Pastoral Care
Our chaplain Diane Thoomes works 3 days a fortnight, even weeks Thursday-Friday and odd weeks Thursday. Diane offers the following services:

Target and purpose:

The Rhythm2Recovery (known as Rhythm 2 Resilience at South Thornlie Primary) program was developed to combine the benefits of drumming and cognitive behavioural therapy so that young people can transfer the lessons from the drum circle to their everyday lives. Analogies are used to create awareness of the links between the social skills developed as part of the music group and those required to form healthy and supportive relationships with others.

Student feedback:“I love drumming; it is fun” (yr 2 student). “I’m learning that it’s ok to make a mistake” (year 4 student). “I love that we can be an individual, but still work together to make a rhythm, just like in life” (yr 6 student).

Teacher feedback: “Students love going to it, they look forward to each week”.  “One of my students is very quiet and shy; she finds it difficult to talk to people. She doesn't like school because she hasn't got any friends and for her to have something that she really looks forward to each week is just brilliant.”

Rainbows Grief And Loss Program
Target and Purpose:

The Rainbows program is designed for those students who have been affected by grief and loss, whether that’s the death of a loved one; family breakdown; those in foster care; parents who are FIFO; long illness; parent/s incarcerated.

Student feedback: “I love coming to Rainbows”; “I am so glad I have a safe place to talk about my family and my feelings”; “I didn’t know someone else was going through the same thing as me”.

Leadership Program
Target and purpose:

To share and discuss with the Councillors, Ambassadors and Faction Captains inspirational people/leaders from around the world from different ethnic groups; different eras and socio economic backgrounds. To help create in them the idea that it doesn’t matter what background you come from, or the current circumstances you find yourself in, if you have a passion and zeal, you can achieve anything.

Student Feedback: “I’m realising how important it is to believe in myself”. “It has helped me have courage when needing to speak at Assembly”.

One On One Support
Target and purpose:

For those students going through difficulties at home or school, offering an unbiased, safe space for them to offload and discuss their issues. Issues can range from peer/friendships; family breakdown; school authority; bullying; mental health (anxiety, low self-esteem), abuse. All conversation is confidential unless it is a disclosure of abuse: neglect; physical or of the sexual nature. If I receive a disclosure, I am obligated by law to report it to Admin and record the conversation on both a DoE disclosure form and also YouthCARE”s disclosure recording system.

Student feedback: “Thank you Mrs T, I have sorted my problem with my friend”. “I am so happy that you are at this school to help me when I have problems with my Dad”.

Parent feedback: “My son looks forward to Fridays, as he knows that is the day he gets to see you.”

Teacher feedback: “I have seen a difference in (name removed) his class behaviour since he has been coming to you.”

Diane is also available to parents/carers. If you feel you would benefit from a chat with Diane, she can be contacted via email through the front office. All conversation are confidential.

Core Beliefs
Everyone looks at the world differently. Two people can have the same experience, yet have very different interpretations of what happened. Core beliefs are the deeply held beliefs that influence how we interpret our experiences.
Think of core beliefs like a pair of sunglasses. Everyone has a different “shade” that causes them to see things differently.

Many people have negative core beliefs that cause harmful consequences. To begin challenging your negative core beliefs, you first need to identify what they are. Here are some common examples:
• I’m unlovable; I’m stupid; I’m boring
• I’m not good enough; I’m ugly; I’m worthless
• I’m a bad person; I’m abnormal; I’m undeserving

What is one of your negative core beliefs? List three pieces of evidence contrary to your negative core belief. It is so important that we change those negative core beliefs and choose to speak to ourselves as we would to our family and friends. What internal dialogue do you need to change?
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Health Nurse

Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral.