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Gateway strengthens Wellbeing Programmes through the MindUP Curriculum

Student well-being has always taken centre stage in the holistic education milieu that is provided at Gateway College. The schools consider that well-being is a critical precondition for learning and as such, all aspects of well-being: psychological, social, cognitive and physical are addressed through a variety of activities that include the daily mindfulness program and religious observances, clubs/societies, the etiquette program, soft skills programs, vocational programs, the improved PE curriculum and sports. The school counsellors in every Gateway School also play a decisive role.
Furthering these efforts, Gateway recently adopted the renowned wellbeing curriculum, MindUP. MindUP is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program grounded in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Awareness and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
The aim of MindUP is to help students focus their attention, improve self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mindset in school and in life. It also creates a positive classroom environment in helping build these qualities as well as compassion in students, enabling them to better regulate emotions in the face of social and academic challenges. Further, the program covers teaching about the brain and the understanding of its structure and how it functions, giving them a sense of control and empowerment.
At Gateway, the program has been introduced to students from Kindergarten to Year 9.
Both students and teachers have embraced the program with much enthusiasm and are already reaping the benefits, even at this early stage. In response to the program’s success, in a recent statement on their social media pages, Goldie Hawn Foundation USA, the founder organisation of MindUP said, “We can’t even begin to tell you how proud we are to have MindUP implemented at Gateway Colleges in Sri Lanka, thanks to our partnership through Microsoft Showcase Schools!”
Gateway believes that MindUP will add value to the already existing mindfulness program that has been in place for the last four years, where students observe five minutes of mindfulness practice in the secondary and three minutes of mindfulness practice in the primary, before the start of lessons.
Through this program, students engage in activities, such as mindful listening, mindful breathing, mindful body scanning, and mindful gratitude.
Through the daily religious observances, students not only have the opportunity to practice the teachings of their own religion but also develop an insight into the teachings of other religions. Gateway believes that all these programs facilitate emotional stability, better behaviour, greater empathy, improved social skills and reduce examination anxiety.

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