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ISSUE 40 March/April 2020 BRISBANE

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ove it or hate it, technology is here to stay. Some days I love it – being able to write this on my phone whilst I wait to pick the kids up from school (yup, I really am!) is a huge plus. An iPad to keep the bambinos settled whilst I make dinner is a total sanity saver (c’mon, admit it, we all do it). Yet technology also worries me due to the sneaky way it has infiltrated our everyday lives. Our kids are often so addicted to it that it’s become just another source of mama guilt and afternoon bartering. Plus, there is so much conflicting information out there! How do we know what’s the latest ‘right’ thing to do? Too much technology is bad for kids, yet by the time they are grown and entering the work force, they will need to be uber techsavvy to be employable. Brain explosion, anyone? So, in this issue we are tackling technology head on, exploring the good and not so good in the digital world.

We visit St Martin’s Catholic Primary School to find out all about their STEM program and how they are building brave and curious learners who are ready for an unknown future. Kicking that mama guilt to the kerb, we look at the many positives of screen time, and we have some fab tips from the wonderful team at Parentline on how parents can use technology to strengthen family relationships. Wondering about fast-tracking your little one’s water safety? Karen from Superfish Swim Schools joins us to share her expertise on strategies for maximising your toddler’s swimming development. And, as always, this issue is bursting with the latest news, events, product reviews, Easter activities and more, from across Brisbane. Have a hoppy Easter!

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EDUCATION: The STEM program that’s building brave and curious learners who are ready for an unknown future.

TECH: Let’s kick that mama guilt to the kerb, because there are many ways in which screen time can be a positive thing!

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FROM THE EDITOR ................................................................................................................ 3 WHAT’S ON: The best events in Brisbane for March and April ............................................. 6 NEWS: The latest news from across the region ......................................................................... 11 NOTICEBOARD: Notices and achievements from our local schools...................................12

CHECK THIS OUT: Local parents nailing the side hustle ................................................... 14 PLAY: Ditch the chocolate with these fun Easter-inspired toys..............................................16 HEALTH: Fast tracking your toddler’s swim development.................................................... 26 PARENTING: How parents can use technology to strengthen relationships .................... 30 REVIEWS: Books and apps for the family.................................................................................31 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services ......................................................... 32 FOOD: Apple Energy Balls ....................................................................................................... 34 We encourage recycling. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.

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our end goal of more freedom. Recognising how our lessons and experiences could decided to set up QLD Invest.” Korry from QLD Invest is now one of the most trusted names in Queensland for families looking to invest in property. QLD Invest proudly provides everyday families with properties that truly deliver on the key areas that most families need: income, tax breaks, and capital growth. What’s even more appealing is that they don’t charge their clients. Korry explains what they do in very simple terms. “We primarily provide Mum and Dad investors with properties which have deliver high income, high tax breaks and locate them in areas where capital growth indicators are strong. This full

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the process all the way through to getting your property rented or sold.” If you have around $100K in either equity or savings, you can look to invest mark. This is the bracket that most investors are comfortable with, and this investment options. “For example, we’ve just completed the process for a family with a couple of kids in school. They were

primarily looking to reduce their tax, but not have to prop up the property from their monthly salary. We found the land, designed and had built a property which cost about $500,000, managed the entire process which is now delivering about $33,000 per year in rental return, and it has also provided a means of reducing their tax by about 20%. What’s more, this property is located in an area on the Sunshine Coast set to boom due simply through population growth. Another one of our clients, looking to retire has just purchased two duplex projects on the Sunshine Coast, which have made him an estimated $150K in the build process alone.” Korry adds, “Borrowing for investing is smart, as it allows you to use the banks money for an asset which is making you money. With interest rates now in the 3% range, this is a good time to start talking with us for investments which make 6%+. We also provide those wishing to retire with a range of options suitable to Self Managed Super properties.” So whether you’re a young family, or looking at the other end, the great news is there is a genuine family business which can give you a hassle free, no cost service, which will truly deliver your family an great thing for any family’s future.

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THE CAT IN THE HAT 5 APRIL Redcliffe Entertainment Centre redcliffeentertainmentcentre.com.au 6 – 8 APRIL QUT Gardens Theatre gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote his second children’s book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children’s phenomenon. Children and adults alike will delight in this zany and imaginative live adaptation of the classic book coming to life before your very eyes.

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School Holiday Program EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Urban Xtreme urban-xtreme.com.au

Brisbane’s only indoor ski and adventure park has a great school holiday program this Easter. With laser tag, ninja warrior, parkour, trampolining and more all under one roof, there’s something for all ages.

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e g r o e G s u o Curi THE GOLDEN MEATBALL 14 MARCH TO 23 MAY Brisbane Arts Theatre artstheatre.com.au

All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year, and George had been waiting all month for that day—a day almost bigger than his birthday! In this adventure, George takes the audience through a fun-filled journey, in which he learns more about Rome... and meatballs... and the secret ingredient to cooking!

KRANK LITTLE CHEFS 7 APRIL Logan Entertainment Centre loganentertainmentcentre.com.au Learn how to prepare an à la carte menu alongside the executive chef. Each session will end with a meal and mini disco. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity.  Wear enclosed shoes and a shirt with sleeves. Please tie long hair back.

Playgroup Queensland’s MESSY PLAY MAY 5 May: Mt Gravatt 11 May: Chermside 13 May: New Farm 19 May: North Lakes 25 May: Mitchelton 29 May: Indooroopilly messyplaymay.com.au

Are you ready to get messy? Playgroup Queensland’s Messy Play May celebrates the world of squishy, squashy, foamy, slimy and goopy. Messy Play May is a chance for you and your little ones to enjoy a day out where the aim is to create the biggest mess possible. The good news? You don’t have to clean up! Free event but registration is essential. 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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1ST MARCH & 5 APRIL Roma Street Parkland | thesoundsociety.com.au This monthly live music event celebrates slowing down, great tunes, good company and Brisbane’s gorgeous climate. 1st March will feature Shannon Marshall Trio. 5th April will feature Jess Spina Quintet. Bring your own picnic or grab a tasty bite from onsite food vendors and relax as you enjoy chilled tunes. The Sound Society also runs four times a year at South Bank.

Water TO 30 APRIL GOMA qagoma.qld.gov.au See animals from around the world gather together to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole. Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson. Traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in a participatory artwork by William Forsythe. View the tidal currents rise and fall around Angela Tiatia. ‘Water’ invites you to do all this and much more!

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY FROM 18 MARCH QPAC qpac.com.au

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is coming to Brisbane! The live show features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping and ear-tickling score.

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6 TO 8 APRIL Ipswich Civic Centre ipswichciviccentre.com.au The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families, based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem. Created for children 4-10 years, be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical puffins.

How Cities Work TO 30 AUGUST Workshops Rail Museum theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au

From sewers to skyscrapers, this interactive exhibition reveals the secret workings of the city. Pop on a hard hat and design your ultimate building of the future. What will you create? It’s the city as you’ve never experienced it before!

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A series of free children’s activities held every Thursday for kids aged up to five. Activities change every week. Enjoy musical play, interactive art and craft, nature play, fun, yoga and much more!

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eanut allergies could become a thing of the past thanks to breakthrough research into a novel vaccination. Professor John Hayball, Head of UniSA’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory says the peanut allergy vaccine tricks the immune system into seeing peanut allergens in a new light, so that the body responds normally instead of generating an allergic reaction. “We’re effectively reprogramming the body to see peanuts as an entity that can be cured by a vaccine, rather than an allergen that elicits an allergic reaction,” Prof. Hayball says. “Already, the vaccine is showing

signs of success, shifting peanutspecific immune responses in mouse models of peanut allergy.” Peanut allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies peanuts as an allergen, signalling immune cells to release chemicals resulting in adverse reactions that can range from mild hives, cramps, nausea and vomiting, to life threatening anaphylactic reactions. Peanuts are one of the most common food allergies and the most common food to cause anaphylaxis or death. In Australia, there is a particularly high prevalence of peanut allergies, with almost three in every 100 children affected.

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risbane City Council is converting the 18-hole golf course at Victoria Park into an iconic public parkland. The future Victoria Park will be more than double the size of the City Botanic Gardens and will protect almost 45 hectares of green space. The draft masterplan promises a cultural hub, mountain bike and walking tracks, high ropes course, vegetable patch, a 1.4-hectare lake, boat house with kayaking hire, skate park, tennis and cricket courts, children’s water park and

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playground, a canopy walk, a tree house, outdoor multipurpose entertainment spaces and a new function facility. The current Victoria Park function centre, bistro, driving range and putt-putt course will remain due to their popularity. Once complete, the vision is for Victoria Park to become a natural retreat and urban park for adventure, discovery and reconnection.

Victoria Park is set to become a natural retreat for families to play, explore and reconnect.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART EARLY LEARNING CENTRE OPENS IN NUNDAH

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tudents at St Rita’s College will be the programs under one roof,” Mrs Morrow said. first to be educated in a $40 million “The classroom furniture, adaptable state-of-the-art learning precinct, the technology and all spaces in the precinct College’s largest ever build. aim to provide a flexible, contemporary In 2020, the Trinity Centre will be home learning environment affording peer-to-peer to the Music, Drama, Film, Television and collaboration and seamless technology.” New Media faculties, while also housing “The design also highlights the College’s classes for Religious Education, English, proud heritage, employing the words NANO Social Science, Mathematics and RITA architecturally.” “ALL SPACES IN THE and Languages. St Rita’s College received PRECINCT AIM TO The precinct will not only a boost toward the fitbolster the academic, arts and out of the Centre after PROVIDE A FLEXIBLE, communal experience for the spearheading a ‘Giving Day’ CONTEMPORARY girls of St Rita’s, but provide campaign late last year. LEARNING a space for performances, Lead Donors, along with ENVIRONMENT” examinations, speaker some 400 members of the programs, functions and events. College community, joined with the Alumnae Principal Mrs Dale Morrow said the and Parents and Friends Association to raise five-level building would promote greater over $400,000 for furniture, pianos, chairs, efficiency in the College’s well-rounded and desks, whiteboards, bag racks and more. high-achieving educational experience. The unveiling follows an outstanding year  “The Trinity Centre will be an important of academic results for St Rita’s, with 38% of landmark in today’s modern and global last year’s graduates achieving an OP 1 – 5 educational landscape, bringing together and 83% within the OP 1 – 10 band. and further enhancing many existing stritas.qld.edu.au

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dge Early Learning continues to spread its footprint across the region with a new centre in Brisbane’s north-east. Located in the suburb of Nundah, the centre is one of three purpose-built sites by Edge that are due to open in early 2020. The centre includes a host of new features, including a misting arbour for the children to enjoy on sunny days and beautiful natural gardens in all its playscape areas, inspired by the local native surroundings. Edge Early Learning Chief Executive Officer, Annie Bryce, said the new Nundah centre will have a comfortable, homely feel with a strong focus on quality education. “The smaller capacity and intimate room sizes are designed for authentic play-based learning experiences, allowing more opportunity for our educators to support and enhance children’s learning milestones,” she said. “Our education philosophy places a high importance on having an excellent team of caring and qualified educators, and the new Nundah centre will deliver just that.” Edge Early Learning Nundah will also pioneer the company’s move toward sustainability, by providing children with ecofriendly nappies and wipes made from 100% biodegradable bamboo. “The switch to sustainable products is one of the top priorities for Edge Early Learning and is a practice that will be introduced across all new centres as they open across the year.” edgeearlylearning.com.au

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Family trips to the beach are a world easier, with this surfboard that packs into a backpack!

PHOEBE FOX COMFORTER Designed to help settle babies to sleep, this soft and tactile toy from OB Designs is flat, making it easy for little ones to snuggle. Phoebe includes a ‘lost or found’ identity tag and toy hook so that bub doesn’t lose her, as well as weighted beads in her arms. Based in the Byron Bay Hinterland, OB Designs products are safe, ethical, functional and made from 100% natural materials. $25.95 obdesigns.com.au

INFL8 SURFBOARD Gold Coast company INFL8 Surf have just released the ultimate in surfing convenience. An INFL8 Surfboard will inflate on the beach in minutes, and is then packed up in a convenient backpack becoming easy to store and travel with. Available in three sizes, an INFL8 board is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers of all ages, while being responsive enough for advanced surfers to have fun on. Each board comes with soft, safe fins that can be removed and replaced with your favourite FCS fin set up. $399 - $499 infl8surf.com.au

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BY KIDS FOR KIDS T-SHIRT Aiming to spread a little happiness and increase confidence in our kids, these gorgeous shirts are designed by kids, for kids. A project started by a family in Brisbane, all shirts are made of soft cotton, sourced with a focus on ethical production. Even better, your kids can contribute artwork to be included in the project! From $25 facebook.com/ByKidsForKidsTShirts 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


FEM21 80% of women experience hormone related health problems in various stages of their lives. This complete, all-inone, herbal product is a game changer for the many women struggling with hormone related health issues. Created by Gold Coast mum and naturopathic physician Meah Robertson BHSc. (Nat), Fem21 combines 21 carefully selected and tested key ingredients in one easy-to-take formula, designed to assist in hormonal balancing, alkalising, and liver and digestion cleansing. From $54.95 // fem21.com.au

SOLAR BUDDIES Say goodbye to the sunscreen battle with the world’s first child-friendly, refillable sunscreen applicator. From a Sunshine Coast mum, this nifty refillable applicator means less mess, less waste and no messy hands. It’s small enough to fit in your bag and a breeze for little people to use. $25 solarbuddiesaustralia.com.au

BEST PEGS STAINLESS STEEL CLOTHES PEGS Best Pegs are made from a single piece of marine grade stainless steel wire so they won’t break apart or rust, even if you leave them out on the clothesline (we’ve tested this one and it’s 100% true!) They don’t heat up in the sun either! Switching to stainless steel clothes pegs is an easy step towards reducing plastic wastage in your life. Run by a Gold Coast mum, Best Pegs are available in a variety of pack sizes, all with free shipping in Australia! From $38.95 bestpegs.com.au

SWING DRESS The Swing Dress from Hendrik Clothing Company has a lovely A-line silhouette and offers an elegant, contemporary feel to a classic shape. Two pockets and a hem facing are details you didn’t know you needed until you see this dress! The linen fabric will keep you cool in summer or pair with a long-sleeved top in the winter. Designed and crafted with love in a small studio on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. $119 // hendrikclothingcompany.com 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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DJECO TAPATOU WOODEN TAP TAP TOY Keep little ones busy for hours with this chick-themed hammer toy. This simple toddler game is great for developing hand-eye coordination and introducing cause and effect. For ages 18+ months. // $42.95

SMARTGAMES BUNNY BOO GAME This pre-school puzzle game promotes understanding concepts such as above/ below, inside/outside, visible/hidden. Solve the challenge on each challenge card – there is only one solution to each challenge. For ages 2 to 5 years. // $41.99

MAUD N LIL COMFORTER OSCAR THE BUNNY This beautiful little comforter is made from certified organic cotton velour and filled with non-GMO corn starch filling. He’s somewhere between a blanky, a bunny plush toy and a dummy clip. Suitable for newborns and up. // $43.90

TENDER LEAF TIC TAC TOE GAME This sweet, eco-friendly set includes a set of natural wooden pieces for playing Noughts and Crosses and comes packaged in a bunny drawstring bag with tic tac toe printed on the back. For 3+ years. // $21.00

DJECO CHEZ-CAROT RABBIT 3 LAYER WOODEN PUZZLE Featuring 3 gorgeous rabbit scenes to piece together, layer by layer, this artist-designed kids puzzle will keep your toddler entertained while they learn. For 24+ months. // $34.99 KILLER BUNNIES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MAGIC CARROT A fast paced, action filled card game, in which you must try to keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies. Your opponents, however, are armed with weapons and will stop at nothing to keep you from winning the game, which can get vengeful, messy, and just plain fun! For 2 to 8 players, ages 13 to adult. // $54.99

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STEM

WHY ALL KIDS NEED

STEM SKILLS Once thought of as only important for those aiming for science degrees, STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are rapidly becoming critical for ALL jobs of the future.

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n the future it is anticipated that 47 per cent of all jobs could be completed by a robot. Within the next three years, it is said that a fourth industrial revolution will result in massive advances in artificial intelligence and biotechnology. This provides much food for thought about the implications for the workforce and, for those in education, it is both an exciting yet daunting era. “The skills needed for success in current society are constantly changing,” says Sam O’Leary, teacher at St Martin’s Catholic Primary School. “According to the Future of Jobs survey 2018, the skills needed for our students include analytical thinking and 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

innovation, technology design and programming, effective coordination and communication skills, critical thinking and analysis, complex problem solving, emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence.”

WHAT IS STEM OR STEAM? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) is a curriculum based around educating students in four specific areas – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – with a combined, hands-on approach. Rather than teach the disciplines as separate subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive

learning program based on real-world applications. Most schools have introduced a STEM program in some form. An increasing number also including the Arts in that curriculum as the Arts are proving to be just as important as other subjects in the development of 21st century skills. “The main principal of STEM is that things don’t happen in isolation, often a team is required to address and develop solutions,” explains Mr O’Leary. “A team of people can bring different skills, often needed at deferring stages, however, always working in conjunction to develop new systems, products and services.” M A R C H / A P R I L 2020

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WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN THE CLASSROOM? St Martin’s Catholic Primary School runs several STEM focused programs, designed to engage all learners and provide them with opportunities for rich and relevant learning. Some of these programs include: 1. Wonder of Science. Aligned to the Australian curriculum, this program is targeted at upper primary and early secondary students and aims to build knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for STEM based subjects. This year, students developed a snack for an extreme environment. This involved developing inquiry questions, researching, fair testing, analysis and evaluation and producing engaging presentations to impart their knowledge. Wonder of Science covers components of the Science, Design Technology and Mathematics curriculums. 2. Opti minds. Opti Minds is a critical and creative thinking challenge, where students work collaboratively to solve problems and think divergently. This year, students competed in the Language and Literature, Science and Engineering and Social Sciences divisions. All facets of this challenge are student driven and follow the design thinking model. Students leave this process feeling empowered and confident in team-based scenarios and being able to

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DIGITAL CURRENCY PLANNER: Someone who advises on cryptocurrencies and manages virtual finances. CROWDFUNDING SPECIALIST: An expert that help start-ups launch their campaigns on crowdfunding platforms. DRONE MANAGER: As drones become more ubiquitous, experts will need to set standards for ownership and work to maintain a fleet of drones. EXTINCT SPECIES REVIVALIST: Zoologists could play a critical role in recreating extinct species. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CONSULTANT: The world cannot survive on fossil fuel forever, so alternative energy sources are at the forefront of energy science and research. ORGAN/BODY PART CREATOR: New progress in stem cell research means 3D-printing could well be used to grow organs on demand. WASTE ENGINEER: Human beings produce an estimated 1.1 billion kgs of waste every year. Most of this is simply buried underground, but there is a growing industry to reuse, recycle or burn it for energy. IOT SECURITY REPAIR PERSON: As our homes become progressively ‘smarter’, we will need someone to call on when our smart gadgets go wrong.

spontaneously solve problems as they arise. St Martin’s Catholic Primary School had three national finalist teams, two of these were runners up and one became Australian champions. Opti Minds covers components of the Science, Design Technologies, Mathematics, The Arts, English and Humanities curriculums. 3. Organic learning. This is a learning process based around the principals of design thinking. It targets specific areas of the Australian curriculum and follows a distinct structure. Initially, students develop empathy and explore the relationship this has to their real world context. Students ask questions and seek to find answers by engaging in a variety of different learning experiences that link to the requirements of the national curriculum. Having done this, they make connections between components of their learning, which offer pathways for them to apply and transfer their knowledge, persuade others and empower action within the community. Organic Learning is a learning process which gives scope for students to develop

their own responses to their learning, which aligns with their personal interests and talents. This year, St Martin’s used this process for a Science project on extreme weather events and their affect on the natural environment, and the HASS Business and Economics Market Day, where children developed their own services and products for the benefit of the community.

INCLUSIVE IS IMPERATIVE As the skills for 21st century learners are constantly changing, Liz Mellon, teacher at St Martin’s Catholic Primary School believes that it is essential for all children to be exposed to these programs. 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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21st century skills • LEARNING SKILLS: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication • LITERACY SKILLS: information, media, technology • LIFE SKILLS: flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, social

“We have noticed that through facilitating these programs the level of engagement for our students has significantly increased,” says Ms Mellon.“The projects aim to provide opportunities for students to connect with current issues within society, while thinking critically and creatively about how to develop solutions to these issues. They also give students opportunities to develop or acknowledge their own interests and talents while engaging in these projects. This, in turn, promotes greater confidence and collaborative skills, emphasising the need for effective communication, as well as developing analytical thinking while exploring research or conducting experiments.” “Through giving students rich and relevant learning experiences we provide a context in which ALL our students can meet the requirements of the Australian curriculum while utilising a range of 21st century skills,” says Ms Mellon.

WHY THE ARTS MATTER The Australian curriculum is designed to allow teachers to be creative and give plenty of opportunity for integration between subjects. As many of these programs 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

selecting and summarising relevant information,” says Mr O’Leary. “Writing creatively in developing new laws and rules for society and explaining how sustainable machines worked and how they would benefit their new communities.” encompass a range of curriculum areas, WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS English and the Arts, along with all other In such a rapidly changing world, it’s hard to curriculum areas, automatically play a say what the future will hold. One thing for significant role. certain is that people in future jobs will need “The Arts are crucial for STEM to generate solutions to new problems and communication. In order to effectively convey creatively explore the best way of solving knowledge or meaning, you need these problems using the to understand your target audience resources and technology and how to best influence them,” available. “They will need to be CHILDREN ARE SO explains Ms Mellon. “Using the able to analyse societal trends CAPABLE, WE JUST Arts, students can use their through using data, they need to NEED TO GIVE THEM talents to transfer their learning explore ethical dilemmas, and and promote emotional response. THE ENVIRONMENT, they need to communicate and ENCOURAGEMENT We have had students create collaborate in order to ensure AND STRUCTURE TO they are successfully utilised,” poetry, dramatic plays, ACHIEVE. interpretive dance, coding games, says Ms Mellon. websites, build models, create “It is important that parents artwork, animations, and encourage and promote STEM persuasive pieces, all in order to demonstrate learning and that we all recognise the shift in knowledge.” essential society skills,” says Mr O’Leary. “As To put it into practice, students at St educators, it is imperative that we embrace Martin’s embarked on a project to change and are creative about how to collaboratively design a future city for 2050. integrate STEM subjects, give opportunities The project focused around the HASS – Civics for students to tackle challenges and and Citizenship and Science – energy and collaboratively develop solutions. Children electricity content areas. are so capable. As teachers we just need to “English skills were essential in this project give them the environment, encouragement in developing quality research questions, and structure to achieve.” M A R C H / A P R I L 2020

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Screen time is a huge source of parental guilt. Well, kick the guilt to the kerb, because screen time CAN be a positive thing!

s a parent, there’s always something to feel guilty about. Have you delivered five serves of veggies? Did you forget the sunscreen this morning? Did they push your buttons so hard that your Batman voice reared it’s head? Whatever we have to feel guilty about, screen time is often at the top of the guilt tree for many parents. Whilst most reports advise that it’s ‘bad’, the huge amount of misinformation out there makes it impossible to be an informed parent. Fortunately, we embarked on a mission to find out if screen time can actually be a good thing. And we were positively surprised.

WHAT IS SCREEN TIME?

Before we go throwing all devices out the window, let’s look at the facts. Screen time isn’t just using mobile phones and iPads. It encompasses watching television, writing a letter on a laptop, playing a dancing game, racing cars on a gaming console and even 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

chatting to a loved one through FaceTime. Many of these things can be valuable and engaging activities to share with our children.

This study also found that touch screen devices can offer disadvantaged children a pathway into reading. “Poorer children who use both books and touch screens to look CAN IT BE A GOOD THING? at stories are less likely to perform below Recent studies have found some benefits the expected standard for their age than if to allowing children to enjoy they only look at books,” the some screen time. report continued. “Not only A longitudinal study of three to does technology offer a route five-year-olds found that children It is important to into reading for disadvantaged enjoy reading more when they are consider the type children, we also found that of screen time using a touch screen. children are more likely to enjoy “When we explored the kids are enjoying reading if they look at stories relationship between the media when establishing using both books and a touch children use and their enjoyment compared with using any boundaries. screen, of reading, we found that more books only (77.4% vs. 70.8%).” children who read using print Heather Kirkorian from the and touch screen enjoy reading University of Wisconsin-Madison a lot more than children who read print told New Scientist that the content of the only (77.4% vs. 70.8%),” said the Parents’ games or programs that kids enjoy has a perspectives: Children’s use of technology in large role to play. The cognitive development the Early Years report by the UK’s National student said, “The best research suggests Literacy Trust. that the content children view is the best M A R C H / A P R I L 2020

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• Keep your own personal viewing habits low • Make mealtimes screen free • Keep screens out of bedrooms • Don’t use screens one hour before bedtime • Set age appropriate boundaries • Get involved in their screen time

have a number of benefits for kids. By using interactive and engaging apps, educational experiences can be enhanced and learning becomes both fun and accessible. Being digitally literate from a young age can help to prepare children for future learning. Puzzles and interactive games can encourage critical thinking and problem solving in real time. Collaborative games can build communication skills, as kids chat with friends and relatives. Creative apps encourage kids to draw, paint, write code, take photos and make movies – without needing any complicated equipment.

IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE

predictor of cognitive effects. Children will learn from what they watch, whether that means learning letters and numbers, slapstick humour or aggressive behaviour.”

CONTENT IS KEY

While the jury appears to be out on whether screen time is good or bad for our kids, some studies are suggesting that we shouldn’t be forbidding our kids from using these technologies. These studies suggest that screens may even be providing our kids with a richer learning experience. Content is key, therefore, it is important to consider the type of screen time kids are enjoying when establishing any boundaries at home. Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder of Technology Will Save Us says that screen time can be a very passive activity, “where children become completely engrossed and detached from all communication, interaction and participation in the family.” This passive consumption of media removes kids from reality and doesn’t exercise their brain. However, there are huge opportunities for the digital world to do the opposite, when children are channeled into activities where they are engaging and creating, rather than

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Sadly, screen time can go hand-in-hand with kids becoming more sedentary. And with obesity on the rise, screen time is all about balance. POSITIVE SCREEN The Department of TIME IDEAS Health recommends that “children younger than two • Use photo editing software to edit pictures they’ve taken passively observing. years of age should not It is also important spend any time watching • Create a movie about the that they have television or using other family pet opportunities to interact electronic media (DVDs, • Write a blog about their passion with others around computer and other • Use programs such as Scratch Jr screens – this is where electronic games).” For to create games and make music parents and carers need children 2 to 5 years of age, • Ask your child a big question to jump in and get it recommends that “sitting and have them research it involved in screen time. and watching television and • If your child loves YouTube, “Screen time is the use of other electronic set them a challenge to learn just another of those media (DVDs, computer and a new skill such as origami or moments in life where electronic games) should juggling instead of watching their you can engage with be limited to less than one favourite Vlogger your child, and find out hour per day.” • Call grandparents or extended what they’re exploring When used for ‘good’, family on FaceTime and learning,” Bethany screen time can enrich a • Reading e-books is just as valid says. Spend some time child’s life, if that child reading as a printed book, most watching them play a is also getting plenty of e-readers also have a dictionary so game and encourage opportunities to get outside children can look up words they them to explain what and play. It’s all about don’t know they’re doing, or help how you use it. As well as them research their teaching kids to be savvy school project online. This interaction will about being digitally safe, we also need to also help them to engage more outside of teach them how to be an active participant in their screen usage. what they consume, to be discerning about what type of content they are consuming ‘GOOD’ SCREEN TIME and to use digital technology in a way that With the right content, screen time can contributes to their growth. 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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YOUR TODDLER’S SWIMMING DEVELOPMENT Is it possible to accelerate the uptake of life-saving independent swimming skills while still having fun?

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ll parents want their children to be safer in and around the water. However, these potentially life-saving skills can take many years to learn. But is it possible to fast-track this process, so toddlers rapidly develop strong, independent swimming skills that could save them in potentially life-threatening aquatic situations? And is it possible to do that while still experiencing kind, caring and fun swim lessons? Karen Baildon, founder of Superfish Swim Schools believes it is possible, but that it requires a much greater exposure to water at this formative younger age.

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ONE HALF-HOUR SWIM LESSON PER WEEK EQUALS:

“SWIM LESSONS AND ANY TIME IN AND AROUND WATER SHOULD BE A FUN AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR LITTLE ONES.”

• 2 hours swimming per month • 13 hours swimming per 6 months (or 2 school days) • 26 hours swimming per year (or 4.5 school days) That’s like expecting a child to learn to read and write in a week!

“Attending weekly swimming lessons is fantastic, and you may get strong swimming skills by school-age, but sometimes that’s too late,” Karen says. “The reality is these young children will not hold high water awareness skills if they are only attending one half-hour swimming lesson per week. Toddlers need more if we are expecting them to achieve independent drowning prevention skills.” POSITIVE EXPOSURE The amount a baby or toddler is exposed to water is critical in a successful learn to swim progression, but for fast-tracked skill

development Karen believes parents and swim teachers should also be nurturing a love of the water from a very early age. “Swim lessons and any time in and around water should be a fun and positive experience for little ones,” Karen says. “Accelerating classes doesn’t mean they need to be more intense, in fact it’s the opposite. Alongside teaching skills that are potentially life-saving, we focus on growing a child’s love for being in the water.” WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP THEIR CHILD ACHIEVE INDEPENDENT DROWNING PREVENTION SKILLS? • As young as possible, start ‘conditioning’ swimming techniques with babies in the shower or bath at home, such as floating, water over the face and lots of bath time with a parent. • Start swimming lessons with babies, as young as possible. • A consistent, regular two swimming lessons per week is ideal. All year, until these skills are established. • Whenever possible, do not pause or stop lessons – especially until toddlers hold independent skills. Consistency in lessons is key. • Do not stop swimming lessons through the winter months – toddlers lose skills as they do not have a developed muscle memory. • Practice swimming skills outside of lesson

times. Visit your local pool or enjoy time in the backyard pool. • Don’t have unreal expectations – this is a process and parents and teachers need to work together. • Set goals with what you want to achieve with your child’s swimming development, and by what age. Your swimming teacher can help you with this. • Make sure your swim centre occasionally conducts ‘clothed’ swimming lessons. WHAT SKILL LEVEL DO CHILDREN NEED TO REACH, TO B E S E E N A S H AV I N G D E V E L O P E D STRONG, INDEPENDENT DROWNING PREVENTION SKILLS? • Independently tread water for 30 seconds • Independent float, with face up, for 30 seconds • A combination of both these skills – tread water/float • Independent ‘fall in’ catching back onto a wall • Independent ‘climb out’ of pool • Independent ‘eyes in’ with paddling arms and strong kick, either lifting head for breath and/or rolling into a float position • Swim and roll onto back, repeating activity “As swim teachers, we want to protect as many toddlers and preschoolers from drowning as possible. Our goal is for all children in Australia to be strong swimmers by five years old, and to see zero unnecessary drownings in children under five,” Karen says. “I believe this is possible with parents and swim teachers working together.” “Wouldn’t it be terrific to see all Aussie three-year olds with independent, strong skills in the water?” Karen Baildon is the founder and owner of Superfish Swim Schools in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Karen has just returned from being a key-note speaker at the World Aquatic Development Conference in Sweden in 2020. She lectured to Swim Teachers and Swim Program Operators from around the globe. Her topic was ‘Fast Tracking Toddler’s Swimming Development’.

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Limited Child Support Agreement 1. It must be in writing and signed by both parents, but there is no requirement for the parents to obtain legal advice prior to signing.

2. There must be a child support assessment in place with the CSA. The annual rate of support in the agreement must be equal to or more than the rate of the child support assessment.

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hen parents separate, one of their immediate concerns is ensuring suitable arrangements for the ongoing financial support of the children. There are various options available and choosing the best option can minimise future conflict.

3. It is not enforceable until it is registered by the CSA. 4. After three years, either parent can terminate the agreement. The agreement can also be terminated if a new child support assessment is completed with the CSA and the assessment changes by more than 15% from the previous assessment.

Binding Child Support Agreement 1. It must be in writing and signed by both parents but, prior to signing, both parents must get legal advice.

Child Support Assessment A child support assessment is the most common arrangement and it involves the Child Support Agency (CSA) applying a formula to calculate the amount of financial support payable for the children. The formula considers several factors including the income of each parent, the care arrangements for the children, the ages of the children and any other dependent children of the parents from previous relationships. Either parent can apply to the CSA for an assessment. A parent can object to an assessment that has been made and, in certain circumstances, seek a change of assessment.

Child Support Agreements Sometimes parents reach their own agreement about financial support for the children. These agreements can take the form of a Limited Child Support Agreement, or a Binding Child Support Agreement.

2. It is not necessary for a child support assessment to be in place with the CSA. The annual rate of support provided for the agreement can be any amount agreed to by the parents.

3. There are very limited grounds for terminating the agreement. Court Ordered In some circumstances, a parent can make an application to the Court for child support but these circumstances are limited. By Carolyn Devries, New Way Lawyers. The above information is intended to provide general information about the types of child support arrangements, it does not represent legal advice. If you would like legal advice about family law matters please call New Way Lawyers on 07 3548 5868 or visit www.newwaylawyers.com.au

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ith an increase in year-round indoor heated pools, swimming is no longer just a summer activity, especially when living in Queensland with its warmer weather and aquatic-rich lifestyle. Sadly though, drowning is still the number one cause of accidental deaths in children under five; a fact swim school leaders, Rackley Swimming, insists, shouldn’t be ignored. “Swimming isn’t just a fun activity. Once properly learned, it’s a life-saving skill, and a skill learned for life,” said Rackley Swimming General Manager, Cameron Speechley. “However, kids who are skilled swimmers should still be actively supervised when in and around the water – within arm’s reach of children under five, and within direct line of sight and close proximity of older children,” he added. Rackley Swimming says, children who stop swimming lessons, even for a short time, will often experience skill regression, which takes time to reverse when returning to the water. Offering season-round swimming lessons, from babies as young as two months, right through to squad and club opportunities, the

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swim school says, children who’ve spent any time out of the water, can benefit from Holiday Swim Programs or Intensive Weeks to help boost them back into form. “As our teaching pools are indoor and heated to 32 degrees, we often experience a spike during winter months, with parents commencing swimming lessons for their babies. It’s great to see this shift in trend, and showcases how carers are truly committed to improving their children’s health and safety, no matter the season,” said Speechley. World first ‘Early Years Swimming’ research, by Griffith University, has also shown children exposed to regular swimming from a young age, can be six to 15 months ahead of the normal population, when it comes to cognitive skills, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, social ability and co-ordination, meaning that continuing to swim is a smart choice too! “Swimming is one of Australia’s favourite pasttimes. Through regular swimming lessons and Holiday Swim Programs, we want to help ensure all Aussie kids don’t just love it, but are safer swimmers,” concluded Speechley.

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HOW CAN PARENTS USE TECHNOLOGY to strengthen their family’s relationships?

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echnology is a big part of the daily lives of families and, let’s to help you online. be honest, it’s not going anywhere! We know that technology • Interview your children like a news reporter or, even better, get can be both incredibly beneficial and potentially harmful. them to interview you.  Parents today are struggling with how to protect their • Film a movie review. children from the online environment and balance this with utilising • Get into coding with your child – there are heaps of resources digital technology to enhance communication, for education, positive online (google “coding with your kids”). entertainment and the strengthening of social relationships.  There is endless fun and potential to be had by all and it is a great Whilst there seems to be a focus on the dangers of tech, way to get siblings playing together again. what if we were to explore options where technology There are some great channels and podcasts that could actually improve our family connections? parents and children can enjoy together. They are funny, When it comes to connecting with our children, educational and promote further conversation. The next “Technology can be technology is no different from any other interest time you are in the car, why not throw on a podcast like: they have. Do we know what they find so entertaining • Wow in the World – the hosts lead families through scary but it can also about that YouTuber, or that game they endlessly kid-friendly news stories of the week. be an amazing and fun play? It is important to remember that kids will pick • What If World – in this podcast, the hosts discuss tool for families up on whether you are generally interested or are “What if….?” questions with hilarious results. to connect.” simply fishing for information, so make it about what • Story Pirates – actors improvise on story concepts is personal to them. Ask them something like “why do sent in from kids. Belly laughs may result. you love watching this?” or “what is the funniest thing Technology can be scary but it can also be an on this channel that you can show me?” Creating conversation and amazing and fun tool for families to connect.  meeting children where they are at can only promote connection.  Kimberley Harper, Parentline (Qld/NT) manager  So let’s build on this, what if we created content with our children? Parentline is a service of yourtown, providing free professional This is one area parents and children can let their imaginations go counselling, education and support for parents and carers of children and wild (and you do not need to post any of this content online). young people for over two decades. If you would like to read more about It could be a nice little memento of your time spent together. Here are topics like how do you protect your child online and cyberbullying, head some ideas:  to parentline.com.au or give us a call on 1300 30 1300 and speak to one • Why not record a dance or a short video skit? You can find scripts of our qualified counsellors. PA R E N T L I N E I S O P E N E V E R Y D AY F R O M 8 A M – 10 P M , W I T H W E B C H AT AVA I L A B L E D A I LY F R O M 8 A M – 9 P M 

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Looking for a rewarding career? As a Family Day Care Educator, you’ll provide quality child care from your home, with the flexibility to choose your hours and set your income while raising your own family ... and we’ll support you all the way! No prior experience necessary.

NOW ENROLLING FOR 2020 INCLUDING INTRODUCTION TO DANCE MORNING PROGRAMS (2-5 YEARS)

•Specialised elite ballet and jazz programs •Qualified teachers in all genres •2 fully air-conditioned studios •Professional sprung flooring with Tarkett •Student lounge and change room facilities

KATH DICKSON FAMILY DAY CARE W: www.kdfc.com.au/dreamjob P: (07) 5446 7731

For further information, contact: 5450 1717 | admin@sccod.com.au www.sccod.com.au

GYMBAROO SUNSHINE COAST

W: gymbaroosunshinecoast.com.au P: 0452 512 327 FB: @GymbarooSunshineCoast

“GymbaROO is the best part of our week!” A fine and gross motor skill development focused program that includes an age-appropriate indoor obstacle climbing course, dancing, ball skills, music and rhythm. Children learn to roll, crawl, climb, walk, jump and problem-solve. Best of all, KIDS LOVE IT!

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NOOSA KIDS & BABY MARKET

W: noosakidsmarket.com.au P: 0438 390 999 / 0410 639 973 FB: @noosakidsmarket

FREE ENTRY!

Pre-loved, new and handmade items

Sunshine Beach: 9 Feb, 10 May, 9 Aug, 8 Nov Cooroy: 8 March, 14 June, 13 Sept, 13 Dec Coolum: 5 April, 12 July, 11 Oct

8am - 11am: Rain, hail or shine!

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Eve's Skin Australia

Eve's Skin Australia is a beautifully harnessed, organic and vegan handmade skincare range. We passionately believe skincare should be free from harmful and toxic chemicals and ingredients. This is reflected through our products and hard work to produce a natural range that is kind to the skin. W: evesskin.com IG: @evesskin_australia FB: @evesskin1

GDL NATURE PLAY SPACES

W: gdlnatureplacespaces.com.au P: 0410 863 756 | Sunshine Coast Specialists in the design and construction of nature-based play spaces. We can offer custom-made spaces that bring your ideas to life. From early learning centres, schools, public spaces and private. We use our concept plans, work closely with you and gain inspiration from the children’s ideas to bring the best possible solutions to your space and budget.

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM

W: qam.com.au P: (07) 5492 5930 A: 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra. Queensland 4551

Behavioural Specialist and Early Childhood Educator

Sunburnt? Take a day off from the beach and enjoy the unique experience Queensland Air Museum has to offer. There are not many museums that allow you to get up close and personal to more than 90 historically significant aircraft!

W: www.kasiapalko.com.au P: 0422 993 609 FB: @KasiaPalkoBehaviouralSpecialist

Through her creative observational techniques, Kasia develops behavioural management systems to help children interact with their environment, families and peers.

create your own.

premium handcrafted gelato on a stick.

Open daily 10am - 9pm

Shop 6, On the Beach Noosa 49 Hastings St, Noosa Heads (opposite bistro c) Now also open in Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane! P: 0404 314 468 happypops.com.au

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RECIPE

APPLE ENERGY BALLS Apples are full of nutritional goodness. If you are looking for a way to get more apples into your family’s diet, here’s a great recipe that’s simple to make and the perfect kids' snack. Makes 12-14 balls (depending on size) Recipe by: LEAH ITSINES FOR AUSSIE APPLES INGREDIENTS

1½ cups of walnuts 1 tablespoon vanilla essence ¼ cup almond meal 1 cup dried apricots 1 apple, cored 1½ cups of desiccated coconut ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup

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METHOD

• Place walnuts, apple, vanilla essence, water, almond meal, half of the coconut and dried apricots into a food processor. • Blend this mixture for 2-3 minutes or until it has come together. • Take a small amout of this mixture into the palm of your hand and roll into a small ball. • Repeat until all the mixture is gone. • Roll each ball in the remaining desiccated coconut. • Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating. These can last up to a week in the fridge (if they last that long in your house!)

Did you know? • Like green tea and blueberries, apples are rich in polyphenols. The polyphenols are found in both the white flesh and the skin of apples, but there are two and a half times as many antioxidants, including polyphenols, in the apple skin. • Apple polyphenols may have a role to play in weight loss and stopping the growth of cancer cells.

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