We define mindfulness as the state of being aware of something, someone or yourself. This awareness is conducive to Great Learning for several reasons. Firstly, individuals are better able to assess where they are in terms of their learning. Secondly, mindfulness helps to support positive core values and social responsibility. Furthermore, it enables individuals to make informed and conscious choices and thus demonstrates an ethical approach.


At Danube, we believe every individual has the right to develop, rehearse and implement mindfulness skills at school.  The use of resources such as ‘MindUp’ and a curriculum where the scope and sequence explicitly includes mindfulness training provides opportunities for every member of our community to become more aware of themselves and others.  We believe that mindfulness featured within our curriculum helps to provide all individuals with the skills they need to grow, develop, reflect, interact and collaborate.


Within a school environment, a lack of mindfulness can have far reaching effects; from the individual’s ability to reflect and develop, to decisions regarding curriculum design.  For example, an inability to demonstrate mindfulness can lead to hasty, impulsive and uniformed decisions being made about learning and teaching that might have short, medium or long-term negative consequences. 




Mindup curriculum

Mindup curriculum

"striving for EXCELLENCE by ENGAGING minds, EXCITING learners, acting ETHICALLY and showing EMPATHY"

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