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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).

 

Aeondawn Submissions Open!

What a wonderful Summer Program, and how hard to believe it wasn’t even a fortnight ago.

The four-week program was full of excitement for Vala participants and facilitators alike, with countless characters played and stories told.

And so, once again, the Vala team are delighted to announce that submissions are OPEN for Aeondawn.

Aeondawn is Vala’s magazine, where we collect the creative work of students and staff to remember and celebrate the dramatic adventures we all had together.

And not just students and staff!

If your head is buzzing with the stories that you heard from your child, or you’re a Spark with a strong memory of an exciting interface, we’d be delighted to read and admire your submissions as well.

All you need to do for a chance to get your work published in our magazine is send it to our email, whether it is a short story, essay, comic strip, piece of art, map, or something so imaginative we can’t even anticipate it.

Submissions close on Friday 23rd February, so get to work!

We can’t wait to see all your magnificent work!

 

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

Summer massive month of workshops 2018

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!

 

Week 1 – Jan 8th – 12th
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 8th
Marsupial Animalia
Ceramics
Tuesday
January 9th
 Masks of the World
Mixed Media
Wednesday
January 10th
Underwater Worlds
Diorama
Thursday
January 11th
Gardens of Paradise
Drawing
Friday
January 12th
Action Art! 1
Mixed Materials

Vala
Dramatic Adventures

 Monday
January 8th
Masters of Wind & Wave
Beat the Bitter Wind
 Tuesday
January 9th
Time Bandits
Heist on Space Station Sierra
Wednesday
January 10th
Young Mutant Chronicles
Denium’s Darlings
 Thursday
January 11th
Freedom of the Bush
Van Diemen’s Land Conquered
 Friday
January 12th
Priests of the Ancient Nile
The Return of Amun-Ra
Week 2 – Jan 15th – 19th

Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts

Monday
January 15th
Recycled Percussion Instruments
Mixed Media
Tuesday
January 16th
Street Art
Spray Painting & Stencilling
Wednesday
January 17th
Dinner on a Plate
Ceramics
Thursday
January 18th
Plaster Caster Master
Sculpture
Friday
January 19th
Action Art! 2
Mixed Materials
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 15th
Days of Narnia
The Waste and the Wild
Tuesday
January 16th
Padmasambhava in Tibet
The Great Guardian of Samye
Wednesday
January 17th
Young Mutant Chronicles
Fall from Grace
Thursday
January 18th
Knights of the Round Table
Quest for the Grail
Friday
January 19th
The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots
The Last Battle
Week 3 – Jan 22nd – 26th
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 22nd
Misty Mountains
Oil Painting
Tuesday
January 23rd
Viking Ships
Ceramics
Wednesday
January 24th
Celtic Labyrinth
Drawing
Thursday
January 25th
Action Art! 3
Mixed Materials
Friday
January 26th
Australia Day – Service Closed
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 22nd
Knights Templar
Coexistence in the Holy Land
Tuesday
January 23rd
Norse America
The Fatal Shore
Wednesday
January 24th
Return to the Mountain
The Troll Woods
Thursday
January 25th
Golden Age of Greek Heroes
Cave of the Cyclops
Friday
January 26th
Australia Day – Service Closed
Week 4 – Jan 29th – Feb 2nd
Creative Catalyst
Visual Arts
Monday
January 29th
Art of the Tile
Ceramics
Tuesday
January 30th
Liquid Landscapes
Watercolour Painting
Wednesday
January 31st
Totemic Figures
Mixed Materials
Thursday
February 1st
Circus Realm
Diorama
Friday
February 2nd
Action Art! 4
Mixed Materials
Vala
Dramatic Adventures
Monday
January 29th
Warring States
Samurai and Ninja
Tuesday
January 30th
Roman Britain
Beyond the Wall
Wednesday
January 31st
Return to the Mountain
Desolation of The Dragon
Thursday
February 1st
People of the Old Stone Age
Summer Heights
Friday
February 2nd
Time Bandits
Plunder of the Aztecs

Thor and the Ice Giants

On the lifesblood of fated men
It’s thirst is slaked
The Powers’ homes paint crimson
With the heat and heart of battle
Black become the beams of sun
In the summers that follow

And the weather all now hearts harrow
Do you still seek to know? And What?
Now when the lifesblood flow,
And in chains Loki stirs deep below
These omens Ragnarok begot

From Völuspá, in the Poetic Edda, c.1270 CE.

Ragnarok, the end of Asgard, the fall of the Aesir and the cataclysmic war of the Ice Giants, was prophesied to Odin One-Eye many years ago. Heimdall, the all-seeing, has seen the coming of a change in the nine realms and, in his infinite wisdom, Thor has taken up Mjolnir to face the impending doom.

Christmas Workshop

Thor shall call up a team of warriors from Asgard, the home of the gods, including the Valkyrie, the Einherjar, even some fellow gods to search for a way to avoid the impending apocalypse! Along the way, Thor and his warriors will traverse the nine realms, and face gigantic and monstrous foes in Jotunheim, search for help from the elfin folk of Alfheim, and armament from the dwarfs in Svartalfheim.

Look behind the comics with an adventure of epic proportions, drawn from as many original texts as can be found! Students will learn all about Norse mythology, and Viking ways of life, touchstones for an enormous number of the stories we tell today.

Time Bandits

What better way to visit significant times and places in history and culture than as a member of the Time Bandits? This band of multifarious midgets once served the Supreme Being, making all the small things like boulders and shrubs until they angered him by making a particularly smelly bush.

Time Bandits

After being harshly scolded they petulantly stole His Map to All-of-Space-and Time and are now travelling through portals therein identified… stealing the greatest treasures ever known at the moments of greatest opportunity! (Just as we have stolen this idea from some of the original Monty Python team, ahem).

Time Bandits – The Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs

Now the Time Bandits  are headed off to Imperial Russia, over 100 years ago to see if they can get their greasy hands on some of the most precious treasures  known to humanity, the richly decorated and incredible ornamented Fabergé Eggs.

treasure Egg

Do you dare to join this eclectic and chaotic band of adventurers? Will your band succeed and achieve impossible wealth and glory…or will it all end up scrambled? Join us for the day and find out the Mystery of the Fabergé Eggs!

The Vala Contributor’s Prize

Aeoncademy’s Vala program centres around collaborative story telling. We have all sorts of modalities to facilitate telling those stories, which all relate to character play, taking on a character in a place and time different from the participant’s own. This means that in Vala each day we work together to develop a story, a narrative, as a group by piecing together a pastiche of different character experiences.

From our earliest days, Vala’s stories have been developed into written records, with players sending in ‘Character Reports’ to the Vala facilitator to help progress the story, and the way we told stories inspired our current facilitators to where we are today. You can read more about our Vala Facilitators here.

After a fabulously successful First Edition and Second Edition, Aeoncademy is really excited to announce the Third Vala Contributor’s Prize.

The Vala Contributor’s Prize

One free day in the upcoming Aeoncademy Holiday Program – worth $190.00, a Vala Tee Shirt, and publication in Æ°nDawn Magazine.

How To Enter

Create a narrative work in which the key element is writing, this can be a short story, novella, comic book or series of panels, or any other predominantly written work.
Theme – My Character’s Story – A story from a character played during the recent-most Holiday Program. This can be what happened during that day’s story, or the backstory behind the character.
Submissions — Submit your work as a PDF or Word document electronically to the Aeoncademy email address
Entries open on: April 10th 2017
Entries close by: 5.00pm on 30th of April 2017.
Unlimited entries per entrant.
Word limit – unlimited!

Conditions of entry

Entries must be your own original work.
Work will not be returned to authors.
Submit your story by the deadline.
The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Winning and selected works may be used by Aeoncademy, whether on the website, or in print, as-submitted or with modification, in any form Aeoncademy deems fit.
Published entries may be subject to editing.
Entry indicates acceptance of these rules.
Winners of the Vala Contributor’s Prize will be announced, and the prizes will be awarded at the Aeoncademy Open Day, following the Live Action Dramatic Adventure Demonstration, on the 27th of May 2017!

Judging

The stories entered in the Vala Contributor’s Prize will be judged by a selection from a panel of judges made up of Vala’s content-developing Facilitators, Mathew Long, Luke Jordan, and Andrew Yallop.