Date
24 July 2024

Teach relaxation techniques

Give students tools to use when they are faced with challenges.

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Use Hikitia te hā

Use Hikitia te hā

Hikitia te hā is a set of traditional Māori breathing and mindfulness sequences available from the Sparklers website.

Recognise positive benefits

Recognise positive benefits

St Mark’s Church School Deputy Principal Erica Harvison can see the positive benefits of tools that help learners consider their emotions and deal with conflict.

When there’s an issue, instead of an explosive reaction, it stops them in their tracks and gives them a moment.

Erica

Learn effective techniques

Learn effective techniques

Students from Greenmeadows School showcase their Pause, Breathe, Smile mindfulness programme using Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Pause, Breathe, Smile is a NZ mindfulness programme.

Use culturally sustaining approaches

Use culturally sustaining approaches

Ngā Aronga e Ono, or Six Directions, is a Pause, Breathe, Smile resource that helps us to connect with space in all directions: to the right, left, forwards, backwards, upwards, and downwards.

Create a calming box

Create a calming box

Create a calming box for your classroom or individual students. Ask students to recommend objects to reduce agitation or self-soothe.

Calming box ideas

  • Word search
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Mini massager
  • Beads to string
  • Fidgets
  • Small puzzle
  • Playdough
  • Stress balls
  • Eye mask
  • Weaving activity
  • Snow globe or kaleidoscope
  • Weighted blanket
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Colouring or drawing activity and pens
  • Collection of heavy stones or decorative eggs to hold
  • Visual calm down strategy cards.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Foster wellbeing and mental health”:

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