Saturday, 18 January 2020

CHILDREN SERVICES


Term 4 was jam packed with many events which included our 35th North St Marys Children Centre birthday celebrations,  Children’s Week 2019 with Rooby Roo, two of our Early Childhood teacher students, Shellbie and Lily graduating, School Readiness Orientation evening for parents, OOSH network Conference in Sydney, Preschool Graduation, and OOSH and Preschool’s Christmas party at Lollipops Playland.  Our team really thrived on the support of all families and our community who came together to attend and be a part of such memorable and significant occasions. We would also like to formerly announce that our service went through the Assessment and Rating process back in September and have received a proud ‘Meeting National Quality Standards’ which could not have been achieved without the children, families, educators and community that surround and support our Preschool and OOSH services each and every day, so thank you.




Wednesday, 15 January 2020

CHRISTMAS IN OUR COMMUNITY


Christmas Food and Toy Drive 
The 2019 Food and Toy Drive is over for another year. We were overwhelmed and thankful for the generosity of our community who again have donated food and toy items, which were distributed to families and community members in time for Christmas. Community Junction Inc. would like to  thank St Clair Shopping Centre and St Clair Public School for partnering with us again this year as well as local community members who donated to the drive.






Colyton Carols
Colyton Carols 2019 was a spectacular Christmas event hosted by Team Colyton and Community Junction on 7th December 2019. Kevin Dwyer Park Colyton was once again the home of the annual event which was attended by over 800 people who came along to sing, dance,  and celebrate the festive season with their local community. Colyton Carols is a major event in the Colyton community and is successful due to massive collaboration with local businesses, churches, schools and other organisations. We would like to thank all those who made Colyton Carols 2019 such a massive success and we look forward to doing it all again in 2020. 






North St Marys Christmas Event
Santa arrived giving children a big smile during our North St Marys Christmas Event. Over 200 residents joined us at North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre for this free event.  Families enjoyed free popcorn, slushies, jumping castle and having their face painted. During the event a Christmas card could be made or a letter could be written to Santa just to make the afternoon extra special. Thank you to Jo Greenwood from  CTET for providing our lucky door prizes to our community, it is greatly appreciated.





Thursday, 19 September 2019

BENNETT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL FETE


Team Colyton and Community Junction Inc. were invited to the P&C Fete at Bennett Road Public School.  We had some great conversations with people in the local community whilst enjoying what was on offer from the Team Colyton BBQ. Local residents and visitors had a great day.  Team Colyton is a group of people working together to improve neighbourhood well- being in Colyton. They meet each month at Colyton Neighbourhood Centre.  For more information please contact the centre on 9188 9065.






Thursday, 12 September 2019

KOORI CRAFT / CHAT GROUP


A number of participants from our Koori Craft / Chat group made their way to the Blue
Mountains and learn another form of Silk Screen Printing.  Thank you to Aunty Bev, Sue and their team of experts for showing ‘how it’s done’.  For more  information regarding Koori Craft / Chat please contact Maureen  on 9673 3908.




Thursday, 5 September 2019

ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM


Year 7 girls, students from Chifley College Dunheved Campus have just successfully completed the first intake of the Aboriginal Leadership program for 2019. During this intake the group participated in various activities that aimed to strengthen their personal skills and leadership qualities by connecting them to their community and Aboriginal culture. On Thursday the 9th May, the Aboriginal Leadership group went to North St Mary’s Children’s Centre and taught the preschool children ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ in Darug language. It was great to see the students proudly represent Chifley College Dunheved Campus and Community Junction with many of the students wanting to come back and teach them more. North St Marys Children’s Centre also said they were very impressed and hope that the girls can come back to teach other pre-school children.




Thursday, 29 August 2019

CHILDREN SERVICES


It has been a busy term for North St Marys Children's Centre. Preschool have attended the launch of the ‘Yarning Space’, National Simultaneous Story Time and Rooby Roo's birthday at the Neighbourhood Centre as well as participated in St Marys North Public School, K-2 Athletics Carnival where the educators and children dressed in the schools house colours and ran in a race. To extend on the Preschool children's interest in ‘fire fighters’ educators arranged an excursion to the Museum of Fire at Penrith as well as a visit from the St Marys Fire Brigade.  Our OOSH service have shown an interest in ‘Sustainability’ and have been eager to learn what practices they can engage in to be more sustainable. To facilitate the OOSH children's interest in physical activity, educators have been taking them to use the Primary School's basketball court, oval and climbing equipment during After School Care. Our OOSH educators have been busy planning a variety of fun experiences for the upcoming July school holiday Vacation Care Program. 



A HUGE thankyou to Ian and the Martin family from Austral Masonry Prospect of Arrinstone bricks to create our new sandpit play area.  For more information on our OOSH or to book a place in the  Vacation Care program please contact Mel on 9623 0331.


Thursday, 22 August 2019

FOODREDI WORKSHOPS


During Term 2, St Clair ran a 6 weeks FoodREDI workshop focusing on healthy and affordable meals.  Participants learnt about nutritious planning for meal and snacks, how to understand food labelling, ways to save money and cook different meals each week, selecting from a great range of recipes. Joan who is a participant said ‘ FoodREDI is a very informative program.The FoodREDI  program has helped me  build my confidence to cook different  meals I have never tried  before. Today I have tasted Fetta, something I  have never tried before. Everyone is  nice and polite.’  The workshop was enjoyed by young and older community members. We are  currently taking expressions of  interest from residents wanting to  participate in our next workshop  during term 4.  To register your Interest please contact Kim on 9673 3908.