Seasons for Growth

Dear Parents/Carers

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Aubin Grove Primary School, we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a well renowned and successful education program called Seasons for Growth. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research that highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.

Seasons for Growth runs for eight weeks and each weekly session is 40-45 minutes. The program concludes with a ‘Celebration’ session. Later in the year each group will have the opportunity to meet for two further sessions to build on their earlier learning.

Seasons for Growth will commence in Term 2 Week 1 and will be facilitated by Amberlie our School Chaplain who has received extensive training in the use of this program. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to him/her first about this. Should he/she decide to participate please fill in this form and return to your class teacher by 11th April 2018.

Aubin Grove Primary School is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved. In the past years, the school was offering a similar program, known as Rainbows; however we believe that Seasons for Growth is more suited to our school context. Please be aware that due to numbers, students may not be initially eligible for the first cycle, however you may be contacted later in the year when subsequent cycles become available.

Kind regards

Amberlie Evans

School Chaplain

Season for Growth Site Coordinator