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2019 Newsletter Edition 1


Kerryn Coombs


Pictures: Wellbeing Agents Leadership Team and the Team receiving the award with John Gardner MP: Minister for Education, James Lenigas: SMG Wellbeing and Training Manager and Carol Scerri: Salisbury Primary School Principal

Pictures: Wellbeing Agents Leadership Team and the Team receiving the award with John Gardner MP: Minister for Education, James Lenigas: SMG Wellbeing and Training Manager and Carol Scerri: Salisbury Primary School Principal

A program developed by Schools Ministry Group in partnership with Salisbury Primary School is going to make a impact across a number of schools in South Australia. So much so that it captured the attention of the Children’s Week 2018 Ministerial Awards earning them a Minister for Education award! 

Inspired by the Wellbeing Classroom, the ‘Wellbeing Agents’ is a student-led wellbeing team. It enables students to be involved in leading social, emotional and behavioural change in their schools. Students meet together to receive mentoring and training. They then deliver sessions in partnership with the classroom teacher. The Wellbeing Agents advocate for the wellbeing of the classroom as well as its continual enhancement and development each day. 

Two students from each home class, in grades 4-7, came together to form a leadership team.

They then started to research, design and deliver wellbeing strategies and concepts in junior primary classrooms.

Imagine if you were given opportunities to create strategies and policies and have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to hundreds of others (many older than you) all during your primary school years. 

How could this impact your future life, work and career? We can’t wait to see the long term impacts of this program. 

To find out more regarding how you can support initiatives like this call SMG on 08 8378 6800 or donate via the button below.


Kerryn Coombs



Men and Fathers can sometimes be sidelined from attention at school. Here’s how a very simple idea employed by a Chaplain went very well in Men’s Health Week.

“I decided to just put a few local phone numbers together that men might like to connect with: men’s shed, drop in community place, the local men’s health worker contact number, tool hire resources and a free craft activity for families. Then I approached Dads or carers who came for school pickup and drop off, with a free pen and the Resource Info. Never in my wildest thoughts would I have imagined the incredible response I received! Along with the great response, 3 men shared quite personally which I have been able to follow up on in my work as PCW.” says Joy McKenzie, SMG Pastoral Care Worker

Hey men, thanks for being there and thanks for what you’re doing, we need you!

This year Men’s Health Week is June 10-16.

If you would like to partner with SMG Chaplains to support families across SA call the SMG office on

08 8378 6800 or go to or click the button below.


Kerryn Coombs

School Chaplaincy

SMG Chaplains make a huge difference in their school communities every day. Here’s what two students and a principal had to say

Recently I had some really bad troubles socially and it was really affecting me. And once I started talking to Hannah it really helped me. She talked the issues over with me, gave me some strategies to defuse problems and she was there when I needed to vent and constantly checked on me to make sure that I was working through the issues. She also communicated with my parents about what was going on which helped too, because she could share information about how I was going and work together to help me.

I think if Hannah wasn’t there and didn’t see that I needed someone when she did I think that I wouldn’t be any better and definitely be worse mentally and physically. She’s one of the sweetest and amazing people I’ve ever met and cares about the things she does for the people she helps.
— Bek*, High School Student

Thank you again for organising that Teacher’s day presentation today. It was just what I needed after a hectic, challenging day. You are invaluable to our site!
— John*, Primary Principal

Thank you for all the time, effort and encouragement that you not only made yourself but shared with the students, Thank you for everything you have done for this school. You make school so much more fun and we all enjoy you being around.

Your thoughtfulness is a gift I am sure everyone treasures. Sometimes the simple things that you do around the school, helps and means the most.

It feels like every day you come into this school with a smile on your face and you’re ready for what the day brings, and that’s what we like in a teacher, that’s what makes you amazing.

You taught us to think with a clear mind and accept and take challenges and risks, I’m sure all of us have found some sort of self confidence and power to take those risks with a smile on our face and to get through them in the best way and it is all because of you! Although you are not a subject teacher, you still make a difference in our education and lives and it is very much appreciated.

We absolutely adore the effort you have put into camps and how fun you have made them, it seems like you take absolutely every second out of your time to think about them, you are a very hardworking guy and we all wonder how you do it in the time you have. Keep it up, you are doing an awesome job and I feel like you will do so much (for) kids and adults in the future if you keep going and succeed, which is very likely for a person like you!
— Jackson*, Area School Student

Your gift to SMG School Chaplaincy services provides purpose, value and hope to children and young people across SA.

*names have been changed to protect privacy


Kerryn Coombs

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Matt speaks to Life Matters Team Member Tom Bertram


Matt: Can you tell me a little about the Blueprint to Becoming a Man program?

Tom: Life Matters has won a grant through Ansvar Insurance to create a program to speak to boys on what it means to become a man, we’ve called it Blueprint to Becoming a Man - Giving boys the tools to become men the world needs.

We will journey with boys inviting them to view manhood and masculinity differently. We will delve deeper into what it looks like to be a healthy man, including topics such as gender stereotypes, understanding emotions, finding the words to express ourselves, and respectful relationships. 

Matt: What’s sparked your involvement in this program?

Tom: The thing that always stands out to me are the statistics around mens suicide, and suicide being the number 1 cause of death for Australian men between 14-44. It staggers me! 

That has stuck out to me so much and has led my passion for wanting to be involved on the ground with this workshop. Our core belief is that everyone’s life matters and I think it’s so relevant to this, we want to do whatever we can to instil this belief and understanding in boys lives. 

I also work in a church and this is what drives me in that work too, something I’m really passionate about is people understanding their life matters, and that they were created with a purpose already in mind. And I really think this is a culmination of that mission we were given by Jesus, to share this truth.

Matt: What are your hopes for the Blueprint to Becoming a Man?

Tom: Going big? The hope I have is that we can create a cultural change in Adelaide and beyond. That boys in school start to see themselves as a person that matters and is important to the world, but also they are going to grow into men who will positively impact the world they live in. 

If you would like to know about the Blueprint to Becoming a Man workshop go to


Kerryn Coombs

This year it is my privilege to join the SMG family. I am getting to know many of you for the first time, while some of you are old friends. I am excited and blessed to be here, and am really looking forward to helping SMG engage young people and school communities discovering purpose, value and hope.

In the book of Acts we read (8:26-40) an exciting story where the disciple Phillip experiences a miraculous encounter with an Ethiopian official. This story is remarkable for many reasons, but not least is the fact that there are so many miracles in just this one event: an angel speaks to him, the important royal official actually asks for explanation and understanding, water is supplied for a baptism, Phillip knew just what to say and Phillip was divinely relocated, to mention just a few. 

This story reminds me that God can do the most amazing things in the most unusual way and at the most unexpected time. And this is my prayer every day for all of us here at SMG: that the Lord will miraculously work in our lives in the same way - to guide us to the right people, to provide the resources we need, to help us understand just what they want and to give us the right words to say at just the right time.

It is with gratefulness that we farewell Angela Jolly after nearly 17 years of hard work and dedication. Her love for School Ministry and her passion were evident in all that she did. Please join me in praying that she finds the same joy and satisfaction in her future endeavours.

Michael Chant, CEO