As part of our Pastoral Care programme in our school, we are delighted to be in a position to offer young people in first and second year, who have experienced the death of a close relative, separation or other painful change in their family the opportunity to participate in the RAINBOWS Peer support Programme.
When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. If a parent dies or parents separate or a painful loss occurs, not only do the parents grieve, the children do also. Grief is an expression of love and a normal human reaction to a significant loss. Children
find it difficult to verbalise their feelings of grief because of their age and
inexperience. It may surface in their behaviour, schoolwork and emotional
RAINBOWSis a support group that helps children 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. RAINBOWS isnot a counselling group. It is a safe, confidential setting where children will share their grief associated feelings with each other and with trained facilitators.
There are tragic losses that can cause extreme trauma. The Rainbows programme is not adequate in these circumstances. Professional help should be sought. If children are already attending professional counselling/family therapy etc. the professional’s advice must be sought before application is made for attendance at Rainbows.
If you feel that participation in this programme would be of
benefit to your child we would appreciate it if you would discuss this with him or her prior to their application so that they understand what Rainbows is about. The Rainbows programme will commence in September before Easter and continue until June either Wednesday or Thursday immediately after school. Refreshments will be provided.Any queries please do not
hesitate to contact Marie Murphy Chaplain.