Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We are just at the end of the first week back and we have an exciting rest of half term to look forward to.
I hope most of you have received and read the minutes from the Community Meeting and I am in discussion with some of you regarding Parent Reps.
As I write, Rainbow have gone off on their trip to Brighton Museum and the school feels calm. It might also be that some children are tired after their week and also after Bonfire Night.
Next week we have Children-in-Need day on the 15th and the week after we are going to be getting involved in tree-planting with 'Just One Tree' Day. Do please keep an eye on your emails for further details.
This week my puja was based around noticing sensations, inner and outer, and using language to describe it. We used words like, 'tingly, heavy, relaxed, open, warm, cool' etc. I found everyone really applied themselves to this in a beautiful and calm way, being 'sensation scientists'. They then noticed if these sensations were pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Do encourage your children to keep practising!
Next Friday we have Mountain Puja to look forward to.
Climate Protest in the park
Our school community joined together today to show support for this global day of action for our Earth. We sang nature songs to passers by to show our compassion for this precious planet.
Earlier this year we advertised the position of music teacher, and would now like to say a very warm WELCOME to Mathis Richet.
Originally from France, Mathis has more than 20 years’ experience in music facilitating, teaching, event management and performing, having been taught in a Conservatoire.
His fresh approach to lessons keeps up with current music trends, providing great benefits to our pupils.
Mathis is also well-versed in utilising the power of music and sound as therapy, and has witnessed first-hand how much it can help to improve children's concentration, performance and overall well-being.
We wish you many happy years here at The Dharma Primary School.
Our Next Open Mornings...
* Our next Open Mornings will be on Fridays 4th October & 22nd November 2019 *
Open Mornings start at 9am and usually finish by 10.45am. We begin with the school’s weekly puja – the Buddhist equivalent of a school assembly. This often includes a short talk by our Head Teacher, Clare Eddison, on a particular topic related to our ethos, a short meditation and some singing. It is also an opportunity for pupils to present some of their work – a different class will usually contribute each week.
Book via our online booking form, or by calling the office: 01273 502055. Kindly state which date you will be attending.
Emotional Mental Health and Well-being
The summer is a time to relax, try new things and spend time with people. But the summer may also be a time of difficulty for some. If you are worried or concerned about your mental health or wellbeing, or that of a friend, Find Get Give has resources to help. From books, to apps, to videos, it provides you with details of local services.
Check it out www.findgetgive.com
Read the full "Emotional Mental Health and Well-being" newsletter on this link
In addition, the Schools Wellbeing Services team of Primary Mental Health Workers are offering a telephone helpline and group sessions for any parents or carers who are concerned about their child’s emotional mental health and wellbeing. This is a chance to have an informal chat about any questions you may have in a safe, friendly environment. Take a look at the linked "Well-being" Flyer
Available as a PDF download, is the latest version of the parent's and carer's guide "Are you wondering or concerned about a young person’s mental and emotional well-being?"
We are starting a new parent and child group called ‘Ladybirds’ on Friday mornings 9.30 - 12.
This is open to anyone with a child or children under 5 years old. The intention is that this will provide an Early Years Sangha Group for parents who want to find ideas, support and encouragement for bringing mindfulness into their children’s lives. The group will follow a similar rhythm to our nursery mornings, and will provide a good introduction for those considering a Dharma School education.
The cost will be a termly subscription of £80 per family (£6 per session), or £8 per individual session. Please register & pay at the office if you would like to join us.
See our page for more information.
An independent local charity which has been working with children, young people and families in Brighton and Hove for the last 24 years to improve their safety and well-being.
Dharma Primary School Summer Fayre
Saturday 22nd June ~ 11a.m. - 3:30p.m.
With wide open arms we very informally invite you & yours to come help us celebrate our very special Dharma School 25th Anniversary Summer Fayre
Vesak is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is also known as Wesak or Buddha Day.
It is a celebration of Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment (when he discovered life's meaning).
It is also a time to reflect on his teachings and what it means to be Buddhist.
Watch this BBC Newsround video to see what children from our school had to say.
Dharma Primary School open mornings are a great opportunity to meet parents, pupils and staff and find out more about our school. Our next open morning is on 26th April 2019. To book, please visit this page.
Seeking a Music Teacher - POSITION FILLED
The school is seeking an experienced Music Teacher on a 0.1 contract, currently on a Tuesday afternoon. The salary offered will be in the range £25,500-£26,500 prorated. The successful applicant will have a strength in delivering Music to all primary years, including mixed year groups. It would be desirable to also to offer an after-school music club which will be paid extra.
Applicants should download an Employment Application form from:
Complete, including names and contact information of two professional referees, and forward to:
Claire Moody, Bursar at email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Friday 10th May at 5.00 pm.
*Winner* of the ISA Award in Excellence and Innovation in Pupils’ Mental Health and Well-being 2017
The Dharma Primary School was announced as the winner of this prestigious award in November 2017, based on our 23 years of trailblazing pupils’ personal development through our Buddhist ethos and the practice of mindfulness. Read our media release.
Art sale now online with musical accompaniment composed by Bela Emerson
This lovely limited edition print by Flo Snook is one of a selection of art works now available for sale on our website. View an eclectic and stylish range of paintings, pottery and curios, generously donated by local artists and friends of the school.
Click to view the art and hear the specially composed music inspired by our Brighton Festival Artist Open House exhibition. http://www.dharmaschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Art-Sale-Spring-2018.mp4
Buddhist meditation group
Our Headteacher, Clare, is offering a Buddhist meditation group to the community of parents and carers, staff and trustees. The form of the group will consist of a half hour sit, a structured sharing about meditation practice and possibly a short talk too.
Clare said, “My aspiration is that it will deepen not only our practice but our connection to one another and allow us to develop our kindness and wisdom collectively.”
Our ‘reverse advent calendar’ this year was a wonderful Gingerbread House in the main foyer. Families can donate items for a food bank run by Brighton Voices in Exile for asylum seekers and refugees.
Well done to Lotus class and Ocean class for a fantastic performance in Let's Dance at The Brighton Dome! Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially for the brilliant costumes and choreography.
Exciting News 22 November
Dear Parents, Carers and Wider Community
Thank you so much for your support of both the Children in Need day (which raised over £120) and of the 'Just One Tree' Day today.
A gentle reminder that I will be talking on the BBC Sussex and Surrey Breakfast Show this coming Sunday at 7.15 - 8am if you are up. I look forward to talking about our Buddhist ethos in the context of gratitude, among other things.
**Update** This is a link where you can hear the programme. If you only have a short while to listen, my insert begins at 1:40:18. You will need to log in to your BBC account to listen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07swxp8
A reminder that the Community Meeting is next Wednesday (27th) and formally meeting the parent reps for each class. All are invited!
Also some news about the Community Tea - two weeks from today (on Friday 6th December). There will be stalls and in the spirit of 'reverse' Christmas receiving i.e. giving, we will run a stall of toys that children no longer want.
Please would each child bring in ONE toy that they no longer use, in good condition, to exchange on this stall. The idea is that they can give one toy and, if they want, receive one too. No money needed for this stall!
All the very best, Clare