Seasons for Growth

When bereavement touches a school

By Melinda Phillips

Schools are unique and vital communities within suburbs, towns and cities across Australia.  Like all communities, relationships in schools are woven together with complex connections at a range of levels - between students, students and teachers, teachers and executive staff, teachers and families.  

Managing life transitions

By Melinda Phillips

Many transitions, large and small, occur at the beginning of the calendar year in Australia.  Children start primary school for the first time and young people may start high school, their senior secondary years, or further study.  Family relocations due to work or study may take place over the long summer break, and new jobs may also commence.  We know that change is an inevitable part of life, however sometimes we don't see the broader impact of life transitions until we are trying to deal with the consequences.