Wednesday, 18 April 2018

CHILDREN SERVICES

What an exciting start to the year! A big welcome back to all of our existing families, and a very warm welcome to all of our new families across Preschool, OOSH and Care Pair services.  

This term the Centre has adopted a rainforest snail which is assisting in building strong relationships and respect for the environment to kick start the year. This has lead preschool into a mini pet project where children have been bringing in photos of their pets to put on display.  Preschool have had some really strong interests and exciting events already, such as borrowing from the school Library, participating in Return and Earn exceeding $5.00 to date by recycling at our local shops, and also growing our own pumpkin at preschool and making pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones and baked pumpkin.

OOSH have had some great active interests such as fitness, cricket and soccer where children are engaging in teamwork, fairness and turn taking, as well as engaging in an active healthy lifestyle. Care Pair has been overwhelmed with supportive groups and families, and have introduced an exciting new program that promotes interest based experiences and forward planning.  

For more information on our Children Services please contact Mel on 9623 0331 or email mel@communityjunction.org.au







“GOT A PEN” DRIVE


With research suggesting that up to 1 in 7 children are living in poverty, Community Junction Inc. have again supported the “Got a Pen” foundation by acting as a drop off point within Western Sydney. This is the second year we have acted as a drop off location and this year we have been overwhelmed with the support given by the community. There has been numerous stationary deliveries from families to the Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre, as well as Hearing NSW and Australian Unity Aboriginal Home Care Service, which has all gone to school children who are in need. Thank you to all those who donated. 



Monday, 19 February 2018

CLASS OF 2017

At North St Marys Children’s Centre we feel very proud of the child and family involvement and support at our 2017 Preschool Graduation! The afternoon was a celebration of all  pre-schoolers who will be attending kindergarten in 2018, and commencing their journey into ‘Big School’. We were blown away by the volume of families and friends who came to support the graduates in receiving their graduation certificates and to watch their end of year performances; Taba Naba, Kangaroo Rock and Bumble bee where there were smiles, dancing and laughter all round! We wish all our graduates the very best of luck for Kindergarten, and hope that you all return to show us how grown up you are in your school uniform!”




Thursday, 15 February 2018

TAFE OUTREACH BARISTA COURSE

During Term 4 staff at North St Marys looked forward to Tuesday mornings when our TAFE Outreach Bartista Class made coffees for staff and our Tuning into Kids group.  Natalie our TAFE teacher came each week with two coffee machines and taught students how to make CafĂ© quality coffees.  They were also taught how to clean the machine and correct  procedures in food handling.  This group have formed great friendships and are looking forward to the next TAFE Course Beauty
Therapy that will be run during Term 1 2018.





Monday, 12 February 2018

TREE SCARRING

Adrian Shafer Cultural Identity, Indigenous Historical Researcher carved the platypus and echidna into two trees located in the grounds of the neighbourhood centre at North St Marys. The platypus and echidna are significant as they represent totems of the North St Marys area and join the turtle which was previously carved into a neighbouring tree. Historically Aboriginal people scarred trees and would remove large pieces of the trees bark to be used for traditional purposes. Adrian removed the bark from the trees and has made coolamons from the removed bark.  These coolamons will be used by Adrian for a smoking ceremony to celebrate and present the tree carvings to the local community. The carving of the trees at the neighbourhood centre not only links culture to the centre, but creates a talking point and has made it a site of special significance. The carvings are 
magnificent and have become a focal point of the garden.







Monday, 5 February 2018

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD AND TOY DRIVE  
During  November and December  we held our annual Christmas Food and  Toy Drive in partnership with St Clair Public School, St Clair Shopping Centre, Erskine Park Children’s Centre and St Vincent  De Paul Society to assist local families in need over Christmas. We received a great response from our local  communities and would like to thank everyone who supported us.





ROCKING AROUND THE PEPPERTREE
Our Rockin' Around the Peppertree Christmas Event at Erskine Park was an overall
success, apart from the hot weather hindering some activities - everyone had a fantastic time. Santa surprised event goers by busting some moves in a dance competition against some of the young people attending, with some walking away with prizes! The night was filled with laughter, good music, fantastic food and Christmas cheer with a real sense of family. Friendships were strengthened and new friendships were made by all who attended.




NORTH ST MARYS Christmas Event
The #NorthStMarysMatters local residents held a free Community Christmas Party that over 150 local residents attended.  The community enjoyed a free BBQ, cooked by the residents, and children enjoyed many free activities.  The jumping castle was a big hit along with the face painting, popcorn and free frozen slushies.  The craft room kept children entertained making Christmas cards .The weather was hot, so at the end of the evening water games were the answer!  Santa arrived,  making children smile as he handed out lolly bags.  Thank you to all those that assisted with the event that made it such a great evening.




Sunday, 19 November 2017

ROOBY'S STORY TIME WERRINGTON

This month at Rooby’s Story Time Werrington, we had the pleasure of being joined by a local gentleman resident who took a Koori book to the local park to read. Before we knew it, back they came to our story time tree where Maureen shared the Aboriginal “Emu Egg Cake” story. Everyone loved hearing the story and seeing the REAL emu egg! Rooby's Story Time will be back again in term 1 next year for more Storytime fun!