Community of St Martin @ St Chad's

Anglican Parish of Sandringham and Mt Roskill

Farewell to our Development Coordinator, Rene du Plessis

On Friday,  7 July 2017 Rene du Plessis, our faithful Development Coordinator, leaves her role with Seasons for Growth as she takes up a full time role teaching in a tertiary enviroment. Rene has been with Seasons Central-West since October 2014. She has set up and developed a number of systems in this time. She will be missed, both for her skills and experience, and for her friendly personality. Go well Rene.

Seasons for Growth

The Seasons for Growth High Tea at St Martin's @ St Chad's on 11 December 2016

Seasons for Growth

St Martin’s @ St Chad’s has established a Seasons for Growth programme for children and young people in the Central-West area of Auckland City. 


Seasons for Growth is an innovative grief and loss education programme that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (aged 6-18) who are dealing with significant life changes by exploring the impact of change and loss on every-day life, and learning new ways to respond to these changes. Trained adult ‘Companions’ facilitate the small group programme, where participants support and learn from each other in age appropriate and engaging activities. Young people learn that they are not alone in dealing with the effects of change, loss and grief and build their communication, decision making and problem solving skills within a supportive peer group.


The programme coordinated from St Martin's @ St Chad's is delivered in schools to groups of 5—6 children of similar age. The children are referred to the programme by parents, teachers or social workers because of some behavioural change which seems to stem from the recent loss of someone important in their lives. This loss may be because of death, divorce or imprisonment of the significant person.

We employ a dedicated, part-time Co-ordinator to run the Seasons for Growth  programme. She leads a group of volunteer companions who deliver the programme which runs over 9 sessions during a term. 

Illustrations by Stephen Michael King, drawn specially for Seasons for Growth

For more information about Seasons for Growth, or becoming a volunteer, please contact Malini Malur, Programme Coordinator, Email:, Phone: 021 342 851.