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ISSUE 39 January/February 2020 BRISBANE

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KING'S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE'S EXCITING NEW CAMPUS AT LOGAN VILL AGE

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Tips & recipes to create a

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ow, 2020! Can you believe it? When I was a child, 2020 sounded so futuristic. I imagined there would be flying cars, we’d have cities on the moon and wear mad fluoro clothes. In reality, I don’t feel that different from the child I was. Yes, the world has changed, but not nearly as fantastically as I’d envisaged. To find out how my kids imagined their future, I recently asked them what they thought 2050 would look like. Surprisingly it was much the same as my childhood vision: flying cars (yes please!), holidays to space (hmm, sounds cold), and phones implanted inside your head (gosh, no thanks). Diving straight into the future and the new school year, this issue we are all about getting back to school! We head over to the new Kings College campus at Logan Village to find out about their exciting Prep to 12 school opening its

doors this year. To get you set for the new school year, some of the region’s best educators share their tips on how we can help our little ones settle into their new classroom. We also visit the innovative NCC Kallangur Kindy to explore their exciting bush kindy program. Need a lunchbox revival in 2020? We kick your lunchboxes up a gear with some awesome recipes and tips from Australia’s legendary school lunchbox dad, George Georgievski. And as always, we have the region’s best family friendly events and activities, news, back to school goodies, books and movie reviews, and much, much more. Wishing you a fabulous 2020!

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Features

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EDUCATION: We visit King’s Christian

EARLY EDUCATION: The urban Early

College’s exciting new campus in Logan

Learning Centre that has introduced a bush

Village, as it opens its doors.

kindy program.

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FROM THE EDITOR ................................................................................................................ 3 WHAT’S ON: The best events in Brisbane for January and February ................................... 6 THINGS TO DO: What’s on at Ipswich Art Gallery this summer..........................................8 NEWS: The latest news from across the region ......................................................................... 11 BACK TO SCHOOL: Educators share their tips for a smooth start to the school year.....12 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products topping our #want list ......................................... 14 THINGS TO DO: Voices on the Coast Literature Festival returns this February ...............16 TRAVEL: We check out all the kid-friendly fun at Tangalooma Island Resort .................... 29 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services.......................................................... 32 FOOD: Australia’s ‘Lunchbox Dad’ shares his tips and recipes for a winning lunchbox....... 33

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9 TO 18 JANUARY QPAC, Brisbane qpac.com.au

Explore King’s Christian College’s exciting new campus at Logan Village. Meet the teachers and find out more about the facilities this new school will offer. With an Early Learning Centre already open and Prep to Year 3 starting in January 2020, the campus will grow to become a P-12 school.

The Sound Society 5 JANUARY, 2 FEBRUARY, 7 MARCH Roma Street Parkland thesoundsociety.com.au

This monthly live music event celebrates slowing down, great tunes, good company and Brisbane’s gorgeous climate. Bring your own picnic or grab a tasty bite from onsite food vendors and relax as you embrace chilled tunes in the lush green surrounds of Roma Street Parkland.

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox returns to QPAC to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages these summer holidays, thanks to award-winning theatre company – shake & stir theatre co. Following a smash-hit, sold out season in 2019, Dahl’s much-loved Fox leaps off the page (and all around the stage) in this mind-blowing, visually-stunning production.

THE TWITS 25 JANUARY TO 11 APRIL Brisbane Arts Theatre artstheatre.com.au

Bored with playing silly tricks on one another, the revolting and hideous Mr and Mrs Twit turn their attention to capturing and training a family of monkeys (the Mugglewumps) for a circus act. Soon the monkeys turn the tables on the Twits, and with the aid of some helpful birds convince the Twits that the world has turned upside down!

VOICES ON THE COAST 19 – 22 FEBRUARY USC (University Sunshine Coast) voicesonthecoast.com.au

Presented by Immanuel Lutheran College Buderim and USC, Voices on the Coast is an award-winning youth literature festival that attracts children, young adults, emerging writers and eager readers to listen and workshop with Australia’s leading authors and illustrators.

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Choo-choo, all aboard! Get ready to ride the Xpress Fun Train during the school holidays at South Bank. The trackless train will wind its way from one end of the Parklands to the other, providing the perfect family adventure! K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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WHAT’S ON AT IPSWICH ART GALLERY

Kids can Explore a multi-sensory play space made of clear packing tape!

CONSTRUCTION SITE SUMMER FUN Visit CONSTRUCTION SITE SUMMER FUN at the Ipswich Art Gallery this summer for an awesome, hands-on, immersive experience that the whole family can enjoy. From 2nd December, the entire gallery will become an innovative, family-oriented, creative play space, offering multiple engaging activities. With CONSTRUCTION SITE BUILDING BLOCKS, kids can become an architect and build their dream cubby house. Using giant foam blocks, everyone can build whatever they can imagine: construct a castle, an igloo or a super sky-scraper. Mum and Dad can even join in to build a whole city! The fun continues in the amazing TAPESCAPE*, created by US artist Eric Lennartson. Immerse yourself in this unique, tri-level, multi-sensory play space made from over 115km of clear packing tape. Explore the tunnels and slides in the latest and largest TapeScape – an Australian exclusive only at the Ipswich Art Gallery. The tape is upcycled once the exhibition ends. There’s also BLUE BLOCKS, where kids can build on a smaller scale to create their own invention. Then they can unleash their

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inner engineer to create their own BALL RUN, using tubes and recycled materials to create a course for a ball to roll down. See who can make the best, longest or most gravity-defying ball run ever! Ipswich Art Gallery is ready to welcome families to enjoy Construction Site Summer Fun. With all-day entry at only $7 per person or $20 for a family pass (free for under 2s), it’s an affordable day of creative play in an air conditioned environment. *Socks must be worn on the TapeScape. Bring your own or buy specially designed TapeScape Socks at the Gallery for only $3 a pair – yours to keep.

MORE INFO: Construction Site Summer Fun is open daily (10am to 5pm) at Ipswich Art Gallery from 2 December 2019 to 16 February 2020 (closed 25 December to 1 January inclusive).

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Summer holiday fun in the sun ENJOY THE WATER ANYWHERE

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s the school holidays are well underway, Queenland families are planning their getaways to the beach, river or pool to cool down by the water. Marina Burley, Kingswim Carindale Centre Manager and mum of three says while most people go to the beach, her family pack up, leave the city and go bush. “We love spending time outdoors as a family. We ride motorbikes, go craybobbing, bushwalking and of course if there’s water, go for a swim.” Terri-Anne Ransfield, Kingswim Lutwyche Centre Manager and mum of four says her family makes the most of Queenland’s beautiful beaches. “Our favorite spot is Kings Beach in Caloundra, we’re big fans of Gelateria Milano – the Gelato’s and Sorbets are amazing!” While everyone plans different summer holidays, there’s one thing they all have in common, swimming and the need for water safety. To ensure the littlest member of the family can join in on the summer fun, and the biggest member of the family has peace of mind, Kingswim has compiled its tips for a safe and fun summer. • L E S S O N S : Try to complete at least one full term of lessons before any swimming trips. If not possible, try Kingswim’s Fast Track to catch up and refresh skills before going away. • S K I L L L E V E L : Ask your child’s teacher for an update on their

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swim skill level before going on holidays and if there’s anything you can practise while away. • C O N F I D E N C E : Check in with your child about their confidence levels in the water and refresh water safety tips specific to your holiday destination; the beach, a pool or river. • S U P P O R T : If your child lacks confidence in the water, be supportive and encouraging to ensure you can both have fun and enjoy the water together. • C O M M U N I C A T I O N : Let friends and family know your child’s ability. This will help children enjoy the water within their limits and means extra eyes watching out for safety and signs of trouble. For more information on Kingswim programs and water safety tips please visit kingswim.com.au

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zHarvest has recently launched a new primary education program, aimed at inspiring kids to eat healthily, waste less and become change makers in their local community. Titled FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training), the program is designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food! FEAST gets kids immersed in handson cooking activities in the classroom (no kitchen required). Students are tasked with exploring and designing their own recipes for a ‘School Cookbook’ to encourage healthy eating and help prevent food waste,

while educating and engaging their community. One child in every classroom goes to bed or school hungry every day. Nationally, one in four children are overweight or obese and many do not eat enough fresh fruit and veg. This affects how they learn at school and can lead to poor physical and mental health. Half of all food waste comes from the home, so the kids and their families can all be part of the solution. Designed for Years 5 and 6, the FEAST program runs for 7-10 weeks and is aligned with the Australian Curriculum STEM Learning Areas. ozharvest.org/feast

SOUND SOCIETY ANNOUNCES EXCITING LINE UP FOR 2020

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he Sound Society has announced an impressive opening line up for 2020, bringing chilled tunes to Brisbane families every month. On 5 January, the eclectic Slips and the F. W.’s will reignite the spark of old time jazz and blues with their swing and ragtime tunes. On 2 February, Genevieve Brown Quartet will be performing exquisite jazz and blues vocals that are sure to delight the crowd. Held on the first Sunday of each month at Roma Street Parkland from 11am – 2pm, The Sound Society is a live music event that celebrates slowing down, great

tunes, good company and Brisbane’s gorgeous climate. Perfect for families that want to get out and enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful parklands with some good music and a relaxed vibe for little ones, it is growing to become Brisbane’s favourite free live music program. So, pack a picnic rug and enjoy the fun! As well as the monthly event at Roma Street Parkland, The Sound Society will also be held at South Bank Parklands on 7 March and 6 June 2020. For more information and the full line up, head to thesoundsociety.com.au

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BACK TO SCHOOL IS YOUR CHILD STARTING CHILDCARE OR KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR? LOCAL EDUCATORS SHARE THEIR TIPS ON HOW TO ENSURE A SMOOTH START.

SAMANTHA CAMPBELL

J LEONIE MCCLEOD Director, Little Village Bridgeman Downs

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ettling a child into an early childhood service can be an emotional experience for both children and their families. We create a family-friendly environment that is focused on the child, while supporting the needs of the whole family during the settling in process. We also maintain an ongoing relationship with the service community. We start building a relationship with the child and their family prior to starting, to ensure that the whole family feels comfortable and confident on the first day. We place a great deal of importance on getting to know the child’s personality, family culture and how we can support them while they settle in. We tailor orientation visits for each family and encourage as many visits as necessary to support relationship development with the educators. We encourage a sense of belonging, to assist with the transition from home to the early learning environment. Our indoor/

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outdoor spaces encourage a natural flow for children, allowing them to make choices about where they play and encouraging confidence in moving about the learning space. Spending time with your child at the service during dropoff time and sharing stories about their day at Little Village at pick-up time, demonstrates your comfort with leaving them in the care of the educators. The Bush Kindy provides another avenue for children to make a connection with nature. It supports children’s intrinsic learning style, freedom and natural curiosity by providing an opportunity to settle into a truly nature-based learning environment. Opening in early 2020, Little Village Bridgeman Downs will offer quality early learning and childcare for babies and children from six weeks old to school age, as well as offering Kindergarten and a Bush Kindy Program to children aged three years and over.

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anuary means many children are starting childcare or kindy for the first time. As unknown territory for both the child and the parents, it can be an exciting yet nervous time! To help your child adjust, make sure you’ve shared a couple of orientation sessions prior to your first day. These sessions are designed for both parent and child to get to know the daily routine at the centre and to make your first day easier. Different centres will provide different items, so check with your own service ahead of time as to what they will provide for your child each day. If you are enrolling at Edge Early Learning, all nappies, wipes, sunscreen and nutritious meals are provided and bedding kits are available to purchase, so all you need to pack is a spare change of clothes. As centre programmes can vary, look for a centre with a philosophy that fits well with your own values. Some may focus on outdoor learning, whilst others may prefer a traditional approach. Edge Early Learning offers a nurturing and open environment, where exploration is encouraged. Aligning perfectly with the Early Years Learning Framework, we believe this inquiry-based approach is best for our little learners. And most importantly, we have fun! Our educators have welcomed many first-time learners into the classroom and are experts in ensuring every child has the best first day on this exciting adventure! Remember, you are never too young to start school! Early education can give your child the edge to succeed when they reach ‘big school’. Edge Early Learning provides quality care and education for children from six weeks to school age, with the convenience of long day care hours. To find an Edge Early Learning centre near you, visit www.edgeearlylearning.com.au and book a centre tour.

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Attracting 4,500 school students and offering over 115 talks and workshops, Voices on the Coast Literature Festival 2020 is a significant event in the Sunshine Coast cultural calendar.

t’s our 25th festival this year! It was back in 1996 when two teachers from Immanuel Lutheran College decided to bring authors and illustrators to the Sunshine Coast for one day of talks and workshops, initially involving 23 schools. Now, in 2020, the festival is held over four days, attracts 4,500 school students, offers over 115 talks and workshops by 28 presenters and is attended by 70 schools from a 200km radius. It should suffice to say that the festival has been an overwhelming success over the last 25 years. In 1996, a partnership was formed with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in its first year of operation, which is still strong today. As the University has grown, so too has the festival, which takes

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over the University for two student days. a writer after meeting John Marsden at a Students from across the Sunshine Coast Voices festival. How lucky for us she did! have also become more familiar with the In 2020, two authors from that very University due to their visits during the first festival are again joining the lineVoices festival. up. Renowned poet Steven Herrick and The festival has created a awarding-winning author Gary wonderful legacy for children Crew will be entertaining and “The festival and young people across educating students once again. has created a the Sunshine Coast and has To celebrate our 25th festival, wonderful legacy encouraged reluctant readers and the new time of year, we for children and to pick up a book from a are holding an outdoors launch young people visiting author. It has fostered at Immanuel Lutheran College, across the that love of literature across where authors, illustrators, Sunshine Coast.” poets and members of the many years for individuals, and has produced a number of public will all mix and mingle. published authors in their own right. BestThere will be great opportunities to get up selling children’s author, Jessica Townsend, close and personal with a favourite author. who has reached world-wide acclaim with By Kelly Dunham her Nevermore series, decided to become Event Organiser, Immanuel Lutheran College K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


THINGS TO DO

More info WHEN: 19–22 February 2020 WHERE: University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) PRESENTED BY: Immanuel Lutheran College & USC

Author Profiles

Steven Herrick

Jan Latta

Steven Herrick is the author of twenty-four books for children and young adults. His books have twice won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year on nine occasions. He is widely recognised as the pioneer of the verse-novel for children and young adults. His verse-novel by the river – a memorable novel about growing up in a small country town – won both the German Catholic Book of the Year and the German Youth Literature Prize in 2019.

Jan Latta is an author and wildlife photographer of 17 True to Life books. She photographed leopards in Sri Lanka, pandas in China, chimpanzees in Uganda, tigers in India, orangutans in Borneo, sloths in Costa Rica and Africa in order to tell the animals' stories. She is the ‘voice’ of endangered animals and their survival efforts. 14 of her books are listed in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Adventures in the Wild is her new book, full of fabulous photographs and close encounters with wild African animals.

The festival fosters a love of literature in children and young people.

MORE INFO AND TICKETS: VOICES ON THE COAST OFFICE (07) 5477 3437 | WWW.VOICESONTHECOAST.COM.AU

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Opening January 2020

Little Village Bridgeman Downs Early Learning and Childcare

NOW OPEN Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone is the newest addition to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, offering kids a range of water jets and waterfalls to run through. There’s plenty for kids to climb and explore with adventure play, spiders web, flying fox, and more!

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A new

LEARNING VILLAGE in Logan

JANUARY 2020 MARKS THE OPENING OF KING’S CHRISTIAN

COLLEGE’S

NEW CAMPUS AT LOGAN VILLAGE, BRINGING THEIR

PROVEN EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO LOGAN FAMILIES.

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oasting 40 years’ experience in education, King’s Christian College has earned its place as one of the most wellrespected private schools in Queensland. Already with two campuses on the Gold Coast – Pimpama and Reedy Creek – the growing school has been busy constructing a third campus in Logan Village. With the ongoing investment in infrastructure and quantity of housing developments being built in Logan, its easy to see why King’s chose this thriving area of the city to call home. “We are anticipating many families moving to the area,” said Tracey Verreynne, Group Director of Early Learning. King’s College Logan Early Learning Centre opened in October 2019 for children aged two and a half to Kindergarten, whereas the primary school opens in January 2020 for Prep to Year 3 students. Year 4 will start in 2021, and an additional year level will be added each year, with High School (Year 7) commencing in 2024. On completion, King’s College Logan Village will operate an Early Learning Centre, Primary School and High School from the one campus, providing a seamless education for children from two years of age to Year 12. “We are looking forward to welcoming families who are choosing King’s for their Learning journey,” said Ms Verreynne. “Our newly opened Early Learning Centre will give your child a start that’s full of promise, and children attending King’s Early Learning will progress

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into Prep at King’s Christian College, providing a seamless transition to big school.” Sharing a campus allows early learners to become familiar with the greater King’s environment. “Preschool students have regular excursions to explore various areas of the College,” explained Ms Verreynne. “From counting school buses, playing on the large ovals, visiting primary classes or having older students reading with us, these experiences add value to the programme that we offer and prepare our preschoolers for their first year of school.” With the Reedy Creek campus turning forty years old and the Pimpama campus turning five in 2020, King’s Christian College Logan is a small school with big school experience. “Our aim is to deliver the same exceptional education program we already deliver at our Pimpama and Reedy Creek campuses,” Ms Verreynne continued. “We can draw on this experience, success and innovative teaching methods to ensure that our King’s Kids are given the best opportunities for success, and that we deliver a Christian Education for tomorrow’s generation.” The early learning centre follows a programme of enquiry-based learning. “Students are given opportunities to foster a love for learning through child initiated and teacher extended learning,” explained Ms Verreynne. “During term time, we also offer opportunity for families with preschoolers to build a sense of community through our weekly Playgroup held in our community room.”  King’s Christian College Principal Mr Rees Davis explained that the College’s success lies in its values. “The King’s Foundational Values of Live Purposefully, Love Faithfully, Learn Passionately and Lead Diligently are the basis of the character traits that we seek to develop in our students,” said Mr Davis. “Over the years, King’s students have done remarkably well in all areas of school endeavours. Their academic, cultural and sporting accomplishments have far exceeded what would be considered normal for the State of Queensland,” Mr Davis continued. “Not everyone can be a star performer. Nevertheless, each person can grow to become an honourable person of good character. This is the vision of King’s. We believe that each person is unique, endowed with special talents, and able to grow into the person God desires of him/her.” “We provide affordable education for young people who desire the opportunity to lay the foundations for successful lives,” said Mr Davis.

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s many educators and parents recognise the importance of outdoor play in our increasingly urbanised world, Forest Schools have been growing in popularity across the globe. The concept of the Forest School originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s, as a response to the increased number of women working and the lack of indoor facilities for preschool children. The concept is simple – move the classroom outdoors, where children can learn in nature while climbing trees, exploring waterways, developing their curiosity and resilience. Since then, the movement has grown to see Forest Schools introduced in the UK, Canada and now also in Australia – commonly known here as Bush Kindys.

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In Southeast Queensland today, there are several early learning centres across the region that are either wholly Bush Kindys, or are existing centres that now offer an additional Bush Kindy program. One such centre, which has seen a huge success with its Bush Kindy program, is NCC Kallangur. “As Kallangur is a high-density area, many children may not have access to an outdoor area at home,” says Cassie Dinte, NCC Kallangur Centre Director. “We have a lot of families at the centre living in apartments, townhouses, or smaller houses with minimal outdoor space.” For this reason, the centre decided to introduce a Bush Kindy program in 2019. Offered to children within their existing program, Bush Kindy takes place offsite at the local park, where there is bush land,

water ways, and interesting flora and fauna to explore. “The children absolutely love it!” says Cassie. “With their qualified educator, children take their learning outdoors, using their senses to investigate, learning boundaries and rules but also being free in nature. It’s something we took for granted when we were younger but for the little ones today it’s a unique adventure!” With no toys or rigid structure, each trip to the park means something different. “We’ve had times when we’ve gone on bushwalks and we’ve met local community members,” Cassie explains. “One time we met a counsellor and helped to build possum boxes. Another time we met a lady who was doing interpretive dance and we did a lesson with her!” On their adventures each week, children K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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learn to show respect for the land. “The families. “The Bush Kindy started as once a children learn skills like identification of week, but it quickly expanded to twice a animals and plants, fire, whittling, the week to keep up with the demand.” weather, tying knots, building a shelter, At no extra cost to families, it’s easy to see using natural materials for art why. “We provide it as part of “Children build and exploration, weaving and our service to families, as we finding resources to make on their senses in feel it is vital part of childhood things.” Cassie says.. nature, learn to use development,” The Bush Kindy also Seeing the need for outdoor their imagination connection, NCC Kallangur provides an invaluable step towards school readiness. also now offers an on-site Bush for play, and “When the children are out in Kindy Program to its younger gently explore the community they are classes. “Available to all learning about letters and the environment children at NCC Kallangur numbers from the street signs from six weeks to four years without toys.” and signs around the area. old, Our Bush Playtime is held They are learning about road in our community garden each safety, personal safety and week,” explains Cassie. community safety. They also gain knowledge “Children build on their senses in nature, from others within their community and learn to use their imagination for play, and understand the responsibility we have to gently explore the environment without toys.” care for the environment around us.” For more information on the Bush Kindy As the only Bush Kindy in the area, the Program at NCC Kallangur, visit concept has been very popular with NCC nccearlylearners.com.au/kallangur

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What topics should be covered in

POST SEPARATION PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS?

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here are several topics that should be included in any post separation parenting arrangement, regardless of whether the parenting arrangement is structured as a verbal arrangement, parenting plan, consent order or court order.

Decision making A post separation parenting arrangement should outline how major long-term decisions will be made for the children, namely, whether decisions will be made jointly by the parents or whether one parent will make the decisions and then inform the other parent.

Parental communication Children should not be used as messengers between the parents. Instead, parenting arrangements should provide for a standard means of communication between the parents. Some options include email, text, phone or a communication app. It is also wise for parenting arrangements to include a process for dispute resolution, in case an issue arises that cannot be resolved.

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Schedules for the children

other family members or friends facilitating changeover.

A schedule setting out how the children spend time with each parent is an essential part of any parenting arrangement. A consistent schedule can be set up to apply through both the school terms and school holidays or different schedules may be arranged.. Any schedule that is set up should be age appropriate and have the children’s best interests at heart.

Miscellaneous

Special occasions Any parenting arrangement should include details about how the children will share their time with each parent on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other special occasions.

Changeovers and transitions To avoid disputes and confusion parenting arrangements should cover how the children transition between each household. These arrangements should include the day and time of the changeover, the location of changeover and consent for

There are a range of other topics that can be included in parenting arrangements such as extracurricular activities, passports and travel.

Finances Generally, financial support of the children is dealt with separately from parenting arrangements. Parents who have covered details of financial support for the children in parenting arrangements should seek advice from a family lawyer about how to formalise these arrangements. By Carolyn Devries, New Way Lawyers. The above information is intended to provide general information about the forms of parenting arrangements, it does not represent legal advice. If you would like legal advice about parenting arrangements or other family law matters. please call (07) 3548 5868 for a free 20 minute phone consultation with one of our family lawyers. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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• “Planning and Sequencing” The sequential multi-step tasks/ activity to understand and autonomously reach developmental milestones, in preparation for school schedules and routines. Play-based learning experiences are derived from children’s individual interests and provide lesson material for our Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers. Through designed programs, children explore concepts and methods pertaining to Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), numeracy, environmental awareness, expressive arts and social and emotional understanding. Green Leaves Early Learning programs align with the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) with a focus on creating an atmosphere of belonging, being and becoming. These concepts support children’s skills in transitioning to a formal school environment with confidence and a purpose. Green Leaves Kindergarten Approved Programs make learning fun! The Ashgrove and Chapel Hill centres, start preparing their children for the transition to school with Pre Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten rooms. Green Leaves purposely designs their Kindergarten learning hubs to host innovative technology, premium resources and challenging and stimulating learning stations. Often you’ll find the children engaging in expressive arts in the outdoor

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whale sightings and expert commentary along the shoreline, pelicans resting on the by an Eco Ranger. Seeing these incredible beach, whistling kites nesting in the trees creatures in their natural habitat is a magical above, and cormorants bobbing around experience for the kids (and grown-ups!). under the jetty. If you are interested in As well as being a fabulous winter learning more, the Eco Rangers hold several weekend escape, Tangalooma Island Resort interesting talks throughout the day. The has a bucket-full of fun for families during Pelican Feeding and Sea Bird Talk at 11am is the summer months. For water lovers, there a fun way to get up close with the birds, and is everything from parasailing and standthe Kookaburra feeding at 4.45pm every day up paddle boarding to illuminated wrecks is a great way to find out more about these tours, kayaking, jet boat rides and more. The Australian favourites. The Eco Centre at Tangalooma wrecks – a cluster Tangalooma is also well worth of ships scuttled between a visit, with hands-on activities 1963 and 1984 to provide safe for the kids and a wonderful anchorage for boats on the My favourite was space for them to learn more eastern side of the island – the environment and the the dolphin feeding, about now provide a haven for over local marine creatures. and the glass 100 species of fish as well as However, the star attraction bottom boat, and at Tangalooma Island Resort turtles and wobbegongs. A wonderful way for kids to see the pelican feeding, is the unique guest activity the wrecks is to take the sunset and the kayaks, and of hand feeding a pod of wild illuminated glass bottom boat definitely the ice bottlenose dolphins. Every cruise, where they can feed day at around 6.15pm, the cream. Oh, I can’t dolphins come close to the the fish and experience the choose - I loved it shore and will eat from your underwater world of the reef at all! Isla, 7 dusk. Keep an eye out for the hand. It is a once-in-a-lifetime famous dugong and prepare experience for everyone. One to be impressed at the array of of only three locations in marine life! Australia where you can handFor the land lovers, the ATV Quad Bike feed dolphins, the Wild Dolphin Feeding Tour is a fantastic way to see the island. Program at Tangalooma is incredibly well Families can jump on tandem bikes so the run and follows strict guidelines to ensure kids can safely come along for the ride. You the wellbeing of the dolphins. can take it at your own pace, and the guides With so much to offer, yet just a short hop are awesome. from home, Tangalooma Island Resort is the If you prefer two wheels, the resort also perfect family friendly getaway this summer! offers a Segway tour of the island, and you can hire beach bikes if you fancy exploring on your own. For the thrillseekers, the Desert Safari Tour is a must. Take a bumpy 4WD ride into • Moreton Island is the world’s third lagest the desert, get a unique look at the heart sand island. of Moreton Island on the way, and then go sand tobogganing down a huge 36-metre • Tangalooma was a whaling station in the sand dune. The hardest part is the climb to 1950s, until it was sold in 1963 and turned the top! into a resort. If that’s not enough to keep everyone • An estimated 33,000 whales migrate past busy, the resort itself has two pools, (the Moreton Island each year. Deep Blue Apartments also have their own • To ensure the dolphins continue to hunt, exclusive pool), badminton nets, volleyball, they are only fed 10-20% of their daily food Springfree trampolines, beach activities, requirement at the feeding. snorkelling, outdoor games, playgrounds, gas barbecues and more. • 600–800 dugongs live in Moreton Bay.

Wild dolphin feeding is a magical experience. Sand tobogganning is heaps of fun. The hardest part is the climb to the top!

FUN FACTS

ECO EXPERIENCES

Being a protected marine park, there are natural experiences at every turn on Moreton Island. Walk along the beach and see hundreds of fish in the surf, starfish

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Experience the reef at dusk with an illuminated glass bottom boat cruise.

• About 195 species of birds live or migrate to Moreton Island. • Moreton Bay is home to six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles.

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LUNCHBOX EXPRESS Back to school means back to lunchboxes! Love them or hate them, packing a healthy lunchbox that the kids will eat is a critical part of each day. Never fear, Australia’s School Lunchbox Dad, George Georgievski, is here to help!

CHEESY CHICKEN NUGGETS Makes 8–10 Getting the kids to shape their own nuggets means they’re more likely to actually eat them. These can be eaten freshly baked and are great in lunchboxes too. INGREDIENTS

1 cooked chicken breast, sliced (or use cooked lamb or beef) ½ cup grated cheddar 3 slices of wholemeal bread (or 3 cups roughly chopped bread offcuts) Oil spray, for greasing (optional) 2 tablespoons tomato sauce or barbecue sauce METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or your air-fryer

on medium heat.

2. In a blender or

food processor, blitz the chicken, cheese and bread for about 30 seconds until the ingredients are well combined.

Lunchbox Secrets GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

Whether it’s cooking, prepping, assembling or even choosing their own fruit at the supermarket, the more I get my girls involved, the more they embrace their lunches. They love helping me come up with fun names for my creations too. 4. If cooking the nuggets in the oven, pop 3. Transfer to a bowl and shape tablespoons of

the mixture into nuggets. You can even get fancy and use cookie cutters to create some awesome shapes.

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them on a greased baking tray and bake for 10–12 minutes. Alternatively, drop them in the air-fryer for 5–6 minutes. 5. While the nuggets are cooking, divide the sauce among dipping bowls, then wait for the magic morsels to come out of the oven.

STICK TO BITE-SIZED PORTIONS

Kids are too busy to mess around with large portions – they just want to play. A mixture of bite-sized food is easier to grab and go!

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ROB’S DATE & COCONUT BITES Makes 9 These yummy two-ingredient bites make an excellent treat to pop in school lunchboxes, as they contain no added sugar. Try adding a little cocoa powder for a chocolaty taste. These keep well in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. INGREDIENTS

10 dates, pitted (or use dried apricots, which are just as yummy) ⅓ cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling METHOD 1. Place the dates and desiccated coconut in a

blender and blitz until everything looks mushy and really sticky. 2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and roll teaspoons of the mixture into nine balls. 3. Roll the balls in a heap of desiccated coconut and ensure they’re evenly coated – the idea is for all the stickiness to be covered by the coconut. 4. Pop them in the fridge for 1 hour until set.

GeorgTe ´o’sp Tips GET FAMILIAR

Start using the lunchbox a month or so before your kid starts school. That way they’ll be familiar with it by the time school rolls around and it won’t be yet another new thing to get used to. HAVE FUN

Channel your inner creativity through your kids’ lunchboxes! An interesting and varied lunchbox is fun for your kids too, and means they’re much more likely to eat what’s inside. KEEP IT BALANCED AND HEALTHY

In each lunchbox, I make sure there is a portion of protein, some veggies, dairy, fruit and a healthy treat. I prefer to include sugar-free treats as I don’t understand treats being automatically associated with sugar. Why reward your kids with something that’s not good for them? REMEMBER THE NUMBER FIVE

Make sure you include five fresh items (three veggies and two fruits) in every lunchbox. This is essential nutrition for growing bodies! PREP IN ADVANCE

I like to be inspired in the moment when making lunches, but I still do some prep in advance to make life easier. I make sure all my fruit and veggies are washed, then it’s just a quick chop and assemble and we’re good to go. I also make some things ahead of time. MAKE IT VISUALLY EXCITING

Picky eaters are more likely to try something new if it looks cool. And if you change up the presentation, they will never get bored. For example, I present like to find different ways to present sandwiches.

RECIPES AND TIPS FROM LUNCHBOX EXPRESS BY GEORGE GEORGIEVSKI (RRP $24.99)

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGIA GOLD

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Having said that, there’s no need to go all out with works of art in your kids’ lunchboxes. When I was looking for inspiration, I found so many things that were just way too complicated. Keep it fast, healthy and simple and you can’t go wrong!


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Wow, 2020! Can you believe it? Diving straight into the future and the new school year, this issue we are all about getting #backtoschool!...

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