Anna Bardini was the worthy recipient of Arana Netball Club’s 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy, announced at presentation night in early September.
This award, as the name suggests, is for good sportsmanship and a positive approach to playing sport. The award is covered by a donation from the Hills Echo each year, and so is able to include a sports shop voucher along with the trophy, to assist the recipient a little as she continues in her chosen sport of netball. Continue reading 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy Winner→
Pack your picnic basket, grab your favourite teddy and join grandma and grandpa for a bear-y special event this National Grandparents Day with the first ever Teddy Bears’ Picnic at George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills.
In celebration of grandparents everywhere, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance will host the free picnic on Sunday, October 29 with plenty of live entertainment, activities and teddy bear-themed fun for the whole family. Continue reading Ferny Hills in for bear-y special picnic→
Kids launch yourself into a range of fun-filled activities, as Moreton Bay Regional Council hosts a wide-range of events for children and teenagers between September 18 and October 3 as part of its Active Holidays, Libraries, Galleries and Ramp Up Programs.
Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sports and Division 11 Councillor Darren Grimwade said with a variety of fun-filled activities on offer, this school holiday season, local kids aged 3-17 would “definitely” not be left feeling bored.
D Sol Café at 16 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills is currently hosting an exhibition of photos taken by the children at Willmore Kindergarten. The exhibition was officially opened on Wednesday 30th August by Community Elder, Aunty Flo Watson.
These photos were all taken by the children themselves. A camera in the hands of a child is a very powerful tool to demonstrate how amazing and capable our youngest community members are! Continue reading ‘Through Our Eyes’→
As part of this year’s Book Week activities students at Prince of Peace Lutheran School’s Kindergarten were given an extra treat: a visit by the Queensland Ballet. But this was no ordinary visit; it was also a workshop for the Kindy students. Continue reading Book Week Treat For Kindy Kids→
Start Good Habits Early – Reinforce the need to clean hands regularly especially before touching the face. Make a simple cleanser, bland cleanser and moisturiser available to wash their face in the pre-teen stage.
Get Some Professional Guidance – It is often more productive and cost effective to get some professional treatment and home care assistance. rather than grabbing random products from the supermarket or pharmacy. If you add up the price of all those random products you have tried, with no success – it is way more than the price of one single effective product from your aesthetician. Not to mention the wasted time and frustration involved.
A new mainly music group for families with babies and pre-schoolers has started up in the Hills District.
Did you know that music enhances the educational capabilities and development skills of babies and children? A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that childhood musical experiences have the ability to actually accelerate brain development. It’s true. Particularly in the areas of reading skills and the acquisition of language.
But not only that. Music enhances all areas of a child’s development. It provides school readiness skills – like literacy and numeracy. It enhances social skills – especially when children need to negotiate the sharing of toys and play space. It helps the body and mind work together – like when a child is marching. Continue reading New mainly music group in the The Hills District→
This year marks the 9th year of Brookside’s Family Fun Day. Head to Brookside on Wednesday 16 August (RNA Show Day) for a fun filled day of unlimited rides and entertainment for the whole family! Continue reading Brookside’s Family Fun Day!→
Imagine a kindergarten without walls… a space where children can explore their natural world, no matter the weather. Where in summer they can paddle in the bubbling creek, and in winter they can build a shelter and curl up with a book. Continue reading Kindergarten without walls→
The children of Willmore Kindergarten currently have some artwork displayed at VC Fruit which is located at 18-20 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills. Chinu and his lovely wife have kindly allowed the children to display their work in an effort to show the children how they are part of a community, and show the community, the contribution young children make. Continue reading Young Picassos Artwork on Display→
The annual Hills Carnivale returns this May for its 25th year with a fiesta inspired program, combining free family entertainment, food and activities to celebrate the final event as part of the inaugural Hills Festival.
Coinciding with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week and Australia’s Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week, QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) is launching a Queensland-wide initiative “Watch your Pace when Sharing Space” on Friday May 12, 2017. Continue reading “Watch your Pace when Sharing Space”→
The wonder of nature is all around us! We have been extremely fortunate that some Common Crow butterflies laid their eggs in the potted figs in one of our playgrounds. With some familiar children returning to Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre (MPC) and many new children beginning their kindy year with us, building a sense of belonging to MPC is very important. The experience of watching the Common Crow Butterfly in its various life-cycle stages during their first few weeks at kindy has provided an opportunity for many children to connect, relate, discover and bond over their shared interest and excitement. Continue reading Connect, Relate, Discover and Bond at Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre→
Look for something active and fun for the kids to get involved with in the school holidays? Head on over to the Moreton Bay regional Councils website ( www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/activeholidays/ ) for further information.
Active Holidays will get the kids moving this January with a range of sport and recreation activities for children and youth aged 3 – 17 years. All activities are provided by qualified instructors in local parks and facilities across the region, providing new challenges for a fun-filled school holiday.
Want to take the kids to see some fantastic Christmas lights in the area. Head over to the Brisbane Kids website (link below) to find out the best addresses to visit. There are quite a few in our local area:)
With so many sports on offer it can be hard for parents to know what to enrol their children in. YMCA Enoggera Manager suggests that gymnastics is the answer.
“Gymnastics is a great foundation program for all sports as it develops fine and gross motor skills, strength, coordination and balance while also allowing children to socialize in a fun, engaging environment” says Manager Maggie Ient
The YMCA Enoggera runs a number of gymnastics programs for children of all ages:
But our under 5’s program is especially helpful for children before they go to school. YMCA Kinder gym is a physical and social development program for children aged approx. 10mths – 5 yrs. based on gymnastics skills and apparatus. The unique YMCA Kinder gym program is built around your Childs coordination and development but also builds self-esteem, as they have full control over their body movement and so as a result that builds their self-confidence.
Kinder Gym is particularly helpful to those children who tend to lag behind the majority in the learning of gross motor skills; jumping balancing, and playing with balls etc. (Co-ordination activities). This lack of Co-ordination can be due to slow motivation or even a lack of opportunity of experience in a wide range of physical activities.
Kinder Gym provides such opportunities and in doing so helps the child to develop confidence and conviction in their Co-ordination, and as a result will enhance their social skills and integration with other children and play activities.
Summer Reading Club – 1 December 2016 to 20 January 2017
Read for the chance to win prizes!
Every 3 hours you read and log online will give you an entry into the weekly prize draw, commencing Friday, 16 December 2016
Summer Reading Club members get FREE library reservations, too.
Registrations are now open
What is Kindy Climbers?
Kindy climbers is a fun group activity for children aged between 18 months and 5 years which allows them to play and learn while developing co-ordination, confidence and self esteem. Parents and carers share in their child’s adventures as they help them to climb and negotiate various obstacle set up in a safe environment under the guidance of our qualified leader Courtney.
While designed to help develop motor skills, Kindy Climbers also allows social interaction with other children their age.
Kindy Climbers is available at the PCYC, Olearia Street, Arana Hills on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are three sessions which last an hour each: 9am, 10am and 11am for 2.5yrs to 5 yrs. The PCYC’s sprung based floor is set up with various obstacles, mats and climbing equipment for children to enjoy in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.
No bookings are required, just come along and enjoy with your children!