Spring Newsletter 2020

To our wonderful participants and community,

At this stage the House will remain closed for Term 4 until restrictions are lifted.

Whilst the House is closed for face to face programs and activities, we will continue to support our community remotely. Please see below what is happening online in Term 4.

It is hard to keep track of what is and is not allowed with all of the latest restrictions. Details are available from the Vic. Govt. website which has full details of current restrictions.


 The 2020 AGM will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 at 3.00 pm.

Join us online to hear what has been happening at the House over the past year.

To join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7469173590? pwd=NmlhbnRKL3RKemQ2dEdHd3lhSk4zdz09

ID: 746 917 3590                        Passcode: 831727

 If you’re able to attend, please RSVP by Thursday, 24 September to jasdips@rfsch.org

Online Weekly Morning Teas

We have weekly online mornings teas which are held every Tuesday from 10 am – 10.30 am.

The link to join these mornings teas is: https://us02web.zoom.us/meetin g/register/tZUocu- qqDwsGtTsyx6l6UxgmZo5cdhUsauc.

Online Programs via Zoom

We are running some of our regular programs online and we hope you can join us. It’s all about staying connected! So, Zoom with us! Visit the Home Page to see our current Term 4 online activities. Your favourite tutors are running programs for Yoga, Computers for Beginners, Christmas projects and more.

FREE!! – Gentle Exercise Activity Classes for people above age 65 commencing in Term 4

 Join us in Term 4 on a Tuesday afternoon via Zoom for gentle exercise classes for people over 65.

Date: 6th Oct to 15th Dec (no class on Cup Day Tue 3 Nov)

Time: 2.00 pm – 2.45 pm.

If you would like to join please register via the website at www.rfsch.org.au.

Please share this event with your family and friends.

FREE – Be Connected for over 50’s ‘Festive Season Digital Workshop’

 Join us for a relaxed and interactive Workshop where Participants will learn how to create Christmas e-cards, customize music, text, photos & more to give your creations a personal touch and can then be sent to family and friends electronically. Participants will also learn how to post Christmas cards to social media.

There will be spot prizes on the day as well as going into the draw to win a special ‘Get Online Week’ prize.

 Date: Tuesday, 20 October

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Cost: Free (registration essential*)

*To register click on the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sfuCgqDMqGNxU1fOAVBEaF4Pg Yhm9iyQN

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Rosanna Fire Station Community House is a Be Connected Network Partner. Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

Below are some of the feedbacks we have received from our tutors on some of the online programs that have been running during Terms 2 and 3 this year.

“A small group of zoomers have been enjoying a chat group in lieu of our regular watercolour classes due to the Covid lock down restrictions. For one hour each Monday morning we chat about the art work being done at home and share a few jokes along the way. We are all keen to return to face to face classes where interactive learning and

Wendy – Watercolours Teacher

 “Steven and I have been lucky enough to hangout and chat one on one. We do some meditation, gentle movement and we sing classic songs. Steven plays me some songs from his cd collection and I learn songs on guitar each week from his favourite artists and then we sing them together. We also use the share screen function of zoom to watch music videos.”

 Adam Pavitt – Guitar Teacher – Special Needs Class

 “When online yoga classes were suggested I was hesitant to take part, but after a term I am glad to report that I have found them very helpful to keep connection with my students. Zoom isn’t the same as classes in person, but taking part in regular sessions has had physical and social benefits, keeping us going until we can be back together again.”

 Elizabeth Snashall – Yoga Teacher

 “ It’s been wonderful that participants have continued to practice yoga in a virtual environment. We have had lovely interaction and active participation. Thank you”

Divya Shetty – Yoga Teacher

Mini Library

Looking for something to read, why not visit our Mini Library located outside of the Community House. You can borrow, swap or donate a book.

Food Pantry

We realise how difficult it can be for some people to provide for themselves and their families when they are facing tough times. If you find yourself in such a situation, or know someone who is, please visit our Food Pantry located outside of the Community House. Everyone who is in need is welcome to take food from the pantry and anyone can contribute food (we rely on donations from the caring community). Please only donate non-perishable and not out of expiry date items. Thank you.

Activities to do while in lockdown

Walking Tracks

Below are links of walking tracks in the Banyule and surrounding areas: Banyule https://walkingmaps.com.au/walk/3577 https://visityarravalley.com.au/blog/three-walks-with-a-purpose-in-nillumbik https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/plenty-gorge-parklands

Digital Storytime

Children love stories, Freechildrenstories.com allows you to pick stories for every age and often it’s the author reading the story. You can even pick your theme.

Exercise together

Exercises can help children to release their energy plus you can get your workout done. Be the trainer yourself or use YouTube for a training

Make a Giant Bubble Ingredients:

6 cups water

1/2 cup dishwashing liquid 2 tbs glycerine

large tray container large wand


Mix together water, dishwashing liquid and glycerine. Let mix sit for about 24 hours before use, pour liquid into tray or container. Rub the wand in liquid and wave around. You could use anything as your wand that has a wide opening, like a large rubber band, even old wands from those larger type of bubbles that you can buy

Activity Booklets

 We have put together two activity booklets to help pass the time. There are activities for all ages.

Below are the the links to the activity booklets which you can download as a PDF versions.

Activity Booklet 1:


Activity Booklet 2:

https://anyflip.com/uypuh/noqn/ We hope you enjoy the puzzles.

20 Trivia Questions (answers at the end of this post). 

  1. Which car maker produced the Sunny?
  2. Which car maker produced the Corolla?
  3. Which is the only one of the planets named after a Greek god?
  4. Animals that lay eggs DON’T have WHAT bodily feature?
  5. What animal is referred to as ‘the ship of the desert’?
  6. Which music star is known as the “King of Pop”?
  7. How many moons does the Earth have?
  8. What is the name of the Norse god of thunder?
  9. How many films have Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred in together?
  10. Who played the lead role in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider?
  11. Which horse won the Melbourne Cup in 2002?
  12. Who won the Brownlow Medal in 2003?
  13. In what state/territory was the highest recorded temperature, of 53oC, recorded?
  14. Australia has the world’s largest sand island. What is its name?
  15. What animal is on the Western Australia flag?
  16. What animal featured on the 2 cent coin?
  17. Which band has received an Australian of the Year Award?
  18. What year did Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin?
  19. Where was Ned Kelly’s last stand?
  20. What Australian movie includes the phrase “Tell him he’s dreaming”?

Father’s Day Raffles

To celebrate Father’s Day we held a raffle with two prizes, the first prize was a beautiful “brekky box” supplied by Davies St Food Co in Rosanna and the second prize was a “dad’s loose change” money box from Volumes Book & Gift Shop in Diamond Creek. The winners were Emma Perri who won the brekky hamper for her dad (picture left) and second prize winner was Caro Kaiser.

Answers to Trivia Questions

 1. Nissan 2. Toyota 3. Uranus 4. Belly buttons 5. Camel 6. Michael Jackson 7. One 8. Thor 9. Two – (Titanic & Revolutionary Road) 10. Angelina Jolie 11. Media Puzzle 12. Mark Ricciuto, Nathan Buckley, Adam Goodes 13. Queensland 14. Fraser Island 15. Black Swan 16. Frill-necked lizard 17. The Seekers 18. 1974 19. Glenrowan 20. The Castle.

Keep safe and healthy and please follow Government guidelines regarding social distancing and hygiene practices. We are all in this together. We look forward to seeing you all back for face to face programs once it is safe to do so

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 9458 1935 and leave a voicemail or email: office@rfsch.org.au. We thank you in advance for your patience and tolerance.

Above all, take care, stay in touch, and let’s keep our community connected and safe.