Three members of Royal Far West’s Community Recovery team visited Rosewood State School and Rosewood and District Community Kindergarten in Rosewood, QLD between 9th October and 13th October 2023 to deliver the following supports:
- A children’s small group for Year 5/6 students at the school. The group program, Seasons for Growth, supported students who have experienced grief, change and loss to understand that change is a part of life; learn how to name and care for feelings; and build their support networks.
- Kindy and Year 1 children attended whole-class sessions delivered by the RFW multidisciplinary team using the Birdie’s Tree picture book, Birdie and the Storm, and the beautiful Birdie and Mr Frog puppets. The sessions focused on developing students’ emotional literacy and supporting their sense of safety and self-efficacy. The children especially loved making feelings faces out of fresh, food-grade playdough prepared by Lana, which was so enticing that we spotted a few sneaky taste tests!
- A parent-carer afternoon workshop about supporting children with “big feelings”.
- In-class support with RFW speech pathologist, who provided Year 5 teachers feedback, advice, and resources to support their literacy sessions.
Team photo: Team members pictured in the photo (left to right): Emma Carwardine (Speech Pathologist), Sariah Biddle (Social Worker), Swetlana Jankowiak (Deputy Head of Community Recovery).
The Royal Far West Community Recovery Program provides crucial support to children, and key adults around those children, who have faced changes, grief, or loss, and help them navigate the challenges that follow natural disasters.