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What a month October was - with schools going back to face to face learning, parks and playgrounds reopening and picnics with other families. Plus the year is just flying by ...Melbourne Cup Carnival has arrived (though very different this year), however, the 4 day weekend should be nice - for a little outdoor catch up with friends and family. Please remind your children of the increased danger of snakes this season when playing outside, there is fantastic article in this month’s magazine Teaching Children About Snakes, page 18. World Rhyme Week will run from 16th - 20th November the is year, it celebrates the benefits of nursery rhymes in helping children’s brains learn how language work and with helping to build memory capabilities. Find our cute little dinosaur rhyme on page 21. Kids Corner has us all enjoying rainbows and unicorns - adding a little fun and magic back! While in Kids in the Kitchen we are getting ready for Christmas (which is just over a month away). Mini Chef Tyler is making Chocolate Crackle Plum Puddings and Mini Chef Ollie is creating yummy Chocolate Brownie Christmas Trees. Plus kids don’t forget to check out page 20, for our Christmas Santa letter template. The November magazine has lots of fantastic reading, so make a cuppa and sit back and enjoy. The Benefits of Lego, can be found on page 6. Page 26, has a useful article on Bedtimes to Dream About and Summer Ready Swimmers is on page 44. Remembrance Day is on the 11th November - take a moment and remember our service men and women and what they have given. Please take care, stay safe and when outside don’t forget to wear a mask,

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The Benefits LEGO — we have all heard about it and possibly played with it. Most of us grew up with it. It is one of the largest brands in the world, is instantly recognisable. Have you ever thought of the educa onal benefits of LEGO? LEGO has been working with educators for over three decades. To develop experiences in the classroom that bring learning concepts to life. The educa onal benefits of playing with the colourful, mul -faceted bricks aren't always clear. There are eight key benefits of crea ng, configuring and cra ing with LEGO. Promo ng fine motor skills Children prac se dexterity as they connect LEGO pieces of different sizes and shapes. This requires different amounts of pressure to assemble and becomes a wonderful exercise for li le fingers which supports children in being able to control the pressure they apply while wri ng.

intricate designs, be it a police sta on or a spacecra traveling to the moon. Crea vity and imagina on is fostered when children have no limita ons to what they can make. In this situa on there is no right or wrong, so children can explore their crea vity without the fear of failure. Develops problem solving and mathema cal thinking Following instruc ons to assemble LEGO also has a lot of benefits for children's problem solving, focus and a en on to detail. Ideas of symmetry, balance, shapes and sizes are explored during play with LEGO. Children experience working with frac ons when they observe how many small pieces can fit into a large piece and can begin to experiment with division. Improves communica on skills LEGO is a great way to relieve stress and engage in meaningful and joyful conversa ons. As children comment on their LEGO crea ons, they develop important communica on skills including the ability to explain ideas, describe their work, talk about the process and verbalise challenges that they had along the way.

Encourages team work When playing with LEGO children learn how to share and take turns. When working together on LEGO construc on, children will agree on the general idea of their play – is it a castle, a boat or Develops persistence We've all watched a carefully constructed tower a spaceship? Children agree and follow each fall over. LEGO teaches children the importance other's lead and begin to understand how different ideas can contribute and extend their of persis ng with a task to see your vision play. Children also learn to nego ate roles and realised. Using LEGO encourages children to have a go, take their me and to persevere. As responsibili es in order to have an enjoyable fine motor skills improve, children can create social experience. more elaborate construc on and follow complex designs. Improves crea vity Crea vity is improved as children use various shapes, colours and sizes of LEGO to construct 10 6

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by Coralie Kouvelas

LEGO improves self-esteem Connec ng small pieces of LEGO to create a final product that follows a child's vision can be challenging. Achieving this task holds immense sense of sa sfac on that is obvious in a child's smile when they proudly show off their completed work. This has an immensely posi ve effect on a child's self-esteem. LEGO developing lateral thinking and planning skills Following LEGO instruc ons can be challenging. However, it does help children to develop planning skills as well as lateral thinking. When faced with an assembly problem, children have to retrace their steps and analyse their work in order to find parts that need fixing.

Coralie Kouvelas is a Reading Coordinator at Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL), Whittlesea (VIC) branch. She has been working in libraries for 15 years and has a passion for public libraries, early literacy and young adult fiction. For informationabout YPRL programs and activities visit

Christmas Trees 1st Craigieburn Scout Group will deliver a freshly cut Christmas Tree to your door. That’s one less thing, you have to worry about this Christmas Season. Online ordering:

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h a n n a H h t i w Hanging Redleap Park

Redleap Avenue Mill Park Hannah's, visit to Redleap Park was lots of fun. Redleap Park is huge! It has lots of fun play equipment to keep children busy - it has 6 different swings, 3 monkey bars and 4 slides. There is also lots of climbing equipment for different ages and abili es. Hannah really liked the dinosaur and bumble bee see-saws. The park offers tables and chairs for picnicking, BBQs (all under cover) bins, a drinking fountain and a public toilet. The park is situated not far from the Stables Shopping Centre, the Mill Park Basketball Stadium and the Local Football and Cricket Grounds. The park is beau fully surrounded by a grassed area suitable for playing ball games or ggy, and lots of big trees, great for playing hide and seek. Hannah’s p of the month - climbing trees is lots and lots of fun however, ge ng your photo taken for the hundredth me - is not!

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The Whi lesea Agricultural Society Inc. has, with much considera on, decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Whi lesea Show. The con nuing restric ons associated with COVID-19, especially the management of social-distancing and the possible risk to public health during large events were the major factors for this decision. The uncertainty of knowing when these restric ons would be li ed has made it very diďŹƒcult to forward plan for our annual show. We take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the show including our many

supporters, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, local community groups, stall holders, entertainers etc. We know that for some of these groups the Whi lesea Show provides a major contribu on to their fundraising and annual income and we are saddened that we are unable to assist by providing an event this year. We look forward to providing our 161st Whi lesea Show on the 6th & 7th of November in 2021.

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Teaching Children In October of 2016, Eli Campbell (then aged 2) was bi en 3 mes by a coastal taipan in Queensland while collec ng eggs for his mum. The young boy suffered from a cardiac arrest and was declared dead for 6 minutes. Paramedics were able to revive him and he was brought to hospital where young Eli was put into an induced coma. He was paralysed, with significant swelling on his brain, had brain damage, was unable to use his limbs, suffering from epilep c type seizers and doctors feared that if he survived, he would be blind.

Coastal Taipan 5 months later, a er several setbacks hundreds of hours of rehabilita on, Eli was able to run, play, has developed his own language and has recovered be er than doctors would have believed. He is however now permanently affected with impaired vision, ongoing brain injury, epilep c seizures and damaged fine motor skills. It is likely he will require some form of care for the rest of his life. All of this is the example of one incident with a snake.

fortunate enough to have received a “dry bite” (which does not occur o en) and since that day, I have put in every effort to promote awareness of snakes in an a empt to prevent this from happening again (as much as possible). I receive cri cisms from keyboard warriors who think they know be er than to create awareness and teach children about snakes. But these “heroes of the internet” have never been at the cold face of catching a snake that has just bi en a pet or person while trying to keep everyone calm and coordina ng with emergency services. While we can have posi ve stories like in the case of Brayden, the possible effects of a snake bite, as you can see from the story of young Eli, can be devasta ng and ongoing. Some of the ways I promote an understanding about snakes is I go to kindergartens, schools or private groups to teach children about how to keep safe. I encourage parents and teachers to organise one of these events. The message I give to children is very simple and parents can use this too: Very young children aged 3 – 7. Typically, I have found that very young children like to approach a snake, and either stare or pick it up. Last season, there were at least 2 incidents where a 4 and 5 year old child picked up a ger snake to show their mum. Luckily no one was bi en. Reinforcing the message to NOT touch a snake and approach an adult is important to give to children.

Another example of a snake bite was in Diamond Creek in early 2017 where Brayden I prac ce the below exercise with the children in Horn (14) was bi en inside the family home kindergartens and junior schools. You can use a twice by a ger snake on his foot and the same rubber toy snake. I teach the children: snake bit his father on the leg also. Brayden was 18

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about Snakes 1. If you see a snake, take 5 steps back: “1, 2, 3 step back!” (We all take a physical backward step for each word or number). 2. Use a big voice to your parents or teacher: “There's a snake. There's a snake!” (This is one of the few mes I ever encourage young children to shout – but in this circumstance it is ok) 3. Use a big voice to say: “Stay away from the snake!”4. Go to the adult immediately. 5. If bi en, immediately use a big voice: “A snake bit me!” and tell an adult. I know it might seem too simple, but prac ce this exercise with them repeatedly to reinforce the message to step from snakes and tell an adult. I have adopted this with children in this age range and found it to be very effec ve lesson a er only 2 prac ce runs. Reinforce this on a few separate occasions, especially at summer. Children aged 8 – 12. Delivering the message of staying away from snakes in school to this age group is generally quite easy. My experience working with older primary school aged children has shown that they have an improved understanding of the danger associated with snakes. The important message to focus on is that: § All snakes endemic to Melbourne are venomous. § Snakes will only bite you if disturbed or injured. § Stay away and do not touch snakes or throw things at them. § If bi en by a snake, immediately seek parent/adult assistance. § Also if bi en, dial 000 and seek medical help.

by Mark (“Snake Hunter”) Pelley

Prac ce applying the snake bite pressure bandage with children of this age. Even if it is not done perfect, it can s ll help prevent the flow of venom. § Reinforce this a few mes especially as the weather warms up. §

Delivering these simple messages to children of the appropriate age ranges can help them understand the dangers presented by

Tiger Snake Melbourne's venomous snakes and give a basic understand of how to behave if your child encounters a snake. Otherwise, one day it could be your child who picks up a ger snake to show the family or otherwise tries to take ma ers into their own hands.

Applying a Pressure Bandage Mark “The Snake Hunter” Pelley is a Melbourne based venomous snake catcher. He also works as a snake consultant teaching schools, communities and businesses how to keep safe from venomous snakes. To learn more about snakes, follow The Snake Hunter on Facebook @SnakeHunterAus.

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Dear Santa, I have been ¨ Awesome ¨ Pretty Good ¨ A little bit naughty ¨ Naughty, but I can explain! All I want for Christmas is... This _______________________________ and ________________________________ and _______________________________ Thank you Love from PS I hope you like the treats I leave for you and the reindeers Visit: to download our Dear Santa letter template 20

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World Nursery Rhyme Week 16th to 20th November 2020

rs u a s o n i D 5 Little

Five little dinosaurs trying hard to roar, One stomped away and then there were four. Four little dinosaurs hiding near a tree, One stomped away and then there were three. Three little dinosaurs peeking out at you, One stomped away and then there were two. Two little dinosaurs ready now to run, One stomped away and there was one. One little dinosaur not having any fun, He stomped away and then there were none.

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Kids Corner

Hey Kids you can be a ‘Your Child STAR’ share your jokes, recipes, puzzles, fun facts or photos with other Kids in Whittlesea contact us: Kids Corner PO Box 280 Doreen 3754 email: ph: 0439 732 977 advertise in in Your Your Child Child in in Whittlesea Whittlesea Call Call 0455 312 166us 32 26TTo 3327 Follow on yourchildinwhittlesea o advertise 0439 732 977 Shop Local and mention Your Child In Whittlesea 10


Cooked spaghetti (or any type of pasta) Ziplock bags Food colouring Vegetable oil A large tub or container

What To Do:

1. Rinse cooked pasta with cold water then drain the excess water. 2. Divide pasta into various ziplock bags - one bag for each colour of pasta you wish to make. 3. Add a few drops of food colouring to each ziplock bag together with a few drops of vegetable oil. The oil helps to coat the pasta in colour and prevents the pasta from sticking together. 4. Seal the ziplock bags and shake the bags to mix the food colouring with the pasta. 5. Once each bag of pasta has been completely coloured, open the bags and let the pasta sit for 10 to 15 minutes for the colour to be fully absorbed into the pasta. 6. Rinse the pasta in cold water to remove any excess food colouring. Drain the excess water.

Thank you to Base Camp Kids for this months fun ac vity!

7. Place the coloured pasta in a large tub and have fun playing! Can use hands, tongs, scoops, bowls, etc for slimey slippery sensory fun!

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Kids in the Kitchen Plum Pudding Chocolate Crackles with Tyler

Ingredients 4 cups Rice Bubbles 1 cup Icing Sugar 1 cup Desiccated Coconut 3 tbs Cocoa 250g Copha White Chocolate Melts Spearmint Leaves Jaas Pa y Pans

Method Step 1 - Place pa y pans into pa y pan trays. Step 2 - Combined Rice bubbles, Icing sugar, Desiccated Coconut, Cocoa and mix together. Step 3 - Melt Copha on the stove, leave to cool a li le then add to dry mixture and mix. Step 4 - Scoop mixed mixture into pa y pans. Step 5 - Place in the refrigerator to set. Step 6 - Melt chocolate in the microwave, and dribble onto chocolate crackles then add jaas and spearmint leaves, to look like Holly. 34 Follow us on yourchildinwhittlesea

Kids in the Kitchen with Ollie Christmas Chocolate Brownies Ingredients · 150 g butter · 275 g (1 1/4cups) caster sugar · 75 g (3/4 cup) cocoa · 2 tsp vanilla extract · 3 eggs · 75 g (1/2 cup) plain flour Instructions 1.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper. Set aside.


Place the butter into a microwavesafe bowl. Heat for 1 minute.


Add the caster sugar and cocoa powder and stir.


Heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts (50% power) until melted and combined - stirring each time.


Allow to cool slightly.


Add the vanilla extract and the eggs and whisk until combined.


Sift the plain flour into the bowl and mix gently.


Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.


Leave in the tin to cool completely.

We then cut them into triangles, coloured some icing green and decorated with sprinkles. Seriously the best & easiest brownies we have ever made and Ollie loved them!! by Lucy: To advertise in Your Child in Banyule & Nillumbik callRecipe 0411 459 872 www.bakesmileplay.com27

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Summer-ready 5 reasons to get your kids swimming this summer With summer now in full swing, it's the perfect me to jump in the pool, dive into the ocean, or slide into a dam to cool off on those sweltering days! But remember, safety first. With all this me spent around water there's no be er me to get your children's lessons underway and ensure the whole family is summer-ready this season. Here are just five of the many reasons to teach your children to swim from a reliable swim school.

3. Peace of mind for parents

Research has found that a staggering 41 per cent of all adults can't swim 50 metres without stopping and a further 10 per cent can't swim at Swimming is a great way to socialise and stay outdoors, even on days where the pavement is all. Parents who can't swim themselves are o en nervous and hesitant for their children to hot enough to cook an egg! Whether it's kayaking down the river, snorkelling on a family be around water. However, giving your child holiday to the Great Barrier Reef, or just playing lessons and adequate water safety training will by the pool at the annual neighbourhood BBQ – help reduce water-related incidences and provide peace-of-mind for parents, meaning there are plenty of ways learning to swim can kids and parents can enjoy those trips to the improve kids' fun this summer. pool or beach. 2. Educa on and water safety 4. Promotes a healthy lifestyle With 291 drownings documented last year Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. And, alone (recorded by the Royal Lifesaving Club), we're not just talking about swimming laps! water safety con nues to be an ongoing issue Knowing how to swim opens water-goers up to for Australians across the country. Teaching your child to be safe and confident around the an abundance of other ac vi es, such as water will not only help reduce those numbers surfing, water skiing, diving, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. The list really is endless! but set a great example for others who have reserva ons about enrolling their children (or even themselves) in lessons. 1. It's fun

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5. A vital life skill Much like riding a bike, or learning to drive, swimming is a basic life skill every Aussie should know. With a documented 85 per cent of Australians living within 50kms of the coast, there really is no reason not to learn. It's vital to teach children how to swim, to be safe around water and make the most of what Australia has to oer. Whether you decide to enrol your children in lessons to improve their overall conďŹ dence in and around the water, or to expand your op ons for a family fun summer this season, there has never been a more perfect me. Happy swimming!

Kingswim has taught more than 14 million swim lessons to Aussie kids over the last 30 years. Kingswim offers programs for babies from 12 weeks of age, right through to graduate level swimmers at its 20 centres across the country.

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Useful Information Emergency Numbers Ambulance Fire Police Hospitals


DIAL 000

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

8405 8000 9496 5000 9895 3333 9345 5522

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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The Benefits of Lego. Choosing the right primary school. Climbing Trees. Ways to display artwork. Teaching Children About Snakes. Teaching Children to Cook. Bedtimes to Dream About. Who’s turn to do the dishes? Remembrance Day. Summer Ready Swimmers

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 Kidney Health Australia Kool Kidz

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Lasting Lessons Little Ballet Stars Little Learners ELC

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

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St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School “Engaging With Our Contemporary World” 2021 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 2021, 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: Website: Principal: Mr Phil Doherty