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2017 Newsletter Edition 4

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS SHARING PRACTICAL SKILLS WITH A NEW GENERATION

Kerryn Coombs

Knitting, Friendships, and Gratitude

above: Volunteer Lynn Wells with students Emer and Hannah

above: Volunteer Lynn Wells with students Emer and Hannah

When Jenni Forder PCW at Coromandel Valley Primary School was approached by some Year 3 students asking to learn how to knit, she headed straight to the Anglican Church next door to ask the craft group ladies if they could help!

Local Shirley Williams volunteered to coordinate the lunchtime activity, and with other volunteers from the community, helps the children learn how to knit with projects including blankets, scarves, drink bottle covers and even teddy bears.

Maddi a Year 4 student joined the lunchtime knitting group and looks forward to going each week. “When I first came Shirley was so nice she would help me with everything. They are all just so nice and they spend their valuable time coming here and volunteering to help us learn to knit and I am really grateful.” Maddi said.

The students have used their new skills to give back to the community and made a baby blanket which was donated to Genesis pregnancy support for a mother and baby in need.

“Jenni’s ability to connect with the broader community means that students can access opportunities to meet a variety of people, share stories, learn skills and feel good about themselves. Having volunteers in our school fits well with our community spirit and promotes our mission to understand and respect others.” Liz Pelling, Principal

NOTHING TRIVIAL ABOUT THIS

Kerryn Coombs

Lunchtime Quiz Making Teamwork Fun

above from left: Andrew Kieselbach,PCW; Casey and Ethan, Students; Sally Johannes, Teacher and Erica, Student.

above from left: Andrew Kieselbach,PCW; Casey and Ethan, Students; Sally Johannes, Teacher and Erica, Student.

above: Students working together in teams to complete the Lunchtime Trivia Challenge

above: Students working together in teams to complete the Lunchtime Trivia Challenge

How do you engage with and connect with students who may not be sporty, have a small group of friends, or feel like they are on the outside? Andrew Kieselbach, PCW at Banksia Park International High School along with teacher Sally Johannes thought they would give a lunchtime trivia quiz a go. Four years on - 100 students and 15 teachers roll up each week during the winter months to test their knowledge.

Year 10 student Erica enjoys the lunchtime trivia “It is something social to do rather than just sitting around at lunchtime. It can be a bit of a challenge – it teaches you skills like teamwork and working together.  It’s good fun.” 

Ashley Fowler, Leader of Student Services says it’s good for students to have an activity where they can have some fun and work as a team. “It also provides an opportunity for the students to work with teachers in an informal manner, build the relationships they have, and opportunities for positive role modelling. Andrew is a fantastic member of the school community. He manages this program and without him, it would be difficult to run.” 

Your generous donation to School Chaplaincy helps PCWs like Andrew support and pastorally care for students, staff, and families at his school.

COMMUNITY INNOVATORS

Kerryn Coombs

Providing Social Support and Skill Building

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Building positive developmental relationships is something that all parents want to do with their children. To help parents achieve this, The Wellbeing Classroom and Kimochis® USA collaborated with Willsden Primary School to produce a series of five free videos based on Kimochis®  Keys to Communication: Getting Someone’s Attention, Talking Tone of Voice, Body Language, Choose Words That Help and Redo Hurtful Moments.

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The videos feature local families demonstrating how to use the Keys to Communication practically to improve their interaction and relationships in everyday life situations. The videos were designed to allow families and communities to explore and consider if these tools are a helpful part of their journey and story.

“Kimochis® and The Wellbeing Classroom have done so much for me and my sons over the past few years. When asked to be involved, I said yes, as I wanted to be able to show other families tools that could help.”  - Willsden Primary School Parent.

Visit thewellbeingclassroom.com.au for more information or to access and download the free videos.

SMG thanks Willsden Primary School Staff, Students and Parents, Port Augusta Communities for Children, Majestic Oasis Apartments and Blue Goanna Digital for their generous support of this project.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

Kerryn Coombs

Changing the Way We See the World

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The Christmas story begins with a young woman and a young man. Then shepherds, wise men, a king, soldiers, angels, not to the mention a donkey. A curious combination of characters. Such diversity to open up a story, and no doubt each character brought with them traditions and beliefs that were unique to them. But they came, nonetheless, to meet a baby. One believed to change the course of history forever.

What does Christmas mean in a world full of different people, traditions, and beliefs? Is it possible the Christmas Story can change the way we see the world – you, me and everyone else?

“This year our Christmas Seminar ‘#you and me’ is an exploration into diversity and inclusion, as well as practical examples of embracing people who are different to us.” explains Matt Crook, Education Services Manager. “Through a creative retelling of the Christmas story, we will describe to primary aged students the moment Jesus was born as a great example of how people from many different backgrounds were included in his story - a trend that continued all the way through Jesus’ life. One man on a mission to draw people together, inspiring unity and giving people a place to belong.”

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"Edwardstown Primary is a secular school that is made up of a lot of different cultures and religions, and a large number of students are not aware of Jesus and who he was. Matt and his team deliver a sensitive inclusive retelling of the Christmas story at a level that is understood.

The Life Matters presentations are always well received by the students and we look forward to their visit again this year."

- Simone Morrison PCW, Edwardstown Primary School

Your gift for Christmas Seminars is appreciated and will enable the team to share the Christmas story with students across metropolitan and regional South Australia.