Children take a moment to be grateful

Gratitude, empathy and mindfulness were at the forefront of children’s minds this month.

Students from St Patrick’s Primary School, Port Fairy devised a project to improve health and wellbeing in their community, as part of the Student Leaders Congress.

Teacher Antonia Balmer said the GEM project activities focused on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. 

She said students worked on a school gratitude wall installation and a “drop everything and read” session.

They also had fun singing and dancing to celebrate the opportunities they’re given and to celebrate their health and happiness.

Mrs Balmer said students gave a gold coin donation to dress in their pyjamas and a beanie, to raise money for children with brain cancer and in particular, a child in the community who is battling the condition. 

“The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed spending time being present together and reflecting on all that they are grateful for,” Mrs Balmer said.