Minimbah is committed to continuing the development of a mindful school culture.
At the heart of this is a focus on the development of effective learning dispositions – The Habits of Mind – for all members of the school community. The Habits of Mind are a set of 16 dispositions identified by Dr Art Costa and Bena Kallick that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.
There are four key elements to this mission - a Mindful Environment, A Mindful Community, a Mindful Curriculum and Mindful Practices and Policies.
- A Mindful Environment begins with visual elements around the school being presented in an authentic manner, which reflects the shared language of learning and thinking dispositions.
- A Mindful Community is a learning community. It is a community where partnerships are formed between students, parents, teachers and members of the wider community, to work in collaboration to enhance student learning and personal development.
- A Mindful Curriculum supports the learning community, by providing structures and procedures to enhance student learning. All members of the community are involved in managing their personal learning, through critical reflection and effective assessment of learning outcomes.
- Mindful Practices and Policies reflect the School’s commitment to mindfulness; an ongoing, evolving process that reflects a commitment to knowledge, best practice and development of school partnerships.