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Welcome to the March 2014 edition of Your Child in Whittlesea! This month, our magazine is packed with community events and information. Join the National Ride2School Day or ‘It All Adds Up’ campaign for a healthy Whittlesea. Be a part of the attempt to break a Guinness World Record (see page 22) at the City of Whittlesea Community Festival this month! Have you signed up for our FREE online subscription service yet? If you would like to receive Your Child in Whittlesea directly to your inbox, you can subscribe either by entering the following URL http://eepurl.com/MEiP9 in your web browser or use this QR Code on your smart phone QR Reader. You will never miss a single issue of ‘Your Child in Whittlesea’ again! This month we continue on our quest to find our May Cover Child. If you have not done so already, please submit entries of your little superstars before the competition closes at the end of this month (see page 4). We also have the Sleepy Kitten Colouring Competition in our Kids Corner (page 29). Enter for a chance to win a “Sleepy Kitty” guided relaxation CD for kids from Dinosnores. Our What’s On page fills up fast, with so many community organisations offering great events and services to families in our local area. As we can only include a small selection of the plethora of listings in any given month, we will using our Facebook page to post community notices and updates of relevant events and information that we receive. So, make sure you “like” us on www.facebook.com/yourchildinwhittlesea to stay informed. Finally, remember to shop local and support our wonderful advertisers, who make it possible for this magazine to be FREE to families like yourselves. Thank you for being a part of this community. Your Child in Whittlesea - supporting

Christine

Christine Ernest, Editor p: 9715 2630 e: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au w: www.yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au 2

local businesses and schools YOUR CHILD AREAS AVAILABLE FOR ADVERTISING VIC: |BANYULE & NILLUMBIK| BOROONDARA |KNOX |MANNINGHAM|WHITEHORSE |WHITTLESEA NSW: |THE HILLS |THE NORTHERN BEACHES

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is turning 1 in May As part of our celebrations we are giving away the opportunity for one of our young readers to be featured on the front cover of our birthday issue

YOUR CHILD could be our MAY COVER CHILD! We are also giving away some great prize packages courtesy of our wonderful advertisers

2ND PRIZE

1ST PRIZE A free professional photoshoot & 1 free 8" x 10" print courtesy of Image of You Photography (valued at $275) plus the opportunity to be our cover child in our special May 2014 issue (valued at over $500)

A framed 3D hand & feet sculpture courtesy of Angel Lane (valued at $190) plus a free mini photoshoot & 1 free 5" x 7" print* *for use in sculpture frame (valued at $110) Courtesy of Image of You Photography

3RD PRIZE a voucher for one term free at ready steady go kids courtesy of Ready Steady Go Kids (valued at $183.50)

To enter, upload a photo of your cute little cover model onto our facebook page, with their name & age www.facebook.com/YourChildinWhittlesea or Email a photo, name & age to: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au

Closing date: March 31st 2014 Terms & Conditions: Decision of the judges is final. Winners will be notified and their names will be posted on our Facebook page and published in our May issue. The winner of the first prize is required to be available for the cover photo shoot which will be scheduled at a suitable time between the 1st and 15th of April 2014. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and are not redeemable for cash. Prize offers must be used before the 31st of December 2014.

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Angel Lane Framed Baby Hand & Feet Sculptures Maternity Belly Casting Home Visits, Group Discounts & Gift Vouchers Available Combined Sculpture & Photography Packages

www.angellane.com.au www.facebook.com/angellanebabysculptures

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EDITORIAL ED ITORIAL  FEATURE Come and try First 2 lessons FREE

Mernda Calisthenics Club (formerly Northcrest Calisthenics) has been in existence for 12 years. Calisthenics involves a team of participants

In 2014 we will be offering the following classes:

learning routines choreographed to music and pr esenting these routines on stage at competitions and concerts. Over the years, the

Recreationl classes all ages Tiny Tots 6 years & under Tinies 7 years & under Sub-Juniors 8 - 10 years Juniors 11 - 13 years Intermediates 14 - 16 years Seniors 16 years & over Masters 26 & over

club has won numerous Aggregates, Victorian State Title wins and the prestigious Ballarat Royal South Street win in 2013. In 2015, the club will be moving to the new Woodland Waters Reserve (currently under construction) along with the Mernda Football and Cricket Clubs. The Calisthenics club’s new name and colours were introduced to match the Mer nda spor ting club colour s. Mer nda Calisthenics Club has three qualified & dedicated coaches who are committed to ensuring that participants have fun, build friendships, grow and develop into confident performers.

Mechanics Institute Hall Cnr Bridge Inn Rd & Plenty Rd, Mernda Enquiries: Justine 0409 429 016 Alison 0410 651 107 or email: merndacalisthenics@hotmail.com

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ADVERTISE HERE THIS SPACE IS AVAILABLE FROM ONLY

$125* per month *Conditions Apply

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Have your say on ac ve travel to school for a chance to win! If you are a parent, carer or member of a local school community Healthy Together Whi lesea want to hear from you about student’s ac ve travel (including walking, riding, scoo ng and ska ng) to and from school. Complete the online survey to go into the draw to win* an Alere Pebble ac vity monitor. The survey will close on Friday 4 April. www.surveymonkey.com/s/P2Sparent Healthy Together Whi lesea is a jointly funded ini a ve of the State Government of Victoria and the Australian Government. (*Terms & Conditions apply)

ride2school.com.au

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Open day @ The Kilmore Interna onal School The Kilmore Interna onal School (TKIS) is a unique boarding and day school for students in Years 5 to 12 with a record of outstanding academic achievement. Realise your child’s poten al and experience the difference of studying with mo vated students and excep onal teachers. Generous scholarships are available. Come along to our open day on Thursday 20 March 2014 between 10:00am and 12:00pm to meet the Principal and tour the school. Please call recep on to register. For further infoma on, please visit our website at www.kilmore.vic.edu.au, email info@kilmore.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5782 2211.

A premier IB world School

family day care ... A desire to succeed A child qualifica on or willingness to study A warm and secure family focused home

Working with Children Checks & Police Checks Apply Approved by the Australian Government Rated as Exceeding Na onal Standard

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Who we help: - Autism/Asperger’s - Developmental Delays - Sensory Processing Disorder - Learning Disabilities - Gross/Fine Motor Delays building blocks - Attention/Concentration Therapy Difficulties - Coordination Difficulties - Handwriting Problems We specialize in creative and playful - Social Difficulties - Downs Syndrome occupational therapy that helps children reach their full potential through optimal learning. - Cerebral Palsy - & More Serving children from infancy through

adolescence, Building Blocks Therapy offers professional evaluation, consultation and intervention services

contact: Lize Roos on 0400 514 424 turning I can’t into I can

lize@buildingblockstherapy.com.au www.buildingblockstherapy.com.au

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Help us break a world record! We need you to help us beat the Guinness World Record for the largest circuit training class at this year's annual Community Festival. The current record sits at 2,061 by Guy Leech at Alexandra Gardens Melbourne in 2013. Participants will need to perform a series of familiar exercises for around 3mins each including skipping, aerobics, lunges and sit ups. The attempt is part of Healthy Together Whittlesea's campaign to encourage everyone to do a bit more activity every day – it all adds up. Adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days and kids need double this every day. Residents joining the largest circuit training attempt can combine their 30 minutes of daily physical activity with breaking a world record. Lalor resident Elizabeth James is looking forward to taking on the challenge with her four children. “What a fantastic way to have fun and keep active with the kids, family and friends! We can't wait to join in.” Everyone who registers will also go in the draw to win one of ten Alere Pebbles that will allow you to monitor your own health and get involved in activity challenges. Email: healthytogether@whittlsea.vic.gov.au to pre-register your interest or visit healthy.whittlesea.vic.gov.au for more information on the world record attempt plus ideas to do a bit more activity every day –

It all adds up! Community Festival:

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Sunday 16 March, 2014 12.30pm-9pm Record attempt at 3pm City of Whittlesea Public Gardens Barry Road, Lalor FREE ENTRY

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Do a bit more activity every day it all adds up!

Riding to school with the kids makes them much happier and me feel great. Elizabeth, mother of 4, Lalor A jointly funded initiative of the State Government of Victoria and the Australian Government.

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General gym 5-12 years Kindergym 2-5 years Holiday Programs

Catering GYMNASTICS for boys and girls

Trevallyn Learning Centre Tutoring @ 74 Aylesbury Blvd, Doreen for

Call Us Today!

Literacy & Numeracy Success

9717 2394 0407 349 824

Principal, Alison Stephens Grad Dip Ed Admin; Grad Dip Divinity; Dip Teach Primary

Youth/club events

Birthday parties

Adult Gym Fitness

Email: stephens3754@gmail.com

PACIFIC EPPING HIGH STREET

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2016 Kinder Applications Open on 3 March 2014 Visit http://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/community-services-and-health/familyservices/kindergarten-enrolments for more information

Breastfeeding Drop-in Service in Epping & Mernda A FREE service requiring no appointment where mothers of babies up to 6-months of age can ‘drop in’ for support with breastfeeding. Call Council’s Maternal & Child Health Service on 9404 8888 for dates and times Please Like Us On

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Your Child in Whittlesea keeps you informed Please ‘Like’ our page for regular posts and reminders of What’s On in Whittlesea

ATTENTION: Community Organisations’ Fundraising Opportunity The 2014 People’s Choice Community Lottery is a self help fundraising scheme for not-for-profit sporting clubs, schools and pre-schools, community groups and charitable organisations. Tickets and all costs associated with prizes, promotional material, advertising, printing of tickets are covered with 100% of all purchases being directed back to the participating organisations

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Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association Masquerade Trivia Night This event will be hosted by the very entertaining trivia extraordinaire, Justin from Quiz Meisters Trivia. Limited number of tickets available at $20.00 per person and tables will seat either 8 or 10 seats per table. Grab your friends, workmates and family for a night of entertainment. There will be a lucky envelope sale ($25 per envelope), raffle ($5 per ticket), silent auctions and random prizes throughout the night.

Saturday the 31st of May @ 7.30pm At Epping Memorial Hall (Function Room) 827 High St, Epping VIC 3076 For further information, ticket sales or if you are interested in donating for this event email: info@dvmba.amba.org.au www.facebook.com/DVMBA http://www.dvmba.amba.org.au/

The Australian Air League is a national youth organisation that aims to promote and encourage the development of aviation in the youth of Australia, encourage good citizenship, teamwork and to develop the ingenuity and resourcefulness of it's members. Membership is open to boys and girls aged 8 to 18 with a passion for aviation, fun and adventure.

If that sounds like you - we'd love to hear from you! http://www.airleague.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/AustralianAirLeague

The newly formed Whittlesea Squadron meets every Friday 7:30-9:30 pm at the Scout Hall, Fir Street, Whittlesea (during School Term) We are also looking for volunteers to train tomorrows leaders! Would you be interested in become a Leader in the Whittlesea Squadron? If you have a community event or activity happening in the Whittlesea council area Email to: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au To advertise in Your Child in Whittlesea Call 9715 2630

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Handy Phone Numbers Emergency Numbers Ambulance Fire DIAL 000 Police Victoria State Emergency Services Hospitals

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

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Crisis Centres Poisons.................................................................... 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........................................................ Mill Park Police....................................................... Whittlesea Police ...................................................

9409 8100 57861333 9407 3333 97162102

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

9217 2170

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Kids Corner Enter the Sleepy Kitten Colouring Competition and win a Sleepy Kitten CD from Dinosnores*

Send your entries to: Your Child in Whittlesea Kids Corner PO Box 40 Doreen 3754 or Email: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au * A perfect CD for calming your children after a full day at school or day care. Check out www.dinosnores.com for audio samples of Sleepy Kitten. Entries close 20th of March.

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

Business Opportunity 19 Kids Matter Family Day Care 25 Your Child Magazine

6 Camping with Kids 8 How can I help my child learn music? Cakes & Cupcakes 10 How to help with homework... 25 Sweet Temptation without doing it! 12 Creating Family History with Calisthenics Clubs Digital Photography 9 Mernda Calisthenics Club 14 Get organised! Beating the Morning Blues Car Dealerships 16 The Supermarket and Kids 7 South Morang Toyota 18 School in the 21st Century 20 ‘Sharing and Caring’ it takes lots of Child Care Centres practice! 21 Sutherland’s Child Care 22 Help us Break a World Record - Local Article Education/Schools 24 What is Tutoring? 3 Gilson College Competitions 11 Plenty Valley Christian College 19 Kilmore International School 4 Cover Child Competition 31 Assumption College Kilmore 29 Kids Corner - Sleepy Kitten 32 Ivanhoe Grammar School Colouring Competition

Regular Features

Health & Well-Being

2 Editors Noticeboard 15 National Ride 2 School Day 9 Editorial - Mernda Calisthenics Club 21 Building Blocks Therapy 25 Business Directory 23 Healthy Together Whittlesea 26 What’s On in Whittlesea - It All Adds Up! 28 Handy Phone Numbers 29 Kids Corner

If you have a community event or free activity happening in the Whittlesea Council area Call 1300 657 996 or visit: www.yourchildin.com.au Email to: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au

Your Child Business Opportunity

Mother & Baby 5 Angel Lane Baby Sculptures

Photography 5 Image of You Photography 13 Danni Blaze Photography

Restaurants/Café 25 Hog’s Breath Café

Shopping Centres 17 Pacific Epping

Sports/Fitness 5 Ready Steady Go Kids 15 Get Active Sports 25 Gymsports Academy

Tutoring 25 Trevallyn Learning Centre

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