This year at JMA we are hoping to encourage the wonderful JMA community charitable spirit! With that in mind we've decided to partner with the WA Police charity, Constable Care and their Comfort Pack Program.
'The program aims to supply front line emergency service workers with care packs to give to children who are being temporarily relocated from their homes due to accident, emergency or as a result of crime. The backpacks are age and gender appropriate and contain necessities such as pyjamas, underwear, toothbrush and paste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair brush, story book, teddy bear, etc.'
Instead of students completing their 5 Leadership Tasks on their grading form we will be asking that everyone assembles a Comfort Pack for children in need. - You can opt out of this and do the normal 5 tasks - The age range is 0-16 so ideally it would be great if students assemble a pack for another child their age but you can choose. You do not need to fill the back pack with all the items, just what you can afford to purchase or even better donate! The idea is to help with Comfort Pack program but also to encourage our students to think about others and how great they will feel knowing they have helped someone else in need.
We are encouraging everyone to participate from all programs including Little Tigers and the adult classes - TKD and Box and Burn - you can also spread the word and ask family and friends if they want to be involved too!
We will be collecting the donations at the club during March leading up to the April grading. Thank you all in advance for your support. We're really excited for this project! You can read more about the program below!
We have some exciting things planned for this year the first of which is offering our babysitting services so parents can have a night out!! Go to the movies, have a meal or just sit in silence!!!
When: Friday 27th January
Where: At the Club
Who: 7 year olds up
Cost: $35 per family
What: We will show a movie to the kids followed by a fun quiz with prizes
Forms are available at the Club and need to be returned before the 27th with correct money to secure the spot.
Mr Luthwoods OMG Divine Chocolate treats!
250g pitted dried dates
65g desiccated coconut
25g raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
70-80g coconut oil
Grease and line a biscuit tin with baking paper
Place nuts in processor or thermomix and grind until fine. Set aside.
Add dates, coconut, cacao, salt and honey and mix
Return nut meal to bowl add coconut oil and mix until the mixture has a shiny appearance.
Empty into prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon to create a flat surface.
Refrigerate and when solid remove from tin and cut into squares. Yummy!!
JMA would like to officially welcome our Saturday morning adults taekwondo instructor Colin Niland. Mr Niland brings a wealth of knowledge to the Club with an extensive background in Aikido, Judo, Karate and Taekwondo. Our Saturday morning class 9am-10am has been running for awhile now and his energy and enthusiasm has rubbed off on us all. We would like to thank Mr Niland for his involvement with JMA and his passion for martial arts!
This is a special mention to our girls Jaimee Stott and Margaret Wallace for their exceptional work on the floor at JMA this
Girls, I was so impressed to see you in action today. After discussing with a father about his sons progress, I turned to my yellow belt
class to find two highly capable, confident coaches, not only leading the class but dividing the children into groups specific to the skills they needed to work on.
I felt so proud to see the care and attention to detail that was shown, you are both showing so many of the traits of a strong role model and
The same goes for all our junior coaches. Over the past few months Sam and I have seen remarkable development in Chris, Josh, Daniel,
Margaret and Jaimee. Your parents must be so proud to see you all showing such strong leadership qualities and demonstrating such maturity whilst executing your coaching duties.
Well done kids – YOU have truly inspired us!
To obtain her red belt three at JMA Sophia Chila must now take on a leadership role. This is an advanced level at our school therefore a higher level of commitment and maturity is required.
Her task is to first recruit a minimum of ten friends and family members from school or otherwise and manage that team to provide a service that can benefit the community.The intention here is to teach the student the importance of team work and leadership. This level shows the power of many hands and the good feeling that comes from being part of a group working together to achieve a common goal.
Sophia has chosen to start the "Australian Earth Kids”Club. Below is some information about the Club.
"As part of joining my club kids will also become members of a non-profit organization known as Kids for Saving Earth which was started by an 11 year old boy who was dying of cancer. His name was Clinton and he had a dream of creating a healthy planet. His mum & dad now carry on the club that he started when he developed a passion about environmental issues & wanted to raise awareness & take action on all the neglect we were showing towards our animals & plants, skies & oceans.
The mission of Kids for Saving Earth is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the Earth's environment. As a member of this club, we will meet together every 6-8 weeks (or more often if we want to !!) to discuss and act upon environmental issues that we can really do something about! We can access educational materials from KSE & many other Australian resources & work to protect our planet in many different ways.
In our first meeting we learned how to create a small natural habitat at home; next meeting we are making bird feeders and soon we will have a guest speaker to talk about solar power & it’s benefits. There is so much to learn about and one thing I have discovered is that every person CAN make a difference !!
If any members of JMA are interested in my club or topics I am happy to provide information to them. Thankyou for giving me this opportunity to think about ways in which I can make the world a better place."
Well done Sophia, this is an inspiring way to complete your leadership task and a great way to help teach others about the environment.
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