Seasons For Growth

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Ultimo Public School we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth.

This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research that highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.

The Seasons for Growth Program runs for eight weeks and each weekly session is 40-50 minutes. The program concludes with a 'Celebration' session. Later in the year each group will have the opportunity to meet for two further sessions to build on their earlier learning.

Seasons for Growth will commence in Week 4 of this term and will be facilitated by teachers who have received special training in the use of this program. More programs will be conducted in Term 3 and Term 4. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to Miss Cottle or Mr Strachan.

More information regarding support for families experiencing grief or loss can be found at:

A range of services is available to support families, including translation and interpreter services, adult education, adult English programs and telephone counselling services.

Parent information

Parent information that is relevant for your child's education is available in English and other community languages.


The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages see school counselling service.

Free telephone counselling services (outside of the education system) are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline - a 24 hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.

  • Mensline Australia - 24 hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.

  • Parent line - a toll free 24 hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreter service

Parents and carers who don't speak English well and deaf parents and carers who use sign language, can get assistance from the telephone interpreter service. An interpreter can be requested for school matters involving your child such as enrolment, subject choice, educational progress, attendance, welfare or behaviour. Interpreters can also be requested for parent-teacher interviews, school meetings, school council meetings, and parents and citizens meetings.

The telephone number to call is 131 450. Ask for an interpreter for the required language and the interpreter will call our school and stay on the line to assist you with your conversation. You will not be charged for this service. Parents and carers who need an interpreter to attend a school meeting should let us know.

For information in community languages see: Make links use interpreters.

Adult education

Wattle St
Glebe 2037
  Phone: 9660 2130
Fax: 9692 8823
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