But as we launch into our final week, we’re also gearing up to go back to school!
…and Aeoncademy has its fantastic host of creative programs in after-school format starting off once again, to help keep nurturing the creative spark of children and young people through the term.
Our program is rocketing back with our Intro Sessions, where we give our students a chance to explore a little bit of everything on offer while we fix down a program that runs across the term.
Don’t forget that at the end of the year, we stop carrying your bookings across, so it is vital to get in touch with the office to arrange your after-school booking, so as to avoid missing out on a space.
Speaking of the term, stay tuned for more information about our Open Day – coming up on the 4th of March, which will be chock full of amazing activities and the release of our Autumn program!
Ghouls, goblins, and little ghosties, prick up your ears! For the scariest day of the year – HALLOWEEN – is fast approaching, and Aeoncademy will be holding a special celebration for the day. We’re calling it Hallowaeon!
Bookings are an absolute must for the day and we’re offering a special discounted rate for bookings made for Hallowaeon! $25 for the session starting at 4pm, $13.25 for the Bridging session – but only for bookings made in advance for Hallowaeon. Call the office to book in today!
Things will kick off with a celebratory bridging feast with some spooooky elements that our catering crew are brewing up in the storeroom even as we speak.
Then in an Aeoncademy first, we’ll be running an extra-special session that will last an EXTRA HALF-HOUR from 4pm until 6pm. And what a session it will be! Not only are we running extra special stories, art and cooking programmes from 4 through 5 for the children, but during the last hour of the program (from 5pm onward) we’ll even be throwing open our doors to parents who want to join in in the Hallowaeon Extravaganza!
What’re we doing on the day? Well…
In Creative Catalyst we will join in the ancient-most of Halloween traditions, painting their faces like scary monsters – zombies, vampires, werewolves – to protect themselves from prowling monsters on the way home. Here’s hoping they don’t get confused and come to think they themselves are the monsters painted on their skin…
Sparks will put on their lab-coats and prepare to learn from our resident mad genius Anna Wishart the slippery ways of Slime Science! Red or green, yellow or blue, ghostly ectoplasm or sticky blood, even non-newtonian goopy creations, our inventors-in-training will cook up all kinds of slimy concoctions. Let’s just hope that their creations don’t slither away from them….
Vala will explore the haunted back-alleys of Mexico City as they learn about the Aztec roots of Dia di Muertos, the Day of the Dead. If they aren’t careful, they may even glimpse the ancient deities Mictecacihuatl and Mictlantecuhtli roaming their former stomping-grounds and learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice…
Get a look at what your children do all term, maybe even engage in a little project of your own, and join your kids and our spooktacular staff for a sausage sizzle to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.
Launching into the last stretch of the year, our Term 4 Program is starting off fast with some fabulous All-Hallows and Harvest-time themed workshops. Then, with a bunch of brilliant projects, fantastic stories and an amazing Inspiration Tour coming up, we’ll be arriving into Summer, where we cool off with some stories of the Corroboree, crafty Christmassy decorations, and the exciting return of our far-flung Science Fiction story: Awaken Andromeda. All in all our Term 4 program is getting ready to unfurl an awesome run to the end of the year.
After a great Holiday Program we’re rolling straight back into our after-school program.
Our Monday & Tuesday art classes are being run by Monica Castelo, with ceramic & mixed material workshops coming together with Teffany’s classic ceramics class on Thursdays and Isabelle’s Wednesday wonders of Drawing and Painting. This term in Creative Catalyst we’re exploring themes of Spring Stories, sprouting seeds and reborn reflections with a host of exciting projects. From Storybook Construction to Masks and Masques, and with a fantastic batch of different programs planned.
In Vala, our stories center around revelation, understanding, and new beginnings as we get involved in stories from the Age of the Buccaneers and Realms of the Renaissance, and with many, many more stories from all over the globe being put together for a fantastic Vala program this term.
Sparks this term are doing exciting projects building on each of our programs, and in World Cooking are getting to make some of the most delicious dishes that we’ve ever seen. We’re taking a look at the cultural differences between styles of flat cake, from Belarusian Potato Pancakes to Venezuelan Corn-cakes, we’re really excited to explore both the differences in how these foods are prepared and why these foods share common and differing characteristics from different points on the globe.
You can see all the different programs planned over here – and click through to see the details about each of our programs.
]As we get stuck into what’s on this term, here’s a heads up for the Open Day – it’ll happen on the 20th of August. Aeoncademy is a strong believer in the local community, and our Open Days are one of the ways we try and bring a bit more creativity into everyone’s lives. From Art & Craft advice from our supremely experienced facilitators, to chats about the things that impact our community. Put it in your calendar today!
And, as a sneak peek, Teffany is hosting an Open Studio on the same weekend… Stay tuned for more – coming soon.
Monday 1st of February there are no classes but we will be lurking around in the office programming and organising our calendars for 2016. Drop in or call if you are keen to catch up. Normal session hours recommence Tuesday the 2nd of February.
For the first week of every term we run a combined programs groups (Sparks, Vala and Creative Catalyst) with a range of activities from obstacle courses, water colours and world cooking. These activities change everyday and are always good fun. At the end of the week we have all our classes programmed and ready for the rest of the term.
We are very excited to introduce a dedicated Monday Vala class making live action drama a Monday to Thursday after school option matching Creative Catalyst’s Monday to Thursday art lessons.
This term in the art room Monday will be a mixed materials class, Tuesday 3D sculpture and ceramics, Wedneday 2D printmaking, drawing and painting and Thursday ceramics.
Sparks, our class for 4-6 year olds continues to expose children to a wonderful mixture of art, drama, cooking and more!
Friday is a changeable class where everyone combines together and can involve art, drama, cooking and large group activities like constructing huge paper mache beasts.
We continue to run a pick- up service for preschoolers and students at Yarralumla Preschool and Yarralumla Montessori.
Our classes start at 4pm giving children from other schools a chance to attend the programs. They finish at 5.30 . We provide a bridging session from 3 until 4 which includes a healthy and tasty afternoon snack.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful school holiday program. We all had a ball as the days grew longer and the spring sprang into full bloom. From Fairy Furniture to the Lords of Outremer, Prehistoric Pots to the Elf-Towers of Dawn, our school holiday break was an absolute ball, and it was great to see so many familiar faces from Yarralumla Primary joining in.
We’re kicking straight back into our after school program, and if you’d like to come along give us a call (between 2 and 6, our office hours) on 6142 3268, and we’ll sort you out.
We’re returning to our usual method (or madness) after school, with Creative Catalyst running Monday to Friday, doing Ceramics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mixed Materials on Mondays and Drawing & Painting on Wednesdays. Vala continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and will have a different story theme each week. Lastly, Sparks are getting stuck into their usual rotation of Artistic, Dramatic, and Culinary. Friday is a mixed ages class with a wide variety of activities. This term we start off with plaster casting zombie hands in preparation for Halloween…
We’ve been busy little bees for the first week, planning ahead for the term to come.
In Vala Dramatic Adventures we’re jumping from Britain under Roman occupation, to the arrival of Vikings in North America (It was better than expected, for everyone involved), to to the Knights of the crusades. We’re super keen to see where the story goes with each week, and how our participants get involved in shaping the story.
This week in drama to start us off we’re getting involved in the life of a legionary in Roman Britain. Life on the frontier is hard work, full of training and discipline, and Carrawburgh’s Fort Brocolitia is just a stone’s throw away from several Pictish encampments – something the Roman Legion must be constantly vigilant of.
Next week, we’re excited to step out of the cold wet of Northumberland and into the sunny Mediterranean with the Crew of Odysseus, following the tales of that legendary hero and his crew through all the mishaps that come of a two week journey turning into a decade long epic.
The story goes on into fantastical forays of the Elf Towers of Dawn, and back to the true stories of the Viking Voyages in Norse America. Before long, we’ll leap through the Prehistoric Paleolithic, the ever formal Feudal Japan, the calamitous Crusades, and then leap thousands of years into the future for Arena 9000’s return.
As we go forward, we’re welcoming new graduates from Sparks, prepped and ready from their drama interfaces last term, are all set for the challenges ahead – and some old faces returning to the dramatic adventures of Vala.