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Nature play- the great outdoors

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.

free time under the plays
Imaginative play under the trees

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.

kids playing in the sand pit
Nature play in the Sand Pit

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!

We love living things. These Long Necked Turtles live in the art room

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 .

kids running outside
kids playing outdoors

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.

eating outside is great for your appetite
Dining outside

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

Vala Dramatic Adventures

“A place at the Round Table awaits you”

Relaxed Roman Legionary

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!

Preparing for Troll attack

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.

Outdoor role play

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).

 

Seeking your old phone.

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.

We’ll re-home your old jars!

Remember to gift us your clean jars, craft extras, boxes, sports equipment or milk crates. You’ll be amazed what we do with them!

Come Play at our Autumn Open Day!

 

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.

Art display

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.

Painting play

There will also be some merchandise available for purchase, our t-shirts and boffer weapons are always popular.

art for adults
Ceramic Salon in hiatus

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!

We’re recruiting!

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!

The Introductory Sessions, term 1, 2018

Tough art girl
Strength in Art!

Next week is the first week of after school classes here at Aeoncademy and we always start the term with a week of Introductory Sessions. Instead of our usual division into classes of Sparks, Vala and Creative catalyst  at 4pm, everyone will be joining in with group activities representing all the classes!

crazy Time bandits battle for the Map of time and Space
Time Bandits negotiate for The Map

Here is our line up for term 1 of 2018. Art classes are in the top row, followed by Vala’s drama classes and then the Sparks cyclical forays into both programs + World Cooking.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week One Intro Sessions
Student free day Intro sessions

All students start – Vala Games + Bird project.

Lego.

Intro sessions

Vala Games + Bird project –

Seed Planting

IntroSessions

Vala Games + Bird project –

Free time clay

Vala Games
Week Two Cardboard City Pt1 Autumnal Prints  1 Under the Microscope 1 Pixies Tea Party 1 Giant Bubbles
READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER READY PLAYER CHARACTER
Cornucopia
Carboard City MINI PLAYER CHARACTER World Cooking Pixie Cup
Week Three Cardboard City 2 Autumnal Prints 2 Under the Microscope 2 Pixies Tea Party  2 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Days of Narnia- ‘Friends in the Forest’ WC Magnified Drawings DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE- People of the Old Stone Age- ‘Raiders at the Ford’
Week Four Cardboard City 3 Autumnal Prints  3 Under the Microscope 3 Pixies Tea Party  3 Vala Games
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
World Cooking Leaf love DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Dawn saga Fantasy- ‘Wolves, Trolls and Talking Trees’ World Cooking
Week Five DIY Robot 1 Ceramic Animal Planters 1 Steam Punk Drawings 1 Cool Candelabra  1 Cooking
Days of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wolves: The Waste and the Wild Golden Age of Greek Heroes- the Odyssey: Cave of the Cyclops Return to The Mountain (The Dwarf Trilogy)- Fragments of a Map: The Troll Woods People of the Old Stone Age: Summer Heights
Cornucopia
DIY Robot DRAMATIC MAKE-BELIEVE Golden Age of Greek Heroes- ‘Hands of the Giant’ World Cooking Candle Holder
Week Six DIY Robot 2 Ceramic Animal Planters 2 Steam Punk Drawings 2 Cool Candelabra 2 Huge Cardboard City
DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER DEFENDER
Cornucopia
DMB World Cooking Steam Punk Drawings DMB
Week Seven DIY Robot 3 Ceramic Animal Planters 3 Steam Punk Drawings 3 Cool Candelabra  3 Vala Games
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knight’s Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
World Cooking Animal Planters DMB World Cooking
Week Eight Easter Bunnies Capers Easter Egg Drawings Layered Worlds 1 Autumnal Stencilled Platters 1 EASTER FRIDAY
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
Eggstravagant Drawings DMB World Cooking Leaf Plate
Week Nine EASTER HOLIDAY EASTER HOLIDAY Layered Worlds 2 Autumnal Stencilled Platters2 Group Autumn Mandala
Roman Britain- Hadrian’s Wall: Beyond The Wall Warring States- Samurai & Ninja: Samurai and Ninja Knights Templar- The Crusades: Co-Existence in the Holy Land Norse America: The Fatal Shore
Cornucopia
DMB World Cooking Watercolour World DMB
Week Ten FREE TIME FREE TIME FREE TIME FREE TIME Group games
Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice Time-Space-Dimensional Randomiser/Choice
Cornucopia
World Cooking Free time clay! DMB World Cooking
Sparks- our youngest members
We are Sparks!

Dont forget- bookings do NOT roll over from 2017. Make sure your enrolment details in Hubhello are up to date AND contact our office 62423268 to ensure you are booked in!

Two weeks then back to school!

painting with acrylics and oils
Misty Mountains Oil Painting

It is only two weeks then we’re all going back to school! Its hard to believe we’ve already had 10 days of amazing workshops across Vala, Creative Catalyst and Sparks. It’s a short week due to the Australia day long weekend but we intend to pack a lot into the next four days.  Today is a full art class with Misty Mountain Oil Paintings, followed by the ceramic workshop Viking Ships, (a day of drawing with all types of media) Celtic Labyrinths on Thursday and finishing with Action Art 3 on Thursday.

Vala Club sees the week starting with Knights Templar, Coexistence in The Holy Land taking us back to the early middle ages, a time of great upheaval in the old world. Tuesday we travel with the Vikings to the fatal shore of North America . Wednesday sees the return of Return to The Mountain- the Dwarf trilogy  (and the return of Andrew!)  as we adventure into the fantasy world of the Dawn Saga. Finally Thursday finishes with the Golden age of Heros and Heroines as we enter The Cave of the Cyclops…

If you want to book in for any of the remaining workshops here they are

make your own temple Vala style
The Great Temple of Samye in Tibet
make your own medalions
Numismatics displayed

As always our youngest children, the Sparks have the best of both worlds in sampling both the art adventures  of Creative Catalyst and live action storytelling of Vala. While having plenty of time for creative play, dress ups, reading and more. The program is a great way for young children to get ready for school as we help reinforce ideas of group participation, working with a schedule of activities and eating together in a class situation.

home made pizzas by Ruth
Home made pizza of all varieties

Our dedicated caterer Ruth continues to provide delicious and healthy meal choices for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Including fare to help cope with the very hot weather, from watermelon slushies, to fruit juice icy poles and plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and home made dips.

Public Art at Yarralumla

By Popular Demand. Last Day of Andrew!

Back by popular demand for one day only! Andrew Yallop is making a guest appearance in the Vala room for January 24th Return to the Mountain- The Troll Woods.

 

He has been with Aeoncademy since the olden days, here is the blurb he wrote for our staff profile:

‘Andrew was the inaugural graduate of the M-Group training program as a part of the Vala Dramatic  Adventures Continuum, and has worked extensively in all programs Aeoncademy offers. He holds a Bachelor of Writing with a Major in Storytelling from the University of Canberra and when he grows up, wants to ride dragons.

Andrew began attending Aeoncademy as a student in 2003 and was so entranced, he never left. Andrew started volunteering as a teenage mentor to younger attendees, and as an assistant to the facilitators at Aeoncademy’s Vala Dramatic  Adventures in Spring 2005. Due to Andrew’s success and passion he then gained employment in the program in Spring 2008. Andrew’s role at Aeoncademy has only grown as his development continues’.

Andrew will be best remembered for his zany characters in Vala Club. Also his cheerful and enthusiastic presence in every nook and corner of Aeoncademy.

Do not miss your chance to attack Andrew once last time with boffer weapons, listen to his poetry and write him mournful missives wishing him good luck, good fortune and good coffee in Melbourne!

Welcome 2018 Chinese year of the Dog!

Welcome 2018 Chinese year of the Dog!

Old Bandit has her year in 2018
2018 Year of the Dog

We have the whole of January to play, make, create, pretend, cook, build, dismantle, write, draw and more.  A whole month of Creative catalyst arts, Vala Club’s dramatic adventures and Sparks explorations of art and drama to keep us all very engaged! See the full program here.

 

We’ve also welcomed Saadia our dedicated office manager and farewelled Andrew Yallop who is moving to Melbourne. Everyone here has taken a deep sigh of relief that we have the wonderful Saadia taking care of all the administrative burdens of running this small, busy and passionate service for children and teens.

 

Badges of 2017

Hot Weather Ahead

It’s also going to be the usual very hot Canberra summer so we will be bringing out the old favorite sprinkler and possibly a slip-and-slide for those days that are going to climb over 30. We also have a chill cave with air conditioning for a cooling off period in the afternoon of very hot days to make sure no one gets overheated (thank you Yarralumla Primary).

Make sure children attending have a decent HAT, a WATER BOTTLE, a TOWEL and SUN SAFE SHIRT bathers/rash shirt/wettable clothing. Please sunscreen your children in the morning or they will not be able to participate in any water play over lunch 🙁

 

It’s Our Birthday!

2018 is going to be a big year for Aeoncademy… did you know it’s our 15th Birthday?! A proper teenager at last.

We will be looking for parents students and ex-students who are interested in being involved in our Birthday extravaganza later in the year- send us an email and we’ll add you to our party list. Also feel free to add any suggestions you would like to see at the event (a chocolate fountain? Comic book swap? Giant paper mache pianata?)

Vala Tournie with our two champs going for the final prize.
Vala Tournie with our two champs going for the final prize.

We have also been given the go ahead from Yarralumla Primary to do some work on the front garden space to make the area more productive, beautiful and user friendly. We will be running some fund raising events to enable these garden improvements, if you use the Entertainment Book consider purchasing it from Aeoncademy! If you are a keen gardener and/or earth mover let us know. We will be waiting for Autumn weather to start moving garden beds around so we want a garden project group established ASAP- this is an awesome opportunity to get involved and enrich the children’s experience of growing, harvesting and cooking real food. Our unique food program Cornucopia will be returning on Mondays and as has limited places so book in quickly.

gathering food and herbs
Children in the food garden