The Winter Program is here.
Don’t miss out! Make sure you call Saadia on 61423268 or contact the office firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions on the workshops.
The Winter Program is here.
Don’t miss out! Make sure you call Saadia on 61423268 or contact the office email@example.com for any questions on the workshops.
Where will we be in 2019? Well that’s up to you!
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.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
The Aeoncademy Team.
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.
Call 61423268 or email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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.
Business as usual here. Things will only get better.
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.
“A place at the Round Table awaits you”
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).
Do you have an old phone sitting around?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|In the past week the Sparks have harnessed their inner wolf in Roman Britain, baked cookies to share on the Open Day, constructed mechanimals; mechanically inspired animals, investigated strange newcomers on the shores of America and constructed a city from cardboard. That was just one week! There are plenty more adventures planned.
During the interactions in the other programs the Sparks are supported not just by the Sparks facilitator and assistants but also the facilitator in the room they are visiting. Their activity is planned around what the older children are doing in the same room enabling them to inspire the Sparks.
As we approach Term 2 we are beginning the transition of older Sparks moving on while we welcome new additions to our group of intrepid explorers. As Sparks turn 7 they are welcome to explore the Creative Catalyst, Vala and Cornucopia programs more thoroughly on the days they attend.
Here it is – another magnificent program full of creative adventures in History, Ceramics, Legend, Painting, Fantasy, Sculpture & so much more….
Click on these links to read more about each of the upcoming Catalyst and Vala workshops/modules listed on our Autumn Vacation Program.
Creative Catalyst opens the doors to the wide world of visual art for participants aged 7 years +. With students as old as 16 it features a wonderful multi-aged learning experience using a broad range of art materials and techniques to explore and enjoy. There are great opportunities for older students to participate in extension programs and develop their own projects.
Features creative modalities spanning the Visual Arts:
Themed workshop projects are selected from an astounding repertoire developed by Artist and Artistic Director Teffany Thiedeman and the Creative Catalyst collaboration of Canberra visual artists.
Emphasising inspiration, imagination, adaptability and positivity the Creative Catalyst approach is a hallmark of Canberra as the creative capital with the future of our nation’s bright sparks in mind.
Explore our range of workshops by clicking here.
Join us, on Saturday 17th of March for a fun day full of clay play, painting, Art Exhibitions and Vala Adventures!
Meet our friendly staff and turtles in the delightful Art Wing of Yarralumla Primary School & enjoy delicious fare from Scrumper’s Garden catering.
We will be launching our Autumn Holiday Program and it promises to be seasonally inspired and engaging. Book on the day and receive a massive 20% discount! – Available only at our Open Day.
Please call in any time between 10am and 4pm to pick up fired ceramic work from the Summer Program and admire the art work from our after school classes this term.
This is a great opportunity for a catch up with friends and family while enjoying a little hands on activity whether it’s clay work, watercolour painting or drawing. Or just a cup of tea, a gourmet nibble and a nice sit down.
There will also be some merchandise available for purchase, our t-shirts and boffer weapons are always popular.
Those who are missing the creative classes for adults, Ceramic Salon, are welcome to call in during the Open Day and play around with clay – we can make arrangements for firing any work you produce.
Same for Teenage Art Club- feed your creativity.
See you there!
Do you love children and have high energy? Do you want to work in a creative and supportive work environment helping kids to learn through wholistic experiences of art, drama, cooking, gardening and play?
We are after a motivated and engaged facilitator for our Sparks Program
If you have a WWVP and at least a cert 3 in Early Childhood education and are after a permanent part time position then contact us!