Join us this summer for a 5-day program packed with fun activities for the kids!
Date: 6-10 January, 2020
Location: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford
Cost: $15 a day, or $50 for the whole 5 days. Cost is capped at $150 in total (if you have more than 3 kids coming for the 5 days, you only pay for 3 kids).
During the kid’s programs, adults are welcome to hang around at the Summerfest Café to enjoy a coffee, meet others from the community and hear some short talks on parenting.
To register or for more details, follow the links below:
Summerfest Cafe and parenting talks
During the kid’s programs at Summerfest, we’ll be running a cafe with barista coffee and delicious treats for you to enjoy. Drop by and say hi!
Each morning, we’ll also be hosting a series of talks on different areas of parenting and family life. Times will be confirmed closer to the date, but topics include:
How to have a successful time at school
Denise Lockrey, Principal of Wentworthville Public School
Parenting the next generation
Gillian Davis, community educational programs consultant, Anglicare
Sex education in the cyber generation
Patricia Weerakoon, Christian sexologist
Developing strong mental health in our kids
Juanita Lowe, psychologist
How to have an active and healthy family life
Ian and Naomi Lawson, allied health professionals
What ages can attend?
Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 in 2020 can attend.
What will my child be doing during the week?
Summerfest is 5 days of fun-filled activities featuring games, craft and other fun activities. Each day there will also be a short talk exploring what the Bible says about Jesus. Kids will also spend doing fun activities in small groups with leaders and kids of a similar age.
Is there something for high-schoolers?
On Friday 10th January, from 6pm-9pm, we’ll be running a pizza/trivia night for high-schoolers with games, challenges, music, food and a short bible talk.
Can parents hang around?
Each morning, parents are invited to hang around at the Summerfest Café to enjoy free barista-made coffee (or two!) and some delicious treats. We will also be hosting some speakers from the community who will give talks on family life and parenting. If you would like to attend these talks or spend time at the café, we have child-minding for under 5’s available for those times.
How many children will attend Summerfest?
We usually have about 150 children attend each day. Kids will spend the majority of the day in smaller, aged-based groups. When you arrive, your child will receive a name tag which will have their small group name on it.
Who will look after my children?
All leaders at Summerfest are members of St Paul’s Anglican church. They have completed a Safe Ministry training and have a Working with Children’s Check number. The ratio of leaders to children is 1:7 as a minimum, but is often higher than this. Many of the leaders have been part of similar events in previous years. They also teach in our Friday night kids club Ignite and our Sunday morning kids programs. Read more about St Paul’s commitment to child safety.
How do I sign my child in and out?
Morning sign-in for Summerfest will open at 9am on Monday, and then 9:15am for the other days. Every child must be signed in by an adult each morning. The program will conclude at 11:30am. We cannot guarantee staffing levels beyond this finish time. Children must be signed in/out by a nominated adult. To ensure each child’s safety, we will not allow any child to return home unaccompanied or with an un-authorised adult.
Can my child be with their friends?
We try to group children with their nominated friends. Keep in mind, though, that Summerfest is a great place for your child to make new friends!
What if my child requires medication?
You will be required to fill in a medication form and give the medication to our nominated First Aid Officer, who will administer this throughout the day.
Do I need to bring food for my child? What if they have allergies?
Morning tea will be provided for your child each day. We will cater for any food allergies that are indicated on their registration form. Lunch will not be provided, except on the Friday when we’ll have an all-in celebratory lunch.
My child has some additional needs – can they still attend?
We welcome and try to cater for all school-aged children. To help us care for your child, please provide all the necessary information when you register. If you would like to discuss your child’s needs with our team leaders, please contact us or tick the ‘contact me’ part on the registration form and we will be in touch.
What should my child wear?
Due to the nature of the activities, we recommend that children wear joggers, comfortable clothes for cool and warm weather (whatever is appropriate on the day), sunscreen and a hat. Please label items in case they get lost!
Please don’t bring…
expensive clothing or any valuables like mobile phones, game consoles, cameras or jewellery. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the safety of any items brought to Summerfest.
What if my child loses something?
Lost property will be placed in a box at the registration desk. We will try to return items that are clearly labelled. Lost property will be held for an additional week after Summerfest – please contact us to arrange a time to check and collect any lost items.
Will my child be photographed?
We have a designated photographer who takes photos of the children. These are used throughout the week and for promotional materials in the future. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please tick the appropriate box on the registration.
What if my child is sick?
If your child is sick and cannot attend one or more days, please let us know by giving us a call. If they fall ill during the morning, we will contact you to collect them.
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the church carpark off Moseley Street. There is additional parking on Vickery Ave facing Harold West Reserve.
How do I enter the church?
You can enter through the doors facing Vickery Ave, opposite Harold West Reserve, or through the doors off the Moseley St carpark on the lower floor (go up the stairs inside the entrance or use the lift). Registration and sign in will be in the main foyer.
How can I get in touch?
Feel free to contact us with any questions. We exciting about Summerfest and look forward to meeting you!