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Mon, 04 July


Beecroft Uniting Church

2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Sydney

Experience a two-day workshop packed with fun learning activities at NPE's winter holiday camp. Students will collaborate to create poems and songs, illustrations for books, discover the unseen world of microbes, and make fascinating Rube Goldberg machines.

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2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Sydney
2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Sydney

Time & Location

04 July 2022, 9:30 am AEST – 07 July 2022, 4:30 pm AEST

Beecroft Uniting Church, 82 Beecroft Rd, Beecroft NSW 2119, Australia

About the event

Creative Writing and Storytelling 

Topic: Junior Poetry and Songwriting Workshop

Age group: K-2 and Y3-6

Date: 4-5 July 

Words have power to begin

Sprouting new life from within!

Add a beat and melody

Now there’s a song worth setting free!


In this holiday workshop, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas, write some fantastic poems, and perform them in a range of creative and musical ways! Our educators will help students to unleash their poetic abilities on the theme of “Dreaming with Eyes Open (CBCA Book Week Theme 2022), and guide students through the poem and songwriting process. Students in K-2 will uncover rhymes and experiment with sounds, melodies and beats. Years 3-6 students will investigate a variety of poems and songs, and work in groups to tell a story with words, music and even drama!

Learning Experiences:

  • Explore poems and popular songs
  • Investigate the structure of different poems
  • Poem composition
  • Work collaboratively with peers
  • Apply dramatic techniques, rhythms, beats and/or melodies
  • Use Garageband software and musical instruments
  • Rehearse, stage and perform in groups

Session 1: Poetry, Stories and Songs!

Session 2: Poetry & Lyric Writing

Session 3: Putting it to a beat/music

Session 4: Practice and Performance

Topic: The Art of Visual Storytelling

Age group: K-2 and Y3-6

Date: 6-7 July

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” ~ Frederick R. Barnard

Did you know that pictures can tell powerful stories? In this holiday workshop, you will have the opportunity to retell stories through illustration. Students will explore quality literature by author-illustrators including Shaun Tan, Jeannie Baker, Anthony Browne and Oliver Jeffers. Our talented team of educators will guide students to learn how to identify, interpret and apply a range of visual techniques to convey deeper meanings in their own drawings. Students will also film parts of their drawing process, creating a visual storytelling experience for all ages to enjoy. Let’s get creative!

Learning Experiences:

  • Develop visual literacy through exploring and analysing quality visual text
  • Experiment with visual techniques to create hidden meanings and subplots
  • Design a series of illustrations that retell a story
  • Learn to film timelapse drawing videos
  • Discuss and explain the creative thought process behind each visual.

Session 1: Exploring visual text and visual techniques

Session 2: Retelling a story through pictures

Session 3: Drawing & Timelapse filming

Session 4: Editing and Presentation

STEM Club 

Topic: Junior Scientist- Discover an unseen world

Age group: K-2 and Y3-6

Date: 4-5 July

Program Description: 

"I can live in extreme environments, such as hot volcanic vents deep in the ocean."

"Making cheese mouldy is a ton of fun!"

"Sick with a cold? You can thank me for that!"

"It takes me a million years to make the oil that fuels your family's car"

"You need to improve your eyesight one million times to be able to see me."

Q: Who am I?

Welcome to the world of Microorganism! This holiday we are going tiny and bringing the world of microbiology to kids!

Even though we can't see them, microbes are everywhere in our daily lives. In this workshop, the kids are going to examine closely this teeny-tiny living thing and engage in exciting experiments to test and investigate the fascinating world of microbes. 

Learning experience:

  • Explore the amazing microscopic world going on inside us
  • Science experiment- Are microbes alive? Let's investigate if they could breathe! 
  • Dive in and examine microorganism specimens under a microscope
  • Science experiment- Microbe hunting and Make your own microbe incubator.
  • Understand scientific method and organise projects like a real scientist

Topic: Junior Engineer - Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

Age group: K-2 and Y3-6

Date:  6-7 July

Program Description:

Can you build a complex machine to complete a simple task such as ring a bell? In this holiday workshop, students will get the chance to explore different engineering and science concepts by designing, building and testing their own self-operating machines! Students will work in groups to solve a series of challenges and then incorporate their knowledge of simple machines to construct a chain reaction machine named after American engineer and cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. 

In the junior group, our junior engineers will learn how to build and test their own rubber-powered paddle boat and marble run course to create a machine. In the senior group, students will get to build a balloon-powered car and incorporate multiple engineering mechanisms (think levers, pulleys and more!) to design their own Rube Goldberg machine. 

The Rube Goldberg Challenge is a fantastic STEM project focusing on Science Inquiry Skills by encouraging:

  • Questioning and predicting
  • Planning and conducting
  • Processing and analysing data and information
  • Evaluating
  • Communicating

Learning experience:

  • Build a self-operating machine using a variety of materials and mechanical elements.
  • Apply the concepts of forces and energy to moving parts of a Rube Goldberg machine.
  • Understand and use the engineering design process to build and improve different machine designs


  • Ticket Price:  $220 per ticket (two full days) 
  • Early-bird discount ends on 19 June. Enter discount code EARLYBIRD10 to get $10 off per ticket.
  • Come with friends? Group discount code is available for a group of at least three people. Please contact us at

Teaching Team

The teachers/learning facilitators at New Path Education are professional, experienced, well qualified and trained within their professions and have great passion and enthusiasm to build up children's essential skills in a creative, innovative and engaging way. All NPE learning facilitators have WWCC and have rich experience in teaching and facilitating learning for different age groups. All NPE's programs are pedagogically guided, mentored and reviewed by teachers or educational researchers to ensure their highest quality in content and learning outcome.  Get to know more about our wonderful team of talents @ NPE here!

Program Schedule

The educational program starts at 9:30 am and finishes at 4 pm. Supervision is provided before and after the program. Parents can drop off from 9-9:30 am and pick up from 4-4.30 pm. During the day there will be multiple breaks (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) and children will be able to access the fenced playing area during the recess.

What to bring?

We will provide all devices, equipment and materials so all your kids need to bring are:

  • Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea (we have fridge and microwave on site)
  • Water bottle
  • Children are to wear comfortable clothes with closed shoes. Please note that enclosed shoes are mandatory for safety reasons.


Limited visitor parking spaces are available on site. Enter the car park (at rear) from Copeland Rd, Beecroft. The boom gate will be open when the car approaches. Please respect the local residents of Uniting Copeland Gardens by following the speed limit (8km/h) after you enter the car park and leave promptly after you drop off and check in your children. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

COVID safety

We follow the current NSW COVID safety policy. Full refund is available if the program is cancelled by NPE due to COVID restrictions. 

Cancellation Policy

If your child is unable to attend the workshop, please notify us as soon as possible via email. We will issue a credit voucher (cancellation fees apply) that can be used in any future NPE programs. 

A cancellation fee of $50 will apply if more than 24 hours notice (before 9:30 am the day prior to the day of the class) is provided. If the cancellation notice is given less than 24 hours (one day) prior to the day of the class, a late cancellation fee (50% of the ticket value) will apply. 

If your child is unable to attend due to sickness, please get in touch with us, we could issue the credit voucher for you to use in the future. No cancellation fee will be charged. 

For notification or any questions, please email us at:


  • Mon to Tue 4-5 Jul / K-2

    Junior Poetry and Songwriting Workshop (2 x half day) Junior Scientist - Discover an unseen world (2 x half day) (2 seats left)

  • Wed to Thu 6 - 7 Jul / K-2

    The Art of Visual Storytelling (2 x half day) Junior Engineer - Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge (2 x half day)

  • Mon to Tue 4-5 Jul / Y3-6

    Junior Poetry and Songwriting Workshop (2 x half day) Junior Scientist - Discover an unseen world (2 x half day)

  • Wed to Thu 6-7 Jul / Y3-6

    The Art of Visual Storytelling (2 x half day) Junior Engineer - Rube Goldburg Machine (2 x half day) (4 seats left)




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