At Holy Cross School in Mirimar, Wellington, meditation is seen as another way for children to feel calm and closer to God.
It is one of a number of Catholic schools in New Zealand that has adopted the practice of teaching Children to meditate
Principal Celeste Hastings said the school had introduced meditation so children could learn the importance of taking time out.
“In this day and age, when everybody can be really busy, we think teaching kids the skill of slowing down and just having a bit of quiet time is a life skill, really. It’s asking them to stop and just be a little bit reflective.”
Parent Francesca Ngan said it was a great initiative.
Her son Zachary Lorenz, 9, told her it made him feel calm. “It is really quite lovely.”
It was hoped the whole 218-pupil school would eventually participate in the classes, taken by Sister Ema Konokono from Our Lady’s Home of Compassion.