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THE Bass Coast Chil-
dren’s Centre four year-old
kindergarten group is en-
joying weekly yoga sessions
as part of its education pro -
Deb and Stacey from
‘Breathein 2 Yoga’ run the
weekly sessions where chil-
dren are introduced to a
variety of poses, relaxation
and group games, and ex-
tend on ideas through the
use of stories, props and vi-
Centre coordinator Dina
McMaster said introducing
yoga at an early age sup-
ports the children in the
development of strength,
flexibility, confidence, self-
esteem, creative expression
“We have locked in a six-
week program for the kinder
children as we believe it’s a
great opportunity to support
the children in their school
readiness through enhanc-
ing their listening skills and
self-regulation,” she said.
“Research shows that a
strong core, coordination
and physical self-awareness
are important for the devel-
opment of early literacy.
“We can see relationships
are building and trusting
partnerships are forming
in this holistic approach to
early childhood develop-
“We feel that this is a spe-
cial experience and comple -
ments our strong focus on
building respect and kind-
ness towards themselves
and towards each other.
“It also supports our aim
to develop a strong daily
rhythm, where the children
understand the flow of each
MAVIS Parks (nee Beard) was the first born
of five children to Edgar and Elizabeth Beard
at Wonthaggi on January 15 1925, survived by
Gwladys and Gordon.
Whilst growing up on a dairy farm at St Clair,
a few kilometres out of Wonthaggi, Mavis at-
tended the Wonthaggi North Primary School
and the Wonthaggi High School, where she was
a prefect and house captain.
She gained her Bookkeeping Certificate and
also studied Accounting.
Mavis took up a position as a probationary
teacher at the Osborne Primary School near
She soon discovered that Ted Parks, who she
met when he had worked for her father in his
Wonthaggi butchering business prior to being
called up in the Army, was posted nearby at Mt
Martha for infantry training.
A romance blossomed, but Ted, after a four-
month stint in Queensland, was shipped to New
Guinea with 1000 other men, where he spent
two years of active service as a transport driver.
From the age of 16, Mavis religiously kept a
diary right up until her most recent stay in hos-
pital, just before Christmas.
During those two years in New Guinea, Ted
wrote a letter to Mavis almost every day, send-
ing 607 letters in total, with every one num-
bered so they would know if any went missing.
Both their diaries show the numbered letters.
Of all those letters, Mavis kept only one – a
very special one, numbered 505.
During the letter being read at the graveside,
those present were reminded of their love for
each other, as she was finally laid to rest beside
Discovering that teaching children wasn’t her
vocation, Mavis took the opportunity of becom-
ing her father’s bookkeeper at his butcher shop
in Wonthaggi, when the accountant left to serve
in the war.
On Ted’s return from World War II, they be-
came engaged and were married the following
year on October 12, 1946 at the Baptist Church
in Wonthaggi, where Mavis had spent many
happy years teaching Sunday school and play-
ing the organ for church services.
On April Fool’s Day 1948 they left Mansfield,
where they had managed a farm for the previ-
ous 18 months and took up residence on their
own 100 acre farm on Kongwak Road just out
They began milking 15 cows by hand and pro-
gressively acquired another 200 acres, with most
of it being cleared, ploughed and sown by Ted.
The herd eventually increased to approxi-
mately 200 head.
Mavis was happiest in the house away from
the cowshed, rearing three children, bottling,
cooking, sewing and keeping books.
However, the Inverloch Bowling Club was cre-
ated in 1961, which began to consume a lot of
Mavis and Ted were presidents when the new
clubhouse was opened in 1967.
They sold the farm, retired in 1980 and for
many years spent the winter in Kerang and Mil-
dura, playing bowls and fishing.
Bowling really was a main part of Mavis’ life
and she is still well remembered for her suc-
cesses on the bowling green.
Playing minimum lengths and ‘giving away
the mat’ were her favourite game ploys.
At the Inverloch Bowling Club, Mavis had
been president, treasurer and coach and served
on various committees for many, many years.
Amongst other club and association champi-
onships, she was club champion for 12 years
and association champion four times.
In 2015, Mavis was the first woman to be
awarded a well-deserved life membership of
the Inverloch Bowling Club.
For 24 years she was the treasurer of the Past
Presidents Bowling Association and was made
a life member in 2014.
Mavis was also past treasurer of the Histori-
cal Society and received a Life Membership in
She was also a member of the Inverloch Wid-
ows Legacy Club, the Warrawee Club and the
Inverloch Garden Club.
Mavis passionately took up the game of
Bridge at the age of 80.
She belonged to the Inverloch and Phillip Is-
land Bridge Clubs and played up to four days
a week, particularly enjoying John Sutton’s
weekly bridge classes in Inverloch.
As the result of a fall late September last year,
Mavis spent her last months in hospital then in
care at Carinya Lodge, Korumburra and Rose
Lodge in Wonthaggi.
In January she enjoyed celebrating her 92nd
birthday at Rose Lodge with all her family.
Mavis always said she had lived a happy and
She peacefully passed away on February 21
Mavis was a much-loved mother to Trevor,
Robyn and Wayne, a treasured nan of eight
grandchildren and adored great nan of 11
great grandchildren, all of whom she loved very
She will be dearly missed and forever in their
Farewell to a bowls legend
The Bass Coast Childrens Centre four year-old kinder-
garten group have participated in weekly yoga sessions
this year, where children are introduced to a variety of
poses, relaxation and group games.
Yoga for kinder kids
THE star of the acclaimed production of
Mary Poppins in Melbourne, Verity Hunt-
Ballard, international singer David Rogers-
Smith, and the talented Andrea Creighton
and Josh Piterman were among the headline
acts at this year’s Serenade at Sunset; staged
at the Grantville Reserve last Saturday night.
And the supporting cast of fantastic local
talent including the Newhaven Boys Vocal
Group, Corey Green and Alliza Miel from
Wonthaggi’s upcoming production of Miss
Saigon, Emma Vollard and Jake Amy, and
Tom Green only added to what was a fantas-
Once again, as was the case a couple of
years ago, organisers watched the Bureau of
Meteorology radar as dark clouds gathered in
the evening but they needn’t have worried as
the show went on in balmy conditions well
into the night.
After trying various venues around the area,
and even taking one year off, the Serenade
event may have hit upon the right formula of
staging it on the rec reserve at Grantville.
A very healthy crowd turned out for the
event, including the Bass Coast Mayor Cr
Pam Rothfield and with food and drink ven-
dors supplying the needs of patrons, it all
went off extremely well.
Successfully enough for organisers to pre -
dict that it will be on again at Grantville next
March long weekend. Don’t miss it.
Star of the Melbourne production of Mary Poppins, Verity Hunt-Ballard, right, led an all-
star cast at this year’s Serenade At Sunset at Grantville last Saturday night. M661117
Stars of the upcoming production of Miss Saigon, Corey Green and Alliza Miel contributed
strongly to the Serenade At Sunset concert at Grantville last Saturday night. M671117
The members of the Newhaven College’s Boys Vocal Group kicked off with ‘Life Could Be
A Dream’ at the Serenade At Sunset Concert at Grantville on the weekend. They are Byron,
Tom, Jack, Noah, Finn, Mack and Angus. M681117
Mavis Parks (nee Beard)
January 15 1925 – February 21 2017
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