Our January working bees and summer renovation plans are well underway!
We are half way through and have accomplished a lot.
We have demolished some walls to enlarge the foyer, done a lot of painting, and reconfigured some of our storage. We’ve ripped everything out of the storage areas and are sorting through it all.
We have had a new shed built for all the Pfadfinder gear, and we’ve repaired the roof on the old shed which will soon be for toys for 0-5 year olds only.
We have installed a fourth toilet and two new children’s sinks, as well as upgrading some of our lighting in the toilets.
We have pruned our art supplies to keep only the environmentally-friendly ones, in line with our glitter/micro-plastics ban.
Next up will be:
Installing our new and improved children’s coat and bag storage facilities; preparing for the new GAP class; re-covering the bulletin boards; moving in Pfadfinder and special events equipment to the new shed; topping up sand in the sand box; cleaning…. and lots of it! And much, much more!!
You are guaranteed to be amazed when you come to the hall next! And wait until it is all finished (by start of school on 5 February)!! Wow!
From 2018, Spielwelt will heed the call of scientists and environmentalists, and delete glitter from our art consumables.
After reading an article in the ABC news about how damaging these micro-plastics are to the environment, the committee decided there was only one way forward for an eco-conscious organisation like Spielwelt: a ban on glitter.
We will move towards more natural products for our arts and crafts, which of course is something that has been happening for years in Germany already.
Oh, those wonderfully helpful Pfadfinder! As a favour to their young friends at GAP and Spiel und Spass, the Pfadfinder scouts got busy putting their carpentry skills to good use, doing some repairs in our playground.
Wobbly benches were made secure; the slide ladder was fortified; the wall-mounted tubular music instrument was fixed so the pipes don’t slip down; and more dirt was moved in to shore up areas of erosion.
The Pfadfinder also started work on making some wooden stilt blocks for the children, which they hope to finish in time for Christmas.
Once the work was done for the evening, the Pfadfinder had fun “testing” some of the little bikes, because, you know, that’s totally necessary!
Once again, our story-tellers presented to a packed audience at our annual German Story Night. We had all enjoyed supper outside, and then came into the hall to hear the stories.
First we heard a delightful German tale about a cow and her friends who somehow get up into a tree, read to us by one of our dads who works a librarian.
Next, was the ever popular puppet theatre put on by two of our mums, where our young hero went on a quest to find a house with red walls, no doors, no windows and five rooms. After much searching, and help from the children, he found an apple which fit the first few criteria but didn’t seem to have five rooms. All was revealed when his mother cut the apple to reveal the secret rooms inside.
And as a grand finale, two of our Pfadfinder scouts played out the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears for the children, using a big book, a rotating story box and many props which arrived on stage in amusing ways, with one of our teachers as a surprise guest star.
Goldilocks even enjoyed a repeat performance by popular demand on Tuesday night for the Joey and Cub scouts.
Many thanks to an ACT Children’s Week grant and to everyone who participated for the great food, music, stories and fun on the night.
After a night of scooters, skateboards and rollerskates at John Knight Park, the scouts found themselves trapped in a giant spider web bowl at the Belconnen skate park.
It was great to see the scouts encouraging each other to firstly gain the courage to drop into the deep bowl, and then cheering each other on as they used their cunning and muscles to get back out again!
The leaders put the idea to the scouts, and they ran with it: a charity fundraising challenge. The scouts decided the rules of the competition and then the count-down started! Each patrol had exactly one week plus one hour to nominate a charity, come up with ideas and raise as many funds as they could.
Leaders were impressed with the thoughtful discussion that the scouts put into choosing their charities – our Pfadfinder scouts really are global thinkers with strong ethical values. It was inspiring to hear them set their goals and listen to the breadth of fundraising ideas they came up with.
The deadline arrived on Monday evening, and the patrols were still excitedly scrambling to the last minute to raise even more money for their chosen charities, before settling in to share a meal together and compare their strategies and results. We all learned a lot!
We are really proud of our scouts who, within just one week (and a lot of baking, door knocking, bucket appeals, cake stalls and so on), raised $114 for the Red Cross International and $432 for Operation Christmas Child.
Challenge complete! What will those amazing Pfadfinder do next?
The winners of our Mystery Masterchef evening were very pleased with their two-course meal, served up to an eager judging panel after 45 minutes of frantic activity in the scout hall kitchen.
Each scout patrol was given a limited number of cooking implements, an esky of mystery ingredients, and 45 minutes to put together their best edible effort. Contestants were interviewed on video, to tell us how their patrol was progressing throughout. Cooperation and communication were vital components of the competition, and part of the judging criteria.
We loved seeing the scouts pull together to create something delicious, and we all enjoyed sharing a feast and reviewing our achievements and challenges afterwards.
Some lucky Pfadfinder Girls got to take part in a Greenlight 4 Girls Day on Saturday 12 August. Greenlight 4 girls is an international movement to encourage girls to consider Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) careers.
The girls heard from amazing female scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, mathematicians, students, technological designers and inventors. After decorating our lab coats, it was off to a series of workshops to experiment, learn, solve problems, accept challenges and have fun, before returning to share our knowledge in the closing ceremony. Along the way, we even got to meet a rare bettong up close.
The day was really well organised by the Girl Guides Association, and was a lot of fun.
It was the old North Germany vs South Germany Kartoffelsalat competition at Pfadfinder last week!
Each scout patrol made either a north German (mayonnaise based) potato salad or a south German (oil based) one.
The judges had a difficult decision to make, but the participants sure had a good time and relished the opportunity to refine their culinary skills. Who knew it would take an hour to boil a potato if you don’t chop it up first? That will be handy knowledge when we are cooking at camp.