Saturday 23RD March 2019

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.


Who

Primary School Aged Children

Pre Primary to Year 5

Time

Drop Off: 9 – 10am

Pick Up: 3 – 3:30pm

Where

Nations Church

10 Hayden Court, Myaree


Applications

Now Closed


If you’re interested in being notified about future Heroes academy events, drop us an email at heroes@nationschurch.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.

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Upcoming Events


We are excited to announce that in 2019 we will be running a Heroes Academy Day for adolescents.

This activity day will cater for the unique needs of year 6’s through to year 9’s who live with additional needs. Our skilled volunteers will care for your teens in a fun and engaging program that is designed to provide a range of specially designed creative and social opportunities.


Who

Year 6 to Year 9

When

Saturday, July 6 2019

Where

Nations Church
10 Hayden Court, Myaree


Applications
Open Soon

Meet the team

Ebony

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

Sara works for Ngala a not for profit organisation which supports WA families. Sara has a Diploma of Ministry and is currently completing a Bachelor of Theology at Alphacrusis College.

Elijah

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

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

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

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

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

Heroes Academy Days utilise the main auditorium, foyer and children’s area of the Nations Church building. They are large spaces with lots of room to run, play and carry out various activities. For the purposes of the Heroes Academy day, the auditorium is cleared of chairs and the environment is set with safety and fun in mind.
Emily and Holly are our volunteers responsible for programming activities for Heroes Academy. Emily is a primary school teacher who has a brother with ASD. Holly has a certificate IV in individual support and has many years experience working with a range of people with additional needs. Activities are programmed throughout the day in half hour blocks. Children are always given choice within activities and can always ‘opt out.’
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
Given our extensive network of volunteers, we are able to provide 1:1 care for all of the children who attend Heroes Academy. Your child’s volunteer will have access to the information you provide on your child’s application form. The high ratio of carers enables us to accommodate the specific needs of your child within the framework of the day. All our volunteers have current Working With Children Checks.

Want to know more?

You can contact us below

Main Office
10 Hayden Court, Myaree WA 6154