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Edi t orsLetter EditorsLetter Welcome to our first printed issue of Your Child in Whittlesea Magazine since April 2020. It is amazing to be at last publishing in print this month as well as online. I hope you enjoy catching up with some of our new articles, a new park and what’s on in the Whittlesea area. The magazine this month has some great reading, on page 14 ‘Start off driving on the right path,’ will be very helpful for any parent trying to teacher their children how to drive. We have an interesting article about ‘Baby Led Weaning,’ on page 18 and ‘Benefit of the Beat’ can be found on page 22, which looks at the developmental advantages that music can provide young children. Hanging with Hannah can be found on page 10. Hannah is at last back out visiting new parks and creating new adventures. This month she visited Lochran Road Park, Doreen. The park is always a fantastic place to venture out with your children either after school or on the weekend, especially with all the lovely weather we have been having. This month’s Kids in the Kitchen Mini Chef is Hannah, who has been busy creating some yummy Fruit Sorbets, see page 25 for the recipes. What’s On this month - has the City of Whittlesea’s Granite Hills Nature Discovery Walk and the Whittlesea Agricultural Society Open Information Afternoon. What’s On can be found on page 20. Remember we welcome contributions from our readers and their children. If you have something that may be of interest to your local community, please share it with us. Maybe you are part of a community group with an upcoming event that could be included in What’s On. I hope you enjoy reading the March Magazine,

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MARYMEDE We could not be prouder of our results, our students and the resilience our 2020 graduates have shown.” The College describes its approach as A Complete Education. Across the extensive campus you'll find facilities for Prep all the way through to Year 12 and includes an Early Learning Centre offering both 3 and 4-yearold kindergarten programs. Marymede believes diversity and choice create opportunities for every student to discover their path. The academically rich and innovative curriculum is underpinned by a strong focus on assisting students to find their passion and supporting them to achieve their best in the classroom and beyond.

Marymede Catholic College has built an outstanding reputation for excellence and in 2021 continues to go from strength-tostrength. Despite last year being a challenging year, the College's 2020 VCE results have ranked them as the top school across Catholic Coeducational, Catholic boys and Government schools in the northern corridor. School Principal, Mr. Michael Kenny described the results “as a testament to the quality of students our school continues to produce and the dedication of our teaching staff. 6

The College is young and vibrant, with stateof-the-art facilities and an extensive cocurricular program. In 2020 the College opened its multi-million-dollar Material and Technology Centre which is the new technology and digital learning hub. The Trade Skills Centre offers practical, hands on Vocational Education and Training courses and pathways on campus, delivered by expert teachers. This year Marymede will commence work on a specialist Performing Arts Centre. The performing arts program provides specialist expertise and facilities in music, dance, drama and includes an annual, professional standard school production. Primary students grow and develop in an enriching, safe and supportive learning Follow us on

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environment with teachers and facilities that complement and promote primary learning and teaching. There is abundant space for play alongside quiet places for imagination and exploration. Marymede is known for placing strong emphasis on both personal development and pastoral care. Gospel values lead and guide the school community. The high standards expected of students and staff start with respect and are reflected in the calibre of

person who graduates, as-well-as academic results. Sound like this could be the school for your son or daughter? Explore Marymede Catholic College for yourself. They are hosting an open day on Sunday 14 March from 11.30am until 2.30pm Visit http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolmen t/schooltours to register your attendance at an upcoming tour or Open Day.

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h a n n a H h t i w g Hangin Lochran Road Park Lochran Road, Doreen

Hannah was very excited to be back out visi ng our local parks a er Melbourne’s long Lockdown. This month she visited a park near her best friend Jackson’s house. Thankfully, Melbourne put on a great weather display - sunny and hot to start with and then it was raining! Lochran Road Park is a small park with a big mountain, a rock climbing face, slide and a see-saw. However, the lack of play equipment allowed the kids to play make believe. The trees at the back also created more fun and adventures ... pirates walking the plank! For us parents we could sit on the seats and enjoy watching the fun Hannah, Jackson and Darcy had playing together, for over an hour. Hannah’s park p - Always keep an eye on the sky for weather changes!

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Marymede Editorial Fitting in fitness with kids. Starting off driving on the right path. Baby Led Weaning. Benefit of the Beat. Lets embrace being unbalanced.

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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

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