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lOur Back to School Bumper Edition lArticles l6 Pages of Kids Fun lSchool Snacks Volume 9

Your Local Family Magazine

February 2021


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Edi t orsLetter Editors Letter Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome to the first edition of Your Child in Whittlesea for 2021. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas Holiday and are now excited to be heading back for another year of school or kindergarten. Its February again and how excited do all the kids look waiting for school to start? It's a new year and 2020 has almost been forgotten ... there are old friends to see and new friends to make, and a year full of memories for them to create. Congratulations Mum’s and Dad’s we survived 2020! The magazine this month has some great reading, on page 6 School is back ...so.. Page 10 has an interesting article, about school going back from a teachers perspective. Plus we have some great ides and tips for after school snacks and saving on lunches on pages 16&22 and Creating Family History with Digital Photography, can be found on page 40. Kids Corner, this month is packed with 4 pages of back to school fun! There are Crosswords, 2 Spot the Differences and a Finder Word Puzzle. Kids Corner starts on page 30. Our Little Mini Chefs have been very busy cooking up some yummy snacks for school lunches and after school treats. Kids in Kitchen has can be found on pages 34 & 35 with our Guest Mini Chefs Sienna and Hannah. Are you enjoying the beautiful Summer weather? We have been, my children love to visit our local park and bush walking tracks. It has been great to get out of the house and catching up with friends for a walk, bike ride and a play. Hanging with Hannah can be found on page 8, this month she is visiting Norris Reserve in Bundoora. I hope you enjoy reading the February online magazine.

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h a n n a H h t i w Hanging Norris Banks Reserve McLeans Road, Bundoora

This month Hannah has visited Norris Bank Reserve which has just been newly upgraded ... and wow! What a park! The playground has 3 slides, 4 swings, a disability swing and a giant basket swing, a flying fox, a small in ground trampoline and more climbing then any park we have seen. There is defiantly something for all age groups and abili es. Other facili es include - a water play area, a nature play area, a scooter zone, 3 sheltered areas, lots of sea ng, 4 BBQs, 2 drink taps, rubbish bins and toilets. Hannah p off the month - you never know who you will find at the park! (Hannah found her friend Kennedy, and they played on the giant basket swing together.

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IN THE

KITCHEN

CaféCafé StyleStyle French ToastToast French Ingredients: 3 eggs (for making eggy bread) 1 cup (250ml) milk 1 tbs castor sugar 8 x 2cm slices of sourdough bread 40g unsalted butter Cinnamon Sprinkle 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp castor sugar

Method: To make the cinnamon sprinkle, place the cinnamon and sugar into a little bowl and stir. Break the eggs into a shallow bowl, add the milk, sugar and vanilla and mix to combined, using a whisk. Add 2 slices of the bread to the egg mixture and soak for 20 seconds. Turn the bread over with tongs and soak for another 20 seconds. Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add 10g of the butter, when it starts bubbling, add the eggy bread. Cook bread for 2 minutes each side or until golden brown, using tongs or a egg flipper to turn over. Place toast on a plate and top with mixed berries or strawberries, vanilla yoghurt or maple syrup (permission to chose all three!) Dust with cinnamon sprinkle to serve. Don’t forget the pinch of

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CafĂŠ Style French Toast

Ingredients: 500gms Sausage Mince 5tbks Tomato Sauce 4tbls Worcestershire Sauce 1tsp Minced Garlic - (heaped) 1tsp Cracked Pepper Pinch of Salt 1tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (optional) I Egg - (whisked) 1pkt Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets

Easy Mini Sausage Rolls

Method: Separate pasty sheets to thaw. Lightly mix all ingredients except the pastry and egg in a bowl with a fork. Then add half the egg. Now the fun bit, put on some disposable gloves and squish the mixture with your hands until combined. The mixture should be quite wet. Cut pastry sheet into three strips, using a butter knife. Scoop meat up and lay an even amount along the edge of the pastry strip (not to much) now wet the other edge with a little water and roll pastry and meat over and press lightly to seal. Repeat with the remaining strips and mixture. Cut rolls in half and then each half into three. Place on a baking tray using a small fork prick each sausage roll twice. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds (optional). Repeat with remaining pastry and meat. You will get 18 sausage rolls per pastry sheet. Place in the oven for approx 20 minutes or until golden. Serve with Tomato Sauce.

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Discovering Sports for our Younger Ones! Ready Steady Go Kids is a multi-sport program running 7 days a week in your local area. Designed by a paediatric physiotherapist and occupational therapist, the classes are structured to suit 4 different age groups between the ages of 18 months to 6 years old. The program teaches 10 different sports over 2 terms which helps the children develop a broad range of skills and build a platform of sporting knowledge. This also ensures the children remain interested and engaged throughout the entire program. The program not only teaches the children sporting skills but also a range of additional age appropriate skills including exploration, basic counting and colour concepts. Plus it encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, and helps to build social skills, listening skills and concentration.

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Show pre-schoolers that sport and physical activity are fun, thus developing a lifelong passion for exercise. Develop and enhance age-appropriate gross motor skills, coordination and correct posture. Introduce and reinforce the importance of warm ups and stretching to help prevent injuries. Increase each child's confidence. Prepare children for school and participation in the broader community.

• All Ready Steady Go Kids classes are held indoors so rain, hail or shine, our classes will still run. All of our coaches are energetic and make each class really fun. The program runs in line with the primary school terms and we offer all new children a FREE TRIAL. Why not book your trial today and see why hundreds of other local children are loving our program each week?

The classes are designed to focus on a specific gross motor hand-eye/foot-eye and/or balance activity to complement the sport component and our program structure is repeated each week so the participants become familiar and comfortable with the routine.

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KIDS

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TEACHERS FRIENDS LETTERS NUMBERS SPELLING HOMEWORK TESTS PLAYTIME RULER PENCILS SCISSORS BLACKBOARD ART

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Across 2 Work that is sent home to do. 4 A subject that uses numbers. 6 A place where you might find the monkey bars. 7 Something you carry school books in. 12 Something used to make a pencil sharp. 13 It rings when schools starts and finishes. 15 Special clothes worn to school. 16 An item of clothing worn outside to protect against the sun.

Down 1 A place children go to learn. 3 A book that is taken home to practice reading. 5 Something a teacher writes on. 8 A subject where you might find paint and clay. 9 A quiz given by teachers. 10 People that teach children. 11 Used for writing. 14 A meal eaten in the middle of the day.

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KIDS

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Rice Crispy Treats with Sienna

Ingredients 3 Tablespoons bu er 40 Marshmallows 6 cup Rice Bubbles Op onal - Mini Smar es to decorate Method Step 1 - Grease Tray. Step 2 - In a large saucepan melt bu er over low heat. Add marshmallows and s r un l completely melted. Remove from heat. (Parents help recommend) Step 3 - Place rice bubbles into a heat proof bowl and add melted mixture. S r un l well coated. Step 4 - Scoop mixture into tray using a spatula or wooden spoon. Step 5 - Decorate with Mini Smar es. Step 6 - Place in the refrigerator to set. When set, cut into small squares.


KIDS

KITCHEN Fruit Icy Poles with Hannah

Ingredients: 12 large strawberries (sliced in halves) 1 large ripe banana (peeled, cut into chunks & frozen} 1/2 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice)

Method: Step 1 - Blend all the ingredients on high un l smooth approx. 2 minutes. Step 2 - Pour the popsicle mixture into the icy pole mould. Step 3 - Place into the freezer and freeze for 8 hours or overnight. (It is recommended for easier removal to freeze overnight.)


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Victorian Term Dates 2021 1st Term 2nd Term 3rd Term 4th Term

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Useful Information Emergency Numbers Ambulance Fire Police Hospitals

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Northern Hospital................................................... Austin - Heidelberg................................................. Box Hill Hospital...................................................... Royal Children’s Hospital (Parkville).......................

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Crisis Centres Poisons.................................................................... Parentline Victoria................................................... Kids Help Line.......................................................... Lifeline..................................................................... Suicide Helpline - (Victoria only)............................. Nurse-on-Call.......................................................... Child Protection - (After Hours Service).................. Domestic Violence Crisis Centre............................. Sexual Assault Service (After Hours)....................... Centres Against Sexual Assault................................ Victims of Crime Helpline....................................... LifeCircle - HOPELINE.............................................. SANDS* Vic...*Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Support Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline

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Your Local Police Station . Epping Police.......................................................... Kinglake Police........................................................ Mernda Police......................................................... Mill Park Police....................................................... Whittlesea Police ...................................................

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Other Whittlesea City Council....................................

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Contents & Index of Advertisers Your quick guide to everyone and everything in Your Child...

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6 School is back ... so .. 10 Back to school; A Teachers Perspective. 14 Beating the Morning Blues. 16 After School Snacks. 18 The Fun and Benefits of Playgroup. 22 Saving on Lunches. 26 Discovering Sports for our Younger Ones! 36 How to answer THE Why? 40 Creating Family History with Digital Photography.

#whatweneedtodo A Gift of Hope Baby Obsessions Billy’s Junction Casa D’Abruzzo Club City of Whittlesea - Immunisation Dance Majic Thomastown Herbal Life Hume Anglican Grammar Jets Gymnastics Kool Kidz

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Editors Letter Hanging with Hannah In the Kitchen Kids Corner Kids in the Kitchen Useful Information

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St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School “Engaging With Our Contemporary World” 2022 PREP ENROLMENTS OPEN “I think therefore I am.” (Rene Descartes - French Philosopher 1596 - 1650)

“Our class is like a persuasive piece of writing or a tug of war, sharing different perspectives, finding ways to agree, bouncing off each other, looking for answers, trying to persuade each other.” (Year Five Student) “I used to just look on the surface, here I am challenged to go beyond.” (Year Six Student)

Please explore our school website, take a virtual school tour (to experience our unique contemporary learning culture, based on the Cultures of Thinking through a Christian perspective) and access the Enrolment Information link on the Home Page. To secure a place for PREP 2022, please return the Enrolment form via email or post. Families will be contacted for an online interview via Zoom, Facetime etc.

80 Bassetts Road Doreen 3754 Phone: 9216 2000 or email: office@spadoreen.catholic.edu.au Website: www.spadoreen.catholic.edu.au Principal: Mr Phil Doherty