Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Last term at North St Marys Children’s Centre we had some exciting additions to our environment! We have increased creativity in our art area with a new wooden easel, promoted our literacy development with a new paper mache tree, promoted positive meal times in our eating area with our new natural furniture layout and new nutrition policy, and added a computer to our technology station for children to promote inquiry, fine motor development and problem solving skills!
Our newest staff members Kate and Jayden are settling in with great relationships with children and families and implementing exciting new experiences and practices within our centre!
We celebrated ‘Reconciliation Week’ through Maureen’s telling of the Emu Egg story and the Rainbow Serpent, painting with branches, a Tiddalick the Frog puppet story, mapping our addresses on a directory, clay representations, bark painting and using children’s handprints to create their own Aboriginal Flag.
During experiences across the week, Educators discussed the meaning of reconciliation and how we should treat everyone with kindness and respect. What an exciting, educational and motivational term!
For more information on our services please call the Children’s Services Team on 9623 0331
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Rooby got the biggest surprise at the launch of her new Koori Vest last term when she thought that she was going along to North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre to visit and read with a few of her friends, when in actual fact Rooby was given a Koori Vest that was especially designed by Aboriginal students from St Marys North Public School.
Over two days the students created 48 designs, and 20 of those designs were chosen by Elders of the area to be put on the vest. Students and teachers from St Marys North Public School and their families, Elders and supporters of the project all came along to the launch to celebrate the great collaborative efforts of our community.
Community Junction Inc. would like to thank Penrith City Council’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) for funding received for this project, Mission Australia and Paint the Town REaD for supporting the launch, Sean Mitchell Agencies for donating the students 'thank you' gifts and all of the students who were involved in creating the designs.
Monday, 3 July 2017
The Village Cafe was recently launched at Park Lawn Place North St Marys to engage older residents.
Community Junction’s Youth Team had the privilege of attending the Rotary Club of St Marys in term 2 to accept a $500 donation towards our annual Youth Camp. We appreciate the continuous support and generosity of the Rotary Club members who tirelessly fundraise throughout the year, then distribute their fundraising to meaning causes in our local community.
This year our Youth Team will take 20 young people from our St Clair, Erskine Park, Colyton, Werrington and North St Mary’s Youth Space programs on a Leadership Camp to Collaroy Beach in October. To find out more about our Youth activities please like our Facebook page ‘Community Junction Youth Spaces’
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Community Junction Werrington held their first TAFE outreach First Aid Certificate course last term. The group had lots of fun while they learnt some vital skills that will help in the home and future employment.
Participants enjoyed the experience so much they have expressed interest in future courses and have organised a reunion lunch amongst themselves.
Saturday, 27 May 2017
‘Challenge Accepted’ term 1 at St Clair Youth Space has been a full 6 weeks of funny, memorable and disgusting challenges that have really tested everyone involved and made us laugh! Eating challenges, smoothie challenges and battles of endurance with the stack up, stack down cup challenge. There was something for everyone.
Coming in term 2 is our newest program for St Clair Youth Space called ‘Wednesday Wonderland’ where young people will enjoy imaginative activities, a movie night and more laughter. Contact our Youth Worker Monique for more information on 9834 2708 or email email@example.com
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Beranga, set in North St Marys, involved 13 young people getting together to create works of art which included visual and digital media.
Community Junction Inc. partnering with Daisy and Thomas from Curiousworks (a media company) have focused on young people getting to know each other while learning various other aspects of digital media.
One week involved learning and experimenting how a camera works by creating mock interviews and filming themselves. They also learnt film terms for different types of photography and filming shots. The final weeks of the project saw young people inspired by Uncle Wes a local Indigenous Elder storyteller passing down stories about events in his life and encouraging young people to do the same with their lives and culture whilst celebrating the history and culture of their community.