The Lighthouse Learning Flexi programme encourages girls to put into practice what they know and understand about being healthy, active and performing.
Lighthouse Flexi classes are an opportunity for students to learn health and wellbeing skills in a practical way while having fun in the Lighthouse building (and surrounds).
Students are given the opportunity to try new activities, both within the Lighthouse, and in the natural outdoors such as yoga, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, fitness circuits, art expression, spiritual health workshops and physical activity at the river.
This programme is designed to help the students discover the strategies that work best for them so they can become directors of their own health and wellbeing and make healthy choices that work best for them individually.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 participate in one flexi session a fortnight. In this session they rotate through a series of different activities with their house tutor group.
- WA Curriculum: Skills and strategies to promote mental health and wellbeing.
- The Learning: Students will practice being calm and quiet. They will allow their emotions and mood at the time of learning to be expressed in a mandala. Students then paint the mandala using water colours.
- Dimensions of health: Spiritual health and emotional health.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. The circle is a universal symbol of wholeness and unity. There’s something about creating a circle that is calming; that brings a sense of wholeness. Mandala making is a way to practice mindfulness, a reflective state of being aware of the present moment. In this class students are asked to be calm, sit quietly and block out all other thoughts and worries. They can learn to stop over thinking and planning and have time to be still. Once in this state they begin to draw their mandala.
- The Learning: Students will practice clearing the mind of thoughts and emotions. They will learn that yoga can provide them with relaxation, stretching and strengthening.
- Dimensions of health: Spiritual health and physical health
Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that one does with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise while being gentle. It is a practice that unites the mind and body. Yoga can help balance your body, mind, and spirit. Yoga can make you stronger, more flexible, more focused and more alert. Yoga can also help you feel great and function better in your daily life by improving conditions such as headaches, tension, stress or depression.
- The Learning: Students will practice tensing up particular muscles and then relaxing them. The tensing and relaxing are done in a progressive manner from the fingers, arms, head, shoulders, belly and down into the legs and feet. This achieves a whole-body relaxation.
- Dimensions of health: Physical health
One of the body’s reactions to fear and anxiety is muscle tension. This can result in feeling “tense”, or can lead to muscle aches and pains, as well as leaving some people feeling exhausted. Muscle relaxation can be particularly helpful in cases where anxiety is especially associated to muscle tension. Muscle tension can also be associated with backaches and tension headaches. Students can practice this technique to help them sleep, reduce anxiety or to treat anxiety headaches.
- The Learning: Students will participate in an introduction to mindfulness class where they learn what it is and the benefits of being mindful. Students experience a mindful walk on grass without shoes on, a mindful posture practice, a body ‘belly’ breathing activity, and a mindful eating exercise.
- Dimensions of health: Emotional and mental health
‘Breath, Body, Now’ is a mindfulness mental skill whereby you pay attention to what’s going on right now and this takes practise. Being mindful increases our self-awareness, social awareness and self-confidence. Being mindful improves attention, memory and decision making skills and helps us manage our emotions.
- The Learning: Students will participate in healthy eating and nutrition classes where they will learn and the “mood – food” connection. They will also learn about rainbow eating, eating a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, and also including nutrients in their diet.
- Dimensions of health: Physical and emotional health
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can lift mood, boost energy and improve general wellbeing. Young people with a diet high in fruits and vegetables tend to have more energy, feel fuller for longer and can concentrate and focus their attention better. Students explore these concepts while cooking and preparing healthy meals and snacks.
- The Learning: Discuss will the term “Fitness” and what it means to them. They discover how fitness contributes to wellbeing and the reasons why. Students consider their fitness goals and classify them as competitive, social, recreational or for healthy living.
- Dimensions of health: Physical health
This session explores the difference between aerobic training and anaerobic training by allowing the students to experience both in one session. Students will try three types of training; continuous training (treadmill for 10 minutes), interval training (30 seconds cycle sprint and 30 seconds recovery, 10 cycles) and circuit training (self-designed circuit including squats, free weights, leg press, chin ups, TRX, sit ups and planks). Students then reflect on their preferred type of training as it applies to their fitness goals and preference.