8 December 2021
One of our Junior School Transition (Year 3) teachers, Mrs Birch, is now Paws .b qualified, strengthening even further Withington Girls’ School’s commitment to the wellbeing of our pupils.
Paws .b is a leading mindfulness programme for children aged seven to 11 and was initially developed in collaboration with experienced primary school teachers at Pen y Bryn School along with senior mindfulness teachers, and researchers at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales.
Paws .b introduces the skills of mindfulness to children and helps to develop:
Skills for achieving greater happiness and well-being.
Strategies for relaxing and finding peace and calm.
Coping strategies for stress, anxiety and everyday worries.
Better focus – supporting learning, behaviour, performance and decision making.
Improved relationships with peers, teachers and family.
An understanding of one’s own mind and what makes for a happy, healthy person.
Mrs Birch has delivered Paws .b to all current Transition (Year 3) and Form I (Year 4) pupils this term with the aim of teaching the 12-week programme to the entire Junior school by the end of the year. Last year’s Upper II (Year 6) pupils, who have since progressed to Withington’s Senior School, also benefited from the programme.
In addition to Paws .b, Mrs Birch runs after-school yoga and a lunchtime mindfulness drop in for Junior pupils.
Ms Howard, Head of Junior School, said: “Mrs Birch’s training comes at a time when mindfulness is more important than ever, given the disruption and uncertainty pupils have faced in recent times. We’ve always had a strong focus on wellbeing at Withington which the Paws .b programme complements as it encourages pupils from this early stage to be mindful and equips them with invaluable skills for life.”