December 16, 2018 - January 12, 2019: Issue 388

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas-New Years - Hannukkah and have some great fun - back mid January!

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Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5  who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers. 
Profile: Pittwater Baseball Club

The Season Start for 2017/2018 Pittwater Baseball Club commences Saturday, September 9th.  Their Mission: Share a community spirit through the joy of our children engaging in baseball.
Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!
Profile: Ingleside Riders Group

Ingleside Riders Group Inc. (IRG) is a not for profit incorporated association and is run solely by volunteers. It was formed in 2003 and provides a facility known as “Ingleside Equestrian Park” which is approximately 9 acres of land between Wattle St and McLean St, Ingleside. 

IRG has a licence agreement with the Minister of Education to use this land. This facility is very valuable as it is the only designated area solely for equestrian use in the Pittwater District.  IRG promotes equal rights and the respect of one another and our list of rules that all members must sign reflect this.

Manor Christmas 2018

Kids Learn to Sail Holiday Camp January 2019

Hosted by Avalon Sailing Club
Tickets · $295
This sailing program will run during the Xmas school holidays with three options available:
7th-9th Jan
14th-16th Jan
21st-23rd Jan

Each day runs from 8.30am - 3.30pm and includes the use of the club sailing dinghies, PFD's, coaching staff and support vessels. 

During the three days, the participants will learn:
• Water safety
• Parts of the boat and what rope pulls which sail
• Points of sail – upwind, downwind, reaching and running
• Rules of the water – Port and Starboard
• How to steer a tiller boat
• Crew and skipper positions and roles
• Tacking and gybing
Just bring your sense of fun and adventure, sun protection, suitable clothing (eg. wetsuit/ hat/ sunglasses) and lunch.

Follow the links below to book your spot using Visa or Mastercard:

Contact Paul on for further information.

 Mona Vale Mountain Cub 

Scouts Profile

Find out more about all the fun you can have at Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts Profile – 

our Profile pages aren’t just about those who can tell you about Pittwater before you were born, they’re also about great clubs and activities that you too can get involved in!

Mobile Devices Banned In NSW Primary Schools

December 13, 2018: NSW Government
NSW public primary schools will ban the use of mobile devices during schools hours with high schools given the choice to opt in to the ban.

The new measures are in response to the independent review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools report.

The review found there are rising cases of online bullying, inappropriate sharing of explicit images between students, predatory behaviour from strangers and unnecessary distraction for students.

Public high schools will consider a range of options to manage students mobile devices. This could include promoting how to use the devices safely or restricting the use of them. The decision will be made by individual schools in consultation with their communities.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said distraction and bullying have always been issues for schools to deal with but mobile phones present a new challenge for schools, teachers, parents and students.

“We want to ensure mobile phones and other smart devices complement students’ learning and are handled at school in an age-appropriate way,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government will work with schools to implement the changes recommended in the report, helping them manage the risks and rewards of using mobile phones inside the school gates.

“These changes are about keeping our schools safe and protecting the welfare of our students when they’re in our care,” Mr Stokes said.

The NSW Government will consider the other recommendations in the report.

RPAYC School Holiday Programs 2019

Are you looking for Kids Christmas present ideas?
School Holiday Program bookings are now open 

The Tackers School Holiday Program is a great way to get the kids out from behind the screens and onto the beautiful waters of Pittwater this school holidays, learning to sail and making new friends.

Week 1: Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th January 2019.
Week 2: Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th January 2019.
Week 3: Monday 21st - Thursday 24th January 2019.

Time: 9am – 3.30pm.
Cost: $490 Non-members - $390 Members.

Tiny Doors Popping Up Everywhere

Those strolling past Avalon Recreation Centre on Saturday may have noticed some golden gates to Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory located near the ground. After a chuckle you may have wondered 'what the?' - do we have tiny characters about to troop through there?

This Summer, when you begin to hear that familiar song 'I'm bored!', offer the option to go find some Tiny Doors.

Launched on Friday December 7th, and now 'live' since Saturday the 8th, there are 30 Tiny Doors to be found between one end of the peninsula and the other, all created by local children and artists. All the Tiny Doors have been inspired by a door from literature or film, including the Chamber of Secrets Door from the Harry Potter books, the door to Narnia from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Tardis door from Doctor Who.

Tiny door “passports” are available at every Council Library - start your treasure hunt now.  Show proof you found a door to staff at any library and get your passport stamped.

There were 100 youngsters and artists involved in everything from creative, marketing and website design!
You can find the map and more at:

Bored? Go find some Tiny Doors!

Peppa Pig: move to the Music


Local children will have the chance to join a club specialising in one of the most enduring playthings of childhood. Mona Vale Library has started a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. 

The club is open to children aged between seven and twelve years of age, with younger children welcome with parental supervision. 

If you are interested in attending a Lego at the Library session contact the library on 9970 1622 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Children's Storytime at Mona Vale LibraryMona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft.  Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. Storytime Sessions: Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am - Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am  - Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am

Local trailists announced for 2019 Vissla sydney surf pro 

By Surfing NSW
MANLY BEACH, SYDNEY (Wednesday, December 12, 2018) 
Surfers from North Steyne and Queenscliff Boardriders Clubs joined Member for Manly James Griffin at the Hotel Steyne this evening to officially announce the boardrider club trialists for the 2019 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.
The trials event will see surfers from both clubs go head-to-head as they attempt to earn themselves a wildcard into the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 rated divisions as well as the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior.
Both clubs will have equal representation across all male and female divisions.

Member for Manly James Griffin believes the wildcard trials is the ideal platform for local surfers to shine alongside some of the world’s best.
“There are two amazing clubs on one of the most iconic stretches of beach on the entire coast and there’s no love lost between them in the water, but obviously they remain good friends on land. I think both clubs will have a great time at the event and I can’t wait to see what they do with their wildcard entries.”

Manly Beach will once again play host to world surfing’s elite when the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro returns from the 16 - 24 March 2019.
The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 rated events will feature some of the world’s best surfers as they look to kick their 2019 competitive campaigns into gear prior to the start of the 2019 Championship Tour (CT).

In addition to the QS components of the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, a WSL sanctioned boys and girls Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event will also take place on the opening weekend of the 16 – 17 March.
For more information and 2018 highlights, check out The live broadcast will be available on
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is proudly supported by the NSW Government. The event is also proudly supported by Vissla, Northern Beaches Council, WSL, Key Sun and Surfing NSW.

Above: Surfers from North Steyne and Queenscliff Boardriders Clubs joined Member for Manly James Griffin at Hotel Steyne this evening to officially announce the boardrider club trialists for the 2019 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro. Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Curious Kids: How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. You can send your question to You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids.

How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth? – Lachie, age 8, Doreen, Melbourne.

Great question Lachie!

The short answer is that the Moon’s gravity pulls the oceans (and us) towards it. Even though the Moon is so far away, it is large enough that its force of gravity is strong enough to do that.

But before we get into how the Moon affects tides, let’s look at what tides are.

Tides are the rise and fall of water level in the oceans (and lakes, and even in your cup of water, but they’re very small).

When the sea level rises to its highest point, we call that high tide. When it falls to its lowest point, that’s called low tide.

The rise and fall of the tides is known as the tide cycle. If there’s one high tide and one low tide a day, like you would see if you went on holiday to Perth, it’s called a diurnal tide cycle. If there are two high tides and two low tides, like you see in Victoria, it’s called a semi-diurnal tide cycle.

The Moon has the most effect on the tides, but it’s not the only factor that affects them. The Sun and the Earth can also affect the tides. We’ll start with the Moon.

Tides and the Moon
The Moon affects the tides because of gravity. You will have noticed that every time you jump, you always land back on the ground. This is because the Earth’s gravity is pulling you back down.

The Earth’s spinning means that another high tide occurs on the opposite side of the Earth to the Moon. Shutterstock

The Moon has gravity of its own, which pulls the oceans (and us) towards it. The Moon’s gravitational pull on us is much weaker than Earth’s, so we don’t really notice it, but we can see the Moon’s effect on the liquid water of the oceans. The oceans are pulled towards the Moon’s gravity slightly, causing a bulge or high tide on the side of the Earth closest to the Moon.

The Earth’s effect
If the Moon causes a high tide on one side of the Earth, what causes the high tide on the other side?

The Earth is spinning, which is why we have night and day. The Earth’s spinning means that another high tide occurs on the opposite side of the Earth to the Moon.

These two high tides draw water away from the rest of the oceans, causing two low tides between the high tides. 
The Sun
The Sun, just like the Moon and the Earth, also has its own gravity which can affect the tides. Although the Sun is much larger than the Moon and has more gravity, it’s also much further away, meaning its pull on the tides is less than half as strong as the Moon’s.

It still does have an effect, though. When the Sun and Moon are in line with the Earth (when a full moon or new moon occur), their combined gravity cause very high tides (and very low tides), known as “spring tides.”

When the Sun and Moon are at right angles to each other (during a waxing or waning moon), the Sun helps to cancel out the pull of gravity from the Moon, causing lower high tides and higher than average low tides, known as “neap tides”.

Lunar and Solar tides diagram. Shutterstock

So the Moon affects the tides because of gravity, but gravity from the Sun and the spinning of the Earth also change how the tides behave.

Best wishes,
Mark Hemer.
Senior Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO

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