Cupcakes sold like hotcakes!!

Cupcake Castle_Cookin' with KidsIt was a delight to see cupcakes selling like hotcakes at the ‘Cupcake Castle’ bake sale orchestrated by young learners at RCH this week!

The ‘Cupcake Castle’ was the brainchild of a group of young learners, who in recent weeks in primary group learning sessions, have focused on re-imagining food as art, design concepts, procedural texts and money knowledge. RCH teacher, Emma Fraser, said that by providing students with the opportunity to plan events and work their way through challenges, children are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying. “This type of active and engaged learning, allows students to explore the real-world applications of the concepts and ideas they are learning about,” says Emma.

The customer service displayed by these learners was just outstanding – no cash registers were required, just sound subtraction and adding up skills! One happy customer told us that “the girls who served me did a great job of wheeling deals. My cakes were delicious! I am very excited to see what pops up next.”

These ‘caketepreneurs’ raised $360.10 to fund future learning initiatives for other students at RCH.

It certainly looks like there is an appetite for future initiatives like the Cupcake Castle!

Creativity grows on trees

EarlyyearsexhibitionA new exhibition, Creativity Grows on Trees, has been created by three and four year old students during RCH Education Institute teaching and learning sessions here at the hospital.

The artwork represents the process that learners went through when exploring their strong interest in animals, habitats and environments.

Conversation, technology, music, story, rhyme, and shadow exploration are examples of some of the mediums students explored, and the artworks are representations of these learning experiences.

Influenced by the learning philosophies of Reggio Emilia, the artwork descriptions have been handwritten, to reflect the organic nature of children’s own reflections.

Some of these reflections demonstrate very clearly how our littlest learners are using their knowledge to make connections with the world around them and increasing their understanding of the interdependence between land, people, plants and animals.

“Do animals get upset about the same things that we get upset about? I think that dangerous animals get more angry than safe animals”

“How do baby birds feel when they fly for the first time? How do they know if it is OK to come into each other’s home to visit?”

“How do animals know when they find the right place to sleep? It is harder for animals to find the right home than it is for people to find the right home.”

We encourage you to come and visit this beautiful exhibition in the Health and Education Learning Precinct if you happen to be in the hospital.

Putting science under the microscope

ScienceWeek20141 Children and adults alike engaged with the sciences at RCH this week as part of our acknowledgement of National Science Week.


RCH patients, families and staff investigated the science of movement by participating in hands-on science activities facilitated by RCH Education Institute teachers, Hamish and Oliver and the RCH Laboratory Services.

Making simple motors using magnets, experimenting with electronic circuits using play dough, peering through microscopes and investigating pictures of cells were just some of the activities on offer.

ScienceWeek20142National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.





Book swap was a success

BookSwap1It was come one, come all at our book swap bonanza on Main Street at The Royal Children’s Hospital this week.

With literacy promotion at the front of mind as part of our celebration of Book Week, our team ran a very successful children’s book swap.

Members of the RCH community came to read, look and swap some of their own children’s books for a new story. The children’s book swap was accompanied by book themed activities for children and their families to enjoy.

Bookswap4Many delighted kids (and a couple of adults!) were able to either swap an old book for new, or simply receive a new book for free – all thanks to the RCH Education Institute and our love of reading.


Book of the Year 2014

cbw2014_booksWith a focus on all things books and literacy this week, we thought that it was essential that we mention and congratulate the winners and indeed all the finalists in the Children’s Book Council Australia Book of the Year Awards which were announced recently.

The line-up of winners includes Wildlife by Fiona Wood in the Older Readers category, City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks took out honours in the Younger Readers category and Jan Ormerod and illustrator Andrew Joyner won the award in the Early Childhood section with The Swap.

WildlifePicture Book of the Year was won by Shaun Tan for Rules of Summer and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books was bestowed on Jeremy by Christopher Faille and illustrated by Danny Snell.

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards are the longest running children’s book awards in Australia and the quality of work that our local authors and illustrators are producing demonstrates an understanding of how crucial it is to provide children and young people with engaging and high quality books as a means of enhancing literacy.

Rules Of Summer Shaun TanFor a review of each of the winning titles, read Trevor Cairney’s blog Literacy, families and learning or visit the Kid’s Book Review website and blog for lots of information, reviews and literacy resources about both the CBCA award winners and many other titles for the young readers in your life.


How much say should young people have in their health care?

Re-imagining-320x200The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Children’s Bioethics Centre is presenting a special forum for young people to consider the ethical issues associated with health care for people of their age group.

The Children’s Bioethics Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is committed to improving children’s lives through promoting the rights and responsibilities of children and their families in health care.

They are inviting interested students in Years 11 and 12 from a wide range of secondary schools to be involved in this public forum, How much say should young people have in their health care?, which will be held on Wednesday 17 September at The Royal Children’s Hospital on Flemington Road from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you know any young people or teachers who would be interested in participating, please share this invitation, so many young voices can contribute to this important discussion around the health care of young people.

Young people need to register to attend the public forum.

There is no charge, but numbers are limited to 120.

Register at by Wednesday 12 September.

For further information about the RCH Children’s Bioethics Centre and its conference, go to