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Art when you’re not arty

Darren Brisbane is the author of many inspiring and insightful Amplify stories, often sharing lessons learned at the expense of his own preconceptions.  This story about how he took a complete turnaround on templates for children’s art activities is another example of his candid style.   While Darren works with school-aged children, this article will appeal […]

That special something...

That special something – a reflection

Darren Brisbane, program manager at Sherpa Kids St Pauls, returns to share a story that began as an article about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in OSHC for Science Week this week, but it became something more – something quite special. This is a reflection on the way one staff member’s passions can change a […]

With a leap in his OSHC service's senior student numbers this year, Darren Brisbane's team had to get creative.

The importance of playing up

Darren Brisbane returns to Amplify with another practical, thoughtful post addressing a major pain-point in outside school hours care (OSHC): how do you keep senior students occupied? With a leap in his service’s senior student numbers this year, Darren’s team had to get creative. 2018 has been an interesting year for Sherpa Kids St Paul’s. […]

OSHC takes a stand against bullying

OSHC takes a stand against bullying #NDA2018

Not only have the OSHC educators prepared and delivered lessons to the children, but this video documents the learning experience and shows that even the simplest equipment can yield a great result that supports children’s participation and educators’ professional development. Watch the video and scroll down to read more.

Smallest to tallest: one of our sector’s ‘middle children’ sets the bar high for school transition

…we realised that to achieve harmony we had to change the way we introduced kindergarten children to our service and our program… The start of every school year is filled with mixed emotions for everyone involved. For our team it’s a time of anticipation, reassurance, reflection, and trepidation, as we prepare for what the new […]

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