'Mindful Monkey was a wonderful, inspiring and highly engaging incursion for the Preps and Year 1's.
All students learnt age appropriate techniques that they can instantly take back into the classroom,
and their own lives, to help them stay calm, focused and happy. We have loved using the Mindful Monkey
language and resources in the classroom, and even teaching the rest the school all the great strategies
we learnt! Thank you so much for visiting us Mindful Monkey and teaching us to breathe and feel!'
- Sam Pyatogorsky, Wesley College.
'This is such an important and helpful program for young children. We will be using the resources and strategies in our class
from now on..'
- Laura Walsh, CGPS
'What an amazing, engaging session! The kids enjoyed learning all about mindfulness and strategies to
help calm us down. We can't wait to do the follow-up lessons. Highly recommended.'
- Jess Bain, Wantirna South Primary School.
'The Mindful Monkey came to Seymour College and met with our foundation, year 1 and year 2 students.
All students were truly engaged in the program and absolutely loved the puppet making. The follow up
lessons were useful and easy to follow once our teachers were back in the classroom with the students
and the small brain break ideas helped dramatically.'
- Jess McCubbins, Seymour College.
'Thankyou so very much Donna for being our Mindful Monkey. Calm in the busy environment of school life.
The children were all so engaged, mindful and happily responsive to you as you guided them in this emotive,
sensory and mindful experience. A very worthwhile and rewarding experience.'
- Bettina and Naomi, Our Holy Redeemer.
'It was fantastic! Children were very engaged and loved participating in all the activities.
They can use these mindful activities to help with so many parts of their lives and do them
by themselves. Thank you for such a great incursion.'
- Suzie, Viewbank Primary.
'What a fantastic experience! Thank you for delivering such an important
program to our students. It was age appropriate, enjoyable, and reminded
us all to take the time to be mindful.'
- Jamie Ruddock, Viewbank Primary School.
'Mindful Monkey came to Coburg Library and led an engaging workshop with children as a School Holiday Activity.
The puppet making was a huge hit with both the parents and children. I recommend Mindful Monkey for a fun and educational event!'
- Children's and Youth Librarian, Coburg Library
'Such a fun and child-friendly way to explore emotions and how to make their little bodies feel calm and be in the moment.'
- Ally Clarke, Prep Teacher, Watsonia Heights Primary School.
'It was awesome and very well organised – Donna is incredibly friendly and approachable and the actual show was
super engaging and relatable for both students and adults.'
- Kath, Wantirna PS.
'What a wonderful morning learning important life skills. My energetic class were engaged and interested.
We learnt lots of useful tools for class and home..
- Amanda Elliott, VPS.
The Mindful Monkey incursion was an awesome experience for my ½ class. They learnt lots of skills that
will be able to help them throughout this year.'
- Coburg West Primary.
'Mindful Monkey was a wonderful incursion with ready made resources and mindful practices I can use immediately.
The Foundation students loved the session. MM exceeded expectations. The take home sock monkeys were a lovely
- Kelsey Mentiplay, Viewbank Primary School.
'Fantastic! Kids were engaged – perfect amount of movement and listening for Preps.
Resource Pack will be great for continuing our mindfulness!'
- Zoe, Fitzroy North PS.
'It fits perfectly with our Inquiry Unit on Emotional Wellbeing.
Students learned to identify their emotions and strategies to regulate
them. The presenter was calm, funny and students were engaged.
- Clayton North Primary.
'Donna was energetic and captured the students' attention beautifully. The
students loved the characters, songs and craft. The experience fitted in well with
our inquiry unit (health) as well as our existing mindfulness practice. We can't
wait to follow up with the resources and activities!'
- Brogan Badrock, Wantirna PS.
'We absolutely loved your visit and it was perfect for our children. They were engaged right from the word go,
when you bounced on to the stage and immediately launched into your worries and emotions. All children were
involved and the pace you set was perfect. An excellent mix of calm, movement time, listening time, exploring
time and relaxation time. Your puppets were very enjoyable and funny to watch, they felt like real characters
that the Preps were talking to. Our Preps had so much fun making the puppets at the end and I was actually
surprised at how many of them quietly went to lie down on the floor when they had finished and put their
puppets on their tummies to practise their breathing techniques.
Thank you so much for the excellent and interesting talk after the session and the perfect teacher's
resource packs, all laminated and colourful (so thoughtful of you). I have introduced the Brain Breaks
into my daily teaching and we are trialling the challenge of 15 Brain Breaks per week.
Next week I will be talking to the staff about the program and how they can help their children to be calm and
relaxed by using Brain Breaks on a regular basis. I certainly would be happy to recommend your program to any
school. It was very reasonably priced and excellent value for money. We will be very happy to have you back
again next year for all of our new Preps.'
- Julie Shaw, Carrum Primary School.
'Mindful Monkey was a fantastic incursion which was highly engaging and fun. The language, strategies and characters were
highly relatable for students. Students will definitely be capable of using these mindfulness strategies continually.
As a teacher I feel confident to implement the 'Mindful Monkey' strategies with my class and the resource pack is fantastic!'
- Sarah Moon, Foundation Team Leader, Carlton Gardens Primary School.