Isolation has been a unique experience for everyone. Some people may say it’s also been fun and exciting, whereas others may not. Learning from home, hanging out with my family, and generally managing my own time, have all been positive aspects for myself. Although, what I’ve loved about isolation the most, is seeing how the community comes together to support one another.

A big downfall of isolation though is not being able to engage within a classroom, ask as many questions and further my connection with the teacher. These have all been difficult, however, also very beneficial. I have learned so much more about resources, as well as how to self-motivate myself, and become an initiator. This whole experience has really taught me to grow and learn by myself and truly become independent. And, believe it or not, this has increased my confidence and mindset towards home-based schooling. But I will say, the biggest downfall of isolation is not being able to see my friends. With not being able to see them, I have had to communicate with my friends more over text message and learn how to control the tone of my voice too.

Generally doing things that I love through quarantine has been so great. Being able to work out more, create more drawings and complete more creative activities, all when it best suits me, has truly been amazing. Although, I will say that my sleeping patterns have dramatically changed, and it’s been difficult to adjust to everything now that things are slowly starting to get back to normal.

With that, I hope everyone is keeping safe during this time and is taking advantage of the spare time we all now have.



Leaving the best to last, we can promise you that this is a course your children wouldn’t want to miss! Created and ran by experts who have been offering business courses to kids, your children will learn invaluable skills and take away lessons that only a mentor can teach. 

Course Details:

  • Fees: FREE (20 scholarships for 20 students at a Virtual Business Camp, valued at $175/student)
  • Student Age Group: Suitable for children in Grade 5 to Grade 8 
  • Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm from 6th of July to Friday, 10th of July
  • Course Details: https://youngsparks.net/2020/06/28/young-sparks-virtual-business-camp-program/ (BusinessCamp by the Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE), is Australia’s Highest Rated School Holiday Program)

To apply, please send us an email or DM on YoungSparks social medias, showing us your unique personality making sure you answer the following questions:

        1. What is your superpower?
        2. What kind of things or people inspire you?
        3. If you could change anything in this world, what would it be?
        4. Why do you want to become an entrepreneur?

A video (max 5 mins) response is preferred, but we also accept written answers.

Please send your application to either of the following accounts:

Applications will close at 5pm, Sat 4th July (AEST), the result will be sent via email on Sun 5th July.



Arbiter: Anthony Hain, CM

Register on: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/young-sparks (Clink the website, and select ‘Enter event now’ to fill your details to register.)

Format: 9 rounds, FIDE rated

Age: The tournament is recommended for children 6-14 years old  

Divisions: 

    • Over 1000 
    • 700 1000 
    • Under 700

Time Control: 15 minutes + 3 seconds per move per player

Timetable:  (Time Zone: AEST (GMT+10) )

Round 1: Sunday 5th July, 3:00pm (Please aim to be logged in by 2:50pm)

Round 2: Sunday 5th July, 3:35pm 

Round 3: Sunday 5th July, 4:10pm 

Round 4: Sunday 5th July, 4:45pm 

Round 5: Sunday 5th July, 5:20 pm 

No games until Sunday 12th of July  

Round 6: Sunday 12th July, 3:00pm (Please aim to be logged in by 2:50pm)

Round 7: Sunday 12th July, 3:35pm 

Round 8: Sunday 12th July, 4:10pm  

Round 9: Sunday 12th July, 4:45pm

Prizes: 21 Prizes available to win! 

Total Prize Value – $990 

1st: $100 Gift Voucher  

2nd: $50 Gift Voucher  

3rd: $30 Gift Voucher  

Best Game: $50 Gift Voucher  

Biggest Upset: $30 Gift Voucher  

Largest Rating Improvement: $30 Gift Voucher 

Brilliancy Award: $40 Gift Voucher  

 

Have a question? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more info, or email us info@youngspakrs.net



Do your children have any activities during this COVID-19 school holiday?

Have your children ever been bored during the school holidays?

Have you ever felt like you just needed a break?

Do you children want to meet someone new of the same intellectual interest under professional supervision?

Well, let me reassure you, we are here for you during this crazy time so that your kids are looked after and learn new knowledge and skills while you are at work or have a break!

Offering, FREE online chess lessons, FREE chess tournament for your children to test their skills, and a FREE business course – what more could you want?

With a school holiday program to be jealous of, let us give your children the experience of a lifetime and hand you a few hours of well-earned freedom.

 

ACTIVITY ONE – 6 sessions of Chess Course in 2 weeks

Topic: World Chess Champion History

Dates and Time: 2pm-4pm AEST (GMT+10)

    • Wednesday, 1st of July 
    • Friday, 3rd of July 
    • Sunday, 5th of July 
    • Wednesday, 8th of July 
    • Friday, 10th of July

Course Details: https://youngsparks.net/2020/06/27/chess-world-champion-history/

Get your ticket (FREE): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/free-online-chess-course-and-chess-tournament-at-young-sparks-kids-club-tickets-111397912154

 

ACTIVITY TWO – Young Sparks International Chess Tournament (9 rounds on 2 days)

Arbiter: Anthony Hain, CM

Register on: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/young-sparks  (Clink the website, and select ‘Enter event now’ to fill your details to register.)

Format: 9 rounds, FIDE rated

Age: The tournament is recommended for children 6-14 years old  

Total Prize value A$990 (21 prizes in total)

Divisions: 

    • Over 1000 
    • 700 1000 
    • Under 700

Time Control: 15 minutes + 3 seconds per move per player

Timetable:  (Time Zone: AEST (GMT+10) )

Round 1 – 5: Sunday 5th July, 3:00pm – 5:20pm (Please aim to be logged in by 2:50pm)

No games until Sunday 12th of July  

Round 6 – 9: Sunday 12th July, 3:00pm – 4:45pm (Please aim to be logged in by 2:50pm)

Full Timetable and Tournament Details: https://youngsparks.net/event/young-sparks-allegro-chess-tournament/

 

ACTIVITY THREE – Young Sparks Virtual Business Camp

Fees: FREE (20 scholarships for 20 students at a Virtual Business Camp, valued at $175/student)

Student Age Group: Suitable for children in Grade 5 to Grade 8 

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm from 6th of July to Friday, 10th of July

To apply, please record a video (max 5 mins) or write a self-introduction message, showing us your unique personality making sure you answer the following questions:

    1. What is your superpower?
    2. What kind of things or people inspire you?
    3. If you could change anything in this world, what would it be?
    4. Why do you want to become an entrepreneur?

Submission can be sent via email(info@youngsparks.net), Facebook(YoungSparksAUS) or Instagram(@youngsparksaus)

Event details: https://youngsparks.net/event/5-days-virtual-business-camp-at-young-sparks/

 

At Young Sparks, we believe in giving children the best tools to succeed, and by making this FREE to all of you, this is us delivering on that promise. 

If you have any questions, please find us on Facebook(YoungSparksAUS) or Instagram(@youngsparksaus).



This is Young Sparks Virtual Business Camp Program curriculum, if you would like to join the Business Camp, please click: https://youngsparks.net/event/5-days-virtual-business-camp-at-young-sparks/

DAY 1

Introduction. Students will become acquainted with their fellow Business Campers, Camp Coaches and the virtual forum. Camp Coaches will discuss what it means to be an entrepreneur and go through basic business principles.
Visualisation Boards. Camp Coaches will invite students to create visual goals and create a digital visualisation board based on their vision for their life.
Ideation Introduction. Students will identify problems they see in their local community and brainstorm business solutions to solve it.
30 Second Elevator Pitch. Each student will be given the opportunity to present a solution to the whole cohort. Camp Coaches and fellow Business Campers will provide feedback and suggestions to students ideas.
Elements of Business. Students will watch an exciting, engaging and informative video explaining the different elements of a business and how they work together.
Business Plan. Students will choose one problem and one solution to form their business and will begin to develop a business plan through a mind map.
Mini Debate. Students will be able to engage in communication activities through a guided mini debate.
Personal Development. Students will learn about the importance of branding and will create their very own logo for their business.
Soft Skills Skit. Students will create and present a skit to showcase their business product or service to the cohort.


Session 1: Introduction

In the Pre world championship era, who were the strongest and most revered players of history? We will examine a few games played by those players and ask who among them deserved the title of world champion.

Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais

Howard Staunton

Adolf Anderssen

Paul Morphy

Session 2: José Raúl Capablanca (Endgame extraordinaire)

The strongest player of his time, he was avoided by world champions before and after him as they were afraid of his playing ability. What made him special and what did he do so well?

Session 3: Mikhail Tal (Attacking genius)

The wild side of chess. Perfect play is not required to be the best, sometimes all it takes is to scare your opponent a little, or in the case of Mikhail Tal… A LOT

2+2=5 and there is only room for 1 to escape. Welcome to the nightmare of playing against the strongest attacking player of all time.

Session 4:  Robert J. Fischer 1 against the world

What will it take to break the stranglehold of soviet chess? A federation, A country, no it takes is one man! Bobby Fischer, a self-taught genius that took on the chess world to become arguably one of the greatest players ever

Session 5: Garry Kasparov The age of accuracy

Grandmasters don’t lose often and beating them is extremely difficult at the best of times so when young Garry came along and was beating many of the best players in just 26 moves it meant he was doing something special. Accuracy was the key. Garry was the hope of humanity against the uprising of computers like Deep Blue. Garry is widely recognized as the greatest player ever by many.

Session 6: Magnus Carlsen Modern times

Who’s world champion now? How good is he? What is he capable of? Magnus is the youngest world number one in history and the highest rated player of all time. He holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak of all time. Magnus is patient, he will grind his opponents down mercilessly over time. He does not care if he wins in 5 moves or 500 moves, as long as he wins. Will he be the greatest player ever? The future will tell all…