MEET THE GANG...
The creation of
is created and
produced by Helena Harris and Posie Graeme-Evans through their company Kids
Helena and Posie had a vision to make a TV program for the children of
today, a show that would hold children's dramatically changing interests.
They wanted to create a show that had music and movement, that acknowledged
the differences in children, and that did not go for the lowest common
In June 1998 the first auditions for the
presenters took place and
the first episode went to air in January 1999.
The program is full of refreshing new ideas and every episode has new
themes. Helena and Posie are committed to giving the show a solid education
The aim of
The aim of
cater for a wide range of young children, acknowledging the span of
cognitive abilities and learning styles. The program presents material with
the understanding that children will respond in different ways and be more
open to a particular mode of integrating ideas. While we recognise that
young children learn holistically, i.e. that skills learning is
interrelated, a particular emphasis on different areas of "intelligence"
enhances specific skills and learning. The program therefore includes a
number of segments, each of which focuses on a different area of learning.
Nickname: Foliage, Axel Foley.
Birthday: September 27.
Favourite colour: Electric blue.
Favourite food: Everything but brussel sprouts, I never liked
Favourite animals: I love them all!
Favourite Number: 7 and 4 are my lucky numbers.
Favourite Movie: Men of Honor and Stir Crazy.
Perfect holiday: Something that consists of sun, water and music.
Brothers and sisters: I have one older sister.
Favourite subject at school: History.
Favourite sports: Basketball and soccer — I played soccer when I
was a kid.
What Nathan loves most about being in Hi-5:
Being a role model for the kids and being a big kid myself!
Nathan's contribution to Hi-5's
The visual and spatial awareness segment: Shapes In Space
Nathan's focus is on exploring shape, colour and pattern using all kinds of
materials such as coloured boxes, play-dough, everyday furniture and even
Kathleen de Leon
Birthday: September 1.
Favourite Colour: All colours — but especially pink!
Favourite Food: Thai and Japanese.
Favourite Animals: My puppies (golden retrievers). I have
many wooden ones at home as well as stone carved, plush and various
other beautiful giraffes from all over the world!
Favourite number: 1
Favourite Movie: The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Love
Actually and The Princess Bride.
Perfect holiday: Anywhere as long as it's with my fiance
Brothers and sisters: I have two younger sisters. Jennifer
Pets: Two golden retriever puppies called Jackson and Texas.
They are both Virgos like me. I also have two goldfish who just had
about 50 baby fish!
Favourite subject at School: Believe it or not 'Maths'.
Favourite sports: Wakeboarding, snow skiing, boxing, ashtanga
yoga, dirt bike riding and jet skiing. They're all so much fun and I
love being active.
What Kathleen loves most about bein in Hi-5:
I am so blessed to meet the most amazing and inspirational kids!
Ones who have touched my life and will always be a part of me as I
continue my journey. Many of these kids are from the hospitals that
I visit. I volunteer a lot of my free days to the Brisbane Childrens
Hospital and these are the moments I love Hi-5 the best. They have
touched my life as I hope to have touched their lives. There's
nothing greater than the gift of a smile I recieve when I meet these
kids, I like that!
Kathleen's contribution to Hi-5's
The logical thinking and mathematics segment: Puzzles and Patterns
Kathleen is particularly interested in numbers, puzzles and mazes, sorting
things and drawing wonderful patterns. Problem solving is made fun.
Birthday: February 1.
Favourite Colour: Green, it's nice and reminds me of the
Favourite Food: Thai or Italian.
Favourite Animal: Birds of Prey. I think they are powerful,
majestic and beautiful.
Favourite number: 12 is great but 1 is the best.
Favourite movie: The Princess Bride and The Matrix.
Perfect holiday: Warm weather, great surf, the people I love
and loads and loads of time.
Brothers and sisters: I have two younger brothers. Peter and
Pets: A dog named Lucy.
School subject: Science and Music. I love them both.
Sports: Motorcycle racing.
What Tim loves most about being in Hi-5:
Seeing the smiles on kids faces when you walk into the room. That's
a feeling you can't describe!
Tim's contribution to Hi-5's
The musicality segment: Making Music
In the music area Tim focuses on musical concepts such as beat, rhythm,
pitch and melody. His aim is to introduce children to great new songs and
rhythms using a variety of "instruments".
Birthday: May 1.
Favourite colour: All Colours.
Favourite food: Cadbury mousse, chocolate and baked dinner.
Favourite animals: Dogs, but I love all animals.
Favourite number: 4
Favourite movie: Too many to choose from!
Perfect holiday: Somewhere where I can relax and enjoy my
free time. An Island would be nice.
Favourite Hi-5 episode: There are too many to pick
one, but there are some pretty cool episodes in Series three and
Brothers and sisters: I have one older sister Kylie.
Pets: I have a dog named Cassie.
Favourite subject at school: Sport.
Favourite sports: Netball, baseball, tennis, skiing and
What Kellie loves most about being in Hi-5:
Working with children and getting to work in different areas and
Kellie's contribution to
Hi-5's educational aspect
Linguistic and aural skills segment: Word Play
Kellie explores the world of language and sounds. Through stories, rhymes
and games she will encourage awareness of language use.
Birthday: March 8.
Favourite Colour: Pink.
Favourite food: Chocolate and vegetables (not together)
Favourite animals: Dolphins, seahorses and dogs.
Favourite number: 8
Favourite movie: The Lord Of The Rings.
Perfect holiday: Our perfect honeymoon in the Maldives.
Over-water bungalow, diving with hundreds of fish, swimming and
snorkelling every day, warm weather and dolphins. Heaven on earth!
Hi-5 episode: They're all fun.
Brothers and sisters: I have an older sister Cassandra, we
Pets: My little dogs, Buffy and Scoobie, and two horses, Fame
and Flashdance. All at Mum's and Dad's.
Favourite subject at school: Drama and dance.
Sports: Skiing, yoga and fishing.
What Charli loves most about being in Hi-5:
The children! They're the most beautiful, fun audience and the most
inspirational to meet. The opportunity to go to the children's
hospitals and bring smiles to their faces. What more could you want.
Charli's contribution to
Hi-5's educational aspect
The physical/motor development segment: Body-Move!
Charli specialises in fun movement and co-ordination skills. Along with the
general party atmosphere of the program, the songs and rhymes in this
segment will encourage children to stretch, hop, skip, jump, balance, clap,
throw, crawl and twist.
Segments featuring all the gang:
The self-awareness and social skills segment: Sharing Stories
In this segment the
team works together to explore emotions and interpersonal interactions
through light-hearted story and drama. It provides a time for reflective
entertainment, during which children can identify with the feeling and
Musical integration of
Music is used to integrate all the different areas of
Hi-5. Whilst it will always be
fun and entertaining, the music itself will also highlight the concepts and
themes of each program.
a link to a Hi-5 website providing information about the gang, colouring in
activities and Hi-5 merchandise.
FUN AND GAMES...
a link to a Hi-5 page where you can colour in their pictures.
page allows kids to sing-a-long to Hi-5 songs. Along with the song to
listen to the words are provided to make it even easier and a whole lot more