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December has arrived with all the lovely chaos of present buying, holiday planning and summer heat to enjoy. Once we get over the snowy start to the season! 
Thanks to all of you who have given your time, knowledge, skill and care to our participants to ensure that we at IOE provide opportunities and choices for everyone who is part of our organisation. 
We hope this season is full of happy times for you all and look forward to the new year with great anticipation and expectations.
 
Joyeux Noel

Anna and Bern
Being Sun Smart
 
When the UV Index is 3 or above, use a combination of the following five sun protection measures:
Slip on sun-protective clothing - that covers as much skin as possible
Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen - make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
Slap on a hat - that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
Seek shade.


Slide on some sunglasses - make sure they meet Australian Standards.  

Particular care should be taken between 11 am and 3 pm daylight savings time when UV Index levels reach their peak.
 
Party time
Come one, come all, to our staff Christmas party Saturday 14 December. Don’t forget to RSVP at www.trybooking.com/BGNHQ
Partners are welcome at a cost of $30. Everyone gets two free drinks (beer/wine), soft drink and finger food.
It’ll be a nice relaxing atmosphere at a new local brewery – Project Brewing Co in Rowville.
Emergencies Can Start Quickly And Threaten You Within Minutes. The Ratings Give You Important Fire Safety Information. Check The Ratings Today. Stay Informed. Plan & Prepare. Get Fire Ready.

We at Interchange Outer East are currently fine tuning our new bushfire policy. Keep an eye out for your copy of the policy which will be forwarded to you in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, be aware of the forecast for the days you are working, know the fire plan of the family you will be working with and be prepared to change your plans should you need to on the day. If in doubt about what to do in extreme weather situations, chat to your coordinators for advice and direction.

 
What a difference the electronic time-sheets have made to the way we operate. The time-sheets are accessible by the link: http://bit.ly/IOETimesheet.

If you open the link on your phone’s browser, you can then save it to your home screen and access it easily.

The electronic time-sheet is very simple to use. Here are some points to note:
  • Electronic time-sheets must be completed and submitted at the end of every shift. If you are unable to do this for some reason, they must be submitted by 11.59pm of the day of occurrence. Please do not submit them days or, in some cases a week after they occurred.
  • A separate electronic timesheet will need to be submitted upon completion of every shift and signed by yourself and the parent/other handover person.
  • The electronic time-sheet allows for receipts to be uploaded. For paper receipts, please take a photo and upload the photo.
  • There is a section to include shift notes such as reason for shift times outside the initial scheduled times, what you did on shift, goals, challenges, etc.
Things to do
CERES is a not for profit educational organisation located on four hectares of rehabilitated landfill in East Brunswick, Melbourne.  At CERES you can wander the grounds; stop by the  nursery, market, and cafe; take a guided tour; attend a workshop, and so much more. http://www.ceres.org.au/

Moonlight Cinema
http://www.moonlight.com.au/melbourne/
https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/cameo-outdoor-cinema-open#.XedHHPkzbRY
 

OR
Check out these websites for what’s going on in and around Melbourne;
Are you planning on taking leave over December or January? Will you be looking for more work as you are more available? Has your study timetable been changed? Please keep us informed of changes to your availability especially during this busy holiday period. Knowing who is available and looking for work or who is away and doesn't want to be called makes filling shifts much easier.
 
You can contact coordinators to let them know your leave plans or immediate changes to your availability. For ongoing availability changes follow the link http://bit.ly/SWAvailability.
Christmas goodies for the sometimes cook and the let’s just make it look good cook!
Ingredients
  • 100g white chocolate melts
  • 12 Arnott's Royals chocolate biscuits
  • 12 Jaffas
  • Spearmint leaves, cut into smaller leaves
Method 
  1. Step 1
Place the white chocolate melts into a heatproof bowl. Microwave on Medium/50% power, stirring every minute until they are fully melted.
  1. Step 2
Spoon the melted chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag to make a piping bag. Pipe enough white chocolate on top of the biscuits, allow to drip down the side to resemble custard flowing over the pudding.
  1. Step 3
Place a Jaffa on top and a small spearmint leaf each side of the Jaffa and secure in the melted chocolate
Ingredients:
  • 1 (800g) bought dark fruit cake
  • 6 tablespoons of brandy
  • 100g white chocolate, melted
  • 4 red snakes, chopped into 0.5cm lengths
  • 8 green snakes, chopped into 0.5cm lengths
 
Method:
In a large mixing bowl, break fruit cake into crumbs.
Add brandy and mix together.
Roll one tablespoon of mixture into a ball and set aside on some plastic wrap. Drizzle cooled, melted chocolate on top of each ball.
Press one piece of red snake 'berry' in the centre of the chocolate and add two green snake 'leaves' either side - ta da, holly!

Note: If you don't have any brandy in the house (all used up in the Christmas Cake perhaps!), Cointreau works just as well.

 


 

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