Holiday Program Menu Winter 2017

Morning teas
Knowing how hard it is to get kids to eat breakfast sometimes, morning teas during the holiday program aim to supplement anything they may have missed at breakfast. High energy wholefoods incorporating both carbohydrates and protein will generally be on offer.

We will have options such as:

  • natural yoghurt,
  • fresh or stewed fruit,
  • whole grain cereals,
  • low sugar baked goods,
  • toasties,
  • eggs,
  • un-homogenised full cream milk, organic milk alternatives and fresh juices.

For winter we will be serving warm comforting foods.
Soups and stews will be high on the menu after the success of our open day soup fest.

This time of year beautiful local pumpkin, potatoes and leeks are abundant. I think they will feature highly. I think I will be tiring to sneak in some kale and Brussel sprouts too.

Nachos are the all time favourite and it wouldn’t be a holiday program menu without them. Vegetarian nacho sauce, fresh seasonal veggie salad options, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream all piled on to of plain gluten free corn chips.

Instead of sausage sizzle this holidays we will be doing a build your own burger day. House made beef mince or vegetarian burger patties, organic sauces, salads, homemade pickles, cheese, pasture raised chicken eggs.

There have been requests for lasagne again this holidays and I’m happy to oblige. This is one of the all time favourite in our family and is just as good in both meat and vegetable incarnations.

Afternoon teas
Afternoon tea is usually a reasonably savoury affair, not a great time of the day to be loading children up with sugar. It will always include fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable and something a bit more filling.

Some examples include:

  • Fruit and vegetable breads. Some of the favourites have been carrot and berries, pumpkin and sultana, beetroot and cacao, and of course the classic apple and rhubarb;
  • Plain corn chips, crackers and popcorn. These are served with fresh salsa, guacamole, hummus, eggplant, beetroot or sweet potato dip, cheese, or boiled eggs;
  • Wraps or sandwiches with salad, cheese, egg, or vegemite;
  • Toasties;
  • Small treats like coconut honey fruit balls, honey seed clusters, puffed quinoa crackles, fruit muffins, pikelets or scones with butter and jam, biscuits, rice pudding, house made jelly or custard, fruit and juice icy poles.
  • House made savoury and sweet pastries such as sausage rolls or scrolls.


Monday July 3rd
MT: freshly baked yoghurt and apple cakes, seasonal fruit and milk to drink;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: chopped fresh veggies, cheese and biscuits.

Tuesday July 4th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Wednesday July 5th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: savoury veggie and cheese muffins, fresh veg and cheese.

Thursday July 6th
MT: natural yoghurt, fruit, and cereals, juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

Friday July 7th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: pumpkin soup with fresh sourdough bread and sour cream;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.


Monday July 10th
MT: freshly baked wholewheat carrot and honey cake, with yoghurt or cream and orange juice to drink;
LUNCH: house made burgers with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: English muffins, cheese and veggies.

Tuesday July 11th
MT: fresh pikelets with local blueberry jam and cream, fresh fruit, milk to drink;
LUNCH: minestrone with cheese and fresh sourdough bread;
AT: house made sausage rolls, fresh veggies and choice of sauces.

Wednesday July 12th
MT: hot porridge or house made muesli and stewed fruits, milk/cream/yoghurt to add;
LUNCH: veggie fried rice with a choice of tuna or scrambled egg to add;
AT: cheese toasties and fresh veggies.

Thursday July 13th
MT: house made rice pudding with stewed or fresh fruit;
LUNCH: veggie nachos with a wide choice of fresh toppings and sauces;
AT: boiled eggs, fresh veg and garlic bread.

Friday July 14th
MT: natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey seed cakes;
LUNCH: lasagne and salads;
AT: house made hummus, veggie sticks and crackers.

New Pilot Program! Cornucopia – The Kitchen & Garden

New Pilot Program! Cornucopia – The Kitchen & Garden by popular demand for children who love to grow and cook.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Companion Plants in the Garden Bed

Our Sparks (ages 4-7)  have been really enjoying participating in a World Cooking program for awhile now, much to the jealousy of many of the older children who want to participate as well. So here it is, a cooking and gardening program for ages 7-14!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Bread Basics

Led by Ruth Gaha-Morris of The Scrumpers Garden (Aeoncademy’s in-house caterer), students will be introduced to cooking from scratch, making such things as yoghurt, cheese, muesli, bread and pasta, flavoured from the growing Garden at Aeoncademy.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Home Made Pasta

We will be using herbs and plants from our newly established garden beds as well as doing winter planning for the ongoing development of the kitchen garden. This is a real hands-on learning experience of food, gardening and sustainability. 

Named after the mythical Horn of Plenty, a symbol of abundance,  we have named this budding kitchen & garden program Cornucopia.

To help us launch this program, we are putting out a call for any gardening or kitchen tools you are not using. Spades, rakes, Bread tins, mixing bowls, even electric appliances like frypans or slow cookers . Also glass containers. Please recycle your clean, glass jars with lids (all sizes) in our big green collection bin outside the art room. All donations gratefully received!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
The Southern Harvest Cornucopia

Starting Term 3, Monday 4-5.30 there are only 11 places,  get in touch through or ring the office 6142 3268.

Defying Empire

Recently, Anna, Andrew, and Teffany grabbed an opportunity to attend a tour through Defying Empire with curator, Tina Baum. This is the third instalment of the National Indigenous Art Triennial. The tour also included an information session about related resources and curriculum links for NIAT 3 from the Programs and Education team of the National Gallery of Australia.

Defying Empire
detail from Karla Dickens, Assimilated Warriors

This is a diverse exhibition full of provoking ideas examining indigenous identity fifty years after the referendum of 1967 when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were finally recognised as citizens of Australia. Much of the work looks at how contemporary art practices are connected to a traditional past. From native materials like shells and sedge grass, to video projections, paintings and a collection of altered fencing masks, the work ranges across a huge variety of materials and approaches.

It also starts almost immediately as you enter the gallery with Reko Rennie’s painted Rolls-Royce parked in the front foyer. 

Don’t forget the NGA Play- a fun space for kids to move around and discover ways of interacting with art. Because you can touch things , move around freely and lie down on pillows before you enter the main galleries it’s a nice buffer space for families.

Defying Empire
checking out NGA Play

The exhibition is broken into eight themes;

Forever memory- an eternal connection to the land and its flora and fauna.

Recounting and Revival – acknowledging and recognising the past.

Resistance and Refusal – withstanding stereotypes and challenging popular perceptions.

Defying Empire
Yunggulba (Flood Tide) series by Megan Cope

Disrupting Invisibility -revealing Indigenous histories.

Defying Empire
Black Dog by Archie Moore


Asserting Presence – affirmation of Aboriginal existence in Australia

Defying Empire
Andrew contemplates the style of Assimilated Warriors 2 by Karla Dickens

Rising Passion – rage at injustice

Defying Empire
Captain James Crook by Jason Wing

Bearing Witness- highlighting cultural, political and social issues

Defying Empire
A dress made of seaweed,  kerliggener-leewunna by Vicki West

Defying Empire – encouraging conversations challenging outdated ideologies

This is a simplification of a deep and complex show , only intended to give an impression of the monumental issues and ideas covered in the work. Really you need to see it yourself there is so much going on and so many excellent artists are represented.

We all found it deeply moving and profoundly interesting and encourage you to go check it out. It’s free and on until early September.

Find out more at the NGA’s website.

A Cure for Freyja

Freyja is a part of the Aeoncademy Family. Her and her family, Lizzie, Bryn and Inge, have come to countless Open Days, and even helped us with our exciting Halloween events in the past.

Freyja has a rare and aggressive cancer, and has needed to travel far from home to undergo some challenging and expensive treatment. She’s only five years old, and while her sisters, Bryn and Inge, and mum, Lizzie, are doing their absolute best, they need our help.

As you all know, we held a raffle this Open Day to raise some funds for Freyja, and we want to say thank you so much to all the families whose hearts went out to support Freyja as a part of our raffle. The number of people who chipped in was incredible, and we raised $250 which will be going to Lizzie to support Freyja and her siblings.

Congratulations Linda, Mr. Gray, and C35 for your wins!

Linda, you’ve won first prize, two spots in our fabulous Holiday Program over the coming year!

Mr. Gray, you’ve won Second Prize: an exclusive Fetish Designs Chicken Teapot

And C35 – You’ve won 3rd Prize – An amazing Boffer Double Headed Viking Axe.

We’ve got the prizes here at Aeoncademy this week, so bring in your raffle stub to collect your prize.

If you want to put a little more in to help them out, you can find all the details and ways to contribute at A Cure for Freyja


The Winter Holiday Program

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Winter Holiday Program! Running from the 3rd  to the 24th of July, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Winter Holiday Program

In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re bringing back some classic sculpture workshops, like Soup Kitchen Ceramics and Get A Head, alongside some brand new explorations in our diorama workshop Cities of Light and painting workshop Lost in the Clouds. In Soup Kitchen Ceramics, students will explore skills like coiling, slab building and moulding as they produce beautifully glazed domestic ware. After they’ve been fired, the ceramic vessels will be souper beautiful and ready to use!

In Vala, our new set of awesome adventures continue with Camelot Rising, and The Great Translator. We’ll also be looking back to some classic stories from Time Bandits – King Solomon’s Mines – to the exciting story of Cavalry & Aliens. Oh and we can’t forget the fabulous Young Mutant Chronicles coming up with a double header of Pandemic Panic and the mysterious Beast in the Underbelly.

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check out the Winter Holiday Program after the jump!

Continue reading The Winter Holiday Program

Open Day raffle for a cure for Freyja

It’s one week before Aeoncademy’s Open Day ( Saturday 27th May) and we want to help raise some funds for Freyja on the day. Many of you have been following her family’s story through social media, word of mouth and know her through the Yarralumla Primary School community. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Freyja is 5 and has a rare and aggressive cancer which needs some very expensive treatment. You can find all the information you need at

Freyja before the cancer diagnosis
Freyja the elf warrior before cancer was diagnosed.

We feel very sad about the terrible situation Lizzie and her three girls, Brynn, Inge and Freyja are in. We’ve known all four of them for years and they have spent many hours at Aeoncademy. They often spent the entire day participating keenly in all the Open Day activities.

This Saturday we will be running a raffle to raise some cash for the cause. For first prize Aeoncademy is donating two places in any of our vacation programs to be used during this year. There will be a second and third prize as well decided on by the end of the week. Please consider buying a raffle ticket when you make your booking for the Winter vacation program. The raffle, like our Open day, is open to everyone, whether participating in our programs or just passing by, so drop in this Saturday 27th between 10 and 4  and buy a raffle ticket or two to support the family.

A new/old facilitator, Ochre

Aeoncademy has a philosophy of small is beautiful. We are a small, family business and many of our workers have grown up with the service.

Let me introduce you to Ochre. Many of you have known Ochre for a long time. She grew up in the program and has been to thousands of Creative Catalyst classes.  Ochre has been assisting at Aeoncademy for over 7 years, in Sparks, Vala and Creative Catalyst .  She has worked as a general hand and the caterer throughout the term and over the vacation period. She knows our operation inside out.

For the last two years Ochre has been training to deliver art classes for children and young people. She has helped deliver workshops at public venues, outside school care and vacation programs.

Ochre has been facilitating Thursday clay classes under the wing of Teffany Thiedeman (Artistic Director of Aeoncademy) for three terms. Teffany is also Ochre’s mother which often causes great amusement to the students when they hear Teffany called ‘Mum’! Ochre is currently studying Anthropology and Environmental Science at the ANU and intends to take  electives in the visual arts. Her favorite medium is ceramics and also wearable art. Over the course of her studies at Aeoncademy she has developed excellent skills in her art fields.

Wearable Art


You can now expect to also see her teaching on Monday afternoons under the supervision of Monica Castelo (senior facilitator, teacher and artist). We believe one of the best things about Aeoncademy is the commitment and stability of our people, allowing real relationships to foster between students and staff. We also maintain a support system allowing young people to grow into their roles as educators and facilitators of our very specialised programs.

Monica adding some vital features

This term you will see Monica and Teffany even more regularly around the centre as they train and support facilitators in putting into practice the art programs they design.  Anna and Andrew with more than a decade of combined experience at Aeoncademy continue to support and inspire our young  facilitators while keeping the centre running smoothly. Please feel free to say hello and approach us with any questions, plans or ideas that you have.

Aeoncademy’s Winter Open Day!

Keep your Creative Spark burning at the Aeoncademy Open Day!

All day we’ll be helping you nurture your own Creative Spark, whether you’re a Preschooler or a Parent, or anything in between! All day we’ll have clay to play with, watercolours to paint with, a magnificent exhibition of students’ work, and enough drawing, crafternooning, making and more to keep all comers involved!

Tantalise your tastebuds with delicious food from Scrumpers Garden, who will provide a delicious lunch (gold coin donation) and is collaborating with our Sparks to put together some sweet treats throughout the day!

Speaking of lunch – at around lunchtime we’ll have a fabulous Vala Dramatic Adventure – and you’re invited to join in! Follow the story of the Knights of the Round Table and how the Sword in the Stone first came to be. With a bit of luck, and some chivalrous behaviour in the Grand Tourney, you might be the one who draws the Sword from the Stone!

We’ll also announce the winner of the Vala Contributor’s Prize and release our fantastic Aeondawn Magazine – both in collectors edition Print and Online!

And (of course) we will release our Winter Holiday Program!

Jam Packed with warm wintery visual arts and stories that take us from the Scottish Highlands to the Himalayas! Remember, all holiday bookings made on the day are $152 – a massive 20% off the full price!

So come and discover Aeoncademy, and meet the team, including the visionaries and directors of Aeoncademy Mathew Long and Teffany Thiedeman, as well as all our different educators, and learn all about Education through Creativity!

Position Available: Casual Assistant

Aeoncademy is seeking Assistants to join our team.

The Successful Applicants will:

Be High-Energy and enjoy working with children.
Be ready and able to learn new skills on the fly.
Possess a valid Working with Vulnerable People Card and I’mAlert certificate.
Be available for Casual work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays And/Or Thursdays, with the potential for shifts on other days.
Aeoncademy is an organisation that is all about Education and Total Human Enrichment through Creativity, a philosophy that stretches through everything we do. This applies to our team as well.

At Aeoncademy, we provide for our team:

  • A caring, team-oriented workplace
  • On-The-Job training and additional (free!) Professional Development opportunities in Visual Arts, Dramatic Storytelling, and more.
  • Exciting scope to rise through the ranks for dedicated and empowered people
  • Opportunity to engage with our provision of Education through Creativity, and help mould the place you work!

To Apply:

Send a copy of your CV and your Working with Vulnerable People card to the Aeoncademy email address. Make sure you’ve got a phone number for us to organise an interview and/or trial shift.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Aeon Team Away

Periodically at Aeoncademy, artistic directors, Mathew and Teffany have, for many years, facilitated intensive weekends of team-building, programming, and philosophising down at a little house in Broulee.
Beautiful South Coast
And so it was that late on Friday evening we made our way down the winding road and over the Clyde to reach our weekend.

Before we go in to what we got up to, we should mention a little by way of context.

Aeoncademy, founded by Mathew and Teffany, has continued to grow and expand in terms of size and in terms of our team, and over the last twelve (or so) months, with Aeoncademy’s growing footprint, we’ve brought a number of extra amazing individuals into the team, or advanced them in leaps and bounds by way of responsibility. Monica with her years of teaching experience continues to be a mentor and resource for our new trainees, along with Anna and Andrew, who have been with Aeoncademy for years.
Following in the footsteps of the Vala Director, Mathew Long
Over the course of these weekends, following the same kind of creative modalities delivered in Aeoncademy, Teff and Math facilitate the engagement between the Team and the Aeoncademy philosophy.

These intensive weekends have, for a long time, developed the way we work as a team, harnessing the experiences we have as a team to solidify the connections between our trainees, facilitators, executive team and directors, building the bonds of our Aeon family.
Bookkeeper and finance officer Garry, gets Teffany to carry the books!
These weekends – as fun, light, and enjoyable as they are, are periods of significant development for all of us here as a part of Aeoncademy. We learn more about each other, grow closer as a team and practice new and old skills, helping teach and grow our creative capabilities.
Monica Capturing a trio of Vala types
From Sand-Sculpture to Sketching, from Campfire Stories to Role Playing Games, over the our Team Away, Aeoncademy has drawn closer together and strengthened who we are and what we do.

So – with that in mind – let me introduce our newest members of the team; beginning with Enki.
We’ve all known Enki for a very, very long time as the son of our Creative Directors, but over the last term Enki has stepped into an exciting role as a Trainee Facilitator – taking on responsibility for Vala classes and administering the Aeoncademy Office – and is almost ready to be set free on these responsibilities solo.

Ella is another of our trainees, who’s stepping up fast to the plate and crossing over into Facilitation. Ella, who also attended Aeoncademy from when she was very young, has been moving into running the facilitation of our Sparks program, as well as taking on a role in the office.

We also got to have Steph and Annika along for our intensive weekend to help facilitate their ongoing growth as a part of Aeon.
Annika and Steph
Both Steph and Annika came on at around the same time, midway through last year, and have seemed to take to the Aeon way like a stingray to water.

Annika has accepted, and graduated a traineeship over the fourth term last year, and is now Facilitating on the floor and in the office.

Now that we’re back, we’re unfolding our program for Term 2.