Rainbows is an International, not-for-profit Organisation that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
At St.Mary’s we offer children access to the Rainbows program. The program is available to children, who are grieving a death, family change or any other significant loss. There are two aspects to the program. SunBeams, designed for 3-6 year olds and Rainbows Support Group for 7-11 year olds.
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 grand-parent 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.
For more information please see the organisations website Rainbows
If you feel that your child could benefit from the support of this program, please contact the school and speak to Miss Bainbridge for further information or a simple form to enrol your child.