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

 

Garden Bee creates a buzzzzzz

Moving the earth
The earth movers
How to Garden Bee
Garden Bee

On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.

Unstoppable worker
A boy and his Wheelbarrow
homemade and delicious
Soup Glorious Soup
all about gardening
A Keen Gardener
they love to cook
Focaccia Makers

 

Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.

And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂

 

Nature play- the great outdoors

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.

free time under the plays
Imaginative play under the trees

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.

kids playing in the sand pit
Nature play in the Sand Pit

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!

We love living things. These Long Necked Turtles live in the art room

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 .

kids running outside
kids playing outdoors

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.

eating outside is great for your appetite
Dining outside

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.

 

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).

 

Seeking your old phone.

Do you have an old phone sitting around?

We are after replacement MP3 players for our story loving  children who like to relax by listening to audiobooks. We load up our audio devices with stories suitable for the different age levels of our programs. Everyone who knows us is aware that we love to recycle and reuse equipment to keep it out of landfill . If you have an unwanted old phone sitting in a drawer (with a charger) please send it our way!

We keep a bin specially marked to collect all great reusable items in the corridor near our front office.

We’ll re-home your old jars!

Remember to gift us your clean jars, craft extras, boxes, sports equipment or milk crates. You’ll be amazed what we do with them!

Aeoncademy Opens a New ‘Creative Play’ Program from 3 – 6pm!

In response to our community’s growing need for child care and Yarralumla Primary School’s growing numbers, from Term 2 this year Aeoncademy will be introducing a new, Creative Play based program, running from 3 – 6pm Mon – Fri for $33 a session. We are turning 15 this year (Open Day party 24th November, all invited), and we have seen so many changes over the years in our host school, Yarralumla Primary School. From struggling to maintain numbers and nearly closing (several times) to becoming the thriving Italian bilingual school it is today, with three kindergarten classes this year!

In celebration of our ongoing role within this community our new Creative Play program will offer quality, choice based activities; featuring our popular Play Pods with loose construction parts, guided nature play and various arts and crafts. This program will start in Term 2 and depending on the enrolment day we have a number of vacancies available from the beginning of Term 2. Our world class Creative Catalyst Art, Vala Dramatic Adventures and – best of both worlds – Sparks programs will continue to be provided as opt in specialised classes between 4-5.30; after which children may join the Creative Play program until 6 pm at no extra cost. Our dedicated caterer will continue to provide all children with a healthy afternoon snack.

There is only one Aeoncademy and it is located at Yarralumla Primary School. We pride ourselves as being a unique, flexible and adaptable provider of creative programs and quality care for children and young people. To enrol or enquire about any of our wonderful programs please contact our office manager Saadia on Ph:02 61423268 or Email: info@aeoncademy.com

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!