Child and family centre celebrates birthday

By MARGIE NOLAN*

IT was our sixth birthday on early in July and we had plenty of fun celebrating. Children were welcomed by our Aboriginal community, and we sang and danced together.  Michelle from Make Believe also came along to make some fun music and to sing and play with the children. This year we had six delicious cakes too! Thank you to the many families who came to join us with our celebrations. We had a great birthday.

• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys
• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys

NAIDOC week followed and was another wonderful week of celebrations. This year’s NAIDOC theme, Because Of Her, We Can!, was embraced by Aboriginal communities around the nation. At tagari lia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal friends joined to celebrate and share traditional culture and knowledge. One memorable moment for the children, was to learn that painting is such a beautiful way of sharing stories for Aboriginal people.

Children painted our cave in the sandpit, learnt to twine, listened to the didgeridoo animal sounds, made up animal adventures and sang a baby lullaby based on the theme of “Because Of Her, We Can!”

The food was magnificent and included delights from our bush food garden, and gourmet mutton birds and wallaby provided by volunteer chef, Stuart, and his team. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and joined is us in our celebrations.

*Margie Nolan is the centre leader of tagari lia

 

Beating family mealtime blues

By ALISON WARD*

ARE you finding mealtimes a struggle, spending more time worrying about what the kids eat than eating your own meal?

Here are some tips to reduce the mealtime blues and put a bit of joy back into family mealtimes.

And, if you don’t have family meals maybe these tips will help get you started.Beating mealtime blues

Despite the effort, it’s a lot easier to start a family mealtime habit when children are young, but it’s never too late to start.

It doesn’t matter if it’s not every meal or even every day, or if not all the family are there. You don’t even need a table – a family meal can be anywhere you’re sitting and eating. Continue reading “Beating family mealtime blues”

Teacher nominated for prestigious  award

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School is proud one of its staff has been nominated for Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.

The awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of December 31 each year.

 

Dannica Green has been nominated for the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.
Dannica Green has been nominated for the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.

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JRLF students nominated for state training awards

FOUR Year 11 and 12 students from Jordan River Senior School, have been proudly nominated for the Tasmanian Training Awards for 2016.

The awards are conducted annually by Skills Tasmania. The Awards recognise the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students who strive for the highest standards of knowledge and skills within their industry. Continue reading “JRLF students nominated for state training awards”

School farm students show their shearing skills

TASMANIAN shearing trainer Jack Monks and Australian champion wool handler Mel Smith were at the Jordan River school farm last month to work with the VET agriculture students for a basic introduction to shearing.

They also worked with some grade 9 and 10s who are training to enter the Junior Wool Handling Competition at Campbell Town in June.

The students who took part included  Jordan River farm students Bradley Smith, Eliza Schofield, Jacob Swan, Jake Bryant, Kyle Spangler, Maddie Haigh, Sam Kemp, Stephany McManus and William McSherry.
The students who took part included Jordan River farm students Bradley Smith, Eliza Schofield, Jacob Swan, Jake Bryant, Kyle Spangler, Maddie Haigh, Sam Kemp, Stephany McManus and William McSherry.

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Learning centre receives major funding for new fit out

 

A BRIDGEWATER early learning centre development fitout has been given the go ahead with funding from a Federal Government initiative to create jobs and investment.

Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the Tasmanian Jobs and Investment Fund package was designed to stimulate local economies and create employment. Continue reading “Learning centre receives major funding for new fit out”

Waterbridge pantry stocked with foodies’ delights

By GWEN HARPER

THE Fast Foodie catering team at the Waterbridge Food Co-op has had a great start to the year, and has been cooking up a storm.     We now have 10 of our most popular meals available in the Waterbridge Food Co-op Pantry including Baked Honey Mustard Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, Chow Mein and fried Rice (with both a bacon and a vegetarian version).   Continue reading “Waterbridge pantry stocked with foodies’ delights”

Students play active role in school-based apprenticeship program

THE Jordan River Learning Federation is supporting the Australian School based apprentice (ASbA) program with four students currently in the program.

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship, usually one or two days a week, combining an apprenticeship or traineeship with school.  An Australian School-based Apprenticeship arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee, off-the-job vocational training and secondary school studies.

From left ASbA Trainees, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Year 11, Nina Gadd, Year 10, and Kara Picken, Year 11.

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Fast Foodies success is in the little things

By CHRISTINE GIMBLETT

THE success of the Waterbridge Food Co-op isn’t measured by sales or how much food we Fast Foodies make.  It’s measured by how we are received, how people love our products and how they keep coming back.  It’s measured by how we are improving people’s health through healthy food, how Fast Foodie participants are learning speedy skills while making that food, and how the little things that our community is doing are helping in a big way. Continue reading “Fast Foodies success is in the little things”