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Aussie Christmas Tips. Finish the Decade with Gratitude. Essential Literacy Skills for Preshoolers. Kids Corner and more ....

Volume 7

December 2019/January 2020


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Edi t orsLetter EditorsLetter Welcome to our Christmas/New Year Edition of Your Child in Whittlesea magazine. December really is the most exciting month - with all the child like wonder, excitement and anticipation. If only it wasn’t also the most hectic time of the year! The magazine this month has some great reading, page 6 has great Aussie Christmas Tips. On page 8 there is an interesting article, (especial for those of us with New Preps next year) about the Essential Literary Skills for Preschoolers. There are some great homemade Christmas Gift ideas, page 18 and Finish the Decade with Gratitude, can be found on page 20. A little bit of fun can be found on page 27, What our young readers like most about Christmas .... Christmas is a wonderful time of year for children, Kids Corner has a Reindeer colouring in to do and when that is completed maybe mum or dad can help write a ‘Letter to Santa’ . The community has a lot going on at this time of year - be sure to flick through to page 23 for What’s On for all the details. Don’t forget Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the fantastic weather and our local parks and bush walking tracks. Hanging with Hannah can be found on page 14, visiting a local park in Doreen. I hope you enjoy reading the December/January magazine. My family and I wish all our readers and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rachel

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h a n n a H h t i w g Hangin Towerhill Park Towerhill Avenue, Doreen

This month Hannah visited Towerhill Park, for a play in the beau ful spring sunshine (if only it wasn’t so windy!) The park is located in the Vantage Point Estate, in Doreen. It has a small playground and really nice gardens. The playground has some fun play equipment - a slide, 2 rockers, 2 swings, a play shop window (where Polar Bear and Hannah sold Pizza) and lots of things to climb over and across. Other facili es include - a shelter with sea ng, a bbq and a rubbish bin. Hannah’s p off the month - taking your cuddly best friends to the park can make an adventure ... so much more fun!

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What’s On in Whittlesea Christmas Extravaganza A fun night of Christmas songs, crafts, our annual staff pantomime and have your photo taken with Santa. Mill Park Library Thursday 12 December 6.30pm–9.00pm

Sunday 15th December 2018 Collingrove Park Hazel Glen Drive, Doreen 4.30pm Christmas Festival - face painting, jumping castles, food trucks, live music 6pm Community Carols - bring a rug and sing along to all your favourites!

Get ready to celebrate everything Australian with your local community.

Sunday 26th January 2019 6.00pm - 9.30pm City of Whittlesea Australia Day Event 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang

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Kids Corner

y r r e Mristmas Ch 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: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au ph: 0439 732 977 26 Shop Local To advertise in Your Child in Whittlesea Call 0455 312and 166mention Your Child In Whittlesea27


What our young readers like most about Christmas....... Jade Age 3 .

Sharing it with my mummy and daddy and the brothers and giving gifts to my friends

Hannah Age 5

Joshua Age 13

Seeing the smiles and excitement on my little sister's face

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Finding money in the Christmas pud ding Darcy Age 11

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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 Aussie Christmas Tips 8 Essential Literacy Skills for Preschoolers 18 Making Christmas Gifts 20 Finish the Decade with Gratitude! 22 Safe Travels 24 7 Ways Art can improve the Quality of Life

Regulars 4 Editors Letter 14 Hanging with Hannah 23 What’s On 26 Kids Corner 28 Useful Information

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St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School “Engaging with the World” “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)

“We are a collective family and we collaborate, so we can branch off other people’s ideas.” (Year Five Student)

School Tours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.30am by appointment 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 To advertise in Your Child in Whittlesea Call 0455 312 166

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