Bug’s big award

Project. Circular Head’s ‘Reading Bug Egg’ has been recognised on a state level, winning an award in the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence. The project, which aimed to encourage reading and a love of stories among children, was the winner in the ‘Delivering Excellence – Smaller Councils’ category. The award was presented to Circular …

2 years ago

Hip HIPPY hooray

Learning. Pre-school aged children have joyously marked the end of their HIPPY years at a celebration and graduation party last Friday. Twenty-four children graduated and 30 families celebrated completing their first year of the ‘Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters’, which sees families work to develop skills and a love of learning. Parent tutors …

3 years ago

Ready to hatch

Event. Following nine months of incubation and more than 2700 books read, the Reading Bug Egg is now ready to hatch. Next month, the community is invited to an egg-citing once-in-a-lifetime event for the whole family in which all will be revealed. Discovered in November last year and nursed by Rural Health’s HIPPY team, the …

3 years ago
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Eager to hatch

Literacy. From the Edith Creek Primary School library you could hear a buzz over the past fortnight. It was the buzz of lots of little voices enthusiastically reading to the Reading Bug Egg in the hope that maybe, just maybe, the book they are reading will be the one needed for it to hatch. For …

3 years ago

SPS’ record read

Literacy. A two-week visit has brought out the nurturing side of local students, with a remarkable number of books read in the hope that a special bug will soon hatch. Welcoming the Reading Bug Egg with an assembly and setting a goal of 100 books to read, Smithton Primary School senior staff member Libby Grey …

4 years ago

Dads catch reading bug

Literacy. Children from across Circular Head have been busy reading to a very special egg in the hope that it will hatch, and local dads are joining in the fun. Discovered in Smithton last month, the Reading Bug Egg has since been a feature at events such as the Lighting of the Tree, Circular Head …

4 years ago

Wanted: tutors

Learning. Rural Health’s HIPPY program is not only for youngsters, but parents too. Each year, three new tutors are introduced to the program. They are local mothers of four-year-old children, eased back into the workforce in a school-time role. The program’s coordinator Leanne Marsden said tutors are provided with a “gentle” path to employment. “HIPPY …

4 years ago
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Egg-ceptional discovery

Literacy. A giant discovery on Thursday morning had council worker Cameron Abel scratching his head in amazement. As he was clearing out undergrowth in preparation for summer, he came across a rather large egg. Perplexed as to what it was, he called the Smithton Veterinary Service to ask for an expert opinion. Vet Craig Dwyer …

4 years ago

HIPPY for 10 years

Anniversary. After 10 years in Circular Head, Rural Health’s Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters will be celebrating its anniversary and its success in receiving funding for 2014. To celebrate their milestone, Rural Health is calling out to past HIPPY staff and HIPPY families to attend an informal party on Thursday September 12 at …

5 years ago