Saturday 6TH July 2019
Heroes Academy for Adolescents
We understand the unique challenges of having a child with additional needs.
Heroes Academy is a FREE day full of fun activities for children with additional needs (and their siblings).
Let our team of skilled volunteers look after your child within a specially designed program.
Adolescent School Age
Year 6 – Year 9
Drop Off: 9 – 10am
Pick Up: 3 – 3:30pm
10 Hayden Court, Myaree
If you’re interested in being notified about future Heroes academy events, drop us an email at email@example.com
Why Heroes Academy?
Nations Church has been an established presence within the City of Melville for almost 15 years. From small beginnings in 2004, the church has grown to welcome in excess of 1300 people through its doors every weekend of the year. The church leadership has always had a passion for community, believing that all people do best when they’re connected to others and feel that they belong.
Senior pastors Ken and Chrissy Lee are the founding leaders of Nations Church. They have two sons, Jentezen, aged 14 and Isaiah, aged 12. Isaiah has additional needs. Prior to becoming a pastor and a parent, Chrissy was a Speech Pathologist who worked in the disability sector.
Isaiah’s developmental difficulties were first identified in the early months of his life. Initially he received a diagnosis of ‘Global Developmental Delay’ however at the age of six, he was more accurately diagnosed as having ‘Mowat Wilson Syndrome.’ Due to his syndrome, Isaiah has extremely limited verbal expression, severely delayed motor skills and a mild-moderate intellectual disability.
The Lee Family - (L to R: Jentezen, Chrissy, Isaiah & Ken)
As Isaiah’s parents, Ken and Chrissy have an intimate understanding of the unique challenges that come to families of children with additional needs. They understand that it can be challenging for children with additional needs to access community life and even participate in the simplest of activities that others may take for granted. They understand that this reality impacts both the child and their whole family.
As community leaders with a vast array of resources at hand, Ken and Chrissy have a passion to help families in similar situations as their own. Drawing from years of experience in the local community, personal experience, as well as various professional and parent networks, Ken and Chrissy feel that Nations Church is wonderfully positioned to host ‘Heroes Academy.’
‘Heroes Academy’ has been designed as FREE, no-strings-attached, specially designed program for children with additional needs (and their siblings).
We believe that EVERY kid is super and has wonderful gifts and abilities to be developed, cherished and celebrated!
Through the network of the church, dozens of professionals including doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, disability support workers and others, have enthusiastically volunteered their time to see ‘Heroes Academy’ become a reality. Through the wide range of expertise amongst our volunteers, ‘Heroes Academy’ is guaranteed to have a superior level of care for all children who attend giving parents/carers peace of mind.
Whilst ‘Heroes Academy’ was designed with children with additional needs in mind, ‘Heroes Academy’ will also happily provide a fun program for siblings who are typical, if that suits the needs of the family.
“Thank You for providing this invaluable service and recognising the needs of special needs families within the community. I received a phone call that my daughter had a small seizure. I felt like she was in the safest of hands to tend to her needs. She also had a nap, for Lila to nap, she must have felt comfortable. Thank you to all the volunteers who so generously give up their time to spend with our special needs children. A special mention to the lovely Georgina who worked with Lila on the day. Your calm and friendliness is a credit to you! ”
"We were very touched by the level of commitment by Heroes Academy in making our daughter and ourselves feel comfortable and welcomed. We liked the various activities, having different stations for children to wander around and use at leisure and having sensory equipment to help children feel more calm was so appreciated. ”
"I was really so impressed on all fronts. It was a bit nerve wracking dropping Aiden off to complete strangers but it was so well organised. I was so happy with the whole set up. Aiden likes to keep busy so I think he liked that there was lots of different activities to explore and that the space was large so there was plenty of room for everyone. Aiden was made so welcome and I felt confident that he was in good hands. I really applaud your community for making this available to families of special needs children. "
"Kaleb had an amazing day. He said he loved the bouncy castle. He came home so happy and to me a happy boy means he was comfortable in the environment and well looked after. It was fantastic and very well organised. Thank you so much we are very grateful Kaleb was able to attend."
"So much fun, playing, meeting other kids, so many more activities, he was really enjoyed it! "
Meet the team
Ebony works as a Chaplain at Fremantle Language Development Centre a Primary school that provides an early intervention service for students who have a severe language disability/delay. She has a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and has furthered her studies in Community Mental Health. Ebony has 10 years experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and is passionate about all abilities inclusion. Ebony and Peter have been married for 11 years and have three Children Charlotte (10), Daisy (7) and Noah (5).
Sara has a Diploma of Ministry and is currently completing a Bachelor of Theology at Alphacrusis College. Sara has worked in the Not for Profit sector supporting WA families. Sara and Anthony have been married for 20 years and have two children Chloe (16) and Tim (13)
Elijah is 21 years of age and is currently employed at Nations Church as the Children’s Pastor at the Port Kennedy Campus. Additionally to this, Elijah also looks after Nations Primary Schools ministry and runs our Bi-annual Kids Holiday Programs at each respective campus. Elijah has attained a Diploma of leadership and is currently completing a Bachelor in Ministry at Alphacrucis College.
Holly works for IdentityWA, supporting adults experiencing disabilities living in a group home in Fremantle. She has had over four years experience working with many different children and adults with all kinds of additional needs within the community and spent a section of her time working with indigenous individuals living with a disability and then onto females that experience a disability. She has her Cert IV in Individual Support- specialising in disability and also works part-time as a Children’s Pastor for Nations Church.
Emily has completed a Bachelor of Primary Education and has had 6 years experience working as a primary school teacher in government schools.
She also has experience working in Vacation Care programs for children with disabilities and caring for her younger brother and family friend with ASD. She is a mother of two young children and is passionate about seeing children of all abilities reach their full potential.
Kate is 20 years old and is employed at Nations Church as the youth pastor at the Belmont Campus. Kate has her Diploma of leadership and is currently completing a bachelor of ministry at Alphacrucis College. Kate is passionate about and has experience working with young people in the community.
Ally is a Registered Nurse with 5 years experience specialising in paediatrics. Ally also has many years experience as a carer prior to nursing and had been involved in kids ministry at Nations church for 10 years. Ally was recently married and with her husband they are the Kids Pastors at the Belmont campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
A range of sensory requirements have been considered within all activity programming, ensuring that a wide range of sensory sensitivities/needs are catered for. Below is a sample of some of the activities available on the day.
- Just Dance - moving to music
- Bouncy castle
- All abilities obstacle course
- Giant board games
- Making sock puppets
- Making sensory bottles
- Pass the parcel