So much has been happening around here lately, that I don’t know where to start. The children have been busy with their extra curricular activities. Jah seems to be very busy with netball. She is training every week and then playing also. This year her focus is on both Club netball and schools netball. I know you wonder how she can be involved in schools netball when she is home educated! Well we have some wonderful friends who have their children in school and they also organise a their schools netball teams for the school roster so Jah plays in their school team, which is pretty awesome. This means that Jah will be training twice a week and playing twice a week, so netball will be taking up Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays around here.
Nik on the other hand has been busy with her girl guide work. She attended guides last night and came home with a great big grin on her face as she had earnt two guide badges from the centenary guide badge series. It is great to see her finally really enjoying something. Every week she is so excited about going and can’t wait to be there. It is amazing how my little girl is growing up so quick!
Well it is official, NIK actually went to her own Guide Unit today and joined in for the first time! We have been waiting for NIK to get old enough to actually join the guiding movement. She attends all the functions JAHG and I go to. She also joins in all the different events that she can, however today was the first time she actually got to attend her own Gumnut Guide session. She was so excited and upon arriving told her Tata and sister that they needed to go home and leave her there on her own.
The session went for one hour, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and in that time NIK got to participate in the clean up Australia Day activity as well as some art and craft. She is so excited that she can’t wit to go back again!
Here is a picture of NIK in her Guide uniform.
JAHG Hard at Work
JAHG has been busy using her school time to work on another part of her Centennial Guide Badge Challenge. This has required her to explore her own personal emotions and actions. Something that most of us would rather avoid!
Both JAHG and I have found this to be a wonderful exercise. It has opened up discussions about our own emotions and actions / responses as well as other peoples emotions and reactions. We have discussed why different things, actions, etc effect people in different ways and how we can all work towards dealing with positive and negative emotions in more constructive ways.
The poster JAHG created was well thought through and detailed the varying range of emotions and actions she personally experiences at different times in her life. A wonderful creation which is now laminated for us to be able to keep for future reflection.
Well today we enjoyed our first official 100 years celebration of Girl Guiding event as we attended the annual Thinking Day Celebration. The girls and I shared the day with a few other guiding friend as we picked them up along the way to ‘Thinking Day’ so that we could all join in the fun. All in all our little group of six join ed in the larger group of too many to count!
As tradition holds it, February 22 is known as World Thinking Day or just Thinking Day for Guides and Scouts all around the world. It is a day where we reflect and think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about our fellow Guides and Scouts in different countries around the world. The date, February 22, is symbolical with the Guiding and Scouting movement and was chosen as it is the birthday of Scouting founder Robert Paden-Powell and of his wife Olave Baden-Powell who was the world Chief Guide.
So every year on the weekend closest to the 22nd of February Girl Guides and scouts come together for various activities all around the world to celebrate ‘World thinking Day’. Each year the Guiding and Scouting movement ask their members to focus on a different aspect of area of concern, relevant to modern society.
According to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
The World Thinking Day theme for 2010, which the Girl Guides are focusing on, is girls worldwide say “together we can end extreme poverty and hunger” and the aim is to raise awareness among guiding members everyone about poverty and hunger and for us all to work towards improving the lives of the poorest people in the world.
So today we joined together in creating a birthday cake made out of non perishable food items, that were later delivered to a local establishment who cater for those in need. We also gave a gold coin donation (or as Olave Paden-Powell would say – the cost of an ice cream) so that the money could be delivered to charity.
We shared a breakfast on the lawns of Parliament House in Hobart with the focus on each Guide bringing local foods for the gathering to eat. The idea was to focus on food miles and to gain a greater understanding of what that actually means. After our breakfast we had some fun and games before we all embarked on a boat journey around the River Derwent. This was a very memorable event that everyone enjoyed!
Well, today we spent much of the morning outside K & D Warehouse in Glenorchy hoping that the rain did not start as we were selling Guide Biscuits to raise money for Girl Guides Tasmania.
We started out getting everything set up so that we could start selling the biscuits at 9am. The weather looked very dark and dismal, but we just hoped that the rain would stay away long enough for us to sell some biscuits and raise some money.
Thankfully the heavens decided only to shower us with extremely light rain, so we managed to stay in operation and sell quite a good number of packets of biscuits, before we were relieved by another Girl Guide family to take over from us.
We had a great time and even though the morning air was brisk and cold, we enjoyed chatting to the people who passed by and also to those who purchased our biscuits!
Thank you to everyone who seen us this morning and supported the Girl Guides of Tasmania. We really appreciate your support!
JAHG Selling Girl Guide Biscuits outside K & D Warehouse Glenorchy, Tasmania