Topics:  education, exams, health, ipswich girls grammar school, meditation, students, yoga

Yoga tutor to combat exam stress

Sarojini Kandula, of My Health Yoga Meditation, coaches Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School students (from left) Sophie McCleary, Brittany Blacka, and Rachel Tom in overcoming their stresses.
Sarojini Kandula, of My Health Yoga Meditation, coaches Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School students (from left) Sophie McCleary, Brittany Blacka, and Rachel Tom in overcoming their stresses.

STUDENTS at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School can breathe easy when exam time comes around.

In addition to a full curriculum program, IGGS now offers students regular yoga and meditation sessions and health workshops.

The newly opened Young Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre hosts the majority of the wellbeing activities.

Year 12 prefect Brittany Blacka enjoys the yoga and meditation sessions.

"Both classes are very relaxing, the instructor teaches you how to breathe and it really helps to focus and reduce any stress about schoolwork or exams," she said.

"Meditation clears your mind, and yoga relaxes your body.

"It's great to be able to do it at school, it's very fun and even though meditation has only been running for three weeks it's become really popular."

IGGS Dean of Students Jayne Acutt said the school's emotional wellbeing program was designed to support the curriculum.

"The girls work very hard at their studies, but their emotional and social wellbeing needs tending to also," Ms Acutt said.

"We wanted to create a space where students could come to find solace and peacefulness in the busyness of their day."

Ms Acutt said the centre also hosted a timetable of health and wellbeing workshops.

"Girls can access workshops at lunchtimes on study skills, nutrition, sleep, exercise, grooming and etiquette," she said.

Local health professionals would conduct the sessions, she said.

"Psychologists and psychiatrists will offer advice as to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing, GPs and nurses will speak on the importance of breast care, self-examination and other areas of health and generally anything pertinent to the physical and emotional wellbeing of girls."

Healthy moves

Meditation classes offered during lunch breaks.

Yoga instructor hosts after-school sessions.

Timetable of workshops with health professionals.



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