At St Benet’s we offer children access to the Rainbows programme which runs at certain times throughout the school year. The 10-12 week programme is available to children, who are grieving a death, family change or any other significant loss. It is a chance to chat about any emotions that they are experiencing and find ways of coping with some of these changes.
Here at St Benet’s we run two Rainbows groups- one for infants (Reception to Year 2) and one for juniors (years 3-6).
When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. Even though death, divorce or other loss issues appear to be only grown-up problems, they do have a profound effect on the children that are touched by these experiences. If a parent or grandparent dies, a divorce happens, or some other painful loss occurs, not only do parents grieve, the children do also. Due to their age and limited life experience, our youngest children may find it difficult to verbalise their feelings of grief.
We have sensitive and caring trained members of staff who have volunteered to run Rainbows. They will work with the children to help them put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem and begin to accept what has taken place in the family. Children who have taken part in Rainbows have enjoyed the programme- they find it fun and a great way to express how they feel.
For more information please see the organisations website Rainbows
If you feel that your child could benefit from the support of this program, please speak to Miss Harper for further information or a simple form to enrol your child.