OPEN DAY – Blue Mountains Martial Arts Centre

Open Day – Free Entry. Spread the word!

Thursday 17th of March @ 10:30 am.

Address: 114 Mount St, Leura.

For more info: 4784 3342

BMMAC runs weekly classes for home schoolers specifically. The group is seeking some more numbers to keep the classes running. If you’re interested get along to the open day to check out the space and chat to the teachers and other students.

More info on BMMAC on their website here: http://bmmac.com.au/

Chemical reactions and Forensic Science! with the CSIRO

BOOK NOW! Still some spots left!

Chemical Reactions workshop K-2!

We all depend upon chemistry and chemical reactions everyday, but what are chemicals, where do they come from and how do we use them? In this hands-on class kids observe some chemical reactions that we may come across every day, much of which comes from the kitchen. Concepts covered include changes of state (solid, liquid, gas), chemical reactions involving changing colours and reactions giving energy as light, sound and heat.

WHEN: Tuesday March 8th @ 10:30 am (workshop starts 11am)

WHERE: Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre COST: $12 HEA members, $14 non-HEA

BOOKINGS: Essential! Email the Hub at bookings@bmlearninghub.org

Payment due by 4th March.

Children’s CPR course – Expressions of Interest

Calling for expressions of interest in this course specifically designed for children run through CPR Help.

CPR HELP aims to educate children with the appropriate knowledge of DRABCD management which has been designed to cater for young children’s cognitive skills.

  • Danger
  • Response
  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • CPR
  • Defibrillator

The CPR HELP program offers children a fun and rewarding experience.  The program consists of music, role plays and hands on experience of the recovery position, manipulation of manikins along with challenging verbal discussions to enhance the use of ‘000’ and their home details.  We believe by educating our future this will equip the children with confidence and the ability in an emergency situation.

Duration: 1.5hrs

Cost: $15 per participant

Upon completion children receive an award, detailing what they have learned and also a Certificate of Attendance.

All enquiries directed to Nikki Lee-Martin: on 47879009 or at nikkileemartin@yahoo.com.au

Creative Writing – Last minute places available

Creative Writing – Last minute places available
Event Date    Commences Feb 9th (5 sessions)
Event Time    Wednesdays fortnightly 12:30-2:30pm
Event Location    Leura
Event Contact Name    Jane Shellshear
Event Contact Email/Phone    4784 2337

If you were looking for a great way to encourage creativity and improve your child’s literary skills at the same time then consider this small and fun creative writing group. Last term’s group all wanted to continue on this term and so we have places for a second group to start the New Year. Due to some last minute cancellations we have some places to fill so that this second program can go ahead. Please see details below.

Creative Writing with Margo Daly
Join in on some fun and rewarding creative writing workshops.
In this small and relaxed group you can kick start your creativity with a variety of in-class writing exercises. Developing your craft and building creative structures step-by-step, you can begin to find your natural writing voice. Margo will encourage you to gather your ideas and inspiration outside of the workshop, “collect” characters, dialogue, detail and atmosphere to help create both real and imagined worlds.

Margo has published short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, travel writing, essays and reviews and edited three anthologies of creative writing.
She has taught creative writing and nonfiction writing for many years at UTS, NSW Writer’s Centre and Sydney University Continuing Education as well as in schools and community centres. She is midway through study for a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) at Charles Sturt University ,has a BA (Communications) from UTS majoring in Writing and Literary Theory and an MA (Writing) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK).
Margo recommends this class for ages 10+. She has experience working with literacy issues and is happy to talk with parents prior to enrolment.

Contact Jane on 4784 2337 or jane@hrlearning.com.au immediately.

A Journey of the Imagination through Art – Mixed Media with Bev Webster

Calling for bookings! So far we have not made the minimum number of enrollments necessary to run this course. If you are interested in booking your child/ren in, now is the time! Also, if you have booked but not yet paid please ensure you pay by the cut off date – 4th of February. In the event of the program not running due to insufficient numbers all fees will be refunded promptly.

Come and join us in a 4 week journey in art exploring a variety of medium and mix media applications. We’ll be exploring the imagination and storytelling in art, Each week the children will be invited to participate in an imaginative exercise that they can then choose to use as a jump of point for their art explorations that week, Bev will help us delve into an exploration of a different medium each week exploring its techniques and application and also how the medium interacts with previous weeks works. Participants will be given plenty of time for creating new works each week and/ or building on previous weeks works to create multi-layered pieces. Mediums to be explored include watercolour, pastel, ink and collage. Carers are welcome to share their chidren’s art materials and join in art experiences themselves

WHEN: Feburary 8th thru to March 1st.

WHERE: Mid mountains community centre

COST:  $44 HEA members, $52 for non HEA members

Fee includes an art kit for each participant to use in class and keep as their own afterwards (Kit comes complete with: pastels,watercolours, brush, pad of watercolour paper). If you are enrolling a second or subsequent child/ren and they are happy to share the one art kit, deduct $15 from the fee of each subsequent child. For example, first child is $44, second child happy to share the art kit pays only $29 for the program.

BOOKINGS: Email the Hub at bookings@bmlearninghub.org

Payment due by 4th of February

Tuesday 1st from 10:30am – BMHEN’s “Annual NOT! Back to School picnic”!

The Annual NOT Back to School Picnic!
This is an annual Blue Mountains Home Education Network initiative.

The Hub invites you to attend the BMHEN annual Not! Back to School Picnic.
Come and celebrate the home education choice!
This is a great opportunity to start the year reconnecting with friends, make some new ones, mingle and find out what is going on in all the local homeschool groups in 2011. Bring a rug and a picnic and join with the local homeschooling community to celebrate our lifestyle choices. Invite any friends you have that may be interested in exploring home education as well.

WHEN: Tuesday February 1st @ 10:30 am
COST:FREE
WHERE: Wentworth Falls Lake
BOOKINGS: Not required.

Expressions of Interest – Homeshooler’s Pottery – Glenbrook

Hi everyone,
Last year a homeschooler’s pottery class ran down at Glenbrook (Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre). We are looking for expressions of interest so that it can run again this year. It is open to all homeschoolers. It is Fridays @ 1:30-3:00pm. It is a lovely class with gentle guidance from the teacher and the kids work at their own pace and create the things they want to make. Last year the kids explored various techniques – coil, pinch pot, slip joining and even had a go on the pottery wheel. If you are interested please contact me and I will get you in touch with the school to register.
Kiri

email: contact@idyll.com.au

phone: 0414 063 017

Japanese

Event Title    JAPANESE
Event Date    4/3/2011 – 8/4/2011
Event Time    Fridays, 12-1:30pm
Event Location    Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson
Event Contact Name    Nikki Lee Martin
Event Contact Email/Phone    nikkileemartin@yahoo.com.au/ 0418694698
Event Description    Come along to this friendly class and enjoy learning about the Japanese way of life and this interesting, diverse language.

Jaime Elms, our enthusiastic tutor, makes regular visits to Japan and sources some great teaching aids there. This six week course introduces the basics of Japanese, with students covering introductory phrases and Japanese manner. You will touch on basic grammar, numbers and learn to recognise Japanese lettering. After only a few lessons you will be remembering phrases, catching on to pronunciation, and making conversation!

As well as equipping students with information on a culture so different from our own, studying Japanese opens many doors for those interested in pursuing a dream of travel, or a desire to work in a foreign country.

Cost: $120 or $102 if paid in full prior to commencement of course.

Annual NOT! back to school picnic! – You’re invited!

It’s back by popular demand! Your opportunity to reconnect with the home education communities of the Blue Mountains and surrounds. Perhaps it is your opportunity to touch base and meet some local home educating families for the first time. Perhaps you are thinking about home schooling and just want to drop in to check if home schoolers really do have two heads … or not. Whatever your reason… you are welcome! We promise there will be lots of adults to chat to and lots of kids to hang out with. There will also be people representing various groups in and around the mountains ready and willing to fill you in on what they are planning for this year – should you ask. So, bring a picnic, a rug, sun protection and … a change of clothes for your kids?…. (well… we are meeting at the lake!) and come and celebrate the JOY! of NOT! going back to school!

Feb 1st from 10:30am @ Wentworth Falls Lake!

More info? Kiri – 0414063017

Creative Writing – New group starting

Join in on some fun and rewarding creative writing workshops with Margo Daly.
In this small and relaxed group you can kick start your creativity with a variety of in-class writing exercises. Developing your craft and building creative structures step-by-step, you can begin to find your natural writing voice. Margo will encourage you to gather your ideas and inspiration outside of the workshop, “collect” characters, dialogue, detail and atmosphere to help create both real and imagined worlds.

Margo has published short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, travel writing, essays and reviews and edited three anthologies of creative writing.
She has taught creative writing and nonfiction writing for many years at UTS, NSW Writer’s Centre and Sydney University Continuing Education as well as in schools and community centres. She is midway through study for a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) at Charles Sturt University ,has a BA (Communications) from UTS majoring in Writing and Literary Theory and an MA (Writing) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK).
Margo recommends this class for ages 10+. She has experience working with literacy issues and is happy to talk with parents prior to enrolment.

Cost: $120 for 5x two hour sessions
Exact location and times to be arranged with interested participants.
For more info on BM Teen Homeschool Group events go to www.myhomeschool.com.au

Event Date    Early February
Event Time    To be advised
Event Location    Mid to upper Mountains
Event Contact Name    Jane Shellshear
Event Contact Email/Phone    4784 2337  or jane@hrlearning.com.au