School Chaplains provide pastoral care and support to students, staff and other members of the school community. They are involved in programs that meet the social, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs of students and can provide guidance about ethics, values and relationships.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Miss Sidnie Robinson who has been appointed to the position of School Chaplain at Phoenix PS. Sidnie will be working with us every Tuesday.
We welcome Sidnie to Phoenix and look forward to working with her to support our students throughout 2019.
Hi there, my name is Sidnie Robinson and I am the School Chaplain here at Phoenix Primary School. I have felt so welcomed and accepted into the community over the past two terms by students, staff and parents, for which I am truly thankful. I’m currently working in the school every Tuesday and Wednesday of the term.
Since arriving at Phoenix I have had the privilege of going on an excursion to Scitech and the Zoo, witnessed the Easter Hat Parade, sat in on plenty of assembly items, attended an ANZAC ceremony, met with students in class rooms and on the playground, and gotten to know many staff members and parents. It’s safe to say that it’s been an eventful and fulfilling two terms!
I am passionate about the holistic wellbeing of each member of our community and aim to play my part in contributing to the unity, strength and prosperity of it. My part involves tending to the social and emotional well-being of the community. I aim to achieve this by creating a safe space and being a non-judgemental, compassionate listening ear in the face of people’s difficult circumstances. I also intend on running small group sessions through the PATHS curriculum which promote and teach on resilience, conflict management strategies, emotional and relational intelligence, and self-awareness.
I am looking forward to seeing each student flourish and become the best ‘them’ they can be. Please feel free to contact me via email if there is anything you wish to discuss.
Here’s something to ponder...
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
To be loyal is to stand by someone, to devote yourself to something, to remain faithful and bound to your commitment regardless of the circumstance. This sounds nice and simple, but if I were honest with myself- it’s hard. It’s hard to stand by someone when they’ve treated me badly, it’s difficult to devote myself to something when it’s let me down time and time again, at times it feels easier to back out of the commitments I’ve made to people because I hate feeling uncomfortable. But I’m reminded and encouraged over and over again that if the next generation is to prosper, they need to have role models who’ll teach them how to be these things. So, even when it’s hard, I choose to be loyal and I want to encourage you to be too. Even when you and your partner aren’t getting along, even when your children drive you up the wall, even when the school makes decisions you don’t like- choose loyalty. We’ve all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words” and it’s true! Let’s be people who model loyalty to the next generation so that they will be loyal in nature too. As the saying goes “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
I just wanted to welcome everyone back to the school this term. For some of the students there might be great excitement to return to see their friends and for others it may be a more difficult time of uncertainty. Life is full of change which can feel overwhelming for anyone. For students it may be that a friend has left the school, they’re a new student unsure of how they’re going to fit in, or the school work has become increasingly more complicated. For parents there might be a change in financial stability, relational break ups, a diagnosis or loss of a loved one, moving of houses, or other harsh life circumstances- all the while still trying to parent their children and support them with their problems.
Life can be filled with grief, hardship, tears and pain at times, but it can also be full of joy, laughter, love and peace. If you are in a time of hardship I would like to remind you:
“No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips it’s turn.” – Hal Borland
There is a season for everything and this season of hardship will pass. For others of you who are in a time of celebration and happiness I would like to remind you:
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” - Steve Maraboli
Even though you might be in a season that feels like Spring, remember to be there for those around you who are in a season of Winter.
We all experience the highs and lows of life and can positively impact others through acts of kindness and compassion. This is what I aim to do in my role as the school Chaplain. If you have any concerns for your child’s wellbeing, please contact me via email or call the school office to receive a call back.