Colour Explosion Painting

Bring your world to life with the power of colour in this dynamic Painting Workshop. With the power to change our moods, to make us feel relaxed or energised; colour is used in the natural world to warn predators of poisoning danger if eaten and to attract mates.

Australian Corroboree Frog

Plants use colour to bring insect pollinators to their service while people have long understood the great symbolic power of colour in society and culture. Explore the world of colour and see how artists, such as Matisse and the Fauves, have used colour in their works. 

Music by Matisse

Then spend the day creating your own colour explosion on canvas!

World Masks – Ceramics

Take a look at Masks from all over the World. Sketch and design your mask and then make a small model- is it Friend or Foe? Has it got horns, teeth, scars, scales or fur? This ceramic workshop utilises sculptural and functional ceramic techniques like coiling, slab building, carving and stamping.

Masks have been inspiring artists forever and many have exaggerated features which can make them quite scary to look at. Huge eyes, mouths and teeth. What features and techniques do you want to use to create your own amazing mask?

Masks of the World
Sri Lankan Demon Mask

 

Program & Fee Adaptations for the Future

Program & Fee Adaptations for the Future

seasonal changes

This has been quite a year for us so far here at Aeoncademy. We are still coming to grips with the massive changes to the childcare system, which are making their mark felt on most families who use our service. They have been incredibly expensive for our small service to implement and have been brutal to our beloved specialised programs.

 

It has spurred on a number of developments in terms of our programming, as well as a restructuring and standardisation of all our fees and charges.

 

The government has communicated very poorly exactly what your childcare entitlements are and therefore how much you can expect to pay to use our specialised programs. 

 

This post is to clear up pricing at our end.

 

Creative Play Foundation Program

 

We have introduced a foundation childcare program called Creative Play. This runs after school from 3-6 and during vacation (starting this Spring Holidays) for a full day, and is open for all children ages 5 – 12. We are also extending the Vacation day until 6pm.

 

Our previous Sparks Program (ages 5-7) is being amalgamated into the new Creative Play while the new Sparks will be centered on children ages 3-4 and their particular needs.

 

All the programming associated with the old Sparks program – the cooking, gardening, art, and drama – will become available to everyone enrolled in Creative Play. These activities will be completely optional for children to participate in, or just to enjoy free play using our PlayPods of loose parts and nature play.

 

So, as of the next vacation program, whenever you enrol at Aeoncademy you will be enrolling in the foundation program- Creative Play. Then if your child is aged 7+ you may select a specialised program and pay a surcharge for this activity.

 

The YPS discount and any bulk booking discounts are being discontinued. There are never discounts on Creative Play as it is already the most affordable we can make it.

 

Sparks Early Years Program

 

We are recentering the Sparks program on children from ages 3 and 4, to focus on their particular developmental needs and to allow us to give them a separate space from the older children where they can begin their Aeoncademy journey.

 

In the past this group of the youngest children was called MiniSparks. Going forward they are the Sparks Early Years Program.

 

Specialised Programs

Vala defensive move
Vala in action

In order to help our amazing Creative Catalyst visual arts workshops and Vala Dramatic Adventures modules thrive, it is necessary to make a clearer distinction between them and our foundation program in both after school and vacation time.

 

So starting this Open Day, we are making changes to the 20% discount. It will now apply only to the surcharge for the Specialised Classes – as stated above, Creative Play is already as affordable as we can possibly make it.

 

We are also determined to keep our dedicated older students involved in Aeoncademy’s specialised programs even though the childcare rebate has been taken away from children aged 13+ or in high school. If you are one of these people please contact us and we will discuss the available options.

 

Prices

 

Commencing next Open Day here are the new fees and surcharges:

 

Creative Play Foundation Program

Fees

(Rate per hour $11.32)

per session/day

  • After School 3 – 6pm…………………………..$34
  • After School (with pickup) 2:30 – 6pm……….$40
  • After School (with pickup) 2:45 – 6pm……….$37
  • After School 4 – 5:30pm only………………… $17
  • Vacation 8:30am – 6pm………………………..$107.50

 

Specialised Class: Creative Catalyst, Vala, Cornucopia

Surcharges

(Rate After School per hour $9)

(Rate Vacation per hour $13.08/hr)

Specialised Class after school surcharge per day $13.50

Specialised Class vacation surcharge per day $98

 

Before School Care

Mindful movement and Breakfast 7.45-9am $15

 

Sparks (Early Years) Program (ages 3 up to 6 with consultation)

Fees

(Rate per hour $15.50)

 

per session/day

  • After School 3 – 6pm…………………………..$46.50
  • After School 2:30 – 6pm……………………….$54.25
  • After School 2:45 – 6pm……………………….$50.50
  • After School 4 – 5:30pm only…………………$23.25
  • Vacation 8:30am – 6pm………………………..$147.25

 

Please refer to the fine print on our website for all up to date terms and conditions.

If you have read this email and feel incredible anxiety that you will not be able to afford the care you need please talk to us in the office so we can can find a way to help you.

 

Yay it’s nearly the Spring Open Day!

Open Day invitation
Aeoncademy Spring Open Day

 

Amazingly it’s nearly the Spring Open Day.

All are welcome to our fabulous Open Days. Come and try your hand at clay work, painting, boffer weapon action, planting seeds in our kitchen garden or admire the exhibition of kids art work from the first 5 weeks of term and see how they’ve mastered their projects.

Try a delicious biscuit made in the Cornucopia cooking program and have a cup of soup for a gold coin donation.

Meet our dedicated staff and line up for a 20 % discount on any of the specialised programs we offer during the Spring Vacation. From hand coiled Ceramic Birdbaths to the Samurai & Ninja’s Final Stand in Dramatic Adventures.

We will also be introducing our new Creative Play vacation option, a foundation program which incorporates nature play and Play Pod for $107.50 a day.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Play during Vacation Time!

Following the success of our after school implementation of Creative Play we have decided to trial it during Vacation time! Starting these Spring Holidays you can book into a day, or a week, of our new vacation program for the great price of $107.50 per day, this is before any application of the new childcare subsidy.

 

lovely cubby house made of sticks
Nature Play/ Creative Play

Doors open at 8.30am and pick up is by 6pm, these sessions will be perfect for children who require childcare in a welcoming and stimulating environment with plenty of free time to play in a self guided way. They will be supervised by our caring and enthusiastic staff.

As usual we will include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea – home cooked, healthy and delicious – with ingredients sourced from farmers markets and organic suppliers where available.

 

gardening for the planet
Plant a tree

Creative Play will focus on our outdoor Play Pods full of loose parts, ready to be set in action for imaginative and group play. We  also have a growing garden space for nature play and active games. There will be opportunities for cooking and gardening and we will also open our excellent library and have drawing materials at hand for kids to use.

All children 5 years and over are able to enrol in the new program and there will be limited place just like our specialised programs so get in early.

 

Spring has Sprung!
Spring!

We will be releasing the Spring Vacation program imminently with all our fabulous Creative Catalyst art and Vala live action adventure modules to choose from so you can feel free to mix and match days and programs.

 

 

 

Positive News following a meeting with the Education Directorate

Aeoncademy directors have just met very positively and constructively with the ACT Education Directorate Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and here is a report of the major understandings achieved, extracted from the actual minutes of the meeting:

The good news is we have been assured there will be no tender process to distract us from continuing our services to you.

It has now been made clear by the CFO that the tender process being pursued by the YPS Board is being superseded by a review process within a new framework still being developed by the Education Directorate. That new framework will support continuity of, and partnership in, quality outside school hour education and care. Furthermore, any consideration around financial incentives from outside school hour providers will be completely removed from the process.

We were informed that all outside school hour education and care providers in the ACT will go through this review process once it has been thoroughly developed.

Aeoncademy has been informed by the CFO, that, while the review process is being developed,  we will be re-issued a licence/lease for the period up to 31 December 2019. All outside school hour education and care providers in the ACT whose licences/leases have expired, or will expire before the end of 2019 will also be offered this extension of service.

In partnership with the Directorate, Aeoncademy will address all aspects of the review process as it is developed so we can be reviewed successfully and continue to provide quality outside school hour (OSH) education and care, meeting all requirements of the community, beyond 2019.

 Aeoncademy directors emphasised with the CFO the vital significance of continuity in the provision of quality OSH education and care spanning preschool to grade 6. We believe that the new framework being developed by the Education Directorate will support this essential requirement.

 End report.

Thank You to all of you who supported Aeoncademy through this trying time of confusion and uncertainty. We should also acknowledge the patience displayed by Rohan Evans, Principal of Yarralumla Primary School, as we tried to work through these developments. We look forward to resuming our positive partnership with the school management in quality education and care at YPS.

Aeoncademy Directors:

 Teffany Thiedeman 

Monica Castelo

Mathew Long

 

Term 3 After School Program 2018

 

TERM 3 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
WEEK 1
INTRO SESSIONS
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chill out zone: bean bags, books/audio + drawing equip
merged groups VC- obstacle course VC- jedi/ skipping VC-obstacle course VC- jedi WC-herbed Crackers
taster activities CC-water colours, dioramas & plastacine CC- outdoor concrete pot painting CC- Ojo de Dios CC- glazing butterfly tiles. Gardening + stencilling smocks
make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction
WEEK 2
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 1 Masks Of The World (clay) 1 Patterns in Nature (varied) 1 bird houses (clay) 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Russian Apple Scrolls
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Russian Apple Scrolls Be a Giant and make a River System! Vala Make Believe Hula Hoop weaving
MINI
SPARKS
Marble Painting Clay Mini masks Stories in the teepee Ball Games All the Building!
WEEK 3
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 2 Masks of the World (clay)2 Patterns in Nature (varied) 2 bird houses (clay)2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Wash Potatoes for Wed! Scrumptious potato skins
SPARKS Nest weaving Vala Make Believe WC- Scrumptious Potato Skins Pinch pot bird houses Dress Ups
MINI
SPARKS
jumping games Paper mask Potato Stamps Dress ups/tea party music games
WEEK 4
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 3 Masks of the World (clay) 3 Patterns in Nature (varied) 3 bird houses 3 (clay)
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Vala Make Believe clay masks Vala Make Believe WC-Chinese dumplings Paper garden
MINI
SPARKS
Sew What Parachute Games Spiral doodle Dumplings Plant a seed
WEEK 5
CREATIVE CATALYST open day/ self portrait 1 open day/ seed pictures 1 open day/ Short Story 1 Open Day/ Avian Animalia 1 open day
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Bread rolls
SPARKS self portrait Vala Make Believe Comic Book Vala Make Believe WC-Pumpkin soup & meat + veg soup
MINI
SPARKS
Collage paint mini masks Frame work self portraits Puppet Show
WEEK 6
CREATIVE CATALYST self portrait 2 seed pictures 2 Short Story 2 Avian Animalia 2 make up gloop for Monday!
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope – DEFENDER: Flashback to Urs-skin’s Training (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes – DEFENDER: Flashback to the Walls of Troy (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America – DEFENDER: Flashback to Past Viking Raids (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain – DEFENDER: Flashback to Legionary Training
CORNUCOPIA Father’s Day Chocolate Balls
SPARKS WC- Father’s Day Chocolate balls paint clay masks Vala Make Believe Bird Nest Ninja Training Camp
MINI
SPARKS
chocolate balls Board Games Ball games clay birds Stories in the teepee
WEEK 7
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 1 Colour Explosion 1 Spring Garden Printmaking 1 mouth caves 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Salvadorian Papusa
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Salvadoria Papusa Printing from food Vala Make Believe Collage Monster
MINI
SPARKS
music games water colours All the Building! jumping games Cooking
WEEK 8
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 2 Colour Explosion 2 Spring Garden Printmaking 2 mouth caves 2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Paper Mache animal masks Vala Make Believe WC- Scottish Shortbread painting bird houses & nests Vala Make Believe
MINI
SPARKS
Goblin Workshop colour mixing beading parachute games dress ups
WEEK 9
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 3 Colour Explosion 3 Spring Garden Printmaking 3 mouth caves 3
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA take dough out of freezer for WC + CPA Lancaster potato cakes
SPARKS Vala Make Believe colour discovery Vala Make Believe WC-Lancaster potato cakes watercolours
MINI
SPARKS
Plant a seed ball games music games Sew what watercolours
WEEK 10
CREATIVE CATALYST finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects
VALA God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen
CORNUCOPIA Pizza Express
SPARKS paint animal masks paint animal masks Vala Make Believe WC-Pizza Express
MINISPARKS free choice free choice free choice free choice

Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe

This Dramatic Adventure takes us to Greece during the Bronze Age, the period when organised cities, occupational artists, a written alphabet, and the palace-states arose  for the first time…

After a string of misfortunes brought about by the sea god Poseidon, Odysseus’ once-mighty fleet has been reduced to but a single ship and its crew. Imagine their joy when, stopping at a lush island to resupply, they discover a banquet fit for the gods laid out for them by mysterious hands. Brash Odysseus’ decision to go ashore and enjoy the feast endangers him and his crew once more as they fall under the sway of a terrible enchantment and find themselves charmed or trapped in the shape of lowly and savage beasts on the Isle of Circe!

Circe Invidiosa

Vala Promotion! Bring a friend for half price.

Bring your friend for half price if you book before next Wednesday the 4th July.  Who said all EOFY sales are boring? This Vala Promotion is a rare event so enjoy don’t miss out!

If you already know the joys of character play, getting in costumes and playing with boffer weapons then it’s time to spread the word.

Book in with a friend and get 50% off the second place in Vala if you are aged 7 years +

byo friend
Fun for a friend!

Vala is a unique mode of character play where kids enjoy the live action, immersive experience, of becoming people or beings from historical, literary and  fantasy world settings.

Take Knights Templar – Lords of Outremer  (Friday 13th July) for example.

The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitaller and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassins and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and earn the title Lords of Outremer!

In this module participants will have a chance to dress as Knights, fight battles, travel to strange places and prove their valour.

fight for a discount
I want the discount!

If literature and high fantasy interest you then check out

Return to the Mountain – Bears, Bogats, and Barghests (Wednesday 11th July)

Setting off from the haven of Caer Llawn with wise counsel from their wizardly guide and the aid of the great black-bearded Bearskin, an alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom pursue a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. The trail leads into hills crawling with goblins they have only recently escaped.  But worse still lays in store in the form of that dreaded bane of dwarfs… the beastly, bone-crunching ‘Barghest’.

Become a dwarf and enter a dangerous and fabulous world of monstrous beasts and unexplored landscapes.

storytelling under the map
Storytelling and world building

Or perhaps an exploration of Feudal Japan?

Shogun Japan – Samurai & Ninja Under Siege (Thursday 19th July)

Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga Province finds itself Under Siege.

handmade map
Solving the puzzle

Whether you love playing characters, dressing up, designing environments or action games, there is something in Vala for everyone. Check out our Winter Program for all classes

 

immersive games
We love Vala!

Homeless Aeoncademy in 2019?

Where will we be in 2019?  Well that’s up to you!

standing together

Dear Community,

Some of you may be aware that our facilities license at Yarralumla Primary School(YPS) is up for renewal at the end of this year. While we had hoped to smoothly transition into a new license it has become clear that the Principal wishes to offer our position up for tender.

It is with great sadness that we announce that this is the last straw for Aeoncademy at YPS. The announcement that we will be forced to go through a tender process is a clear expression that the school management does not support us, despite our efforts for 15 years to develop a partnership in the education and care of children. It is also incredibly disturbing and disruptive to the immediate running of our tiny service; we neither have the resources nor the time to compete with large franchise child care providers. We need a school that supports us in our efforts to provide quality care. Our families need continuity, our workers need some job security.

Aeoncademy is unique, we are a single, small centre run by family and friends. For 15 years, thousands of children across Canberra have grown up in our service, sometimes working their first jobs with us. Our staff all work directly with children providing quality care in a sea of average to poor childcare options. Our life long dream of becoming a not-for-profit is about to be realised in July. These are the projects we need to focus on, not a looming tender process for our right to exist.

This facilities tender process risks repeating the mistakes recently seen in NSW where dollars have trumped quality and large, base level, multi-service, operators have ousted smaller, individual childcare providers. The tender process is not being enforced upon schools by the ACT Education Directorate. YPS management has chosen this option.

If you have a child at YPS, in addition to filling out the after school care survey by June 29th, please contact your school’s Principal ( rohan.evans@ed.act.edu.au ) and tell him NOT to tender out his school’s child care service facilities license and to automatically renew Aeoncademy’s license. He has discretionary powers that can be used to support our program which has a proven track record of excellence. His duty is to listen to the opinions of families attending YPS.

If you love Aeoncademy for our vacation programs, our work experience and mentoring opportunities, our community engagement and our excellent workers who all rely on us for employment please also write directly to the current ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development Yvette Berry MLA ( Berry@act.gov.au) to express your support of the automatic renewal of Aeoncademy’s license and rejection of any tender process.  It would be helpful to Cc that email to the YPS Principal.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

The Aeoncademy Team.

ELF TOWERS – CERAMICS

Ochre’s Elf Tower

Time for high fantasy as we explore the realms inhabited by Elf Towers! Ever since Tolkien elves have been recognised as magical and wise entities with a close affinity for the natural world. Long lived and appreciative of fine craftsmanship, imagine what kind of towers they would build…

In this ceramic workshop we will explore hand building techniques combined with stamping and melted marble glass to create beautiful models of our imagined elf towers.

PEOPLE OF THE OLD STONE AGE – DEEP WINTER

Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. Huddled around their guttering camp-fire as they wait out the winter, the Tribe of the Cave Bear must deal with dwindling firewood, desperate predators, and the strange spirits of the midwinter death and their own past as they dig down deep to find the ingenuity and adaptability to endure Deep Winter.

Before school care with mindful movement and breakfast.

Good Morning!

We have had a number of parents enquiring about Before School Care especially in the current climate of concern for child safety in the morning.

Yarralumla Primary will support us in trialling this service which will initially run from 7.45 to 9am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the school hall.

balance

Prices will start from $15 a session but this will vary as we sort out our numbers and staffing etc. Going forward we can provide a cooked breakfast option too (mmmm pancakes) but we will start with a basic cereal option for all children attending.

homemade muesli

Our excellent facilitators that run the afternoon sessions will be looking after your children in a safe environment with a chance to do some mindful movement (meditative & relaxing movements and stretches) to prepare children for the school day.

Please spread the word and contact us as soon as possible so we can start up before term 3 in week 10.

Call 61423268 or info@aeoncademy.com

Aeoncademy is going Not-For-Profit

Here we are roaring through the year and as you may have heard …it’s our FIFTEENTH YEAR! This is no small thing for us, as a small family business we have seen many changes over the years, in our host school Yarralumla Primary School, in childcare expectations and in Canberra.  As the owners and directors, Mathew and Teffany are now ready to establish Aeoncademy as the entity it has been moving towards for so many years: as a not-for-profit social enterprise.

 

Image courtesy NGA
Sprout – Sculpture Garden Sunday 2010

 

What does this mean?!

It doesn’t mean too much to the day-to-day activities of our current families and workers, we will still be running the same amazing programs, classes and open days. It does however open the door for more involvement for people who are really interested in our philosophy of ‘education through creativity’ and ‘nurturing the creative spark’.  This change will also enable us to strengthen our relationships with other cultural organisations thereby enriching our programs.

Parties
Aeoncademy’s 10th Birthday Party

 

How can I get involved?

Send us an email and we’ll put you on our active members list, future plans involve gardening, cooking, playing with your kids, helping with Open Days, writing grants etc, etc

I liked that food!
Yum Yum Yum!

I don’t want to do anything else! I’m busy.

Don’t worry we wont make you. This change is about increasing opportunities for people who want/have time to collaborate and partner. We appreciate you for choosing our service already. We intend for this move to help us keep evolving and improving.

Young Painter

Will anything change at the centre?

Business as usual here. Things will only get better.

 

Business as usual

Will fees go down?

Fee structure will stay the same and you can rest assured that all your money is being reinvested in the quality of our Not-For-Profit service.

Get Involved!

We look forward to your enquiries, responses and involvement!

We are looking for a Caterer!

looking for the perfect caterer
a perfect job for someone…

Sadly Ruth of Scrumpers Garden is leaving us to focus on her growing Farmers Market commitments. So we are looking for a caterer. If you ever wanted to get involved with catering with an ethical, organic and sustainable focus or believe healthy food makes a real difference in peoples lives, then you might like working with us!

Ramadan for beginners

Every year Ramadan begins with a lot of questions from my friends and colleagues. I told my colleague (name not identified due to privacy reasons 😉) that the start of Ramadan is determined by sighting of the new moon. She asked if anyone who fasts needs to sight the moon, I told her that if anyone in Muslim community sights the moon, then Ramadan is announced, and she goes “oh! What if a person is hallucinating and says he saw the moon?? So, I thought will write a little bit about Ramadan to resolve the mystery.

Saadia – answers all your questions!

 

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Whenever you sight the new moon (of the month of Ramadan) observe fast”.

Many places still depend on someone seeing the new moon with the naked eye. As a result, Ramadan’s start can vary from place to place because of weather conditions and other factors that affect how easily the moon is seen. Some of us rely on technological advancement in predicting the birth of new moon, but whatever the personal choice, we all agree that Ramadan begins with a new moon. An evidence of a sane, mature, honest and pious Muslim irrespective of male or female will suffice to prove the appearance, sighting of moon if the sky is over cast.

During Ramadan, observers are expected to abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from dawn to dusk. Removing these comforts from daily routine is intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality and charity and to purify the body and mind. Several different groups are excused from fasting during Ramadan; pregnant women, people who are mentally or physically ill, and sometimes women who are breastfeeding (they can decide for themselves if they feel fit to fast).

 

delicious dates

We break the fast when the evening call to prayer is made (or when the alarm goes off on Muslim prayer App). Every country has its own specialities and mostly the ‘mums’ show off their culinary skills to make food for ‘iftaar’ (the meal at the time of breaking fast). We break the fast with a date and some snacks (potato/chilli/chicken pakoras, chaat, samosas, damn I am fasting have to stop) followed by a dinner. Then it’s off to bed for a few hours of sleep before it’s time to wake up and start all over again (Sehri/suhoor – the meal before the morning prayer).

What if you look at somebody’s food? LoL! So, nothing happens by just looking at it, and to my friends who are not fasting, it is NOT okay if you want to eat your juicy kebab in front of me when I am fasting!

So, it’s a complete fast? Not even water? Yup! Not even water. Only sweet oxygen till we break the fast.

Do you stuff yourself with food after sunset? Totally depends! Some people indulge to the point of not being able to leave the couch (guilty as charged), while others will try to eat balanced meals full of nutrients.

At the end of Ramadan there is a big three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. It’s kind of like the Muslim version of Christmas, in the sense that it’s a religious holiday where everyone comes together for big meals with family and friends, exchanges present (hint for Teffany), and generally have a lovely time.

Ramadan Kareem everyone!

P.S I’ll be breaking my fast with my family on two working days, therefore the office will be open from 12:00pm till 4pm on Friday May 25th and June 8th, 2018). Please make your inquiries before 4pm.

 

 

 

Winter Open Day is Coming!

all welcome to the Winter Open Day
Winter Open day 2018

Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…

see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday

The Winter Program