Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi delivers the Hawn Foundation’s Secondary ‘MindUP’ Programme, the aim of which is to ‘foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success’.
The MindUP classroom is an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences and the capacity of each member of the community to grow as a human being and a learner. Pupils learn about the brain and how is functions, gaining an insight in to their own minds and behaviours, as well as those of the people around them.
Central to the aim of The Hawn Foundation is the key question of whether our rich, material world translates into happiness, contentment and optimism. The issue is whether we take sufficient account of our children’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst we continually focus on academic excellence. The programme in practice, which is delivered at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi to every Year 5&6 pupil, together with the .b Mindfulness in Schools programme in the Fulfilment Phase. These initiatives have undoubtedly impacted on the positive ethos of the school and have contributed to improved outcomes.