CHILDREN’S STORY WRITING COMPETITION | Grades 4 – 9
This is your opportunity to participate in the 2018 “Telling Stories” children’s story writing competition organised by Mooloolaba Rotary in partnership with the Creative Writing Program, USC and Voices on the Coast.
Everyone would agree that we need to encourage our young children to read and write.
With this objective in mind, Mooloolaba Rotary together with the USC and Voices on the Coast has organised the Children’s Story Writing Competition open until August 20 and culminates in an Awards Night at the University on 15 October 2018.
One of the cornerstones of Rotary International is the “4 Way Test” namely:
Is it the Truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
There is contentious debate on the issue of Climate Change but almost everyone will agree that a lot more needs to be done to protect our environment. With this in mind and in the spirit of the “4 Way Test”, the title of the 2018 Telling Stories competition is:
“I should have saved the tree”.
The Competition will be open to all students in Grades 4-9 who will be required to submit a story of 300-1000 words. Entries will be open from 4 June and will close at midnight on 20 August.
Entries will be judged and the winners selected by the Creative Writing Program, USC (See “partners” below).
• Winners in each Grade – $1oo cash and a medal
• Runners-up (2nd and 3rd) – $50 cash and a medal
• Runners-up (4th and 5th) – Certificate
• Overall winner – Professor Gary Crew Trophy, $300 cash and a medal
• Winning School – Floating Trophy.
Click HERE to download an entry form (Entry form shown below)Rotary Writing Competition
Bullying is an important topic and the upcoming Bullying Info Session is a great place for Chancellor State College parents to gain some insight into this troubling social issue. The consequences that can result from unaddressed bullying can and do have devastating, debilitating and lasting effects on the many young heart and minds who have experienced it and in the most extreme cases can end the tragic loss of life.
Over recent years bullying has been a focus of a considerable amount of research both nationally and internationally with data collected across 40 countries showing that Australian primary schools had the highest reported incidents of bullying in the world (Mullis, Martin, & Foy, 2008).
In recent months there has been what appears to be an increase in bullying at Chancellor State School based upon anecdotal evidence published by parents across a number of local social media groups so the announcement of an upcoming parent information session on bullying at Chancellor is a welcome opportunity for parents to get better educated.
The Session will be covering cyberbullying, cyber safety, responsible social media usage, safe social networking, how to beat a bully in addition to covering Australian law and the potential consequences of being a bully.
This event is to be held on Friday the 22nd of June between 2 and 3 p.m. at Chancellor State College Primary Campus ( Scholars Drive Sippy Downs ) library in the Blue Room.
In a post on the Chancellor State College Parents & Citizens’ Association Facebook Page on Friday the question was asked whether there are other sessions planned for a night time session with an official response stating that “… unfortunately the times of the session are limited due to availability of the presenters. However if there is an interest from our community we can look to hold an evening session on this topic in the near future…”
If you are a local parent with kids at Chancellor State School and you are unable to attend the upcoming early afternoon session due to picking up kids at high school, working or other commitments we strongly recommend you contact the school or P&C using the details listed below and express your interest.
For more information on this event please contact school management representatives Jamie Field ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Chris Hey ( email@example.com ) on 07 5453 3222 or alternatively Chancellor State College P&C ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) on 07 5453 3241.
Bully Zero is the leading and most influential anti-bullying and cyberbullying organisation for kids, teens and adults in Australia. We work to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of digital abuse in schools, workplaces, online and in communities across our country.
Want to find out a little bit more about bully zero Australia foundation? Visit their website at http://bzaf.org.au
Mons Playgroup Centre
Join in Monday afternoon fun at the Mons Playgroup Centre. Run around on one acre of shaded, fenced land. Enjoy outdoor and indoor equipment, craft, water play, sand pit, stories, dress ups, trikes, scooters and cubby houses.
Located at 1 Mons School Road, Mons.
Runs from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Costs are $35 per 10-week term or $5 casual per family.
Playgroups are beneficial for children, families and communities.
Mons Playgroup Centre provides all children with the opportunity to learn, experience, investigate and interact with the environment. During play children create meaning from the world around them. It offers the child experiences to think, plan, create, do and find out.
For years, playgroup has empowered parents and encouraged them to recognise the role they play in their child’s development. Playgroup allows parents to take time out of a busy life, to slow down and enjoy playing with their child, to watch and delight in the amazing steps their child takes while making sense of the world around them.
For children the quality of their early relationships with trusted adults provides the framework for their development and learning.
Simply by being a part of a playgroup, children can experience these benefits.
Research shows children who attend playgroup are less likely to be developmentally vulnerable when they start school (2012 Australian Early Development Census).
The sense of community that results in participation in a playgroup promotes feelings of belonging and connectedness. This has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s and family mental health.
Given parents set up and run local playgroups, they benefit from development opportunities and greater community connection.
Community playgroups make a unique contribution to Australian society – and have done so for more than 40 years.
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Sippy Downs Parent Connect and Caloundra Community Centre and the Sippy Downs and District Community Association Inc, would like to invite the families of Sippy Downs to come together for a community picnic at Eaton Street park. This is a great opportunity for local parents and children to meet and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Bring along your picnic blanket and baskets, a ball, kite, frisbee or cricket set.
We will be having a sausage sizzle on the day,
Please RSVP for catering in this event or simply contact
Catherine on 0415 943 318.
Would you like to meet other parents and families in Sippy Downs? Looking for activities for parents, support or advice with parenting? Sippy Downs Parents Connect is just for you.
Sippy Downs Parents Connect is an initiative led by Caloundra Community Centre and the SDDCA, delivered under Caloundra Community Centre‘s Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Program and the SDDCA‘s commitment to represent the best interests of residents and ratepayers in the community by ensuring that local residents are aware and have access to any and all support services and resources available to them in times of need or simply when wanting to connect with other local families.
For more information visit http://www.sippydowns.org.au/community/sippy-downs-parents-connect/
The very best way to stay up to date with available support and services is to follow the initiative’s Facebook Group or keep an eye out here for summaries of available opportunities, events and support.
Need support? Contact Catherine from Caloundra Community Centre on 0415 943 318
Below are just some of the opportunities available over the next few weeks for parents!