OCEAN GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Rhonda Stubbings has been the chaplain at Ocean Grove Primary School since 2005, holding university qualifications in Theology and Counselling. Rhonda currently works four days a week at the school: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Rhonda performs many duties within our school community, and is a familiar face to many students and their families. She provides individual care and support to students, parents, and staff, offering a listening ear, providing pastoral care, and guidance for dealing with a range of issues.
Rhonda enjoys attending excursions and school camps throughout the year which provide many opportunities for connecting with students and staff. She runs many groups and programs within the school including the Seasons Program helping students deal with issues around loss and grief; the year 4 Community and Me project; social skills groups; and a dyslexia support group.
If you would like to speak with Rhonda or believe that your child needs to see Rhonda, please fill in a form available from the school office, Rhonda or acting assistant principal, Kristy Hannan-Cuthbertson.
A chaplain’s role is primarily pastoral care. Pastoral care for all people associated with the school community: parents, staff and students. It promotes and works towards the well being of staff, students and families.
· Chaplaincy cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a private and confidential manner.
· Equipped to be involved in crisis and trauma situations
· Liaise with various school and external agencies and networks
· Chaplains advocate and mediate between members of the school community in a manner that reflects reconciliation
· Providing a caring, non-judgmental listening ear for those who need to talk through various situations and experiences
· Working in the area of grief and loss through supporting children who have experienced the death of a parent, or parental separation
Pastoral care looks like: one to one support, group work and activities, lunchtime activities, classroom assistance, classes, camps, being available and being flexible.
v Community & Me – Year 4 – all year one class a week to each class
Social & emotional Program. “Exploring self as the basis for interacting & contributing with our Community”
v Peer Mediation – Stride Foundation – Year 6
Students are trained and skilled to mediate in situations involving problems between other students in the yard at lunchtime. Community minded.
v Seasons – grief and loss program – 10 weeks
For students experiencing separation or divorce or death in their families.
v Wise Child – Personal safety Program – Year 3 – 6 weeks
Cyber safety, emotions, body ownership, assertiveness….
v School Camp Program – Years 2 through to 6
Attending all camps where possible to care and assist when students are away from their families.
v Lunchtime Activities Program –
v Blue rotunda is a quiet place students can come at lunchtime. There are games, toys, sporting equipment.
v Extra school activities
Concert, excursions, swimming, sports days.
– Home visits
– Hospital visits