At Southwold School, we offer the services of a family support worker, Sky Graefe. Sky can be contacted via the school office. If you have any concerns that Sky could support you with, please speak to our SENCO, Gemma Penny. Situations that Sky can assist you with include, but are not exclusive to:
- Challenging behaviour.
- Picky eaters.
- Poor sleepers.
- Concerns about your child’s emotional well-being.
- Money worries.
- Housing difficulties.
Service Families Learning Mentor
Our Learning Mentor is Sky Graefe. The main role of the Learning Mentor is to support children and families; this can be due to periods of transitions, in and out of Southwold Primary School, deployments and during other times of need.
Support is provided for all of our new Service Children within their classrooms, this involves providing a buddy to help them settle into their new environment. During their first few weeks, the Learning Mentor will meet with new service children 1:1 to support their transition and get to know each child by completing a ‘my passport’ workbook that will be reviewed and updated throughout Southwold and transferred to the next school.
Sky Graefe is also the schools ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feeling of those around them.
During your child’s time at Southwold they may also access the ELSA concerning a variety of issues including dealing with emotions, self-esteem and friendship, social skills, bereavement and anger management. A keeping in Touch club is also run at lunchtime for Children that have a family member away from home due to detachment, deployment or training.
Children have the opportunity to write or draw pictures to send on a bluey or ebluey to their parent. We would also like to invite Parents with a partner away to join in with the club along with your child.