My role as Service Families Support Assistant (SFSA) is to support all forces children in any way that I can. This includes children who are new to the school, existing pupils and children as they leave South Wonston Primary. I work alongside the two ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) as part of the Pastoral team. The ELSAs work with both service and non-service children. Primarily, Mrs
Young works with pupils in KS1 and Miss Dickson works with pupils in KS2.
As an ex-Army wife, I can empathise with some of the difficulties and opportunities that this way of life brings. I hope that my personal experience will help to support your children as individuals whilst they are at South Wonston Primary School.
Most children settle into life at South Wonston Primary quickly and take it in their stride; making friends easily. All new children are assigned a ‘buddy’ when they start to help them settle in. The buddy system is designed to make a child’s transition as smooth as possible. I meet with all service children within their first week for an informal chat about how they are feeling about their new school and the changes that have occurred. All effort is made to find out how friendships are developing and how children are managing with their change in daily routine. Extra support, where necessary, is given during this early stage of transition to a new setting.
I usually visit the Community Centre coffee morning at Worthy Down every second Thursday of the month and arrange termly drop in/coffee morning sessions at South Wonston Primary.
We know that transition can be difficult for every member of the family. Communication is very important to us and it helps us to know when a parent may be going away or absent for a long period of time. Please contact me, Sara Bill via my email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to us to know this.
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