All are welcome to our fabulous Open Days. Come and try your hand at clay work, painting, boffer weapon action, planting seeds in our kitchen garden or admire the exhibition of kids art work from the first 5 weeks of term and see how they’ve mastered their projects.
Try a delicious biscuit made in the Cornucopia cooking program and have a cup of soup for a gold coin donation.
Meet our dedicated staff and line up for a 20 % discount on any of the specialised programs we offer during the Spring Vacation. From hand coiled Ceramic Birdbaths to the Samurai & Ninja’s Final Stand in Dramatic Adventures.
We will also be introducing our new Creative Play vacation option, a foundation program which incorporates nature play and Play Pod for $107.50 a day.
Following the success of our after school implementation of Creative Play we have decided to trial it during Vacation time! Starting these Spring Holidays you can book into a day, or a week, of our new vacation program for the great price of $107.50 per day, this is before any application of the new childcare subsidy.
Doors open at 8.30am and pick up is by 6pm, these sessions will be perfect for children who require childcare in a welcoming and stimulating environment with plenty of free time to play in a self guided way. They will be supervised by our caring and enthusiastic staff.
As usual we will include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea – home cooked, healthy and delicious – with ingredients sourced from farmers markets and organic suppliers where available.
Creative Play will focus on our outdoor Play Pods full of loose parts, ready to be set in action for imaginative and group play. We also have a growing garden space for nature play and active games. There will be opportunities for cooking and gardening and we will also open our excellent library and have drawing materials at hand for kids to use.
All children 5 years and over are able to enrol in the new program and there will be limited place just like our specialised programs so get in early.
We will be releasing the Spring Vacation program imminently with all our fabulous Creative Catalyst art and Vala live action adventure modules to choose from so you can feel free to mix and match days and programs.
Aeoncademy directors have just met very positively and constructively with the ACT Education Directorate Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and here is a report of the major understandings achieved, extracted from the actual minutes of the meeting:
The good news is we have been assured there will be no tender process to distract us from continuing our services to you.
It has now been made clear by the CFO that the tender process being pursued by the YPS Board is being superseded by a review process within a new framework still being developed by the Education Directorate. That new framework will support continuity of, and partnership in, quality outside school hour education and care. Furthermore, any consideration around financial incentives from outside school hour providers will be completely removed from the process.
We were informed that all outside school hour education and care providers in the ACT will go through this review process once it has been thoroughly developed.
Aeoncademy has been informed by the CFO, that, while the review process is being developed, we will be re-issued a licence/lease for the period up to 31 December 2019. All outside school hour education and care providers in the ACT whose licences/leases have expired, or will expire before the end of 2019 will also be offered this extension of service.
In partnership with the Directorate, Aeoncademy will address all aspects of the review process as it is developed so we can be reviewed successfully and continue to provide quality outside school hour (OSH) education and care, meeting all requirements of the community, beyond 2019.
Aeoncademy directors emphasised with the CFO the vital significance of continuity in the provision of quality OSH education and care spanning preschool to grade 6. We believe that the new framework being developed by the Education Directorate will support this essential requirement.
Thank You to all of you who supported Aeoncademy through this trying time of confusion and uncertainty. We should also acknowledge the patience displayed by Rohan Evans, Principal of Yarralumla Primary School, as we tried to work through these developments. We look forward to resuming our positive partnership with the school management in quality education and care at YPS.
Bring your friend for half price if you book before next Wednesday the 4th July. Who said all EOFY sales are boring? This Vala Promotion is a rare event so enjoy don’t miss out!
If you already know the joys of character play, getting in costumes and playing with boffer weapons then it’s time to spread the word.
Book in with a friend and get 50% off the second place in Vala if you are aged 7 years +
Vala is a unique mode of character play where kids enjoy the live action, immersive experience, of becoming people or beings from historical, literary and fantasy world settings.
Take Knights Templar – Lords of Outremer (Friday 13th July) for example.
The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitaller and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassins and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and earn the title Lords of Outremer!
In this module participants will have a chance to dress as Knights, fight battles, travel to strange places and prove their valour.
If literature and high fantasy interest you then check out
Return to the Mountain – Bears, Bogats, and Barghests (Wednesday 11th July)
Setting off from the haven of Caer Llawn with wise counsel from their wizardly guide and the aid of the great black-bearded Bearskin, an alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom pursue a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. The trail leads into hills crawling with goblins they have only recently escaped. But worse still lays in store in the form of that dreaded bane of dwarfs… the beastly, bone-crunching ‘Barghest’.
Become a dwarf and enter a dangerous and fabulous world of monstrous beasts and unexplored landscapes.
Or perhaps an exploration of Feudal Japan?
Shogun Japan – Samurai & Ninja Under Siege (Thursday 19th July)
Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga Province finds itself Under Siege.
Whether you love playing characters, dressing up, designing environments or action games, there is something in Vala for everyone. Check out our Winter Program for all classes
Some of you may be aware that our facilities license at Yarralumla Primary School(YPS) is up for renewal at the end of this year. While we had hoped to smoothly transition into a new license it has become clear that the Principal wishes to offer our position up for tender.
It is with great sadness that we announce that this is the last straw for Aeoncademy at YPS. The announcement that we will be forced to go through a tender process is a clear expression that the school management does not support us, despite our efforts for 15 years to develop a partnership in the education and care of children. It is also incredibly disturbing and disruptive to the immediate running of our tiny service; we neither have the resources nor the time to compete with large franchise child care providers. We need a school that supports us in our efforts to provide quality care. Our families need continuity, our workers need some job security.
Aeoncademy is unique, we are a single, small centre run by family and friends. For 15 years, thousands of children across Canberra have grown up in our service, sometimes working their first jobs with us. Our staff all work directly with children providing quality care in a sea of average to poor childcare options. Our life long dream of becoming a not-for-profit is about to be realised in July. These are the projects we need to focus on, not a looming tender process for our right to exist.
This facilities tender process risks repeating the mistakes recently seen in NSW where dollars have trumped quality and large, base level, multi-service, operators have ousted smaller, individual childcare providers. The tender process is not being enforced upon schools by the ACT Education Directorate. YPS management has chosen this option.
If you have a child at YPS, in addition to filling out the after school care survey by June 29th, please contact your school’s Principal ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and tell him NOT to tender out his school’s child care service facilities license and to automatically renew Aeoncademy’s license. He has discretionary powers that can be used to support our program which has a proven track record of excellence. His duty is to listen to the opinions of families attending YPS.
If you love Aeoncademy for our vacation programs, our work experience and mentoring opportunities, our community engagement and our excellent workers who all rely on us for employment please also write directly to the current ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development Yvette Berry MLA ( Berry@act.gov.au) to express your support of the automatic renewal of Aeoncademy’s license and rejection of any tender process. It would be helpful to Cc that email to the YPS Principal.
Time for high fantasy as we explore the realms inhabited by Elf Towers! Ever since Tolkien elves have been recognised as magical and wise entities with a close affinity for the natural world. Long lived and appreciative of fine craftsmanship, imagine what kind of towers they would build…
In this ceramic workshop we will explore hand building techniques combined with stamping and melted marble glass to create beautiful models of our imagined elf towers.
Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. Huddled around their guttering camp-fire as they wait out the winter, the Tribe of the Cave Bear must deal with dwindling firewood, desperate predators, and the strange spirits of the midwinter death and their own past as they dig down deep to find the ingenuity and adaptability to endure Deep Winter.
We have had a number of parents enquiring about Before School Care especially in the current climate of concern for child safety in the morning.
Yarralumla Primary will support us in trialling this service which will initially run from 7.45 to 9am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the school hall.
Prices will start from $15 a session but this will vary as we sort out our numbers and staffing etc. Going forward we can provide a cooked breakfast option too (mmmm pancakes) but we will start with a basic cereal option for all children attending.
Our excellent facilitators that run the afternoon sessions will be looking after your children in a safe environment with a chance to do some mindful movement (meditative & relaxing movements and stretches) to prepare children for the school day.
Please spread the word and contact us as soon as possible so we can start up before term 3 in week 10.
Here we are roaring through the year and as you may have heard …it’s our FIFTEENTH YEAR! This is no small thing for us, as a small family business we have seen many changes over the years, in our host school Yarralumla Primary School, in childcare expectations and in Canberra. As the owners and directors, Mathew and Teffany are now ready to establish Aeoncademy as the entity it has been moving towards for so many years: as a not-for-profit social enterprise.
What does this mean?!
It doesn’t mean too much to the day-to-day activities of our current families and workers, we will still be running the same amazing programs, classes and open days. It does however open the door for more involvement for people who are really interested in our philosophy of ‘education through creativity’ and ‘nurturing the creative spark’. This change will also enable us to strengthen our relationships with other cultural organisations thereby enriching our programs.
How can I get involved?
Send us an email and we’ll put you on our active members list, future plans involve gardening, cooking, playing with your kids, helping with Open Days, writing grants etc, etc
I don’t want to do anything else! I’m busy.
Don’t worry we wont make you. This change is about increasing opportunities for people who want/have time to collaborate and partner. We appreciate you for choosing our service already. We intend for this move to help us keep evolving and improving.
Will anything change at the centre?
Business as usual here. Things will only get better.
Will fees go down?
Fee structure will stay the same and you can rest assured that all your money is being reinvested in the quality of our Not-For-Profit service.
We look forward to your enquiries, responses and involvement!
Sadly Ruth of Scrumpers Garden is leaving us to focus on her growing Farmers Market commitments. So we are looking for a caterer. If you ever wanted to get involved with catering with an ethical, organic and sustainable focus or believe healthy food makes a real difference in peoples lives, then you might like working with us!
Following a fabulous Open Day we now are open for bookings in any of the art, drama or Sparks workshops offered below. Call Saadia on 61423268 to make your Winter Vacation booking or for more information.
Every year Ramadan begins with a lot of questions from my friends and colleagues. I told my colleague (name not identified due to privacy reasons 😉) that the start of Ramadan is determined by sighting of the new moon. She asked if anyone who fasts needs to sight the moon, I told her that if anyone in Muslim community sights the moon, then Ramadan is announced, and she goes “oh! What if a person is hallucinating and says he saw the moon?? So, I thought will write a little bit about Ramadan to resolve the mystery.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Whenever you sight the new moon (of the month of Ramadan) observe fast”.
Many places still depend on someone seeing the new moon with the naked eye. As a result, Ramadan’s start can vary from place to place because of weather conditions and other factors that affect how easily the moon is seen. Some of us rely on technological advancement in predicting the birth of new moon, but whatever the personal choice, we all agree that Ramadan begins with a new moon. An evidence of a sane, mature, honest and pious Muslim irrespective of male or female will suffice to prove the appearance, sighting of moon if the sky is over cast.
During Ramadan, observers are expected to abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from dawn to dusk. Removing these comforts from daily routine is intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality and charity and to purify the body and mind. Several different groups are excused from fasting during Ramadan; pregnant women, people who are mentally or physically ill, and sometimes women who are breastfeeding (they can decide for themselves if they feel fit to fast).
We break the fast when the evening call to prayer is made (or when the alarm goes off on Muslim prayer App). Every country has its own specialities and mostly the ‘mums’ show off their culinary skills to make food for ‘iftaar’ (the meal at the time of breaking fast). We break the fast with a date and some snacks (potato/chilli/chicken pakoras, chaat, samosas, damn I am fasting have to stop) followed by a dinner. Then it’s off to bed for a few hours of sleep before it’s time to wake up and start all over again (Sehri/suhoor – the meal before the morning prayer).
What if you look at somebody’s food? LoL! So, nothing happens by just looking at it, and to my friends who are not fasting, it is NOT okay if you want to eat your juicy kebab in front of me when I am fasting!
So, it’s a complete fast? Not even water? Yup! Not even water. Only sweet oxygen till we break the fast.
Do you stuff yourself with food after sunset? Totally depends! Some people indulge to the point of not being able to leave the couch (guilty as charged), while others will try to eat balanced meals full of nutrients.
At the end of Ramadan there is a big three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr,or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. It’s kind of like the Muslim version of Christmas, in the sense that it’s a religious holiday where everyone comes together for big meals with family and friends, exchanges present (hint for Teffany), and generally have a lovely time.
Ramadan Kareem everyone!
P.S I’ll be breaking my fast with my family on two working days, therefore the office will be open from 12:00pm till 4pm on Friday May 25th and June 8th, 2018). Please make your inquiries before 4pm.
Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…
see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday
On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.
Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.
And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂
We are enjoying this incredibly warm and gorgeous Autumn weather and making the most of it by taking our programs outside wherever possible. Our three main programs; Vala (dramatic adventures), Creative Catalyst ( visual arts) and Sparks (ages 4-7) make use of the outdoors on a daily basis to enjoy all the benefits of some Nature Play.
By looking at the word Kindergarten and thinking about it’s original meaning, ‘garden for the children’ the close associations with young children and the great outdoors are so obvious as to be almost not worth stating.
Yet how much time and what kind of space do children have to spend in an enriching outside environment?
As across the globe we all become more sedentary and urbanised the benefits of nature play (activities like digging in soil, walking under trees, having contact with animals etc ) are being proven to have great benefits for all. From improving children’s physical heath, relieving stress and anxiety, improving academic performance, assisting with concentration and personal and social development. The list goes on!
Aeoncademy believes taking the children outside to paint, to make obstacle courses, to build cardboard cities, to role play adventures and to garden are all excellent things to do. The proof is in the kids behaviour, they love it and respond with enthusiasm to dining al fresco and outdoor group games .
As our garden evolves (Working Bee- Friday 11th May 3-6!) so will the opportunities to interact with living systems; worms, plants, soil and food. As a holistic service we like to connect everything. We eat our meals together, outside when possible. Everyone washes their our dishes and collects food scraps for chickens and the worm farms. All the participants from 4 years olds to teenagers, help pack down the dining room and make space for other activities.
There are opportunities to water the garden, plant seeds and harvest plants that will become part of our meals. Our caterer Ruth Gaha- Morris provides us with healthy, delicious meals sourced organically and locally where ever possible. She loves to present us with incredibly coloured heritage vegetables and food grown from nearby farms to encourage children to diversify their tastes and food tolerances.
Come hither, one and all, brave questing souls, adventure beckons you on every day of the Autumn School holiday program…
Knights Templar fend off an ambush by Assassins on the road to the Holy City.
Vikings lay down their axes to parley with native people on the shores of America.
A band of orphaned Dwarves, heirs to seven thrones, are lost deep in the Goblin tunnels.
An unlikely alliance of Samurai, Ninjas and Monks defy the tyrant who would rule all Japan.
‘Time Bandits’ are out to plunder treasure, armed with the stolen Map of All Time & Space.
Cursed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, the crew of Ulysses face off against giant cannibals.
Life is never dull for Roman Legionaries based at Hadrian’s Wall on the borders of Scotland.
Wizardly wildman with elfish friends hosts a scraggly band of adventures in a magical castle.
Clan of the Cave Bear must convince stone-age tribes to help rescue kidnapped friends.
Although the above sentences may sound like the tag lines to a bunch of great Netflix episodes, or computer games, or similar… they are in fact descriptions of dramatic adventures which lay in wait for each and every participant in the Vala Autumn Vacation program starting Monday 16 April. And these dramatic adventures are to be experienced as one of the characters, in the story itself, making up the legend as it unfolds, with sword or staff in hand, hooded, cloaked, armoured or even invisible!
This year our program turns 15, and to help celebrate we have promoted a number of long term participants (‘Vala Veterans’) to even more creative roles within the enchanted realm of imagination and storytelling that is Room Vala, at Aeoncademy.
One of the great things about this is that there are now more places than ever at the ‘Round Table’, from which all adventures and quests start, for new, young participants.
So let your ears be turned by the strains of bardic music which ever plays above and beyond the noise of our normal, busy lives.
Great quests, explorations, dangerous deeds of valour, bold tasks and… a wee bit of (supervised) reckless abandon… await every child, at Aeoncademy, program Vala, this Autumn season.
Merely contact our Front Office for bookings (mundane yes, but hey, that’s how it works).
We are after replacement MP3 players for our story loving children who like to relax by listening to audiobooks. We load up our audio devices with stories suitable for the different age levels of our programs. Everyone who knows us is aware that we love to recycle and reuse equipment to keep it out of landfill . If you have an unwanted old phone sitting in a drawer (with a charger) please send it our way!
We keep a bin specially marked to collect all great reusable items in the corridor near our front office.
Remember to gift us your clean jars, craft extras, boxes, sports equipment or milk crates. You’ll be amazed what we do with them!
In response to our community’s growing need for child care and Yarralumla Primary School’s growing numbers, from Term 2 this year Aeoncademy will be introducing a new, Creative Play based program, running from 3 – 6pm Mon – Fri for $33 a session. We are turning 15 this year (Open Day party 24th November, all invited), and we have seen so many changes over the years in our host school, Yarralumla Primary School. From struggling to maintain numbers and nearly closing (several times) to becoming the thriving Italian bilingual school it is today, with three kindergarten classes this year!
In celebration of our ongoing role within this community our new Creative Play program will offer quality, choice based activities; featuring our popular Play Pods with loose construction parts, guided nature play and various arts and crafts. This program will start in Term 2 and depending on the enrolment day we have a number of vacancies available from the beginning of Term 2. Our world class Creative Catalyst Art, Vala Dramatic Adventures and – best of both worlds – Sparks programs will continue to be provided as opt in specialised classes between 4-5.30; after which children may join the Creative Play program until 6 pm at no extra cost. Our dedicated caterer will continue to provide all children with a healthy afternoon snack.
There is only one Aeoncademy and it is located at Yarralumla Primary School. We pride ourselves as being a unique, flexible and adaptable provider of creative programs and quality care for children and young people. To enrol or enquire about any of our wonderful programs please contact our office manager Saadia on Ph:02 61423268 or Email: email@example.com