play and
Through our inquiry program they journey into our community to discover more
about the people who help us, learn about the things that make our community special and are
introduced to special local places, indigenous ways of knowing, the wonders of diversity and
the importance of our environment.
Friends on The Path
In the Friends on The Path classroom, our Grade 3 and Grade 4 students begin to explore their world in a much deeper way through their inquiry learning journeys.
way in which they are supported to develop leadership skills and become invaluable mentors in