Sparks Adventures

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.

Spark at Work .

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.

Wild Wolves of Sparks

Creative Catalyst

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.

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!

Pixie’s Tea Party – Ceramics

Imagine a miniature tea set, painted in blue and white, perfect for tiny people to use.  You could set up a party on a small table under a giant tree and invite all the pixies, fairies, and goblins you know. At last, you’ll have the right tableware to hold a Pixies tea party!!

Miniature tea set

Explore the pleasures and skills involved in working clay on a micro scale. Here anything is possible – make a magical set of ceramic goblets, tea cups or jugs. Then add all the whimsical elements and flourishes befitting the Fae Folk. Finally finish your mini domestic ware with some surface decoration in colour and line work using ceramic underglazes.

Steam Punk – Watercolour Painting

 Open your imagination to a world of science fiction/ fantasy  incorporating technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century, Victorian,  industrial,  steam-powered machinery.

Howl’s Moving Castle sketch by Miyazaki

This Art & Literature genre has been inspired by writers like Jules Verne (30000 Leagues Under the Sea) and HG Wells (War of the Worlds) and embraced by artists and animators like Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Steampunk Heart by Vitnir
victorian inspired Steampunk Art

This workshop will get everyone sketching wild machines – we will start by looking at a selection of visually stimulating objects for the theme: old watches, leather boxes, old fashioned keys, test tubes, an ancient typewriter, binoculars, leather diaries and old books, gears and cogs, old style telephone, bird in a glass box, pinned butterflies.

 Finally we will be using  a monochromatic  palette in watercolour and metallic washes to add some age, rust and character to our Steampunk masterpiece.

Animal Planters – Ceramics

Growing plants is fun! Especially in a unique Animal Planter. Use the plant to look like hair, fur or a tree sprouting right out of the back of a beastie.

Ceramic Whale Planter spouting a plant!

We’ll think about animal shapes that would work well to grow a plant in. Some animal bodies will definitely work better than others! You need sturdy legs (or no legs like a whale) and no thin whiskery fragile bits sticking out waiting to get snapped off. We’ll take a look at simplified streamlined shapes like Inuit carvings for inspiration.

Learn to hand build using beautiful clay, different ceramic techniques and some colourful finishes.

After School Bookings – Everything you ever wanted to know & more.

Saadia – Office Manager

Direct Debit Arrangements

Aeoncademy has a number of payment methods including Direct Debit. If you would like to set up a weekly or fortnightly Direct Debit arrangement please provide the required details under iPAY on your child’s enrolment form and get in contact with our office. Direct Debits are scheduled on Fridays from week one and are carried across 12 weeks, this includes the term and the two weeks of holiday. If you want to schedule a Direct Debit after week one this can be arranged but it will alter the number of transactions that are scheduled.

Fees associated with all Direct Debit arrangements are as follows:

Bank Account: $0.75/transaction

Visa/ Mastercard: 0.9% of transaction value + $0.75

Amex: 3.85% of transaction value + $0.75

Failed Transaction: $2.75

Casual Bookings

Aeoncademy has started 2018 with large class sizes generally and Sparks at capacity on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in particular. This will impact our ability to take casual bookings depending on available spaces – we generally have some space in our Bridging session (3-4pm). Should you need to make a casual booking please give us as much advance notice as possible. If you need to make a last minute booking on the day please send through an email to info@aeoncademy.com our office manager, Saadia, gets in at 2pm and will contact you to finalise the booking.

Absence

The transfer of children from the school to Aeoncademy in the afternoon is one of our busiest times. If your child is not going to attend Aeoncademy for a scheduled session please let us know by email or phone on or before the day if possible. If you email the school regarding your child’s absence you can cc us in or if you pick up your child you can pop by the Aeoncademy office and let us know.

The service does not allow cancellations of individual sessions for term bookings and does not offer refunds for any missed sessions.

School Camp

Please send an email to the Aeoncademy office if your child will be going to the upcoming school camp and let us know whether you will be picking them up from school on the last day of camp or if they will attend Aeoncademy.

 

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!

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 Bungendore Show

The Bungendore Show is a famous country show and family day out! It features equestrian shows, dachshund races and a pet parade . It always has a fabulous display of local produce for purchase and generally admiring. We were very happy when our energetic caterer Ruth (of Scrumper’s Garden)  decided to decorate the hall with our Animal Panels from the previous Canberra Show.

Here is a little gallery for your enjoyment.

We love to combine art and good food and believe that they are inseparable elements for a good life.

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!

Sun Protection Policy

Policy statement

Current scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation during childhood contributes to an increased risk to skin cancer throughout an individual’s lifetime (Cancer Council Australia, 2005b).

Preventing sunburn and overexposure to UV radiation assists in reducing the probability of skin cancer and further skin damage. Sun protection policies and procedures are a life long commitment to infants, young children and adults to reduce the incidents of skin cancer and eye damage (Cancer Council Australia, 2005a).

The service Aeoncademy has a duty of care to ensure that all persons are provided with a high level of sun protection during the hours of the service’s operation.

It is understood by management, staff, children and families that there is a shared responsibility between the service and other stakeholders that the Sun Protection Policy and procedures are accepted as a high priority.

In meeting the service’s duty of care, it is a requirement under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act that management and staff implement and endorse the service’s Sun Protection Policy, and ensure a level of protection to all persons who access the service’s facilities and/or programs.

STRATEGIES & PRACTISES

MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENT

  1. Times of UV radiation exposure
  2. According to the Cancer Council in the ACT, usually the highest risk months in relation to UV radiation are August – May, peaking during the summer months; and usually the lowest risk months are June and July. Further the peak UV radiation periods each day are 11am to 3pm during daylight saving and 10am to 2pm at other times of the year.
  3. Shade provision, outdoor experiences, and outdoor play equipment
  4. The service will consider the availability of shade when planning and programming for outdoor experiences or excursions.
  5. The service will continually assess the shade coverage of the environments for outdoor experiences, and seek avenues to improve the conditions if required.
  6. Outdoor play equipment that is fixed will be monitored for usability throughout the day by staff/carers.
  7. During summer highest risk months + peak UV daily period (ie. January summer vacation after-lunch recreation) any outdoor experience will occur in shaded areas only or only briefly in the sun as part of water play and will also be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  8. During lowest risk months + non-peak UV daily periods (ie. June-July winter vacation afternoon-tea-time recreation, and June-July term 2 or term 3 after-school outdoor activities), unless UV levels are 3 and above or outdoor periods are extensive, outdoor activity will not be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  9. During all other times or when UV levels are 3 and above, outdoor activity will be restricted in accord with protective behaviours and practices below.
  10. Outdoor experience will always be planned such that it is in shade or there is a shaded option.

HATS

  1. All children must wear an approved sun protective hat that is either: a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire’s style, when outdoors.
  2. It is recommended that a sun protective hat adequately covers the face, back of the neck and ears.
  3. Due to the risk of children becoming entangled in hat cords and choking, the service recommends that the cords are removed from hats.
  4. Each enrolled child’s parent is required to ensure that the child brings an approved sun protective hat every day attending.
  5. Any child who does not bring an approved sun protective hat will either
  6. have a new approved sun protective hat supplied by the service. The enrolled child’s parent will be charged a set price for this hat, which they will now own.
  7. find a suitable hat from the lost property box and borrow it while outside
  8. If service supplied hats are not available children without hats will be restricted to deepest shaded areas when outdoors

CLOTHING

  1. Loose fitting and closely woven fabrics assist in protecting children from exposure to the sun.
  2. It is recommended that shirts have a collar to protect the nape of the neck and long sleeves.
  3. Longer style tops and shorts are acceptable items of clothing to protect children from the sun.
  4. Sleeveless shirts, dresses and singlets are not considered as appropriate clothing to protect children from the sun. Children may need to change their clothing or will be restricted to shaded areas when outdoors
  5. when changing for water play children should be supplied with rash shirts or clothing to protect their torsos.

SUNSCREEN

  1. Aeoncademy has an expectation that families will apply sunscreen to their children before leaving them at the service in the morning. We will then record whether children are allowed to use the sunscreen we provide.
  2. Unless the family reports an allergy to sunscreen, or other reason for rejection, at enrolment, the service will provide sunscreen for children to apply under staff supervision. Sparks (4-7) will have sunscreen applied to them
  3. Extra attention will be applied to suitability of clothing (see above) in cases where sunscreen is not to be applied.
  4. SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen will be applied to exposed skin of children.
  5. Sunscreen must be applied at least 20 minutes before commencing outdoor experience (or as per manufacturer’s instructions).
  6. Some children may present with an allergic reaction to sunscreen. In this situation, the service will stop applying the sunscreen, notify the family and request that a hypoallergenic sunscreen be supplied by the family for the child to use.
  7. School age children will be encouraged to apply sunscreen themselves.

EYE PROTECTION

  1. The service supports the use of a sun protective hat to protect eyes from UV radiation.
  2. If sunglasses are worn when persons are outdoors, the service recommends that sunglasses meet the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1067:2003 with a category number 2, 3 or 4.
  3. Sunglasses not labelled with Australian Standards codes are considered toys and do not provide sun protection.
  4. Sunglasses with a category number of 0 or 1 are considered fashion spectacles and do not provide adequate protection against UV radiation.
  5. The service does not permit the wearing of sunglasses inside unless it is for medical reasons.

MAINTAINING HYDRATION LEVELS

  1. Children’s body/water ratio mass is significantly different from adults, therefore the risk for dehydration from outdoor experience and hot weather is high and can be dangerous.
  2. Water will be offered to children throughout the day regardless of indoor or outdoor settings. Children are encouraged to access water to drink throughout the day.
  3. Each enrolled child’s parent is required to ensure that the child brings a water bottle every day attending and that the water bottle is clean and in working order. Any child who does not bring a water bottle will be supplied with a new water bottle by the service. The enrolled child’s parent will be charged a set price for this water bottle, which they will now own.

ROLE MODELLING SUN SAFE BEHAVIOURS

  1. Children learn through example and role modelling is an important strategy in children’s services to maintain quality standards.
  2. Staff, students and volunteers must comply with the Sun Protection Policy as per Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  3. Staff, students and volunteers must wear a sun protective hat and clothing, apply SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, and seek shade whenever possible when supervising outdoors or facilitating children’s outdoor experiences and excursions. It is recommended that appropriate sunglasses are worn when outdoors.

COMMUNICATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS

CHILDREN

  1. Protective behaviours and practices (3.2.1-4) are explained to children just before and as they are enacted, and children’s cooperation is encouraged
  1. Children’s outdoor experiences reflect the importance of sun protection behaviours and practices.

FAMILIES

  1. Sun protection behaviours and practices are outlined on the service websites, parent information sheets, newsletters and excursion permission forms.
  1. Sun safety information will be displayed on notice boards.
  1. Families will be encouraged to implement the service’s sun protection behaviours and practices when engaged in service experiences and excursions. For example, parents must wear a sun protective hat when volunteering on excursions.

STAFF

  1. Sun protection behaviours and practices are detailed on the service websites, staff information sheets, newsletters and excursion permission forms.
  2. Sun protection behaviours and practices are covered regularly during staff meetings.

FURTHER READING

ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act

Workplace_DEC05.pdf

  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005b). Position statement: Sun protection and infants (0-12 months). Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/Sun_protection_infants_May_2005.pdf
  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005c). Position statement: Risks and benefits of sun exposure. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/Risks_Benefits_Sun_Exposure_MAR05.pdf
  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005d). Position statement: Eye

protection from ultraviolet radiation. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from http://www.cancer.org.au/ documents/AUG06_Eye_protection.pdf

  • The Cancer Council Australia. (2005e). Position statement: Use

of SPF30+ sunscreens. Retrieved November 15, 2006, from

http://www.cancer.org.au/documents/Use_of_SPF30_sunscreen_June%202005.pdf

  • The Cancer Council NSW. (2006). SunSmart childcare: A policy guide for service providers. Sydney: Author.
  • Young warned as skin cancer kills 1500 a year. (2006). Retrieved November 20, 2006, from http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/young-warned-as-skin-cancer-kills-1500-a-year/2006/11/19/1163871272971.html

 

 

Behaviour Guidance Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

Our goal in guiding students behaviour is to enable our service to make manifest its philosophy of Education Through Creativity. Our service employs behaviour guidance techniques designed to respect the rights and dignity of all children in our care and to assist them to develop skills to successfully resolve conflicts and to self regulate their behaviour.

The service has a duty of care to provide a safe environment which protects the emotional and physical health of all children. We recognise the range of age groups and developmental needs of children in school-age care and seek to approach behaviour guidance with consistency and consideration for the uniqueness of each child. The service promotes collaborative approaches to behaviour guidance between the service’s stakeholders in line with the following legislation and standards:

  • ACT Children and Young People Act 2008
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. Sections 166, 167
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011: Regulations 73, 74, 155, 156, 157, 168(2)(j)
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children

CONTEXTS AFFECTING BEHAVIOUR

The service recognises that a child’s behaviour may be affected by their:

  • Age and development.
  • General health and wellbeing.
  • Play and learning environments, which includes the physical indoor/outdoor settings, the weather, the time of year, the time of day.
  • Staff caregiving strategies and how they are implemented.
  • Relationships with their family, school, peer group, volunteers, visitors.
  • External factors such as media coverage of traumatic events.

Our ongoing relationships with both students and their families mean we can often recognise and ‘head off’ behavioural issues as, or before, they occur; ultimately addressing them in the positive and nurturing context of a long term, caring relationship.

While staff are aware and respectful of individual children’s and families backgrounds and beliefs, it may be necessary to balance the individual needs of stakeholders with staff knowledge of developmentally appropriate and current best practice recommendations from recognised authorities.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

The service identifies the following behaviour management strategies as unacceptable under any circumstances:

  • The use of physical punishment.
  • The use of humiliation, intimidation or negative labelling.
  • The use of other forms of unreasonable discipline laid out in Section 741 of the Children and Young People’s Act 2008.

OUR SERVICE’S BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE STRATEGIES

All staff use our behaviour guidance  strategies consistently across the service to empower children to recognise, manage and learn from their behaviours and express their emotions in positive, non-threatening and productive ways. Facilitators, as the educators responsible for delivering our programs, have the greatest opportunity to apply (and to supervise the successful application by Assistants) of the following practical strategies.

PREPARE – Preempt disruptive behaviours by planning.

ENGAGE – create connection to maximise your influence/authority:

SUPERVISE – maintain awareness of students at all times:

REASON – stay calm and explain:

INSIST, PERSIST & INFORM – where disruptive, uncooperative or negative behaviours occur:

EXTREME BEHAVIOURS – in the face of violent, aggressive, abusive or uncontrolled behaviours act quickly to minimise harm. 

BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLANS- managing long term issues:

  • When a child displays continuous unacceptable behaviour the Facilitator will observe, monitor and record the child’s behaviour while respectfully and sensitively gathering information from the parents; hopefully revealing some facts as to why the child is behaving in an unacceptable way.
  • The Facilitator and the Sheriff will privately consult with the parents and work together to develop a positive BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN (available in FORMS folder) that is suitable for the child while at home and during attendance at the service.
  • The Facilitator and Sheriff, in consultation with the Senior Executive, will develop a written BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN detailing specific strategies and time frames that staff will put into practice immediately. This BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN will be discussed with the child’s parent/s.
  • Should the BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE PLAN be ineffective based on the time frames decided by the Facilitator, Sheriff and Senior Executive, the parent will be required to seek outside professional support. The Senior Executive will support the parent/s through this process.
  • If all behaviour guidance strategies have been exhausted and the child is demonstrating aggressive behaviour, causing physical or emotional harm or distress to any child or staff member, or causing continuous disruption to the delivery of the programs the Senior Executive will meet with the family to inform them that their child will be required to have some time away from the service while outside professionals are consulted.

 

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

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

Week before Christmas


homemade herbal vinegar
Herbs from the garden bottled in cider vinegar

Woah- it’s the last week before Christmas! How did that happen? Bizarre the exact thing happened last year too…

We are in the thick of the Christmas Elf Workshops, making beautiful hand crafted gifts like beeswax wrappers, herbal vinegars and paper tree decorations. As the week continues we will be making bath salts, weavings, shortbread and more. Everyone had better keep their eyes open though- the dark elves (lead by Loki the terrible) are hidden in our midst determined to ruin Christmas for everyone and we must keep an eye out for their terrible pranks.

kids hiding under a rainbow mossie net
Rainbow Christmas elves

The weather is suddenly really hot so we will have lots of icy cold drinks, an air-conditioned chill cave, and water play happening during break times. The good old slip and slide will make its regular summer appearance over January giving everyone a chance to cool down.

If the handmade gifts are not enough to go around there is always the Aeoncademy store, open until 6pm Friday December 22nd. We have all your boffering requirements covered with a wide range of replica swords and shields for some great exercise and stress relief. There are also T-shirts and gift vouchers to give someone for one of our summer holiday program workshops in Sparks, Vala or Creative Catalyst.  Email or phone through any bookings and we will pick them up when doors re-open on Monday 8th of January.

boy decorates with a spear
Use your spear to put up the decorations

We hope you have an excellent end of year and a safe and relaxing holiday.  See you next year!

a rainbow leads you to the pot of gold at Aeoncademy!
A rainbow over Aeoncademy!