As part of the school’s pastrol care programme we offer children who have experienced the death of a close relative or separation in their family, the opportunity to participate in the Rainbows support programme.

When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. If a parent dies or parents separate, not only do the parents grieve, the children do also. Grief is an expression of love and a normal human reaction to a significant loss. Children find it difficult to verbalise their feelings of grief because of their age and inexperience. It may surface in their behaviour, school work and emotional well-being.

Rainbows is a support group that helps children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem and adapt to what has taken place in the family.

Rainbows is not a counselling group. It is a safe group where children share their grief associated feelings with each other and trained facilitators.

Last year we had two groups of children participate in Rainbows. Each group had two facilitators who were trained by Rainbows. The post participation evaluations by the children, parents and facilitators were all very positive. The children reported that after completing the programme they were better able to talk about their feelings and realised that there were other children in the school in the same situation as themselves.

Application forms for Rainbows are usually sent home during the month of October and the programme usually runs for a few weeks before and a few weeks after Christmas. It takes place in the school on Mondays from 2.45p.m.to 3.30p.m. and it is free.

This year the facilitators have to retrain before we can offer the programme. We are awaiting training and when it’s complete we will update you with the arrangements.

Geraldine Beirne and Claire Travers (Co-ordinators).

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