Positive Community Role Models
A model railway and hobby show on Saturday and Sunday 5th & 6th November held at the Crystal Brook Primary School drew people from the town and across the region to see all that was on display.
The South Australian N Gauge Society (SANGS) had their ‘Greater Portland’ layout showcasing the N-gauge trains and landscaping that even included a zoo and a concert area. Club members were on hand to demonstrate and to share with all show visitors details about the trains, and how much fun they can be. Chris Finney, President of SANGS said “Most of the members of our club tell me that they had a train set or they enjoyed making models when they were children, or they just like travelling on trains. These interests have continued into involvement with model trains today.”
The show also included Lego, Hornby, Dinky and Meccano displays, model planes and cars, miniature vehicles, craft, and models that were made by Crystal Brook Primary School students.
The model railway and hobby show was organised by the Crystal Brook Chaplaincy Management Committee (CBCMC) to raise funds in support of the Chaplaincy Service at the primary school. Christine MacKinnon, Chairperson of CBCMC said “A child’s education is really important, but so is emotional, social and spiritual support as they grow. Every child has a questioning nature, and it is really good for them to have someone they can ask questions of, someone who will listen, and someone to help them.”
Angela Jolly, Executive Director of Schools Ministry Group (SMG) explains that they have been providing Chaplaincy Services to over 330 DECD High, Primary and Area schools in South Australia for 25 years. “School Chaplaincy provides pastoral care and practical support to school communities in a way that is flexible, holistic, respectful of diversity and inclusive to all. It works alongside and complements other welfare and wellbeing staff in a school. SMG’s Chaplaincy Service provides a unique mix of social, emotional and spiritual support, role modelling and mentoring, school and community engagement, and extra-curricular contribution in a way that no other service delivers.”
Money raised from the model railway and hobby show will be used to provide funding for Bill and Alison Clarke, who are the Pastoral Care Workers at the school. Samantha Wurst’s son Logan attends the school and she shared “Bill and Alison do a really good job in the school. Logan has made some models, and has shown he has a real creative side. He also loves the breakfast club because it is a bit of a social gathering. He doesn’t make friends easily and the breakfast club gives him that opportunity to be social and make friends. As a result, Logan is much more confident, and I have noticed he is able to speak to adults now without hiding away.”
Crystal Brook Primary School has had a Chaplaincy Service for almost twelve years, and the Principal Anne Franks speaks very highly of the service. “I see the positive impact in many different ways. Bill and Alison organise a breakfast club for children who may not had breakfast at home. Many children who have already had breakfast still come along because they want to be a part of it. Bill plays the guitar, and now some of the children have gotten really interested in learning how to play. Bill also does model building with the children which develops fine motor skills and interests in hobbies and a myriad of other different things which flow on to positive outcomes for that child. I believe that the community should support the Chaplaincy Service. It means that our children are shaped by positive influences and role models, and when we look at our wellbeing surveys on site, our results are very, very positive – our children feel nurtured, valued and cared for. We are very fortunate to have Bill and Alison at our school."
You can make a donation towards the Chaplaincy Service at Crystal Brook Primary School, click the button below and use CRYSTAL BROOK as the reference.