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Aeoncademy’s 10th birthday celebrations at Yarramlumla Primary

Barcham 13 November 2013


Aeoncademy are having a bit of a celebration. Who are Aeoncademy? Well according to their press release


Aeon Academy Aeoncademy; “nurturing the creative spark”, education through creativity.

Artist and artistic director Teffany Thiedeman attended Yarralumla Primary School herself as a child 30 years ago. She lives in Yarralumla with her partner, fellow ANU graduate and rogue anthropologist Mathew Long. Their children went through Yarralumla Primary School.

Teffany and Mathew shared a desire to enrich and str-e-e-e-tch children’s learning. They wanted to build upon normal classroom curriculum to encourage student’s creativity in all forms; drama, writing, 2D and 3D art and more. Aeoncademy was born. Naturally, its base of operations was and still is Yarralumla.

15 years later Aeoncademy has grown into a team of passionate creative educators, artists, dramatists and historical buffs, a number of whom are former students, keen to help others unlock their creative sides.

What are they celebrating? Well according to their press release


— 10 years of School Holiday programs at Yarralumla Primary School and 4 years of After School care (15 years of outside school hour programs in Yarralumla itself, but only 10 years operating out of the primary school, hence this celebration)
— Growth in numbers of students currently attending; 65% from Yarralumla Primary School, but also students from further afield. Current Aeoncademy scholarship holder, Serenity Lee, lives in Queanbeyan.
— Creation of ATAC, Aeoncademy’s Teenage Art Club, running like a drop-in center for arty teenagers.
— Creation of career pathways for creative types i.e. Aeoncademy offers volunteering opportunities, paid casual roles and has developed 2 permanent part-time roles for Canberra youth. We hope to formalize more permanent positions soon.
— License, Accreditation and Approval for Childcare Rebate (CCR) and Childcare Benefit (CCB) achieved in 2008
— We are unique, unique, UNIQUE! For example, no-one else offers role playing and historical activity in their programs. We claim total development of our creative programs from idea through conception to production and finish. Although small compared to some providers, we just use that to offer better quality and really get to know the interests and dreams of our students.

Any more questions?

Celbrations will take place on Saturday the 23rd November between 10am and 4pm at Yarramlumla Primary School.


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