Highett Neighbourhood Community House

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Term 3 Timetable will be available shortly – watch this space…..

New Classes this term

LegoMonday – After School Classes – Bricks 4 Kidz using LEGO bricks  4 – 5pm

Tuesday – After School Classes – Minecraft Ages 5 – 7,   4 – 5pm,   Ages 8+  5.15- 6.15pm

Thursday – Evening – Drawing for beginners   7.15 – 9.15pm  Art picture

For more information and to book please contact us at 9555 3797 or email office@highett.org.au



Goldstein Q&A at HNCH

On Thursday, 9th June, local comedian Gerard McCulloch & Goldstein contenders, Naren Chellappah (AJP), Matthew Coote (ALP), Cheryl Hercus (Greens) & Tim Wilson (Liberal) met the Highett community to discuss all things federal politics.

Goldstein Electorate candidates




Gerard McCulloch

Naren Chellappah photoNaren  Chellappah    Matthew Coote (Labor Party)Matthew Coote  Cheryl Hercus (The Greens) Cheryl Hercus  Tim Wilson (Liberal Party) Tim Wilson

New classes coming in Term 3 – Lego, Minecraft, Teen Bootcamp, Art

 Term Brochure available from July 






Term 2 – With Autumn leaves falling, and the days and nights getting colder and darker, it is a great time to visit HNCH and take advantage of the warm, friendly environment.

There is still time left in this term to enrol in one of our many classes. Fitness activities include Tai Chi, Cardio, Yoga and Pilates. We also have a Dad’s Playgroup, Choir, Bridge, Craft and Computer classes. There are many opportunities to participate.

Please open the Term 2 Activity Guide below for more information or contact us on 9555 3797.

Activity Guide Term 2 11 April – 24 June 2016


National Volunteer Week 9 – 15 May – THANK YOU to all HNCH volunteers for your time & efforts…



We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are all excited about what 2016 has in store for us!

We have several new programs this year as well as many of our popular programs returning. Follow the link to our Term 1 booklet.

1st Term Booklet 2016





Please find attached our last newsletter for 2015. It has been a busy year and 2016 is shaping up to be even busier. Keep an eye out on our web site for new programs coming in 2016.

Christmas 2015

Meredith, Jo and the HNCH Board of Management would like to wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We hope to see you all again in 2016.



Tickets are now available for our end of year ‘Aladdin’ dance concert. The concert will be held on Saturday 12 December at 4:00pm at the Shirley Burke Theatre at Parkdale. Tickets are available at HNCH reception during office hours. Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:30pm and Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm.



Mindfulness and Meditation 8 week program is commencing in term 4!

No matter what age you are or life circumstances, many people find it challenging coping with the pressures of modern day living. You will learn:

  • relaxation meditation and self-awareness
  • breath awareness
  • stress, it’s triggers and our responses
  • affirmations
  • engaging the senses
  • learning to observe our thoughts
  • various styles of meditation
  • deepening your meditation practice

Commencing Tuesday 6 October to 1 December – 1:00pm to 2:00pm. $120 for 8 weeks.

Bookings essential – Angela 0421 283 586 or being.me@bigpond.com



Sing Out For Spring! Singing For Wellbeing Vocal Group With Marita Bajurnow at Highett Neighbourhood Community House Wednesday’s 7.30 – $10 per week.

Awaken your voice, get creative and nurture your wellbeing through singing in a supportive community. Sing popular anthems from Indigenous Australia Africa and all time favourite local playlists. Life experience, positive vibes and a sense of humour essential!

About Marita



With Winter almost gone it is time to have a look at all the latest news at Highett Neighbourhood Community House. Please find attached out latest newsletter.

Winter 2015



We are running a 2 hour Introduction to Mindfullness & Meditation information session on Tuesday 15th September at 1:00pm. No matter what age you are or life circumstances, many people can find it challenging coping with the pressures of modern day living. In this session we will be discussing what you will learn in an upcoming 8 week program. Info session is $15 and bookings essential. Ring Angela on 0421 283 586

mindful as for highett pdf



We are starting a new choir in Highett! Do you sing in the car or under the shower? Don’t be afraid, come and enjoy singing with other like minded people. No matter what age you are or what language you speak, singing offers opportunities to learn, grow, and express who you are. The first meeting is Wednesday 26th August at 7:30pm. 2 Livingston Street Highett. For more details ring the office on 9555 3797. Gold coin donation.



Our term 3 brochure is now available at reception or here! 3rd Term booklet 2015

Please let us know if you would like us to send you a brochure on ph: 9555 3797 or email office@highett.org.au


PicMonkey Collage

Messy play workshop is back!

For children 6 months to 4 years! Come and enjoy some messy fun with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Cloud dough, painting, sensory bins, slime and more. Bring old clothes or smock.

Tuesday 7 July 10:00 to 11:00 am. $12 per child, second child $6.

Exciting new program in term 3!


Creative Art for Women’s Wellbeing

Are you a women who needs some time out? Through art allow yourself to discover mindfulness and awareness, explore your sense of self and make friends with your emotions. The creative art sessions are in a secure nurturing environment where you will be supported to express your individuality.

Enquiries – Isolina 0448 087 907 or email: itstime.counselling@gmail.com

Thursdays fortnightly from 16 July  – 9:30am- 11:00am

$150 for 5 sessions


PicMonkey Collage


6 week adult cooking program commencing in July.

Tuesday’s 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Increase your confidence in the kitchen, learn basic cooking skills, create simple nutritious meals, understand food safety, learn to cook on a budget, prepare meals to eat and take home and meet new people!

$100 for 6 weeks. Bookings essential on ph: 9555 3797



health and wellbeing


Highett Neighbourhood Community House is celebrating all things health and wellbeing during the last week of April – 27 April to 1 May 2015.

Over the past 2 months we have held a weekly ‘Blokes in the kitchen’ cooking program, teaching a group of men survival cooking skills. Six local men of all ages have come together to develop their confidence in the kitchen and build their knowledge and skills around healthy and affordable eating. The men have had a fun time organising menus, shopping, preparing and eating the food together. One local family love dad’s new specialty, apricot chicken. Others have commented on the fun, humour and camaraderie shared during their time together. This program was sponsored by Bayside City Council.

To conclude our successful ‘Blokes in the kitchen’ program we are holding a wellness workshop on Tuesday 28 April from 10:30am to 12:30pm. We will have speakers from the Stroke Foundation, Bentleigh Bayside Community Health as well as Tai Chi and Mindfullness demonstrations. There will be free hearing and blood pressure checks, a delicious morning tea and a show bag for everyone attending.  Health Wellbeing workshop flier                     Health Wellbeing workshop flier page 2

As part of the wellness week we are also offering a free trial for anyone wanting to try our extensive dance and exercise programs. Our dance school has ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and creative movement classes for children aged 4 years and up. We also have a variety of exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness. Pilates, group personal training, boxing, Metafit and the gentle Movement to Music are some of the classes that are free to try during this week.

Bookings are essential for the Health and Wellbeing Workshop and the free trial classes.



All the latest news can be found in our March newsletter. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list at office@highett.org.au

March 2015 newsletter




Save the date!

Highett Neighbourhood Community House 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 15 April 2015 at 7:00 pm – followed by light refreshments.

RSVP 10 April 2015 on phone: 9555 3797 or email: office@highett.org.au



The staff and Board of Management would like to wish all our friends at Highett Neighbourhood Community House a happy Christmas and a safe New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!

We have a range of exciting new programs coming in the new year (keep an eye on the web site as we confirm details) as well a school holiday program for weary parents and children from 20 January 2015. Have a look on the Children’s Holiday Program page!

Please find attached our final newsletter for 2014. It has been a busy year and we look forward to recharging our batteries over the holiday break as 2015 will be even bigger and better!

December 2014 newsletter

Our office will be closing at 12:00 pm on Friday 19 December 2014 and re-opening on Monday 12 January 2015.



Term 3 is finishing and spring has arrived. School holidays, football finals, Melbourne Royal Show and Christmas decorations hitting the shops! Yes, I saw them in Myer yesterday.

Follow the link to our latest newsletter with what’s news and all that’s happening at HNCH in term 4.

Term 4 2014 newsletter



We have a fantastic new program commencing in term 1 2015.  ‘Blokes in the Kitchen – Survival Skills’  MEN ONLY cooking classes!

Perfect for the blokes who have no idea what to do in the kitchen or those who would like know more.

For 10 weeks  commencing on Tuesday 10 February 2015 you can learn how to ‘survive the heat in the kitchen!’

Bookings essential as spaces are limited.

2421216697_promo209974495_648x365_2421257152-hero Blokes in the kitchen flyer


It was all butterflies at our latest mosaic workshop! Have a look at our face book page to see more of the wonderful arty creations. New workshops starting every 4 weeks through September and October 2014. $40 plus tile costs. Great ideas for Christmas presents! Bookings essential on 9555 3797

Mosaic workshop 2



Welcome back to term 3. How quickly the year is going!

Please follow the link to our latest newsletter with what’s happening at HNCH. If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter, please contact the office on 9555 3797 or email office@highett.org.au  Term 3 2014 newsletter


Christmas in Jluy banner

We had a very successful Christmas in July Community Lunch on Friday 11 July. 32 people enjoyed a lovely 2 course Christmas dinner cooked by Marlene and supported by our volunteers Silvia and Cheryl. The entertainment was supplied by the Russian Seniors Choir who practise here every Wednesday morning. The raffle was also a big success raising over $110. Congratulations to one of our lucky Bridge Club members for winning first prize, the beautiful Christmas cake made and decorated by Marlene.  The money raised is used to support the programs provided by HNCH.

Don’t forget we run our Community Lunch every Friday at 11:30 am, for only $5 you receive a light 2 course lunch. RSVP is required.