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The fruits of Cottage by the Sea’s labour, many years on

Earlier this year, Ken and his partner Carmel popped in to Cottage by the Sea all the way from Western Australia. Ken and his late older brother Gary stayed at Cottage roughly 60 years ago, when Ken was around 10 years old. Woven from the same cloth, these brothers share a tie with many other […]

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Taking hold of opportunities at Cottage by the Sea

“Thanks to Cottage by the Sea I have changed much over the years. Steadily, I have become more and more confident, taking hold of opportunities that have come my way.” When Ben was a Mentor participant at Cottage by the Sea more than 10 years ago, he may not have known the depths of the […]

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A new friendship with SOEL on Take a Break

This week on the Take a Break program, we embarked on an exciting new project with our friends at Southern Ocean Environmental Link (SOEL) at the Queenscliff Harbour. This activity involves Cottage by the Sea participants checking the harbour filters strategically placed within the Queenscliff Harbour. These filters are designed to effectively eliminate macro and […]

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Dolphin spotting on Take a Break!

This week’s Take a Break program was truly a treat! Students from the inland rural town of Shepparton joined us for a week filled with beach-related activities, making the most of the light winds and winter sunshine. Wednesday was especially magical for all three groups as they all spotted dolphins! Group 1, on a marine […]

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Bouncing around on the REEF program!

This week, we welcomed back the REEF 2 group to Cottage by the Sea. 37 Year 6 students rocked up excited to have a great time, and the highlight of the week was BOUNCE. Everyone jumped on the buses from Queenscliff and made the adventure into Geelong to go to their favourite trampoline park. As […]

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Finding beach glass at the Bluff on Take a Break

The last day of this week’s Take a Break program was super exciting because we went beach glass hunting at Barwon Heads Bluff. It’s like a treasure hunt but instead of gold, we’re looking for beach glass. Barwon Heads Bluff is a protected place for marine life, so we can’t take any shells home. But […]

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The BIGGEST smile on Take a Break!

The photos speak for themselves. This week, we had the happiest girl on Cottage by the Sea’s Take a Break program. Throughout the week, Lucy encountered numerous challenges, from navigating the ropes course to conquering her fear of the cold, relentless waves while boogie-boarding and surfing. Despite all the challenges the week threw at her, […]

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Take a Break participants get creative with dye dodgeball

For visiting children from Cape Clear Primary School, a highlight of the Take a Break program was playing Cottage by the Sea’s dye dodgeball. In this game, the group splits into two teams on opposite ends of the basketball court and try to eliminate each other by throwing wet dye-filled sponges at each other. As […]

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Sydney adventure for our Mentors

Cottage by the Sea Mentors experienced some life-changing opportunities on this Sydney adventure. Friendships were strengthened and life skills were built on. This camp provided the Mentors with lots of highlights that they will talk about for years. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a massive accomplishment for all. Many Mentors loved the Taronga Zoo, […]

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Making the most of opportunities at Cottage by the Sea

“The Cottage has done a lot for me with my education and everyday life.” Bailey is a Cottage Alumni participant who has journeyed through seven years at Cottage by the Sea on the REEF and Mentor programs. He was part of the 2017 REEF intake from a primary school in Ballarat and has attended 30 […]

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Making new memories on Take a Break

We were very excited to welcome Grade 2 students from Mandama Primary School for their Take a Break program at Cottage by the Sea. After picking up the 55 children, we settled into Cottage smoothly. Tummies were filled from lunch and it was time to get started on the activities. We had a fun-filled two […]

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A passion for helping children

Charles “Paddy” Humphries came to Australia as an orphaned young boy. Having overcome challenging obstacles as a child, Paddy has developed a passion for helping children. We were thrilled to have Paddy visit us at Cottage for a cuppa and a tour. We were equally as delighted to go through Paddy’s impressive coin collection with […]

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Catching her first ever fish on Take a Break!

Young Take a Break participant Molly this week was so excited when she caught her first ever fish. But not as excited to hold it for a photo … She was positioned right at the front of the boat and it seemed like every other participant was catching fish but her. She thought her fishing […]

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Beach golf tournament on Take a Break

One of our new favourite activities on the Take a Break program at Cottage by the Sea is beach golf. Recently, we were donated lots of golf putters and golf balls. Initially, we were not quite sure what to do with them. This sparked a few ideas among Camp Leaders, which led to the brilliant […]

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Boogie-boarding fun at Cottage Beach

The children from St Leonards Primary School on this week’s Take a Break program are no strangers to the beach. Living on the coast, they were all very familiar with the water and beach safety. The children shared stories of the school teaching them to snorkel among the St Leonards Pier – how cool is […]

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Learning about decorator crabs on Take a Break

This week’s Take a Break program from the Colac area focused on marine life, with a theme of learning about the different marine life in our local waters. This young boy Lachie took a liking to the decorator crab for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the crab’s hair looked just like his own! Then, […]

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Bentley’s adventure on Take a Break

On this week’s Take a Break program at Cottage by the Sea, we had children from Yuille Park Primary School. One of the main highlights was having their Golden Retriever Therapy Assistance Dog Bentley come on the program too. He’s a beautiful dog who loved all the cuddles and pats. Every child was so gentle […]

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Marine biology cruise on Take a Break

This week, the Take a Break group from a primary school in Hoppers Crossing all participated in a marine biology cruise with our friends from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. This was the first of many cruises to come in the near future. Everyone was excited to see what the biology cruise was about. […]