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5 weeks down, one to go! We are so excited to see our families go through the transition, as the children progress in their learning and development. We are gaining lots of new enrolments over the holiday break and we are so happy to see our regular families using our service again, for 2018. Last week at Vacation Care, we had one explosive incursion and an adventurous excursion! On Tuesday, we had a visitor blast into the centre, showing us some cool science experiments. There was an air bazooka that shot a perfect circle of air, she always used a fog machine so we could see the air being produced. Our Street Science visitor, Melissa, showed us what happens when you add fire to a gas chamber, causing a big BANG! Melissa also showed us what chemicals to add to fire to change the colour, which was pretty out of this world. We also got to make our own cool slime and snow during our workshop, to take home. I can tell you, everyone wanted to be a scientist after that incursion. Our excursion took us all the way to Bunya, a suburb close to Ferny Hills. We visited the Bunya Crossing Reserve swimming hole. We spent the whole day there, swimming, building sand castles, catching tadpoles and eating our lunch, we had hamburgers and salad. This is a nice place for families to get away over the weekend and relax, but remember sun safety, as it is still summer! Monday was music day! We had lots of musical had being had in the centre. We made some musical instruments, we played Music Trivia with Zac and performed in OSHC's got Talent. We also made tasty scones! Hippie day came so quickly! The children used old rags to make a Tee-Pee and we tie dyed some hand towels. The children sat together and wrapped rubber bands around their hand towels. When their towels were dipped, this left cool and unique circular patterns and colours. Through the school holidays we have been encouraging the children to bring spare clothes incase we have some water play. We love water play here at OSHC during summer. We slip on our hats and sun shirts and slap on some sunscreen and go outside for some water fun. Friday was Sweets day at Vac care but it was also a special afternoon at the centre. We had to say goodbye for the last time, to another one of our staff members. Zac has been offered a job to teach at Bald Hills State School, teaching Grade 5 for 2018. Zac has been with us for 2 years and the children and staff will be very sad to see him go, as he made everyone's OSHC experiences entertaining and delightful. The staff and families here at Clayfield would like to wish Zac the best of luck and we hope to see his friendly face around here every now and then. This week is the very last week of our December/January holidays. School commences 22nd of January for both Eagle Junction and Clayfield families. Please remember to return your booking and escorting permission forms for the year, as they do not roll over from last year. If you have any enquiries, feel free to call or email us.
Published on 2018-01-18 07:35:53 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Today the Vacation Care kids had so much fun on our excursion to Bunya Crossing Reserve!
Published on 2018-01-11 08:08:13 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Welcome back from the Christmas break to all our families, we hope Santa visited and you enjoyed time with those you love the most. We are greeting new faces to the OSHC and Vacation Care family everyday, with families wanting to visit, meet the staff and get their child(ren) comfortable with their transition into the new school year. On our first week back from Christmas break, we went on an excursion all the way to South Brisbane to visit GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art. We ventured into the Yayoi Kusama: Life is a Rainbow exhibition for the day. We had the opportunity to look at some abstract art made fully of dots, as well as look into a large mirrored box that displayed a light show. Afterwards we lined up to go inside “The Obliteration Room” exhibit. The children were given a sheet of sticky coloured dots to stick all over the room. The staff and children travelled by public train for a change the children loved it. Tuesday was our Movie day, with the children colouring in and designing their own box car for our 'Drive-in' movies. The children sat inside their boxes throughout the movie marathon, as well as during the day. Staff can safely say that the children enjoyed their time in their 'car', using their imagination to drive places. Wednesday was game time, with the children bringing in their favourite boardgames to play. We played group Scatterglories, group Bingo, Trivia Pursuit, Popper-pig, Clue-do and Pop 'n' Go. Staff and children became very competitive, battling against each other to see who would win Scatterglories. Games were played all through the day to keep the theme of the day. Friday at Vacation Care was Frozen day, with everything frozen. We made a big mess inside and outside today! We made and played our own snow from Baking Soda and conditioner, we painted with frozen paint cubes and we filled mason jars with glitter to make Snowman sensory globes. This week we have been having so much fun, we hope you can join us to finish the week off!
Published on 2018-01-10 10:23:52 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Last week at Clayfield OSHC we stepped into the Medieval and Viking era. With Monday being a public holiday, last week was a very short week. We made Gemstone Runes with gemstones, thick cardboard and Alfoil, and mini Medieval Jester Hats with colourful pieces of card. Staff and students learnt how to write their name in Old Norse, a language used by the Vikings. The children really enjoyed this challenge and even managed to pull the staff up on a mistake. During one of our afternoons the children sat down together and watched ‘The Narnia Chronicles: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader’- with lots of giggles to be heard in the audience. The staff have had quite a lot of fun coming up with new and improved ideas for afternoon-tea. The children enjoyed Pumpkin and Spinach Quiches, Spaghetti Bolognaise and chicken and salad sliders. If you have any ideas you’d like to suggest to the staff for afternoon-teas, we’d love to hear them! Lately, being outside and playing on the playground and oval has been the children’s favourite time of day. With the freedom to run around and play some sport, imaginary games with natural resources and enjoying the sunshine. Now that its Spring, we ask parents to make sure the children have access to a water bottle and a sunhat, as the sun will become harsher over Spring and Summer.
Published on 2017-10-13 04:10:19 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Last week was the final week of September school holidays. With three excursions and two themed days, we had a big week planned. Firstly, we enjoyed a day in at th’ centre celebratin’, ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ with lots o’ Pirate crafts. We made cork pirate ships that sailed th’ bluest seas and we got t’ dye our Messages in a Bottle with teabags. We also played a lot o’ Hook toss– a game similar t’ ring toss but with th’ Capt’ns Hooks and Walk th’ Plank. One of our staff members made a game out o’ Walkin’ th’ Plank – by addin’ in some human crocodiles t’ snap at those who were brave enough t’ walk th’ plank. ARRRRR! Throughout the week we went down to Kalinga Park for the day. We spent lots of time making new friends and playing hide and seek tiggy on the playground. We had a lovely BBQ lunch at the park and enjoyed a short nature walk, featuring a Fairy Door hunt. Wednesday the children and staff hopped on the bus and went down to the Telstra Museum for a guided tour. The children were educated on the history of the phone and Telecom/The Phone Exchange. We also went down to Toombul Cinemas for our Traditional holiday movie. The children had a giggle at the movie, Captain Underpants, Tra La La Laaaa! For craft during the week we made awesome nature bookmarks, Dream catchers and paper planes. On our last day at Vacation Care we had party day with plenty of games like Musical Statues and Musical Chairs and we also had our own Disco with plenty of dancing, music and food. The children had a nice chilled out day with plenty of free play. As a group, the children decided that they wanted to join their Minecraft worlds and play together, including everyone.
Published on 2017-10-06 03:21:58 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
OSHC has been moving smoothly through our ‘Journey Through Time’ theme over the past few weeks. We have now arrived in the Ancient times. Last week, we stepped into Ancient China, with dragons, pandas, lanterns, and the Great Wall of China. The children enjoyed using neon paints to decorate some paper plates with patterns and pictures. Once they had finished painting as many plates as they liked, staff stringed all the plates together into a long line, to make a Dragon body, then we added legs, a tail, and a big Dragon head, with flames. The children also made little paddy pan dragons to go into their scrapbooks too. They glued the paddy pans onto black paper and added eyes and legs. The staff taught the children how to make Chinese lanterns from colourful paper. This was a little difficult, so they had plenty of help from staff to complete our craft. We used forks to texturize our panda bear faces with red backgrounds and big black pompom noses and the staff and children also had fun sponging paint onto the Great Wall of China. Recently, staff have been using vegetable scraps to try and see if we can grow our own vegetables. We have some chives, tomatoes, celery in our garden and now we are trying to grow some Broccoli. We put the scraps into a container with some water in the bottom. We are waiting for about a week to see if the scraps start to sprout some new growth. Come and have a look in the garden sometime this week to see if our Broccoli has started to sprout. Some of you may have noticed that two of our staff have disappeared. A lot of the children keep asking if they have left. Claire and Zac have been away on Practical Placement for a while and will return for the September holidays. Last week we Face-Timed Claire to wish her a Happy Birthday. She showed us the school she was teaching at and was very excited to see all our happy faces. On Friday, the children came to school dressed up for Book Week. We had so many cool costumes like Princesses, butterflies, mice and superheros and book characters like Harry Potter. We had a great week, and this was the icing on the cake.
Published on 2017-08-31 23:11:35 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Did you find the buried treasure we had hidden around Clayfield? Or the Mexican treats stored away from prying eyes? Or maybe you saw the groovy moves on the dance floor. The second week of Vacation care went off with a BANG, with two big excursions. We went and played Mini Golf at Golf Central at DFO. We swung our clubs to start the balls off and softly tapped the balls to finish our turns. While we patiently waited for our go, we got down and boogied to the music playing around the course. Some of us were lucky enough to get a few holes in one! For lunch, we went and sat down at Melrose Park in the shade of the trees before having a quick play on the playground. We also took a drive out to Tiddlywinks in Nundah. We have heaps of fun sliding down the big slides and playing in the ball pits. We joined in on the Disco parties, showing off our dance moves and made new friends on the playground. On Monday, we made lost treasure maps and had a go at making Telescopes for our adventures. We did a compass course and learnt all about how to read a compass. We had to find NORTH and follow the instructions to get to our ‘X marks the spot’. We also had a go at Geocaching, the international treasure hunt played by adults and children around the world. The staff made their own Geocaching tools and hid them around the school for the children to find. We had to solve a code with letters and numbers to follow the clues to an awesome ‘spiderweb’ course. We had to crawl through a course made from wool that staff had strung everywhere. If we touched the wool, we were stuck. Tuesday, we celebrated everything Mexican, from Sugar Skulls to Quesadillas, Ceramic paintings to a Donkey Piñata. We also had a wonderful time playing Pin the tail on the Donkey and having our faces painted in the afternoon. We painted plates and bowls with acrylic paints to take home for our parents and painted our Paper Plate sugar skulls with neon paints, glitter and used cotton tips to add dots and lines. When we were able to go outside, we played lots of group games like Red Rover, Poison ball, Kickball and Bop Tag. The last day of the week was Disco day. The children made their own microphones to use while singing karaoke, we played Pass the Parcel, Duck, Duck Goose and Body Alphabet. When we were tuckered out by all the dancing, we put on ‘Shark Tale’ to relax. What a great wrap to the week. Drop by the centre this week to check out our new layout!
Published on 2017-07-05 06:22:32 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Wow, didn’t the first week of Vacation Care fly by. Last week we had our Clayfield children on holidays with us, as well as our Eagle Junction families finishing off Term 2. Last week we began the week being Detectives for the day. We made a Suspect board with each child featuring on the board, along with a ‘Mug Shot’ and a footprint. We solved a CSI crime scene with real clues and suspects. Turns out it was Aaron who stole the Mint cookies from the jar. The children had to work together to figure out the clues and make them to our suspect list. To top it off the children made Salt dough to take phone with their thumb print on it. We had a lovely day down at Kalanga Park with our Clayfield children. We had a big play on the playground with our friends before beginning our movies. They children were given a list of genres and rules to follow when filming their videos. The children spent most of their time in their groups writing down ideas and filming. The results were quite entertaining to both staff and the children. For our Cook off Day these holidays we made some Vanilla Slice, Sausage rolls and classic Scones. The children always have a blast at our cooking days during vacation care, especially tasting the finishing results. The children enjoyed the rest of their day playing amongst friends and appreciating their time away from school. Another excursion available for the week was a trip to Toombul Cinemas to watch the newest movie, Cars 3. It was a delightful and a great family movie and the children and staff loved it. Once we got back to the centre the children sat down as a group and had a colouring in competition. Our last day of the week we hosted a Sports Day. The sports that we played weren’t like your average sports like Soccer or Football. We played Frisbee Golf, Balloon Darts and Capture the Flag, as well as Balloon tennis and a Paper plane competition. By the end of the day, the children were all so sport-ed out. What a successful first week of the June July school holidays. We are so excited to see all your faces this week to enjoy Tiddlywinks, Disco Day and Mini golf!
Published on 2017-06-27 21:16:44 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Vacation Care starts Monday! We are very excited for all the holiday fun that we have on offer. If you still require care please contact the centre on 32620271 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on 2017-06-16 09:01:27 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
There is only three weeks left of Term 2 for Clayfield children and four for Eagle Junction. The holidays couldn’t come fast enough. We have so much fun and exciting things planned for the June July vacation period. Do you like to hunt for treasure, dance like no one is watching, catch up on the newest movies or celebrate Christmas…in July? Well I don’t want to spoil anything but, Clayfield Outside School Hours Care is the place to go for this during June and July. Last week we didn’t have too many options for Q week but our staff love a challenge. Staff have been improving their cook skills in the kitchen, preparing last week’s afternoon-tea options. We had warm Quesadillas with chicken, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, ham and mayonnaise, baked Quiche, Quick Chicken Chow Mein and Stir Fry. The children have started to enjoy the surprise of what is available for afternoon-tea. They line up, grab fruit and sandwiches and have a small taste test. If they like what they taste, the children come up for seconds. In the mornings, with more children attending, all with different ideas of what they like for breakfast, we have now improved our morning menu. We have heaps of hot and tasty meals, like fried eggs and toast, to the cooler option of Fruit and Yoghurt. During before school care, with the rule of no technology before 7:30am, the children have become more interactive with staff and getting involved in the art and craft available for the afternoons. As we set up the craft, the children are at the table asking what they get to make. This is fabulous, as we like to use their masterpieces as the demos for the afternoon children. Last week we got to use Quills! Quills are simply just feather tips dipped in food colouring or water-based paints. The children wrote their names and draw pictures, and simply just drew lines upon lines. We were able to ask ourselves the harder questions in life last week. “How many colours are really in the rainbow”, “Why are we here” and “Who is Jennifer Lopez’s biggest fan?” The children filled out their questions into a big Question Mark and decorated it as they pleased. One afternoon the staff made a quiz for the children to answer. We all sat at the table in three big groups and answered some questions quietly, so the other teams couldn’t hear our answers! This was a hard task, as some whispers could be hard from the other side of the room. We also became Queens (and kings of course) for the day by making Queen crowns. We used paper plates, cut into the middle to create the spikes of the crown and decorated them with sequins, pompoms, glitter, paint or simply just draw on them. To celebrate the land we walk, work and learn on, we celebrated Queensland and everything great about it. Staff printed off different pictures for the children to dot paint on with Q-tips. There was a Crocodile, Palm trees, Sunshine and a rainbow, as well as the Big Pineapple and a football; QLD or NSW. We had a big week last week and this week is even bigger. See you all this afternoon or later this week!
Published on 2017-05-30 05:10:04 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Hedgehogs with Hats, Hippos in Houses, Hammerhead sharks in Helicopters and Humpback Whales doing Hopscotch. At OSHC, anything is possible! This week at Clayfield OSHC, we welcomed some more scaly friends to our fish tank. Come on into the centre and have a seat and watch our friends swim freely – one of our favourite things to do. This week, the staff pulled out the garden to prepare to make a mysterious garden that the children will get to interact with. Due to this, we had to remove our flourishing Capsicum plant. But before we could do so, during Before School Care, the staff asked one of our children to remove the remaining Capsicums so we could eat them for afternoon-tea. For craft this week, the children made Plastic Bag Hippos with pipe-cleaner legs, Hammerhead shark, heart and humpback whale pegs, Hedgehogs with match sticks and fork painting and Helicopters with paddy pans. We are getting closer to the Easter break, where we will pause our usual craft activities and enjoy making lots of bunny, eggs, chocolate and basket crafts for the children to take home. Over the past few weeks some of the children, staff and yes, of course you, the parents, have been contributing to a great course. One of our staff members has volunteered to shave her hair to raise money and awareness for World’s Greatest Shave. Next week on Friday between 3:30pm -4:00pm, Tiegan will be getting the Clayfield OSHC staff to cut and shave her hair. The staff will also be colouring their hair with Hair Chalk. If children wish to colour their hair, please bring a gold coin donation to contribute to the Leukaemia Foundation. Parents and children are welcome to come and watch the action happen and colour their hair.
Published on 2017-03-10 09:49:19 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Goodness, Gracious me, there seems to be a grumpy giraffe beating at my door. He said to me, way up in the sky, “Hi my name is Geoffrey, how are you? There seems to be a noisy group of gnomes in your garden, it’s a bit bizarre.” “A noisy group of gnomes you say?” “Yes” said the grumbled the giraffe. “One is playing a guitar loudly, while others sing and laugh.” I walked outside to see a gleeful gnome, sitting in the middle of my garden, he was strumming his glittery guitar, he saw me say something and said, “Pardon?” He had an audience who swayed to the song. He paused before yelling, “Sing along”. “We enjoyed making our very own gardens out of disposable paper plates, with paddy pans and paddle pop sticks with our mates. We blew into a straw, to make giant yellow and green bubbles, we placed our paper atop with so little trouble. We loved to paint our hands yellow and brown, to create our own giraffes, We cut the green bubbled paper, to use as long grass. We had so much fun painting some noisy paper guitars, with buttons and glowing colours, pretending to play louder than a race car. And we were pleased to make our gnomes with giant pointy hats, out of rolled out of paper and toilet rolls before we made them sit down and chat.” By the end of the song I was swaying with glee, with my new friends the gnomes and grumpy Geoffrey. I said goodbye to my newly made friends, wandered inside and went to bed. I hope you enjoyed this story rhyme, we will see you same place next week for some more fun times!
Published on 2017-03-08 20:40:19 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous? Fish fingers, fairy floss, flies and frogs, fish, fairy bread, Fridays and fun! These are a few of our favourite things here at OSHC – maybe not the flies! But we did love doing the fly craft one of our staff organised for us, made from toilet rolls and felt. For our craft activities for the letter F last week, we made Lantern Frogs with springy legs and a long rollie tongue. We also made Fire works with PVA glue, salt and water-based paints, finger paintings and enjoyed having our faces painted on Friday. The staff also made Fairy Bread for the centre to enjoy – with butter, bread and 100s&1000s. Through the last few weeks, the staff have been preparing afternoon-tea before the children arrive for the afternoon. Every day we try to switch it up a bit and give the children the chance to taste different foods. Our sandwiches have become very diverse. We have been buying different meat like corned beef, roast chicken, salami and roast beef, as well as adding pickle spread, curried eggs and diary, nut and gluten-free chocolate spread. As the holidays draw near, the staff have been asking the children what activities they would like to do during the Easter holidays. A few activities to look out for during the coming holidays – Boggo Road Gaol, Ice Skating, Western Day and Garden Day.
Published on 2017-03-02 04:11:54 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care