Thursday, 26 November 2009

Tonight, and in a couple of weeks


Tonight - we've rescheduled and we're doing the Blue Peter Send a Smile Appeal. We've had 50 t-shirts donated, so we'll be creating the gowns and decorating them with fabric pens.
Sending 50 gowns, saving the £150 it would have cost the charity to buy them, means a cleft palate operation can be funded instead!

And in a couple of weeks, we're going to visit the local radio station...and 4 Brownies will get to go on the air!

Quite excited, can you tell?

*Update - a pic from tonight!*

Sunday, 22 November 2009

I won a prize!

Check me out, I was randomly generated by Metropolitan Mum to win a digital camera!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

What an adventure!

You may have noticed me talking about the centenary of Guiding (if not, here's some info).

Last week, we got the Brownies to plan their Adventure 100, the official centenary challenge. With 10 activities in each of 10 sections, there was a lot to narrow down! So each six picked a favourite and second favourite in each section, we put them all together and tried to come up with a programme that covers everything that got at least two votes out of the eight available, plus a few others.

Together with two or three fixed plans already in place, we've now planned January to July as a result!

Here's the plan:
Week 1 Penpals/American Games/World Guiding
Write cards to Americans, play American games

Week 2 World Guiding

Week 3 Cool Buffet and Cool Threads
Make sundaes, design own t-shirt, decorate own t-shirt

Week 4 Be a Star/Music to Ears (girls rehearse and make instruments)
Girls perform something, need to practice, bring instruments. Make shakers for those who don't want to perform

Week 5 Be a Star/Music to Ears (girls rehearse and perform)
Girls rehearse and perform - poss in front of parents?

Week 6 Flashback (EU country) - Germany
German friend to help teach some vocab, games, songs, food from Lidl

Week 7 World Conference - Scotland
Jen to run Scottish night

Week 8 Joint party with Rainbows (5.30 to 7, both units)
Joint party for Rbows and Brownies, with theme of being 5 because our unit will be 5.

Week 9 Stargazer night at local school observatory
Need to contact school to ask for observatory access

Week 10 Midnight Feast/Play in Dark
Eat picnic in dark, make refridgerator cake, play games in dark

EASTER

Summer Week 1 Fire Safety (school)
Cover clauses of fire safety (if we can get a firefighter to come to us, great, if not, must be prepped to do it ourselves)

Week 2 Fire Safety (fire station)

Week 3 Moving - Off to the Races
Make own hats, have picnic, race something (cars?)

Week 4 Water Games/Water for Life
Taste different flavours of water, play water games outside such as throwing sponges

Week 5 Shape 100 and Jump Up High
Make 100 shape out of things and selves. Then games based round jumping.

Week 6 Aquarium visit
Contact local garden centre to see if we can visit, particularly to look at aquariums but also anything gardeny

Week 7 Olympics 100
Run our own Olympics, with each event based around achieving 100 as an individual or six

Week 8 Dream Catcher and Necklaces
Have ordered dream catchers, beads and thread

Week 9 Floating/Hanging Around, local playground
Climbing frame/parachute games/girls to bring kites

Week 10 Puppets and Show
Have ordered farm and jungle puppets to be sewn up

Week 11 - Camp Fire
Usual end of year stuff - make smores, play games outside. Joint meeting with Guides, poss also Rainbows

Additional events:
Panto Jan
Thinking Day Feb
London weekend Mar
Birmingham carnival Apr
Brownie Takeover May (tentative)

Also to squeeze in if they come off - a night of Bollywood dancing, a visit to a local radio station and some community service - we usually have some service every term but as long as we squeeze something in over the two terms I'll be happy given the special centenary circumstances. There: 21 weeks of fun!

That's not even including a division camp being planned, we probably won't take part in that for a few reasons: we are doing a lot already, plus our Guides are doing it so will be using the tents, and our Rainbows will probably do it for a day visit so any other leaders will be involved with that.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Tiles - fantastic!

We went to Ironbridge a couple of weeks ago and decorated ceramic tiles using clay. The tiles were then fired at over 1100C for three days, then sent out to us.Before
After
BeforeAfter

Before, with a picture of the aimed-for end product.

After

Love them, love them, love them!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Resigned

Well, I've done it, I've handed in my notice as Guider in Charge for our Brownies.

Eek!

I've been thinking about it for a while, I've been doing it nearly five years now so I do feel I have done my bit.

I'll still be going to every meeting, helping with planning, using my overnight licence when required.

But I will no longer be:
  • running the waiting list,
  • being the person who signs the girls up for everything,
  • being the person who organises the paperwork for everything,
  • being the person who gets the phone calls/emails,
  • the person who stores all the boxes!
One of the current assistants, whose daughter starts Brownies in September, has agreed to step up then. So I'll carry on to the end of the school year, July, then in September she will be the main leader.

At the same time as I told the District Commissioner I wanted to do this, she told me the Division Commissioner (one up from her) wanted her assistant District Commissioner to become assistant Division Commissioner, leaving the District Commissioner needing a new assistant.

Guess who!

Kind of makes sense to be honest, I'm trained for the new Guiding computer system so can support on that, I'm often the person she runs stuff past. So if the former assistant does accept, then as long as it doesn't turn into me having lots of paperwork again (and she assures me it won't), then I am up for it.

Remembrance Sunday

We went to a Remembrance Sunday service this morning - 13 Brownies, 2 Guides, 1 Young Leader, 4 Leaders.

I was so proud of the girls just for being there, and for their excellent behaviour.

It was very moving, and I think the older people appreciated having so many young people there.

I plan to make a massive fuss of the girls who turned up on Thursday evening, plus give them each one of these beautiful badges.

Next year, if we do it again, we should have a poppy wreath to lay, we were told we didn't need to have one, and indeed we didn't NEED to, but the Scouts laid one and it would have been nice for us to do the same.

Lest We Forget.

Monday, 2 November 2009

I did go so now it's gone!

Girlguiding has a new computer system and every unit needs to go on it. It means we'll have one centralised place for the girls' information and will make it easy when girls transfer.

I wasn't a big fan, even after being trained as a key user for my area, until the day I deleted my waiting list a couple of months ago when I overwrote the file with a much older version in error. At that point, if the information had been on the system, I could have printed off a new version; instead I had to reconstruct it using the Rainbows and a bunch of emails from parents over the past three years.

As well as adding my own girls (24) and then my waiting list (23), I also had to train exactly half the leaders in my area. I trained some a couple of weeks ago then the remaining two tonight. All done now.

I still think it has flaws - it only works in one browser, not the one I prefer to use. And when you print out an emergency contact report, you get every girl, you can't remove the girls not going on that specific trip, so you'd have to score them out.

But it also has benefits - data can be retrieved if you delete your own records *blush*, easy transfers between units and even across the country, smart report creation with medical and dietary information highlighted.

So I'm a convert...but I am glad the bulk of the work is done!
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