Chap­lain key to school’s new be­gin­ning

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

NEW Yar­loop Pri­mary School chap­lain Dar­rell Hig­gin­bot­tom has had a suc­cess­ful first term help­ing the stu­dents and the school com­mu­nity set­tle back into its orig­i­nal cam­pus.

Stu­dents were hosted by other schools af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing Yar­loop Bush­fire last year and at the start of this year re­turned to their cam­pus.

Mr Hig­gin­bot­tom be­gan work­ing with Yar­loop stu­dents late last year on a part-time ba­sis and with the re­turn of stu­dents to their cam­pus, has now be­come permanent.

Prin­ci­pal John Col­lis said Mr Hig­gin­bot­tom had been a great ad­di­tion and had helped stu­dents make their re­turn.

“He’s helped to make sure the kids have set­tled and he’s helped to make sure the par­ents are set­tled,” he said.

Mr Hig­gin­bot­tom said he had been work­ing with the stu­dents through a num­ber of pro­grams in­clud­ing mo­tor skills, life skills, out­door games and work­shops, where stu­dents learnt about pro­cess­ing emo­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

“The bush­fires ob­vi­ously had a large im­pact on the lo­cal com­mun- ity and I’ve been work­ing with fam­i­lies to help them process that,” he said.

“Be­ing able to move back to town and the school has been a real pos­i­tive in help­ing peo­ple re­turn to nor­mal­ity, but there is still a long way to go.”

Mr Col­lis said he was de­lighted the school had been suc­cess­ful in its ap­pli­ca­tion for a permanent chap­lain as the school made the tran­si­tion back.

“It’s great to know that we have Dar­rell two full days a week for the next two years – that con­sis­tency is re­ally im­por­tant,” he said.

Yar­loop Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal John Col­lis and chap­lain Dar­rell Hig­gin­bot­tom at the cam­pus to which stu­dents re­turned at the start of this year.

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