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REAL KIDS IN AN UNREAL WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, family, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

Maggie Dent this Monday!

 

A reminder that MAGGIE DENT will be in Fremantle tomorrow, Monday October 16 at  7.30pm at the South Fremantle Football Club.

She will talk about the en building blocks that ill help children to build up resilience.

For details see the poster above.

 

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FREO PRIMARY PRESENTS QUEEN OF COMMON SENSE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2017

 

The Fremantle Primary School will be hosting Maggie Dent ‘The Queen of Common Sense” on October 16, at 7.30 pm at the South Fremantle Football Club. Doors open at 6pm and bar will be open.

Maggie will talk about Real Kids in an Unreal World: Building Resilience and Self-Esteem in Today’s Children. She will explore her common-sense, practical model of ten building blocks for children.

Dent will present practical ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.

Maggie Dents is a warm and funny presenter, according to those who have attended her talks, so it should be a wonderful night.

Tickets are $ 35.00. You can book tickets: http://tdy.cl/se/PybLBHQ

Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles go directly to the Fremantle Primary School P&C.

 

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FREE FOOD FOR FREO KIDS AT NATIONAL

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

free kids food

 

It is always a challenge for parents to keep the kids happy and occupied during school holidays and it can be costly too, so take advantage of the KIDS EAT FREE offer at the Fremantle National Hotel.

Every weekend a child can eat for free as long as an adult orders a main course.

Support our local Freo traders. They need our help!

 

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CANTONMENT HILL PLAYGROUND

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2017

 

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Stage one of the Cantonment Hill Project is nearly finished, with workers doing the final landscaping.

The City of Fremantle will officially open the playground Thursday week, October 12, so make sure to take your children there in ten days.

It looks pretty good and I assume some shade structures and seating will be added to finish it all.

 

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CREATING NEW FREO TOURISM ATTRACTIONS

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2017

 

The number of interstate visitors to Perth is down, but international visitors’ numbers have increased, and the good news for Fremantle is that most people who visit do not travel far but stay in the metro area.

The main complaint is how expensive food, coffee and drinks are, and that is a concern. Backpackers even find our supermarkets expensive, they tell me when I am on volunteer tour guide duty at the Roundhouse.

The very good news is that just about everyone who visits loves Fremantle, and that brings up the question on how we can increase the tourism experience and get people to stay longer in the port city, and spend more time and money here.

If you don’t like history the Shipwreck and Maritime museums are not your cup of tea, and neither are Fremantle Prison and Roundhouse, so what else can people do in good old Freo? A tour about Whadjuk Noongar history along Bathers Beach with Greg Nannup will be different, but how many visitors do know the tours are available?

Sun baking on one of our beaches is also not everyone’s favourite, and going to Rotto is very expensive, and we’d like visitors to stay in Freo of course.

Unlike the east coast we don’t have theme parks, but for Adventure World, and that is a long way out of Freo, and we don’t have a Darling Harbour or Federation Square either.

We need some real creative and innovative thinking on how we can improve the Freo experience, and I have come up with two thought bubbles that might start some thinking about it in the business community and at Fremantle Council.

The first one is rather simple. Make the planned new playground at Kings Square a dual attraction by giving it an Aboriginal theme. Great for the kids, but it would also become a tourist attraction.

The second one would require a lot of planning, and even more money. Instead of a children’s Nature Play ground create one above and in the ocean at Bathers Bay over the summer period. Not just a floating platform to jump from, but climbing stuff, water sprays, fun for young and old that embraces our great climate and fun Freo lifestyle. Add BBQs, tables and chairs, shade structures in front of J Shed and make it THE destination for family fun in WA.

There should be no problem with charging an entry fee to cover all or part of the cost, and the sale of fish&chips would go through the roof, so the Fishing Boat Harbour traders might like to invest in it.

We need to learn to think big(ger)!

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KIDS’ IDEAS FOR KINGS SQUARE PLAYGROUND

Posted in children, city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2017

 

The weather at the start of school holidays and the long weekend is not great, so maybe Fremantle parents can have a creative and productive session with their children on what kind of playground they would like to see at Kings Square, as part of the new retail development and Civic Centre.

The City of Fremantle is asking kids–and their mums and dads– what they would like to be included in the new outdoor play space at Kings Square.

The ideas of 170 local students have included musical stepping stones, a tree-top dance floor, giant flying foxes, a crystal cave, mushroom swings, giant fidget spinners and surprise pools that spray water ‘every now and then’.

These and more ideas are now on display at the Fremantle Library until October 24.

Other thoughts and suggestions can be shared on the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo online portal.

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FREO SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2017

 

 

School holidays are coming up, so parents will be keen to find things to do in Fremantle with their children, so take note of these two events!

On Saturday it is PIRATE DAY at the lovely Duyfken replica sailing ship from 11 am to 4pm. It is at berth behind Little Creatures in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It’s one of your last chances to visit the ship in Freo as it will be sailing up the Swan River and be at berth at Elizabeth Quay in Perth for several months.

On Sunday the Growers Green Farmers Market has something very special on for the kids. There will be sheep shearing at Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm, something not to be missed!

 

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CANTONMENT HILL PLAYGROUND PREVIEW

Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2017

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I got a sneak preview of the new Cantonment Hill playground the City of Fremantle is building, when I followed a young family through an open fence yesterday. The tiny girl was probably the first one who used the slide. A historic moment!

It is a large area and it is starting to look very good, so it will be a fantastic new destination for families.

The views are pretty good as well as one can look down to the port and Swan River and the Rainbow sculpture.

I have been told that there is daily vandalism at the site, but thankfully there were no signs of that on Sunday.

 

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RAINBOW FLAMINGO BOOK LAUNCH AT PAPERBIRD

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

Rainbow

 

It’s going to be a very RAINBOW Saturday in Fremantle this weekend, with the launch of the children’s book Flame the Rainbow Flamingo at the Paperbird bookshop in Henry Street.

The book was written by Denise Heydon and illustrated by Jane Gates.

It’s on at 10.00am on the 9th September. 

After that wander over to Pioneer Park for the Rainbow Concert in support of marriage equality, that starts at 1pm.

Plenty of time in between to have coffee and breakfast at one of Freo’s lovely West End cafes!

 

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SOUTH FREO HIGH 50TH PARTY!

Posted in city of fremantle, education, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017

 

50 years South Freo High

SFSHS Open Day 2017

 

The South Fremantle Senior High School on Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 3 pm.

There will be an historic display, live music, kids activities, reunion by decades area, food stalls, and more, so make sure to pop in and help them celebrate.

We all have important memories of our schools, the good and not so good teachers, and the importance of good education for our careers and life.

Teachers are critically important to the future of our children and very under-valued in my opinion.

Without my teachers in the Netherlands I would never have valued history and heritage so much, and would never have felt the urge to travel and experience new cultures. My history and English teacher Mr Hartog made a profound impact on my life.

 

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