August 25 - 31, 2019: Issue 418
Congratulations! + Let's get ready to spring into spring with an ella mcFadyen poem
Three cheers for all those who have won semi and grand finals in their sports teams over the past few weeks. Three cheers also for all those who had a great Winter season as part of a team whether playing netball, soccer, rugby or hockey - or anything at all for that matter.
You are all WINNERS and Champions for getting out there and having a go and making new friends and learning new things!
Now.....Springing into SPRING and SUMMER anyone?
A poem to get you inspired!:
SANDS OF MORNING.
by Ella McFadyen.
Summer breathed over the hills to-day,
A waft of the bush and a wind from the bay,
And my truant thoughts went straying: Pittwater flickered with nor'east flaws,
The surf ran high 'tween the Lion's paws,
And the spring-fed runnels' were playing.
I saw the hills that drop to the sea,
And a honey-bird's call was a call for me
And the great grey sandstone boulders
Were elephant's browsing, heath to the knees.
And the rosy waxflowers, clotted with bees,
Fondled their lichened shoulders.
To-morrow I'll rise and be ready to roam
In the starlit hour when the cats come home,
Ere ever the birds are waking,
When each needlewood thorn is a dewdrop's place,
And her thread-like blossoms arc fairy lace,
And the whole world's mine for taking! I must seek the lairs where I used to lie,
Curtained by trees and under the sky;
I must find and touch and recover
The sights and sensations laid away,
Where the Lion lies couchant at Broken Bay,
To welcome me back like a lover.
The strong white feet of the winter rains
Have trodden the campfire's cold remains,
The lizards my hearth are keeping;
I must find the cave where the fairy-mouse
And her wee pouched kindred kept their house,
And-the nest where her babes are sleeping.
Grape-blue the hills in the dawn shall be,
And the sun shall rise from a white-gold sea,
With light for the day's adorning,
Where the rain-washed track is a virgin sheet
For the printed tale of a pilgrim's feet;
My feet on the sands of morning.
SANDS OF MORNING. (1935, March 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17171195
Ella McFadyen (1887-1976) was a journalist, writer of books for children, poet and amateur photographer. She conducted the Children’s Page of the Sydney Mail (as “Cinderella”) until 1938 and also wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald Women’s Thursday section, Australian Town and Country Journal and many other newspapers and magazines. When she was aged 15 her family moved from a farm at Five Dock (yes; there were once farms at Five Dock) to Brisbane Water on the Central Coast - that's why we have so many wonderful insights into Pittwater from this lady's pen.
Pittwater Online News is busy putting together a BIGGER insight into this wonderful local children's author as a special Spring History page, which we hope you will peruse - there will definitely be some youngsters 'stuff' of Ella's included in that page, and included just for you! More on that soon.
In the meantime, this is Ella McFadyen with one of her dragon friends, during the 1940s-50s - this photo is courtesy of the State Library of NSW - who have another great lady children's author from here for you this coming Spring holidays - details below.
Peppa Pig's Stamps Collection from All over the World
Published August 24th, 2019 by official Peppa Pig Channel
2019 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
- The entry fee is $3.00 (please note that entries that do not include the fee will be disqualified)
- Entries should be typed on A4 paper, double spaced in 12pt font.
- The student’s name should NOT appear on the entry.
- Entries should be made via this online entry form where possible
- Should an online submission not be available students may request an entry form from email@example.com. In that case, send entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, which must contain the entry as a MS Word attachment, a scanned copy of the entry form, and the Direct Deposit receipt number. Alternatively, posted entries will be accepted and should be mailed to the address on the entry form, and be accompanied by a cheque or postal order made out to The Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW.
- The details for direct Deposit are as follows:
- BSB: 082-936 Account No. 172389833 Account Name Fellowship of Australian Writers.
- Please use the competitor’s name and the competition as the payment details (ie J Doe Hilarie Lindsay), and attach a copy of the payment receipt to the entry form.
- Entries must be student’s own work, unpublished and not having won any competition at time of entry.
Pittwater Children's Author: Spring School Holidays Fun at the State Library
Just who are the D-Bot Squad, Zac Power, Star Girl and Harriet Clare? You can find out all about these energetic and lovable characters in this interactive workshop with their creator Louise Park. Discover Louise’s secrets for writing and start a fabulously exciting story of your own.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM
The State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney,
Bookings essential - Book in HERE
Mona Vale Mountain Cub
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!
Som Sabadell Flashmob
Library Lion read by Mindy Sterling
Library Lion is written by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes and read by Mindy Sterling.
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
View the activity guide here: http://bit.ly/libraryLion
Watch all of our videos at http://www.storylineonline.net/.
BL's Blast Off 2019
As we head into Spring, what are your youngsters wanting to do during the Spring Holidays 2019? How about getting outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine?
Entry is now open for Barton's Blast Off: Runs Monday October 1st to Friday 4th
For more info and to enter visit: HERE
Pittwater Baseball club Registration Now open: Spring Training Days
Well as we get closer and closer (only 5 weeks left to go) to the best time of the year... BASEBALL SEASON!!! There are a few great things happening at the club so over the next short while, there will be a few things to add to your calendars. The first is SPRING TRAINING, starting 18 August. Be sure to let us know you are coming. Oh, and if you haven't registered yet get onto it now so you can start your SPRING TRAINING!!!
Spring Training Days
North Narrabeen Reserve ( Rat Park)
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Cutest Baby Animals
Published August 20th, 2019 by BBC Earth
The natural world is full of adorable babies! Here are some of our favourites at BBC Earth.
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
Mona Vale Library runs 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 Library: Mona 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