A warm and big HELLO to the Somerville Primary school, staff, students, families and carers!
It is a huge honour to be the Chaplain in this wonderful school community and I am excited to continue to get to know each and every one of you and grow with this community!
Chaplaincy is not a religious program, but a welfare-based program. My approach is holistic, and my role as School Chaplain is to support the emotional, social and mental well-being of the children (and their families), and to help them find a better way to deal with a whole range of issues – such as family breakdown, family bereavement or crisis, loneliness, depression, anxiety, behavioural and social problems, low self-esteem, and the like.
My job is to provide a listening ear and a caring presence, and to help those in need to find strategies to cope with their circumstances and behaviours- and when necessary, to refer students/families to the appropriate professionals. My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment in which children and families can work through any issues or concerns they may have.
I WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOMERVILLE EVERY WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY.
I will be available to all parents, carers and children for a cuppa and chat.
I will continue to visit classrooms, will be available for one-on-one sessions, group or family sessions, and will be outside some recess and lunch-times …and after school so that I can meet as many of the school community as possible.
Please note: I am always available for any crisis/ priority situation that requires immediate help. e.g., sudden separation of parents, death in the family, etc. so please make Mrs Harvey, Mr Tapp or myself aware of any crisis so that we can help support you. WE CANNOT HELP IF WE DON’T KNOW!
As you become aware of problems and concerns, please feel free to come and talk to me, Mrs Harvey or your child’s teacher about these issues, and together we can discuss a course of action. A referral can be made to the chaplaincy services and the parent/carer will be required to complete a consent form before sessions can take place. Once I have a referral and the consent forms back signed by the parent/carer I am then able to bring the child/family into the Chaplaincy program. You can get the forms off Mrs Harvey or from the front office.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to come and see me -I’d love to meet you!