New website under construction
After months of searching, interviewing and negotiating we have found our new Web Developers! Eric and the Roarify team are website designers, digital marketers and copywriters and are designing the website it represent the vision and values of PeaceWiseKids with respect, humility and fun. The course design is primarily focused on creating the most intuitive user experience possible so that teachers, leaders and students can get the most out of the activities as they learn what it takes to be peacemakers for life. So, at the moment Roarify is adding content and design features to the new PeaceWiseKids website and by the end of March, we will be ready for some volunteer schools, churches and families to road-test the website and the Pilot Module. If you have any 12-14 year olds (Yr 7 & 8) at home, at school or at youth group, contact me and see if there are any places left to become a Tester of the Pilot Module.
a Sneak Peek at PeaceWiseKids’ first animation
Production of the PeaceWiseKids program is in full swing as we work on various aspects to bring it all together. One key aspect has been to develop engaging teaching animations for the first module of topics for our middle schoolers. Let me give you a sneak peak at characters our young people will get to know through the animated videos...
Covenant Hub sets an awesome example
Last week the Covenant Hub celebrated a year of friendship, fun and peacemaking with their annual Christmas dinner. Many members invited friends resulting in an attendance of 28. This year the Hub were inspired to provide an opportunity for people to give towards the PeaceWiseKids project. David played the promotional video (shown above), and added some creativity by putting together a musical slideshow of photos from the film shoot with the Year 9 group and Harri Gilbert the filmmaker. All up $780 was raised! What an inspiring bunch of people. Thank you to the Covenant Hub for putting your heart behind the Kids project.
How much fun can Year 9’s have?
This term, a class of Year 9 students from Covenant Christian School have had a heap of fun while making a huge contribution towards the PeaceWiseKids project. After 3 days of filming, a few weeks ago, I decided to thank them with a pizza party. This photo shows them thanking them me for the surprise pizza that turned up to their classroom last week! I must say it was a blast working with this creative, intelligent, fun-loving bunch!
Year 9 filming project a big success
Over three days, a group of Year 9 English students took part in filming for the Pilot Module being created by PeaceWiseKids. The students have been writing scripts to present a stimulating introduction to the first 5 topics of the Program for the Year 7 and 8 target age group. What a buzz it was to work with such interesting and talented kids! The young film-maker, Harri Gilbert proved to be an outstanding professional, relating well with the students and getting the best out of them. Thanks goes to the support of the staff and students at Covenant Christian School. The Pilot module is coming together well and will be tested in the first few months of 2017.
introducing our new young filmmaker
Just recently our group of Year 9 script writers from Covenant Christian School were privileged to meet their 'famous' film-maker. Their faces registered pleasant surprise when Harri Gilbert walked into the classroom with me, to lead a session on tips for filmmaking. An ex-student of the school and a Junior Tropfest winner a few years ago, Harri had a natural rapport with the students. I can't wait to see what the students can produce for the Pilot Module, with Harri as their filmmaker!
Check out Harri Gilbert on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.
Hands-On Experience of PeaceWiseKids!
Hub members get a hands-on experience of PeaceWiseKids at a recent hub night...
Please keep praying for PeaceWiseKids. Thank you!
our first fundraiser!
Our first fundraiser - last week we had the opportunity to share the vision of PeaceWiseKids with a group 60 interested family and friends in Sydney at our very first fundraising event. It was a night of tasty Greek food, (provided by Sophie's Restaurant in Balmain), wonderful company and inspiring messages from Boyd Allen of Hunter Christian School and from Bruce Burgess, our National Director. We were blown away by the generous financial response and positive comments, confirming this as a God-inspired initiative. Two nights later Bruce was in Perth for a fundraiser sharing the same vision with a bunch of Christian business people. Once again the affirming response has encouraged us to continue to work towards the fulfilment of this project. If you would like to partner with us by organising a fundraising event in your part of Australia or New Zealand, please contact Viv, who can offer you ideas and support.
Awesome writing retreat
Work on the Pilot Module has ramped up with our recent writing retreat. Four of us escaped our busy lives for 2 days to focus on generating ideas for our first batch of content. The Pilot contains the first 5 topics ( Module 1) and is being designed for 12 -14 year olds (Yr 7 & 8). In beautiful bush surroundings (thanks to Ava and John) we listened to God and to each other as we brainstormed and created activities for this energetic and challenging age group. This work continues as we stay in contact to refine the work. Thanks to , Bob and Tim and the schools who released them. I also want to acknowledge the great group of teachers from Melton in Victoria who started the brainstorming process with me in July, and also the email group from around the country who make up the 'Think Tank', providing their feedback at crucial times during the development process. Viv
Year 9 join the team
Tying shoelaces is easy once you know how. But could you do it with another person and only use one hand each? This was one of many activities presented to a group of Year 9 students.
Staff from Covenant Christian School have offered the creative skills of one of their Year 9 English classes to help develop video content for the Pilot Module. These students will work in groups to write scripts for 5 engaging videos, then will help to produce them. You will be bale to see their handiwork once the Module is live on the new PeaceWiseKids website that is in development phase at the moment. This will be ready for release by Term 1 next year.
The challenge of doing a simple task like trying a shoelace, one handed with another person, presented opportunities for conflict, communication and planning. It also highlighted there are different ways to tie shoelaces so understanding those differences was important.
The PeaceWiseKids project is all about working together, utilising the skills and passion of many PeaceWise supporters, so getting teens involved is an awesome gift.
how can I help?
There are 3 ways you can help:
- Donate – make a personal donation, either as a once-off or as a regular monthly donation. If you are parents or grandparents, share this vision with your kids and ask for their help.
- Group Fundraising - get together with a group and fundraise together. Maybe your school or church community could pledge to raising money to fund a Module for one age group. This would be a pledge of $5000. Then you can devise creative ways to raise the money. You can even create your own dedicated fundraising webpage, and your group can see the gauge increase with each donation made.
- Offer your skills and time – we are looking for a whole bunch of creative people to contribute lesson ideas, write up lessons, proof-read, design graphics, illustrate, write a children’s story, write a theme song, videography, Pilot Module testing groups, etc.
the video production miracle!
PeaceWise is a small Christian organisation, but with a big vision and a big God who is bringing all the parts of the jigsaw together! Take the production of the video you have just watched above. The way all the parts of this video jigsaw came together could only be described as a work of God. We have been blessed to work with our Christian video producer, Rob Harding of Good Monsters and his small team of media technicians. We secured the services of Karen Pang, a beautiful Christian woman of Play School fame, who was so professional and such a pleasure to work with. Then, to top it all off, Covenant Christian School organised 17 amazing kids of all ages and cultural backgrounds to be our ‘representative kids’.
Thanks go to Frenchs Forest Anglican, who donated their church as the venue. The actual day of the video shoot was great fun and all went smoothly. Check out our Facebook page to see more photos. Since the Kids project was just a dream (which goes all the way back to 2007) we have seen God working to achieve His purposes. This is just one example. There is so much to be done, but we are confident that God – our ultimate project Manager - will guide our steps and put us in contact with the people he has planned to help in some way. Although PeaceWise is small, the supporters of this vision are many, and spread all over Australia and beyond. If PeaceWiseKids excites you, please contact me! Viv.
what IS the PeaceWiseKids project?
Good question! It is PeaceWise’s dream to grow peacemakers for life from the youngest children at school to the oldest teens. It will be delivered online to schools, churches and homes where teachers, leaders and parents want to teach their children how to deal with conflict in a biblical way to become peacemakers in the strength of Christ. Using the latest technology, teaching methodology and enduring Bible truths we are developing a flexible resource for many contexts where school-aged kids are taught.
There will be 7 age bands, following the groupings in the Australian curriculum. There will be 4 Modules per age band, based on the principles from the adult Personal Peacemaking training. Each Module is broken into 5 topics which can become one lesson or extended to more. The end goal is to have all 20 topics developed and loaded onto the PeaceWiseKids website for every age group (or band). The current plan is to develop content for years 5-10 in 2017 and the other years in 2018.