Seasons for Growth program

Learning to Live with Change and Loss

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At St Francis Xavier College we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. There may also be students whose families are experiencing hardship and loss because of work-life changes due to COVID-19.

SFX is offering a very successful education program called ‘Seasons for Growth’ which will commence toward the end of Term 2. The program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. ‘Seasons for Growth’ covers topics such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication, and building support networks. The program aims to strengthen emotional and social wellbeing by:

  • Exploring the impact of change and loss on every-day life.
  • Learning new ways to respond to these changes.

‘Seasons for Growth’ uses the imagery of the seasons in nature to illustrate the experience of change and loss in a person’s life. “We might lose someone we love, parents or family may experience separation, we may move to a new place or school. All these changes can be significant, particularly for young people,” said Sr Sue.

If you believe your child would benefit from participating in the ‘Seasons for Growth’ program, please first have a conversation with them and then contact Sr Sue Hallams or the relevant Year Coordinator.

SFX is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those involved.

If you require further information, please contact Sr Sue Hallams or take a look at the ‘Seasons for Growth’ fact sheet.

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