PBS & the
PBS & the
Pause, Breathe, Smile is a unique New Zealand developed and researched eight-week mindfulness in schools course designed in 2013 for Year 2-8 learners.
A small number of high-schools began trialling PBS in 2015. Throughout the course students learn mindfulness practices such as mindful breathing, mindful eating and mindful moving.
Teaching mindfulness to children improves their academic performance, self-esteem, mood and concentration, and helps with behavioural problems. Mindfulness decreases anxiety, depression and stress, and gives children skills that will help them to thrive now and in the future.
Pause, Breathe, Smile aligns with the New Zealand education curriculum (NZC) in the following ways:
- Key Competencies: Mindfulness brings an experiential element to learning which foster the key competencies of the NZC as outlined below
- Learning Areas: The Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences and Science learning areas are clearly linked with each lesson of Pause, Breathe, Smile
- Te Whare Tapa Wha: An eloquent model of hauora (holistic wellbeing) from a Māori perspective is incorporated within Pause, Breathe, Smile.
PBS and the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum
Mindfulness has been shown to increase creativity and independent thinking, and leads to improved knowledge-retention.
Using language, symbols & texts
Mindfulness helps students learn how to use language to improve their wellbeing and their relationships with others. It promotes self-reflection, helps students to learn new ways of describing experiences and improves emotional literacy.
Relating to others
Mindfulness helps students learn to be less judgmental toward themselves and others, and fosters positive relationships.
Mindfulness cultivates self-awareness and self-regulation. This allows students to manage themselves better by choosing their behaviours based on mindful attentiveness rather than reacting impulsively.
Participating & contributing
Mindfulness develops empathy and compassion, making it easier for students to connect with others.
Results from three research studies led by the University of Auckland and AUT University have found that participation in Pause, Breathe, Smile:
- Increases calmness
- Improves focus and attention
- Enhances self-awareness
- Helps develop conflict resolution skills and positive relationships
- Reduces stress for teachers
- Leads to statistically significant increases in wellbeing
Post-intervention research highlights some evidence to suggest these effects were maintained three months after programme completion.
Teachers’ observations indicated a general positive response, improvements in social interactions and a genuine sense of calm, suggesting that this programme will help create a positive learning environment and help meet the Education Review Office’s Wellbeing Indicators for Schools.
Accessing PBS in your school
There are two options for how to get Pause, Breathe, Smile in your school:
Option 1 – PBS Educator certification: Teaching staff, principals, guidance counsellors, RTLB or any other education or health professional can easily complete our thorough training to teach the PBS curriculum.
Option 2 – External Facilitation: MEG can arrange for one of our certified independent facilitators to come to your school to teach the 8-week curriculum. When delivered in this way the programme is designed to be taught once per week each week for 8 weeks. It is taught to a maximum of 30 students at a time and there are online audio practices for the teacher to play to the class for their continued integration of mindfulness across the week.