Cambridge kids have been getting the chance to learn the gentle art of mindfulness, with after school classes running at Cambridge Primary School. The initiative is the brainchild of local mum Rachel McAllister, who said that the science-based practice is good for nurturing the mental health of boys and girls alike. And the kids seem to agree, with a unanimous vote in favour of the Tuesday afternoon classes. One of the participants, Oscar (Year 5) said that despite grappling with irritation from itchy bites, the techniques he’s learned have helped him to relax. Oscar’s mum, Kate, said her son has spoken about using the techniques when he’s finding things difficult. “He finds it useful to stop and regroup his thoughts,” she said, “rather than self-criticising and thinking negatively or even giving up on tasks.” The classes run from 4.30 – 5.15pm at Cambridge Primary School during term times and are open to kids from any school. For more information visit the Inspire Mindfulness page on Facebook.
Photo: Students (from left) Macie, Isabelle, Lucie and Amelia getting themselves grounded at a mindfulness class run by Rachel McAllister.