Matt Bowen: Silence dominates here.
It’s noon in room two at St Paul’s Catholic School and noise is everywhere else – the four walls are ablaze with colour, art and slogans; outside, the Ngaruawahia sun is laced with the din of schoolyard kids in play.
Inside though, not a sound – the children are meditating.
The class of 14 six-year-olds is sitting in a close circle on the carpet with teacher Judy Craven the centrepiece on a chair.
Her eyes are closed, too.
The kids sit cross-legged – hands rest either on knees with thumb and forefinger touching or in laps with fingers interlocked …