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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
June 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 486

  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Kindy Volunteers Needed
  • Local Printmaker to Exhibit Overseas
  • SI Kindy Report
  • Local Council Notices
  • Pittwater High Musical
  • Author Talks
  • You Asked
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's April 2010 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here

    Public Relations Officer SIOCS
    SIOCS is seeking volunteers to fill two key positions on the Island Kindy Committee.

    Legislative Officer - main responsibilities include ensuring that operations comply with requirements for childcare license and legislation, review of policies and providing advice on regulatory requirements.

    Grants Officer – main responsibilities include identifying and applying for grants, keeping paperwork to record grants received and applied, and ensuring SIOCS is compliant with any funding agreements

    These roles offer a terrific opportunity for a student to add experience to their CV or for a retiree or person working part time to contribute to the smooth running of the kindy. SIOCS estimates the roles will only require 1-2 hours per week plus attending monthly committee meetings.

     If you believe you have the skills to suit and would be prepared to volunteer your time to SIOCS, or if you would like more information, please email Camilla Ryberg on camillaethic@gmail.com or ph. 9979 2231.


    Master Printmaker chosen to Exhibit Overseas

    Island resident and master printmaker Paul Smith's work "Akky's Dream" has been chosen for inclusion in the prestigious Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition. To be shown at the University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wanaga o Waitaha, Christchurch NZ in September.

    Over 15 years ago, this prestigious exhibition was established by the University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA. It has been located at the University of Canterbury since 2008. In 2008, more than 200 artists entered the exhibition, with 37 works from artists from the nations of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Canada, Russia and the United States of America selected to be exhibited at the SOFA Gallery, Christchurch.


    Scotland Island Kindy May Report

    I recently did a full day course on “Identifying and Responding to Risk of Harm”.
    It is a course on child protection.
    The Children and Young Persons Act 1998 states that as a worker in the field of children’s services we are mandatory reporters.
    This means as staff members we must report any acts that we can categorise children at” Risk of Harm”.
    These areas of concern fall under
    1.    basic physical or psychological needs not met
    2.    parents unwilling or unable to arrange necessary medical care
    3.    physical or sexual abuse, or ill-treatment
    4.    living with domestic violence
    5.    parents behaviour resulting in or risk of serious psychological harm

    Please consult the SIOCS policy on reporting if you have any question or come and talk to the staff.

    Mothers' Day Champagne Breakfast
    Thank you to everyone who supported our special mothers' day breakfast on Sunday 11th May.  The sun shone, the kids played and the beautiful food just kept on coming.  We raised some much needed money and will be spending it on new storybooks and equipment for our new literacy program.  Thank you again to the whole community for your support. 

    Accreditation took place on 13th May and we are waiting to hear the outcome and will let you know when we get our feedback. They have not given us a time frame.

    A big thank you to Fireman Tim who came to visit the children. He was able to show the very excited children and staff how a mask works, what a fire hose does, what it is like to sit in a fire truck.

    We had a fire drill on Tuesday 11th May.
    We will have another one soon, so that those children and staff who missed out will get an opportunity to participate in one.

    Songs are an integral part of our day and sometimes it is nice to be able to sing along with your children. If you ever want any words for some of the songs we sing please let me know and I am happy to print them out for you. Here is one song all the kids love:-

    Twinkle twinkle little star
    Daddy bought a motor car
    Push the button pull the choke
    off we go in a puff of smoke
    Twinkle twinkle little star
    Daddy bought a motor car
    We also say “mummy”

    Next month we will begin a PALS program – it is about modeling and practicing social skills. Watch out for information in your pockets.

    We have lots of information on the front veranda so come down and have a read.
    •    The Fairies in concert
    •    Baby sign language courses
    •    Art gallery activities
    •    First aid courses
    •    Coffee and Play morning at Terrey Hills Public School

    Coming up in June at Kindy we will be celebrating:
    World environment Day 5th
    World Ocean Day 8th
    Global wind Day 15th
    And we will have a Pyjama Day to celebrate Winter Solstice (June 21st)
    Em will be taking the children for a bushwalk on Wed 2nd June. If you can help that morning with supervision please let staff know. Everyone welcome.

    The children have been talking about measurements, so we are going to make some large outlines of ourselves, talk about different heights and weigh ourselves. We will show the children how numbers are relevant to everyday life.

    Families of Scotland Island are welcome to come and visit our Kindy anytime, please drop in and see what we do during our busy days.

    Michelle Wickens

    While we try to teach our children all about life,
    Our children teach us what life is all about.
    Angela Schwindt


    Local Council Notices

    Volunteers Sought for Home Hospice Scheme
    A new volunteer program aimed at carers and relatives who are looking after terminally ill family members at home is being launched in Pittwater.

    The Home Hospice Program is supported by The Cancer Council and Social Ventures Australia. It provides information, mentoring and support for carers and relatives of terminally ill people wishing to die at home.

    The program is now seeking volunteers with experience in caring for the dying at home to become mentors.
    A free information session will be held for those in Pittwater interested in becoming volunteers on the program, as well as for carers looking after terminally ill family members.
    Topics covered at the session include death awareness, the reality of death in everyday life, becoming a mentor and an explanation of the duties involved.

    Coordinator Kathy Lee from the Home Hospice Program said the scheme was ‘a philosophy for living as much as it is about dying.”

    “Mentors on the program walk the journey with carers, helping them gain access to the resources they need in the community and providing them with the confidence and support to have their loved ones die at home.”

    The information session will be held at Nelson Heather Centre, Jackson Road Warriewood between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 9 June.

    A number of other information sessions will be held across Sydney during June.

    For more information about the Home Hospice Program visit www.homehospice.com.au or phone 1800 132 229.

    Kids on the Coast - July School Holiday Fun
    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) will soon be warming up winter with its fun Kids on the Coast activities.  

    There are 14 interactive and field-based activities, with six brand new programs available during the July school holidays from Monday 5 July to Friday 16 July 2010.

    The CEC’s Executive Management Consultant Gary Jackson said the program offered school-aged children a chance to learn more about Pittwater’s amazing coastal playground.
    ‘If your children are inquisitive or you want to motivate them with healthy, engaging, interactive activities, Kids on the Coast is ideal.  All programs are inspiring, safe, educational and fun and supervised by experienced and knowledgeable educators,” said Mr Jackson.

    The July program takes kids on eco-adventures to beaches, rock platforms, Narrabeen Lagoon, bushland, eco gardens and whale-watching headlands.

    Fully equipped with an eco-cinema for high impact entertainment, budding young scientists will be enthralled with the CEC’s high-tech scientific microscopes, capable of a 1000 times zoom.

    The new ‘Seagrass Secrets’ session lets children use underwater telescopes to see first-hand the mysteries that lie beneath seagrass, known as the womb of the ocean.
    ‘Croaking Critters’ is another new activity showcasing frogs and how our slippery, slimy friends can teach us humans all about water quality!

    Back by popular demand is the ‘Reptile Romp’ where children come face-to-face with lizards and reptiles demonstrated by Sydney Wildlife.

    Other activities include ‘Aussie Winter Damper Making’, ‘Sea Slug Treasure Hunt’, ‘Dragons Under the Sea’, ‘Rock Platform Investigators’, ‘Shells Shells Shells’ and ‘Water Rockets.’

    Full details of all activities are at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids Two hour sessions are from 10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 3pm. The cost is $20 per child per session, with all-day sessions from 10am to 3pm for $55, including supervision between sessions.
    The CEC is located on Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen, only 300m from North Narrabeen Beach Entrance.

    Book online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids, or email cec@pittwater.nsw.gov.au
    To book by phone call 1300 000 CEC (232).

    Media contact:  Tina Demetriou  Ph:  9970 1676 or 0428 102 040 

    Sponsors & Stallholders sought for Dog Day by the Bay
    Pittwater Council will host their popular Dog Day by the Bay at Rowland Reserve Bayview on Sunday 26 September and are looking for stall-holders and sponsors for the event.
    Organiser Rennae Projceski from the Council said that stallholders should be providers of products and services for dogs.

    “The day will have a mix of fun events and talks on interesting topics relevant to dog owners,” she said.
    “We’re also keen to hear from organisations who wish to sponsor the event or provide prizes.”
    Ms Projceski said Dog Day by the Bay was aimed at dog-owners and their pets and regularly drew a crowd of around 2000.  The event is now in its 10th year.
    Sponsorship packages range from $1500 to $4600; full details are available at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au Organisations donating prizes over $100 will receive free advertising in the event guide.

    Dog Day by the Bay runs from 10am and 3pm and activities include demonstrations of canine skill and training, education talks, children’s activities in the kids corner and competitions to enter including the Canine Fancy Dress Parade.
    A variety of food & drink stalls will also be at the event and proceeds raised will be donated to local branches of the Animal Welfare League and the Guide Dog Association. Entry and parking are free.

    This year organisers will hold the “Pittwater Dog of the Year” photo competition and are looking for fun photos of Pittwater dogs. All photos submitted will go on display at Mona Vale customer service two weeks before the event. 

    Entries to the photo competition will be open from 15 June, with the winner and two runners up having their photo displayed on the day and receiving a prize. 
    For more information about becoming a stall holder or sponsor of Dog Day by the Bay contact Pittwater Council’s environmental education team on 9970 1194.

    Media contact:  Rennae Projceski, Pittwater Council  Ph: 9970 1216

    Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers
    A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and Pittwater Council at the Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 16 June 2010 at 6.30pm.

      Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers offers parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.

    Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said that new rules for learner drivers meant there was a minimum of one year on L plates. 

    “Learner drivers need to complete 120 hours of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving,” she said.

    “A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on hazard perception and driver reactions.”
    “These changes to the licensing scheme are all about reducing the crash rate for young drivers.”
    The course will cover topics such as:

    new laws for learner and P-plate drivers
    how to use the new Learner Driver Log Book
    how to plan on-road driving sessions
    “Parents and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms Carter.
    Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter from Pittwater Council on 9970 1194 or by email at michelle_carter@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.


    Pittwater High Musical
    June 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19


    Author Talks at Mona Vale Library
    Nobles and Convicts star in Author Talk

    Kirsten McKenzie -
    A Swindler’s Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty

    Mona Vale Library’s latest Author Talk will explore the nobles and convicts of 19th Century England and Sydney on Wednesday 9 June.

    Author Kirsten McKenzie will discuss her book, A Swindler’s Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty, which has been described as ‘part Regency mystery, part imperial history’.

    The book’s prologue is set in May 1835 in a Sydney courtroom, where a man named John Dow is charged with forgery. The prisoner shocks the court by declaring that he is none other than Edward Viscount Lascelles, eldest son of the wealthy Yorkshire landowner, the Earl of Harewood.

    Is the accused really the heir to one of Britain’s largest fortunes or is he, as the Crown alleges, a confidence trickster and serial imposter?

    Dr McKenzie continues with the story by explaining that the Lascelles family themselves had a history of social climbing. 

    “As merchant capitalists whose fortune was derived from West Indian slavery and sugar, they set about reinventing themselves as aristocrats.”

    However the Lascelles’ aristocratic dream is threatened when the eldest son Edward marries a courtesan and is exiled. 

    Kirsten McKenzie’s vivid portrayal of the Lascelles family struggle for social and political power and the tragedy of their disgraced heir, demonstrates that the British elites were as fragile as their colonial counterparts.

    The intertwined stories of A Swindler’s Progress illustrate the anxiety of status, not only in colonial Sydney but across industrial Britain and throughout the British Empire.

    The Author Talk will take place at Mona Vale Library from 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 June.
    Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970 1600.
    Following the talk there will be book signings and light refreshments.
    Admission is $7.50 adult, $5.50 concession


    You Asked..
    Any Professional Photographers with a Studio?
    Asha Forsyth in yr 12 is looking to do a photoshoot for her HSC art Major work.
    if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated!
    please call Asha
    99792296 OR 0421979993
    or e-mail ash_a@live.com.au "


    For Sale 
    If you have something for sale that you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
    Gym Gear for Sale

    Hi Guys!
    Unfortunately, I will be moving from the Island! I can't take my fitness equipment with me so I will be selling it.
    I have a brand new set, consisting of a smith/row machine, a bench and a dumbbell rack (5k-30k). It is commercial grade quality and is virtually brand new. It is valued at about $6000.
    I am happy to include free delivery for islanders, and I will give you some free sessions, program, instruction etc so you know how to use it correctly and safely.
    Please send me an email at sammy.moore11@gmail.com or call me on 0415543131.
    Thank you to everyone for looking after me on the island! I've had a ball! :)"


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
    Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.com.au/
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Wiringulla Retreat - 02 9971 8375  http://www.wirringulla.com/
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0408 707 679 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Personal Training with Samantha Moore at Inspire PT - 0415 543 131  InspirePittwater@gmail.com
    Ballet & Modern Dance Classes for children with Sophia Holland - 0412 851 890
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - second Wednesday of the month - contact Kerry on 9999 4092   
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 9486 3399
    National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    Sydney Water 132 090
    Energy Australia 131 388, (ah) 131 909
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.

    Contact SIRA at
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

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    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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