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Seasons for Growth : Coping with Change and Loss

Dear Parent / Carer,

We are very fortunate to be in a position to offer again the very successful educational programme called Seasons for Growth, in conjunction with Barnardos to children in the senior school. .

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some point in our lives. We recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce, homelessness or related circumstances, children may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.

The Seasons for Growth programme supports children who have experienced such change or loss through group peer-support. Seasons for Growth is a programme that supports and helps children manages changes in their lives and gives them a better understanding of how they can manage different emotions The programme is based on research that highlights the importance of social support and the need to practice new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The programme focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication, and support networks. It gives an opportunity for young people to share their story with other young people who have also experienced life changes through loss.

Seasons for Growth will run for in our school for 8 weeks in Term 1, beginning in October. Each weekly session is one hour approximately. A trained Seasons for Growth facilitator from Barnardos will facilitate the programme.

If your family has experienced change through death, separation, divorce, homelessness or related circumstances and you think that your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth or would like any further information, please contact Ms. Fitzpatrick at 01-8128693 by Monday 12th September @ 2.30pm

Warmest wishes,

Enda McGorman

6th September 2022



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