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.
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 +
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.
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.
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.
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
Following a fabulous Open Day we now are open for bookings in any of the art, drama or Sparks workshops offered below. Call Saadia on 61423268 to make your Winter Vacation booking or for more information.
We are enjoying this incredibly warm and gorgeous Autumn weather and making the most of it by taking our programs outside wherever possible. Our three main programs; Vala (dramatic adventures), Creative Catalyst ( visual arts) and Sparks (ages 4-7) make use of the outdoors on a daily basis to enjoy all the benefits of some Nature Play.
By looking at the word Kindergarten and thinking about it’s original meaning, ‘garden for the children’ the close associations with young children and the great outdoors are so obvious as to be almost not worth stating.
Yet how much time and what kind of space do children have to spend in an enriching outside environment?
As across the globe we all become more sedentary and urbanised the benefits of nature play (activities like digging in soil, walking under trees, having contact with animals etc ) are being proven to have great benefits for all. From improving children’s physical heath, relieving stress and anxiety, improving academic performance, assisting with concentration and personal and social development. The list goes on!
Aeoncademy believes taking the children outside to paint, to make obstacle courses, to build cardboard cities, to role play adventures and to garden are all excellent things to do. The proof is in the kids behaviour, they love it and respond with enthusiasm to dining al fresco and outdoor group games .
As our garden evolves (Working Bee- Friday 11th May 3-6!) so will the opportunities to interact with living systems; worms, plants, soil and food. As a holistic service we like to connect everything. We eat our meals together, outside when possible. Everyone washes their our dishes and collects food scraps for chickens and the worm farms. All the participants from 4 years olds to teenagers, help pack down the dining room and make space for other activities.
There are opportunities to water the garden, plant seeds and harvest plants that will become part of our meals. Our caterer Ruth Gaha- Morris provides us with healthy, delicious meals sourced organically and locally where ever possible. She loves to present us with incredibly coloured heritage vegetables and food grown from nearby farms to encourage children to diversify their tastes and food tolerances.
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!
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.
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).