Thursday, 13 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
Thursday, 6 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.
Tuesday, 4 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’