August 25 - 31, 2019: Issue 418
Getting Ready to Spring into Spring & Summer?: An Inspiration for you
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 15 her family moved from a farm at Five Dock (when there were still farms at Five Dock) to Brisbane Water on the Central Coast. A lot of the articles and poems written by this lady, and the images Ella took, feature Pittwater, only a Pittwater from a few generations ago - Pittwater Online News is currently completing some research into this local writer to run for you sometime during Spring 2019.
This week a great new children's book for younger readers has arrived from the National Library of Australia which features an insight into Life Saving from a child's point of view. The book, which will be released in October, has some great illustrations and a storyline that reminded us of the history of younger people getting involved in Life Saving Clubs. It will be reviewed here next month prior to its release and has inspired us to take a deeper look into the beginnings of Nippers and Cadets locally too.
We're just going to give it a test run via our some knee high to grasshopper darlings first - see what they think!
The point of mentioning this is many of you are brilliant Writers and brilliant Artists already, and although the world of Children's Literature may seem filled to the brim already, every rising generation has great ideas that are new and bring up ways of presenting these thoughts that their generation (or their younger brothers and sisters) enjoy immensely.
So, perhaps if you get a little bored in the Spring school holidays that begin in a few weeks, and are not doing your relax-and-study bit for the upcoming HSC, it may be worth jotting down and sketching out a few ideas and characters and ways to draw them - maybe even test these stories out on some youngsters you know.
This may lead to a lifetime of seeking out inspirations to present to others in wonderful ways - and not just through children's stories!
There's lots more in this Issue too - the list is in the Contents page.
In the meantime, a photo of Ella and one of her dragon friends from the 1940's-1950's. This photo is courtesy of the State Library of NSW, which is a place, or friend, you may want to get to know better - and not just for the brilliant books stored therein.
Here we go now - this coming Sunday is the first, official, day of Spring 2019 and that long sweet sigh of blooming delight that precedes Summer!
Surf Boats Open Day
Avalon Youth Hub: More Meditation Spots
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.
Keep A Look Out For (iOS and Android App)
Keep A Look Out For is a Northern Beaches app, featuring upcoming events, groups, places and job opportunities. Download for free at: http://kalof.com.au/ - for and by young people! Like our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/keepalookoutfor
Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/keepalookoutfor
Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Keepalookoutfor
Green Team Beach Cleans 2018!
The Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana
Australian writers, works about Australia and works which may be of interest to Australians.This Australiana page boasts many ebooks by Australian writers, or books about Australia. There is a diverse range; from the journals of the land and sea explorers; to the early accounts of white settlement in Australia; to the fiction of 'Banjo' Paterson, Henry Lawson and many other Australian writers.
The list of titles form part of the huge collection of ebooks freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg Australia. Follow the links to read more about the authors and titles and to read and/or download the ebooks.
Research shows that one in five Australian children aged 8 to 17 has been the target of cyberbullying in the past year. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner can help you make a complaint, find someone to talk to and provide advice and strategies for dealing with these issues.
Make a Complaint
The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 gives the power to provide assistance in relation to serious cyberbullying material. That is, material that is directed at a particular child with the intention to seriously embarrass, harass, threaten or humiliate.
Before you make a complaint you need to have:
- copies of the cyberbullying material to upload (eg screenshots or photos)
- reported the material to the social media service (if possible) at least 48 hours ago
- at hand as much information as possible about where the material is located
- 15-20 minutes to complete the form
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia's leader in online safety. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.
We provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.
Our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.
Sync Your Breathing with this - to help you Relax
NCYLC is a community legal centre dedicated to providing advice to children and young people. NCYLC has developed a Cyber Project called Lawmail, which allows young people to easily access free legal advice from anywhere in Australia, at any time.
NCYLC was set up to ensure children’s rights are not marginalised or ignored. NCYLC helps children across Australia with their problems, including abuse and neglect. The AGD, UNSW, KWM, Telstra and ASIC collaborate by providing financial, in-kind and/or pro bono volunteer resources to NCYLC to operate Lawmail and/or Lawstuff.
Youth Source: Northern Sydney Region
Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) Practice run Online
If you’re aged 5-25 the Kids Helpline provides free and confidential online and phone counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 55 1800. You can chat with us about anything… What’s going on at home, stuff with friends. Something at school or feeling sad, angry or worried. You don’t have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.
You can Webchat, email or phone. Always remember - Everyone deserves to be safe and happy. You’re important and we are here to help you. Visit: https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/
Avalon Youth Hub Extension of hours and Services
Send In Your Stuff
All Are Welcome, All Belong!
Som Sabadell Flashmob
About the Ode to Joy
TAFE Open Day 2019: Sept. 14
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
- Are you a young person (Aged 18 – 23) that lives, works or regularly visits the Northern Sydney Region?
- Do you believe in the power of community?
- Have you got what it takes to be a community leader?
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
Mona Vale Beach Clean
SLSSNB Annual Interbranch Fundraising Golf Day
Discover The Enjoyment Of Sailing On Pittwater With Avalon Sailing Club
headspace Brookvale provides services to young people aged 12-25. If you are a young person looking for health advice, support and/or information,headspace Brookvale can help you with:
• Mental health • Physical/sexual health • Alcohol and other drug services • Education and employment services
If you ever feel that you are:
• Alone and confused • Down, depressed or anxious • Worried about your use of alcohol and/or other drugs • Not coping at home, school or work • Being bullied, hurt or harassed • Wanting to hurt yourself • Concerned about your sexual health • Struggling with housing or accommodation • Having relationship problems • Finding it hard to get a job
Or if you just need someone to talk to… headspace Brookvale can help! The best part is our service is free, confidential and youth friendly.
headspace Brookvale is open from Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:30pm so if you want to talk or make an appointment give us a call on (02) 9937 6500. If you're not feeling up to contacting us yourself, feel free to ask your family, friend, teacher, doctor or someone close to you to make a referral on your behalf.
When you first come to headspace Brookvale you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. You will then talk with a member of our headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team. The headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team consists of three workers, who will work with you around whatever problems you are facing. Depending on what's happening for you, you may meet with your Youth Access Worker a number of times or you may be referred on to a more appropriate service provider.
A number of service providers are operating out of headspace Brookvale including Psychologists, Drug & Alcohol Workers, Sexual Health Workers, Employment Services and more! If we can't find a service operating withinheadspace Brookvale that best suits you, the Youth Access Team can also refer you to other services in the Sydney area.
eheadspace provides online and telephone support for young people aged 12-25. It is a confidential, free, secure space where you can chat, email or talk on the phone to qualified youth mental health professionals.
For urgent mental health assistance or if you are in a crisis please call the Northern Sydney 24 hour Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511
Need Help Right NOW??
kids help line: 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelpline.com.au
lifeline australia - 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au
headspace Brookvale is located at Level 2 Brookvale House, 1A Cross Street Brookvale NSW 2100 (Old Medical Centre at Warringah Mall). We are nearby Brookvale Westfield's bus stop on Pittwater road, and have plenty of parking under the building opposite Bunnings. More at: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-brookvale