Happy Christmas 2015!

Dear friends and family,

2015 began somewhat piratically – Lis directed her drama students in an outdoor adaptation of Treasure Island in Merimbula in which Anna played ‘Long John Silver’. We celebrated the summer holidays with a pirate ship cruise on Sydney Harbour and Anna’s science scholarship took her to the Museum of Human Diseases at Uni of NSW where she discovered how to program a text device using a MakiMaki and vegetables! She was inspired to do a science project on brain training by seeing an Emotiv headset there, which she will continue in 2016.

Lis began work on a project through the South East Arts Expand program, a site-specific performance project involving theatre, dance, light and art which will hopefully kick off in Spring 2016, along the shores of Lake Merimbula.

This entailed a series of mentoring workshops in Canberra – where she also caught up with the Balloon Festival. Heavy snow at Nimmitabel on the way home in winter!

Anna continued her market stall “Gourmet Goanna” with home made macarons at the Nethercote Market. Karl’s Mum Valerie moved into Hugh Cunningham Gardens at Tura Beach.

Anna won Best Actor award at the South East Arts YoofTube Film Festival for her role in The Assistant’s Mistake and got into cosplay as the Joker. She had a setback in Term 3 with a post viral illness that meant she missed about 5 weeks of school. But she rallied and ended up with As in all but one subject and an Academic Excellence Award. She also gained selection to Aurora College – NSW’s first ‘virtual’ selective public school – where she will study English Maths and Science online using webconferencing in 2016, whilst continuing to study German via Distance Ed and Visual Arts, History, Geography, Agriculture and other subjects at Eden Marine High. In November she won the local Lions Club Public Speaking Award at the Youth of the Year competition, and her braces finally came off :-).

Nullarbor Consulting continues to be our main source of work in IT Support, networking and website design, but in July we took a holiday in Forster to celebrate some significant birthdays with Lis’ sister Glen, brother Grahame and their families.

Lis’ short play Call Out – about a telco technician who hears an unexpected voice – was staged at the Canberra Short+Sweet Play Festival and made the shortlist for the Sydney Short+Sweet Festival in 2016. Lis made a short documentary about her flamenco teacher called Connecting With The Earth that was broadcast on ABC TV in October. Lis performed with Far South Flamenco at Floriade in Canberra and at the Eden Whale Festival. In August, Karl and Lis appeared in Footprint Theatre’s Shorts in Winter in a short play called Driving The Holden by Gerry Greenland

Lis began teaching drama to adults with a disability in Bega and also began a series of German drama workshops with Year 8 students at a local college.

In September we headed north again to the Brisbane Shelleys and spent time on their beautiful new property near Tyalgum in NSW. “Champagne Hill” at sunset after a massive thunderstorm was a special treat, and Anna celebrated her 15th birthday with her cousins with a woodfired pizza party in Samford. We also visited the wonderful Tweed Regional Art Gallery – highly recommended – where Margaret Olley’s Paddington studio has been recreated and there is a fantastic view of Wollumbin (Mount Warning) from the cafe!

Back home again, it was time to polish StageFlight Drama School’s end of year plays – Chasing the Peleton (about the Tour de France)Queen Qwendolyn’s Gambit (about some worried chess pieces) and Twenty Dollars by Alex Broun, plus The Pied Piper.

Finally, Lis (Obiwan), Karl (Chorus) and Anna (Wookie) performed in Shakespeare’s Star Wars with Theatre Onset a week before the new film came out in DecemberWith summer holidays here at last, it’s time for swimming & naps with the dog!

Wishing you a safe & happy holiday and a fantastic New Year for 2016!

xxx from Lis, Karl & Anna