The school day at Olng’arua starts with a meeting of all the students and staff. We talk with the students about any problems they have and we discuss issues relevant to the day. Then, before we all go our separate and busy ways, we have 5 minutes of mindfulness. We sit with each other in silence, being present and easing our transition from the home environment to the school environment.
The school day also ends with a meeting. Hosted each day by a different student it is chance for people to share their views about the day, what they did, what they liked or didn’t like, or maybe just something they thought was funny.
We start the day as a family and we end it as a family, even though in between we are all busy with different jobs and subjects.