Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Spring Vacation Program! Running from the 26th of September to the 6th of October, our program is sprouting with new creative ideas!
In our Creative Catalyst program these holidays we’re getting stuck in to some sweet upcycling in Spring Junk Sculpture, some beautiful botanical oil painting in Botanical Oils, and some great garden genius in Gnomania, and Garden Printmaking.
In Vala, some springtime opportunities for becoming great characters emerge in The Rise & Fall of Lord Bothwell, and the grand ministers of King Trisong Detsen must come together to discover The Elixir of Longevity.
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 DramaticAdventures 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 DramaticAdventures 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!
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.
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?)
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.
This 2018 Summer we have a massive month of holiday workshops for kids aged 7-16! From both Creative Catalyst and Vala Club you will find a selection of old favorites and new experiences. Don’t forget Sparks (ages 4-7) have their own group and get to play in both programs!
Christmas time is coming – and at Aeoncademy we’re getting the sleigh ready, the baubles dusted, and the tinsel untangled as our Christmas themed program for December begins.
Aeoncademy is very pleased to be launching our new Weekend Workshops! – on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th of December. These Saturday programs run from 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 4pm, with a lunch break in between, and will be focused on Christmas Arts & Crafts in our Creative Catalyst program, and releasing a brand new Vala adventure with Omens of Ragnarok: Thor and The Ice Giants!
Each day we’ll run our specialised Creative Catalyst, Vala Dramatic Adventures, and Sparks Creative Play in a fantastic three hour format, and we’ll provide Morning or Afternoon tea in the middle of each period. The Lunch Break session between 12 and 1 will be a supervised time of unstructured play, but will not be catered for.
In terms of costs, our weekend workshops attract the Child Care Rebate and Benefit and cost $80 per session. The Lunch period is an additional $20. As always, all materials are provided.
At the end of term, our Christmas Holiday Program begins, and will be running from the 18th to the 22nd of December. Just like our previous Christmas Elf workshops, our days will be filled with kids art & craft, creative play, cooking and dramatic adventuring, structured in a relaxed end-of-the-year format so our kids can take it easy in our environment of Creative education and exploration.
Just like our usual School Holiday programs, the days are 8:30am to 5:30pm, and throughout the day we provide morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. You can book in for as few or as many days as you’d like! And as always, all materials are provided.
Our Summer Program spans from the start of December right through to when school goes back next year on February 2nd, and is full of amazing opportunities for Education through Creativity for everyone involved.
To begin with, we’re launching Weekend Workshops – on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th of December. These Saturday programs run from 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 4pm, with a lunch break in between, and will be focused on Christmas Arts & Crafts in our Creative Catalyst program, and releasing a brand new Vala adventure with Omens of Ragnarok: Thor & The Ice Giants!
At the end of term, our Christmas Elf Holiday Program begins, and will be running from the 18th to the 22nd of December. Just like our previous Christmas Elf workshops, our days will be filled with kids art & craft, creative play, cooking and dramatic adventuring, structured in a relaxed end-of-the-year format so our kids can take it easy in our environment of Creative education and exploration.
Lastly there’s our magnificent January Program – which spans from the 8th of January to the 2nd of February.
January Holiday Program
Throughout January in our Creative Catalyst program we’re bringing back the crowd favourite Action Art! We’ll be getting physical (and super messy) with a fantastic open art class. We’ll also look at some amazing sculptural creations with Marsupial Animalia, Dinner on a Plate, Plaster Caster Master and much more! Our drawing and painting classes will take on a life on their own with Gardens of Paradise, Street Art, and the gorgeous Misty Mountains Oil Painting class!
In our Vala program, what’s old is new again with the arrival of some of our fantastic classic sets – from the crowd favourite Norse America, to the pilot of our Dawn of History line – Roman Britain – Beyond the Wall. This summer we’ll be transported (through Professor Martin’s increasingly curious Time-and-Space Consciousness Transferal Device) to the Stone Age, the Future, and even into Narnia with our new literary creation Days of Narnia – the Waste and the Wild!
Aeoncademy is dedicated to providing the world’s greatest creative programs to our community so we’re looking forward to the Federal Government’s New Child Care Subsidy (CCS) scheme, which will replace the current Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit schemes, from 2 July 2018.
The new scheme will provide an increased subsidy for lower income earners and disadvantaged children. The CCS will be paid directly to services with changes to the annual cap which will make our After School and Vacation programs more affordable for some families.
Three things will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy: Combined family income, Activity level of parents and the Type of child care service. The Federal Government’s website provides an online estimator which lets you work out what the CCS will mean for your family.
Early in 2018 further information will be released by the Government and here at Aeoncademy we’ll be ready to help you navigate any changes.
With much aplomb our After School Program has launched for Term Four. We’ve got amazing creativity in droves, with some amazing new offerings in Vala, Creative Catalyst, and Cornucopia all.
In Creative Catalyst, we launch with Monster Masks, a fantastic paper-craft and papier mache project. We’re also super excited to return to Hearth for an excursion of artistic inspiration – which we’ll see later on this term
In Vala’s Dramatic Adventure Program we were chuffed to see how our stories panned out last term – so we’re getting started with an introduction to character play in our first week back! For students who have long been attending, this promises to be a fantastic look back at what makes Vala so unique, and for newcomers, a world of characters and stories awaits in our After School program!
In Cornucopia, we’re keeping cool with launch into a summer theme of snack foods, sorbets, and more. And by popular demand, we’re going to have a crack at making lasagne – from scratch!
In Sparks Creative Play, we can see a bunch of our students graduating to our older classes, but have a host of exciting activities for our youngest crew to get involved with as our After School program unfolds.
It’s that time again – the Open Day is coming up on the 5th of November to help keep your Creative Spark burning – and to let you all know about our fantastic programs – including the Christmas Elves and the mammoth January program.
Our Open Days are always a festival of creative play, and this one doubly so. For the first time we’re running an Open Day side by side with the Yarralumla Primary School Fete on a Sunday, with a host of amazing activities across both our festivities!
All day we’ll help you nurture your own Creative Spark, whether you’re a Preschooler or a Parent, or anything in between! We’ll have clay to play with, watercolours to paint with, a magnificent exhibition of students’ work, and drawing, crafternooning, making, face painting, and more!
At around lunchtime we’ll have a fabulous Vala Dramatic Adventure Demo – 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 just be able to take home Excalibur!
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!
Booking in for Christmas Elves and the January program on the day will net you a massive 20% off, and we’ll have a host of Christmassy Gifts for you to pick up for your near and dear ones – with our new and improved supply of Vala Gear, hand-selected Aeon T-shirts, and a beautiful collection of Catalysts for creativity on offer.
So come and join in – and nurture your Creative Spark!
Every day our team in the office are taking bookings, talking to parents, organising our roster, they’re making sure that our specialised programs are ready to run, every day, without fail.
Not only that, but they keep a track of all our Child Care Rebate and Benefit reporting, all of our discussions around facilities, and managing the First Aid for the whole centre every day!
So it’s no wonder they’re always so busy.
As Aeoncademy has grown in size, so has our task list. To help make sure that our team in the office are able to focus on the important work they have to do, we’re making a few changes to how we manage accounts.
Access to Accounts
Did you know you’ve always had access to your account with Aeoncademy? When we first accepted your enrolment, you were sent an email that included your account details with Hubworks – our Family Accounts software. You can log in using those details by going to https://ccvac.hubworks.com.au.
It is your responsibility to update your children’s records (especially health information like allergies and behavioural issues) and any changes to contact information.
You can view both their schedule and your account. You can see your account, produce invoices and statements, and view what’s going on by clicking on the Heart icon and selecting “Accounts” or “Bookings” to see your child’s schedule. You can also update your contact details by clicking on the icon on the right, next to where it says “Hi You”
Remember, it’s important that you keep your details up to date with us. We’ll still send you an invoice in Week 3, too.
Your Hubworks account is also where all your Child Care Management System – The thing that pays the Rebate and Benefit – happens. You can make sure that you get the 50% rebate by keeping your account up to date, especially your and your child’s CRN.
Aeoncademy has previously updated Direct Debit amounts at the beginning of each term, making sure all families are up to date with their payments across the term.
Going forward, we’re no longer going to update those Direct Debits on any schedule – it’s up to each family to ensure that their Direct Debit amount will cover their account across the term.
We’re going to keep helping out, too. Our team will calculate your direct debit when you book in, and you’ll receive a statement in week 3 as well, so you can keep an eye on how it’s all going.
Hubworks is very accurate, but we’re only human and sometimes mistakes are made. If you notice a mistake has been made in your account, please send the office the details and we’ll work to correct it.
You may request the office team to review your account if you have concerns but cannot pinpoint the specific issue (such as a missing payment). The cost for doing so is $20.00. If Aeoncademy is found to have made a mistake, this fee will be waived.