In Lisa-Marie’s latest lesson about colours and colour-mixing, the children had a great time painting with blocks of frozen paint. As the little blocks melted, we could paint and mix more and more colours into our works of art. It was really fascinating and lots of fun!
A special guest to the GAP went through the list of colours of the rainbow with the children, and one little girl added at the end, “And don’t forget sparkles!” So it seems that just because we have banned glitter due to environmental concerns, doesn’t mean we can’t still have sparkles in our lives!
In the past weeks, the GAP children have been talking about sciences like biology, chemistry and geophysics, and performing fun experiments in class. The children are always keen to explore outdoors, so….
We ventured out into the field as biologists searching for animals. And guess what? We found some never discovered before! With the discovery of a new species, comes the prestigious naming rights in Latin, of course.
The photo featured above is Igelus Nicki. Meet some of our other newly discovered geo-flora-fauna below!
The Monday-Tuesday GAP class thoroughly enjoyed learning about colours and vegetables, with Lisa-Marie’s innovative lesson about making a rainbow pizza. We did this in small groups so that everyone had an opportunity to participate.
Making our own vegetarian pizza was fun and healthy, and it meant less packaging was wasted and it was more environmentally friendly.
What a wonderful winter walk we all enjoyed. This year’s traditional German lantern walk was a magical evening.
Many volunteers helped to put the event on: providing food, drinks, shopping, cooking and serving on the BBQ, cleaning, providing the audio/visual magic, and much more.
The walk took us along a path lit by lanterns, to a wide circle area in the forest. There we enjoyed more singing together while the children paraded inside the circle with their lanterns, and we heard a special choral performance by the joeys and cubs.
Returning to the hall, we were entertained by a play about Saint Martin who is associated with the lantern walks in Europe.
We are grateful to the ACT government for their ongoing support of this event, through the ACT Multicultural Grants program.
Aboriginal Australian Duncan and his team from Wiradjuri Echoes visited us at the GAP, and we loved having them!
Duncan spoke to us about Reconcilation Week and the Stolen Generation. We all agreed with him that children shouldn’t have been taken away from their parents. We talked about how we love our parents, and parents love their children.
Duncan then proceeded to delight, entertain and educate us with Aboriginal musical instruments and fascinating tools they used to use.
We got to hear amazing didgeridoo music, see a bush telephone in action (we “rang” Duncan’s mum on it!), dance, sing, learn a few new words in Duncan’s mob’s language, pretend we were various Australian animals, have our faces painted, hear a Dream-Time story and learn a fun snake dance. It was a great morning!
Our annual fire safety inspection turned out to include a whole lot of fun and education for the children at the GAP.
We were invited to explore the fire truck and ask a lot of questions.
The fire fighters were very pleased to hear that we had quarterly fire drills and that we are “blitz schnell” (lightning fast) at evacuating our premises.
We talked about what a good idea it is to store our shoes and boots in a tidy fashion at school and at home, in case we wanted to go outside to play as quickly as fire fighters do. The fire fighters said they always store their shoes, boots, jackets and hats tidily.
Spielwelt has recently established a relationship with BeYou, a national mental health initiative with an enormous number of resources for families and teachers, to promote and protect children’s mental health and well-being.
At Spielwelt, we promote healthy messages throughout each session, incorporate our favourite topics like friendship, kindness, resiliance, affirmation, inclusivity, adaptability, respect, compassion, being mindful, healthy eating, self-belief and more. These help build children up, and gives them tools to cope with the epidemic of anxiety and depression which has been emerging in Western societies in recent years.
Our mental health coordinator can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read about our mental health and well-being program here.
We also have a support library and help pages for families who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, family violence, separation, dying/death of a loved one, addiction, or other stressful situations. Read on by clicking the square below, and talk to the teachers or director.
We were suprised and delighted to be acknowledged once again at the ACTSmart Sustainability Award ceremony this year.
Last year, we won the Energy and Water Star award, and this year we received “highly commended” for the Small Business award, presented by ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury.
Spielwelt has made over 50 green changes to its operations, including installing LED lighting, triple-glazed windows, energy efficient reverse cycle heating with shut-off timers, solar space heating and instant hot water; we have draught sealed the doors and curtained off areas we don’t need to heat. This has reduced electricity consumption and continues to save us $1100 per year and 4 tonnes of CO2. Our families’ use of single use soft-plastics has greatly reduced as our GAP and Pfadfinder children have their own bees wax food wraps. Our Pfadfinder scouts have taken their green lessons to heart and now regularly include green practices in their activities.
Further education for our children on environmentally responsible practices is planned for this year, and thanks to ACT Smart funding assistance and their expert guidance navigating the world of solar quotes….
SOLAR PV PANELS are coming to Turner Scout Hall! Watch our roof!