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’d like to welcome everyone back to school, especially those who are new to Phoenix. I trust that most of us had a refreshing and relaxing holiday and are now finding it difficult to get out of bed and back into the daily routine grind (myself included).
This year I’ll be working in the school every Tuesday to support, care for and empower the community. If you notice that your child is particularly struggling and would benefit from some extra attention or a listening ear, please feel free to contact the school and we will work with you to ensure that your child has their needs met appropriately. I’m looking forward to a year of seeing the next generation rise up in resilience and becoming the best ‘them’ they can be.
I’ve felt quite confronted by this question: Am I a safe person for people to express themselves?
Every person was created with the desire to love others and to be loved in return, but few people experience love that truly satisfies them. One of the driving reasons for this is that people have shared parts of their hearts, thoughts, values, interests, insecurities and fears with others they’ve wanted to build a loving relationship with, and haven’t experienced a sense of acceptance for who they are in return. It may have looked like sharing the desire to spend more time together and receiving the message in return that we’re needy. Perhaps we opened up about a past experience or insecurity that’s affected us and have felt mocked, shamed or misunderstood in return. Maybe we’ve put an idea forward of something we’d like to do and have been shut down without an explanation in return. All of these experiences cause us to feel unsafe in bringing forward our whole selves and therefore cause us to experience broken trust in our relationships. If people don’t feel like they can share who they are with someone and be accepted, the lack of trust will lead to an unsatisfied desire for love.
Children are usually the first people to put their heart’s desires and thoughts out on the table because they haven’t learnt mistrust yet. This means that as parents and adult influences in our children’s lives, we determine their experience of trust and therefore love. Let’s consider how we respond to them when they’re asking to go on play dates, wanting to play a certain sport, liking different kinds of clothing, being interested in particular games and books, and the endless list of children’s expressions. Are we explaining the reasons behind our ‘no’? Are we allowing them to be who they are rather than moulding them to who we want them to be?
Let’s be a community where our children feel safe to fully express themselves so they can experience acceptance, trust and love.
Anyone can be thankful when things are going smoothly, but the test of thankfulness comes when things in our life are falling apart a bit (or maybe a lot). Are we thankful when our car breaks down or an unexpected speeding fine comes in the mail? Not naturally!
“Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the right thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood and energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels.”
The definition of caring is; displaying kindness and concern for others. Society describes ‘parents’ as a child’s primary ‘caregiver’, which means that all the parents reading this are the most influential carers in their children’s lives. This is a big responsibility to take on! And perhaps there are concerns you might have about your children, but are unsure how to help them. I want to encourage you that you’re not alone in the struggle of raising children, and we at Phoenix Primary School aim to provide the most effective resources and support to enable your child to overcome any hurdles and flourish in every area of their lives. I’ve attached a website below that might assist you in your journey of caring for your children. The website includes information on ‘Mothering your Daughter’, ‘Angry Boys: How Boys Can Better Manage Their Emotions’, and ‘Encourage Kids To Help At Home (Every Day Without Pay). If there are any specific issues that you would like more information on, please feel free to contact the school and we will do our best to equip you with relevant resources.
The virtue for this fortnight is respect. The definition of respect is “to admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” Google tells us that this definition of respect is a verb, meaning that it is not only something we feel but something we DO. I’ve pondered what we could all do in order to show people respect, and thought you might be encouraged by my thoughts.
Acknowledge – we can let people know that we’ve noticed when they’ve achieved something whether it’s big or small.
Encourage – if we admire a quality of someone’s, let’s tell them about it and let them know how highly we think of them. Or perhaps we need to encourage someone who’s struggling to keep on going.
Celebrate – let us celebrate with the people we love and respect when they’ve tried their best (because that’s an admirable quality).
Thankfulness – may we tell people how thankful we are for them and what they do/are for us.
We can all actively show respect by telling those we respect what we really think of them.
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.”