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on their recent assessment.
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LOXTON DISTRICT OUT OF
SCHOOLS HOUR CARE
Loxton District Out Of School Hours Care
The Loxton District Out of
School Hours Care (OSHC)
service underwent national
quality standard assessment,
receiving high praise.
The service was credited for
"exceeding and meeting national
quality standard" in all aspects of the
Australian Children's Education and
Care Quality Authority's rating criteria.
The assessment areas include:
educational program and practice,
children's health and safety,
physical environment, staffing
arrangements, relationships with
children, collaborative partnerships
with families and communities and
leadership and service management.
Loxton District OSHC director
Haylee Symens said the outstanding
result was a testament to staff
members and students who attended
She said it was also a "wonderful
promotion" of the high standard of
care given at OSHC.
"A lot of people don't know what
OSHC is," Ms Symens said. "It's not a
daycare centre, it's a service based on
each child's interests and needs.
"We have a focus on engaging, fun,
healthy and social activity; promoting
a healthy body and mind.
"It's also not just a service for
working or busy parents. It can be
utilised to give you that extra free
time in the afternoons or morning for
getting the chores or shopping done.
"It's very cost effective if you
have two children in care because of
Ms Symens said attending OSHC
helped students develop their social
skills, while also building relationships
with people from other schools in the
"We've seen how beneficial it can
be for them, meeting children from
other schools who they then play
weekend sport with, or end up being
in a class with when they move on to
high school," she said.
"Each school holidays we also try to
meet up with the other towns' OSHC
groups too. That way the children can
meet people from across the region
and develop friendships."
The morning sessions start from
7.15am and include escorted travel to
"The children can bring their
breakfast in, or we can make them
up something healthy to start the day
on," Ms Symens said.
"We then take them to school,
waiting until their teacher arrives
before we leave."
The afternoon sessions begin at the
end of school -- with staff members
available to pick up students from
school -- and run until 6.15pm.
During this time, attendees can
complete any homework and take
part in the Active After School sports
program, which includes coaching
sessions with local high school
"Having the extended pick up
time of 6.15pm means parents and
caregivers can organise tea, or pick
up the shopping without the children
and that way its all done by the time
they come to pick up their child," Ms
Loxton Out of School Hours Care director Haylee Symens
(centre) with attendees (from left) Elijah Fairley, 7, Jalen
Skinner, 8, Jayden Bass, 5, and Isaac Rollins, 7. The service
was credited for "exceeding and meeting national quality
standard" during a recent assessment.
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First response bicycles
Local events will now have
two St John's first response
bicycles on standby, thanks
to over $3000 in community
The bicycles are designed to
move through large crowds with
ease and will be on trial at events
such as the upcoming Riverland
Field Days and Loxton Lights Up.
St John's regional staff officer
Brian Forgan said the idea for the
push bikes came to him at last
year's Loxton Lights Up.
"The crowd was rather thick and
I wondered how exactly would we
reach the front of that crowd if
something happened," Mr Forgan
The first response bicycles are a
first for St John's in South Australia
and are fitted with a range of first
"We do carry our basic medica-
tions pack and we have a defibril-
lator that we can use when deemed
appropriate," he said.
While the bikes are still in the
trial phase, Mr Forgan said he could
already see they would be highly
"Things like the fun run and
things are becoming more popular,"
"A large part of the track they use
in Renmark for fun runs, you just
cannot get a vehicle into. It takes
time to get your stuff and walk in.
"Whereas, we have already prov-
en we can reach the same distance
in almost no time at all and carry
more equipment than you can carry
on your back.
Mr Forgan said aside from the
time efficiency of the push bikes,
there were other benefits to having
them at large events.
"When you are in a crowd, you
are sitting much higher, so you
stand out more," he said.
The bikes have been painted a
bright yellow, to stand out in a
crowd. Mr Forgan said it has taken
about six months to get the bikes
up and running, with support from
a range of locals.
"We received $2000 from the
Loxton Waikerie Council and $900
from Loxcare and it is hard to put a
figure on some of the donations we
received from other businesses,"
"There have been a lot of small
contributions that it just wouldn't
have worked without."
At the unveiling of St John's first response push bikes were (from left) St
John's first responder and divisional officer Olivia Geyer, Loxton Waikerie
Council director of corporate and community services Ruth Firstbrook, St
John's advanced responder and regional staff officer, Brian Forgen, and
Loxcare co-ordinator Mary Hansen.
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