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ISSUE 83 November/December 2019 GOLD COAST

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t’s 4.30am. I’m in my PJs, having a sneaky cuppa and getting my head straight for the day ahead. It’s at times like this that the mama juggle never ceases to amaze me. And there’s never a time of year we feel it more than in the downhill slide into Christmas. The end-of-year wrap-ups and unbelievably cute Christmas concerts, combined with the craziness of planning for Christmas and getting organised for a well-deserved summer break, makes for one very frazzled mama. Like most Gold Coast families, we often turn to the local playground for a much-needed respite from the chaos. The kids can burn off steam whilst you grab a coffee and just breathe for a moment. So, this issue, we take our team of investigators (aka the kids) to Foreshore Coomera to find out what

it reeeally takes to build the perfect playspace. Of course, November also means we are well into the lead up to Christmas! #notstartedshoppingyet. If you are always chasing your tail like me, we have a HUGE Christmas gift guide, with something for everyone (yup, even some sneaky treats for Mum!). We’ve also got a round-up of the best Christmas activities across the region. If you are desperate for a break, check out our trip to the stunning Tangalooma Island Resort to experience all the kid-friendly fun on offer at this natural paradise. And, as always, we have all the latest news, reviews, events and more! With love and Christmas sparkles,

Angela xo

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PLAY: We take our team of little investigators

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CHECK THIS OUT: The best Christmas gifts for the whole family.................................... 13 TRAVEL: We check out all the kid-friendly fun at Tangalooma Island Resort .................... 29 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services........................................................... 31 EDUCATION: Reflecting on kindergarten and preparing for big school ............................ 33 REVIEWS: Movies and books for the family.......................................................................... 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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HOME 1 TO 15 DECEMBER Hota hota.com.au/home

HOTA is opening its “home” for a huge 15 day celebration! Featuring 20 exciting events including a skate Mecca, pop-up dance workshops, and outdoor visual art installations. The program is topped off with daily curated Artisan Markets, drinks at HOTA’s Lawn Bar, Christmas ArtLabs for the littlies and much more, as HOTA becomes the place to call home this summer.

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The Little Elves Project is created and run by two young brothers from the Gold Coast. Now in its third year, the project aims to collect a huge 10,000 presents for children in need. There’ll be food, fun, entertainment, and lots on for kids! Bring your gift and join in the fun as a thank you, on behalf of the children.

THE ENCHANTED GARDEN 29 NOVEMBER – 13 DECEMBER Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane 6:30pm – 9:30pm Explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden, as Roma Street Parkland transforms into a festival wonderland.

BURLEIGH BABY & KIDS CLOTHING SWAP 16 NOVEMBER Facebook: @burleighclothingswap Swap your good quality items for other items you need! Clothing swaps are a great way to work as a community to reduce clothing waste. This first event will focus on clothing and accessories for babies and children, size newborn (including premmie babies) up to size 8. 

Adventures at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre THROUGHOUT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Coast Club, Gold Coast qld.gov.au Coast Club offers a range of exciting activities every day. Choose a morning, afternoon or full day experience that could involve anything from canoeing, abseiling, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and much, much more! 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

WILD ISLAND ADVENTURE SPLASH ZONE OPENING NOVEMBER Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary CurrumbinSanctuary.com.au Get up close to wildlife and then cool off in a water park this summer at Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone - the newest addition to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary! Opening in November, the Splash Zone offers kids up to the age of 12 a range of timed water jets, streams and waterfalls to run through.

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Christmas in the Park, Pacific Pines Pacific Pines, Central Park facebook.com/pg/ ChristmasintheParkPacificPines

Community carols event with local entertainers, market stalls, food trucks, entertainment, rides and fireworks. 8–23 D E C E M B E R

Santa Selfies at Southport Sharks Southport Sharks southportsharks.com.au

Santa will be making an appearance every Sunday and Monday. Members can bring along their own camera to take a selfie and send or share with family and friends. 14 DECEMBER

Broadbeach Christmas Carols

Bring a picnic rug and your best singing voice for carols by the beach.

Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach broadbeachgc.com

Come and enjoy carols sung by Rachael Beck, Martin Crewes, the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, the Gold Coast Youth Choir and hosted by 102.9 Hot Tomato’s Flan, Emily Jade & Christo. Make a day of it with shopping at Pacific Fair, a swim at the beach, free kids rides, food trucks, a special appearance from Santa and the grand finale – the fireworks spectacular! 15 DECEMBER

Coolangatta Christmas Carols Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta southerngoldcoast.com.au

Enjoy brilliant Christmas performances, sing along to your favourite carols with legendary performer, Denis Walter, and settle in for a magical night under the Southern Gold Coast stars. The Coolangatta Christmas Markets and food trucks will be open from 4:00pm, with the show starting at 5:30pm.

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Christmas in Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise surfersparadise.com

Experience Christmas with an Aussie twist in Surfers Paradise and watch the iconic beach and mall transform into a summertime wonderland. See Santa in boardies at his beach shack whilst roving carollers spread cheer. 22 DECEMBER

Carols on the Beach Surfers Paradise surfersparadise.com

Experience a Carols like no other, sitting under the stars at Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach. The festive event features a stunning line-up of local talent and finishes with a magical display of vibrant fireworks that is sure to spread Christmas cheer!

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IS YOUR FAMILY SWIM READY THIS SEASON? With the weather warming up, swim safety messaging is increasing and for good reason. Despite ongoing aquatic education, devastatingly, drowning is still the number one cause of accidental death in children under five years. With that in mind, swim school leaders

at Rackley Swimming are encouraging all families to improve their year-round water safety awareness, especially in preparation for our Summer holiday season. “Swimming skills can help save lives, no matter the aquatic activity,” said Rackley Swimming General Manager, Cameron

Speechley. “That’s why our community message, ‘This is Swimming’, is so important. It highlights how any body of water – surfing, wading, splashing, jet skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, tyre rafting, even building sandcastles – should be considered to be as swimming, because if a child falls into the water while doing that activity, swimming skills would be required,” added Speechley. Rackley Swimming also suggests that yearround swimming is not only vital, but a smart decision. World first ‘Early Years Swimming’ research by Griffith University has shown that children exposed to regular swimming from a young age, can be six to fifteen months ahead of the normal population, when it comes to cognitive skills, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, as well as social ability, coordination, and following instructions. “Swimming is one of Australia’s favourite hobbies. Through regular swimming lessons and our booster Holiday Swim Programs, we want to help ensure all Aussie kids don’t just love it, but are safer swimmers no matter the season,” concluded Speechley. For more information, head to rackleyswimming.com.au

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MENTAL HEALTH IS PRIORITY Kids Helpline says mental health issues and suicide-related thoughts accounted for more than one fifth of all calls made by children and young adults. The number of contacts made to Kids Helpline for the six months to July 2019 was 76,257, with 6,928 (19 per cent) related to suicide. Young people with a mental health issue may experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, emotional distress, psychotic thoughts, thoughts of suicide, or may engage in violent behaviours, disordered eating, substance abuse, or self-harming behaviours. “To cope with increasing counselling demand, Kids Helpline recently increased

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the opening hours for web chat to 24/7. This has resulted in an additional 3,108 attempts and 1,723 contacts being made in the first half of this year. As a result, we are seeing longer counselling sessions and increasing numbers of children and young people who require regular support,” said yourtown CEO, Tracy Adams. “There should be no wrong doors to accessing help. We need to be working together towards early intervention, greater access to services and support for families need to be prioritised,” Tracey said. The only 24/7, free and confidential service for young people aged 5 to 25, Kids Helpline is 69 per cent self-funded by yourtown art union, donors and grants. 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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“Our team and practice is a family practice with a passion for early intervention, developmental assessment and detecting growth in children’s oral health,” said Imola Foster. “We are parents of young children ourselves and the passion has come from lack of services for early years’ intervention.” We treat children from as young as six months old for tongue tie assessment, feeding issues, sleep and development; a complete service for the whole family.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE THE PRODUCTS TOPPING OUR #WANT LIST THIS CHRISTMAS

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Featuring cute animal faces, this growth chart from Wee Gallery is ethically and sustainably made using screen printing on organic cotton canvas, finished with a waxed cotton twine hanging cord and stylish fringe end. Comes in a special keepsake bag with a place for your child’s name and birth date. $38 // urbanbaby.com.au

TAYDAY LITTLE LUXE EXFOLIATION GIFT PACKAGE A beautiful selection of gorgeous products to nourish, nurture and pamper. Enjoy this little bit of luxury and take the time to exfoliate and nourish your face and body. Featuring organic and natural products, it’s the perfect gift for someone special! $95 // tayday.com.au 

DYSON V11 Buying an appliance for Mum is usually a no-no, but this Dyson cordless is uh-mazing. Intelligently optimising power, it deep cleans anywhere and adapts to different floor types, making cleaning a breeze. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want one? $1199 // joycemayne.com.au

CAT CHAIR SOCKS LITTLE STRAWBERRY SMALL WETBAGS Practical, useful and reusable, these gorgeous wet bags are the perfect accessory for a busy parent. They are water and stain resistant and feature a sturdy handle. Measuring 20cm x 25cm they are ideal for swimwear, lotions, toys, stationary, hair accessories, snacks, puzzles, games. Store in your handbag, nappy bag or kids school bag. $10 // littlestrawberries.com.au 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

Looking for the purrfect stocking filler which is just as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing? These cat themed chair socks (pack of 4) stop chairs and stools scratching the floor, are easy to wash and come in a range of colours! Find them at the Cat Retreat Cafe, Chevallum, along with heaps of other cat lover meow-chandise to purr-chase just in time for Christmas. $8 for pack of 4 catretreatcafe.com.au N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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OSMO LITTLE GENIUS KIT Turn screen time into a lifelong love of learning with this latest kit from Osmo. Designed for the littlest learners, this hands-on learning adventure is perfect for kids aged 3-5. Spark their imagination as they learn critical skills and have a blast with these four games! $149 // playosmo.com

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY SET – BACK TO NATURE Get kids out amongst it with the Tiger Tribe Outdoor Activity Set – an inspiring set designed to get children off the couch, unplugged and outside exploring nature. Use the magnifying glass to become a nature detective, trace shadows with chalk on the footpath, or collect leaves, petals and sticks to make a butterfly. Document observations and learn fun facts along the way. For ages 5+. RRP: $25 // tigertribe.com.au

The world’s first smart media player for children, Birde allows toddlers and preschoolers to listen to audiobooks, music and watch videos without needing to use a screen, keyboard, mouse or remote control. Simply tap the sturdy content token (seed) to the speaker to listen to the story or music! Kidproof, portable, washable and super-easy to use, Birde makes it easier for kids to play their own music, audiobooks and video in a completely safe way. From $199 // birde.co

SUCTION RAINBOW PLATE New from Emondo Kids, this unique Rainbow Plate is made from FDA approved 100% sustainable bamboo and food grade materials, it features three individual compartments, allowing parents to portion their little one’s meals, saving time, waste and heartache! The suction function means it stays where you put it until you choose to move it. Perfect to combat those fussy little eaters that want to create their own rainbow... of mess all over the dining room floor. $45 // emondokids.com.au

TEACHER DRAWA-POTECO KIT Give a unique gift that shows your true appreciation for your teacher with Bean Me Up’s Wonderful Teacher Collection of beans – laser engraved with the words Caring, Wonderful, Dedicated, Passionate, Patient, Nurturing and Thank You! As the beans grow, the words will emerge, letting the recipient know just how valued they are. This kit comes complete with an ecoPot and a set of 6 markers, ready for your child to create their own special design. $28.95 // beanmeup.com.au

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LEGO HARRY POTTER GREAT HALL Expelliarmus! This 4-level tower features a movable Grand Staircase, potions room, treasure room with chest and a turret featuring the Mirror of Erised™ with changeable pictures and a roosting spot for Fawkes™. Also includes 10 mini figures and all the fun accessories you would expect, including wands, sorting hat, cauldrons and more. RRP $169.99

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OF THE WORLD NESTING DOLLS These gorgeous nesting dolls from Marmalade Lion are a great conversation starter for the little people in your life. The set includes five must-know women to teach your children all about. Each hand-painted set comes with a beautifully curated book, which tells the story of each woman and her legacy. $59 // marmaladelion.com.au

SPECDRUMS New to the Sphero range, Specdrums are app-enabled rings that turn colours into music with a simple tap. Connect to the Specdrums MIX app and tap on anything – your clothes, drawings, or the included playing pad – to create and mix sounds, beats, and loops that play through your mobile device. Available at JB Hi-Fi and Australian Geographic. RRP: $109.99-$169.99 sphero.com

NANOLEAF CANVAS SMARTER KIT These touch and sound reactive LED panels are a rad gift for any tween or teen. Control the lighting from your home-kit device through voice, touch or the Nanoleaf App. Create your own designs and shapes with the modular panels and choose from more than 16 million colours for functional or ambient lighting. Activate Rhythm Mode and watch the light squares react to sound! Available at JB Hi-Fi, David Jones and Apple stores. RRP: $319.99 // nanoleaf.me/en

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Their playground. Your dream community. Picture a lifestyle where you can go for a morning run, take your kayak out for a paddle and then walk your kids to school. Foreshore Coomera ticks all the boxes. Close to Westfield and public transport Nearby childcare, public and private schools Easy access to the Coomera River 51 hectares of conservation area including 3 parks Visit stockland.com.au/foreshorecoomera or call Wendy Gerretzen on 0416 069 728 to find out more. *Price is correct as at 17/10/19 and is subject to change without notice or obligation. All images and statements are based on information available to Stockland at the time of publication and may be subject to change without notice or obligation.

House & land packages from $440,000*

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TELL ME A STORY CARDS We all have stories to tell and these gorgeous cards provide a forum for young people to recall and retell their own memorable moments and discover a sense of pride in their own achievements. As well as being a useful tool to facilitate communication and boost self-esteem, these story cards are wholesome family fun. Designed for ages 6 years and over. $66 // therapeuticresources.com.au

What kid doesn’t like pretending the floor is lava? In this brand-new game, players must imagine the floor is molten hot lava, while spinning for their colour and jumping along foam game pieces in order to reach safety. The Floor is Lava is a family game incorporating physical activity, imagination and pure fun! Remember, don’t touch the floor! For ages 5+. RRP: $39.95

SOGGY DOGGY

Who will get soaked first? Find out when you play Soggy Doggy, the showering, shaking, wet doggy game! Move your players around the board and take turns bathing this pup. But be careful - he loves to shake himself dry. If Soggy Doggy shakes all over you, wipe yourself off and head back to the start. The first one around the board wins! This anticipation-filled game of splishy splashy fun is great for kids and adults alike. Ages: 4+. RRP:  $29.99

OUTFOXED! Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing and it’s time for a chicken chase to crack the case! Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You’ll have to work together quickly because the guilty fox is hightailing it towards the exit! Will you halt the hungry hooligan before it flies the coop… or will you be Outfoxed? Great for younger players, ages 4+. RRP: $49.95

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MONOPOLY FORTNITE EDITION Is Fortnite fever still gripping your household? If you know your floss from your dab, this is the game for you! Choose a character, pick from 27 awesome outfits then it’s time to battle! Players claim locations and avoid the Storm to survive. The last player standing wins. RRP: $39

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The benefits of

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hough it can often be a struggle to find the time, curling up with your little one and sharing a book can be the best way to wrap up a day – for both parent and child. But as well as being a wonderful bonding time, shared reading has been linked with improved language and early reading skills. This positive difference is evident throughout their school years and beyond. But why would the simple act of reading together have such a positive impact on a child’s academic achievement? Firstly, there is strong evidence that much of children’s knowledge of sophisticated words is acquired during incidental learning, which occurs while they are being read to. Reading to children exposes them to words not often encountered in everyday life, broadening their vocabulary and general knowledge. This is particularly impactful during those first five years of life – a period of rapid language learning.

Secondly, when reading to children, parents often ask questions and engage in discussions about what’s happening in the story, exploring different outcomes and helping children develop problem-solving skills, which will then lead to enriched cognitive development. Thirdly, research suggests that experiences related to nursery rhymes, songs, games, and book reading can give young children access to ideas, concepts, and vocabulary that lead to higher levels of mathematics performance. You may notice that many children’s books include mathematics-related content, such as counting, measurements, geometry, growth and change. These enhanced cognitive skills not only lead to better literacy outcomes, and

enhanced mathematical comprehension, but great academic achievement in general. So there really is a great reason to read that extra story tonight! Not sure what to read? Pop along to your local library where they have a huge range of children’s books to borrow. Find your local branch at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/storytime

Gold Coast Libraries

STORYTIME Books help little brains grow! Introduce your child to the joy of reading at our interactive Storytime sessions, held weekly at all Gold Coast City Libraries. Fun, friendly and free, Storytime is a great way to help your child develop a love of books and reading. For parents and children aged 3 – 5 years.

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No need to book, just visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/storytime for times and locations.

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FOREVER ON THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT PLAYGROUND, WE SWING BY FORESHORE COOMERA’S FAB NEW EAGLE TREE PARK TO FIND OUT WHY IT’S BECOMING A PLAYGROUND FAVOURITE FOR GOLD COAST FAMILIES.

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tockland is renowned for its creative parks and playgrounds and the new state-of-the-art Eagle Tree Park, located at the corner of Foreshore Street and Dales Way, is certainly no exception. Incorporating an array of innovative equipment including a twisting slide, swings and play tower, along with a basketball halfcourt, picnic shelters, barbecue facilities and a ‘kick around’ space, the park is already becoming a recreational hub for local families. David Laner, Queensland General Manager for Residential Communities at Stockland, said the opening of Eagle Tree Park marked the latest milestone for the community, which has recently welcomed its first residents, launched a 21-home display village and opened a waterside park complete with a jetty. “It is exciting to watch our vision for Foreshore Coomera rapidly becoming a reality, with our newest park a valuable addition to the infrastructure we are putting in place to foster active and heathy lifestyles,’’ Mr Laner said. “Sports and an active lifestyle are at the core of Foreshore Coomera with more than half of the community dedicated to open space and conservation, and additional planned amenities including bike and walking trails.” Surrounded by nature, the community makes the most of its location bordered by the Coomera River and Oxley Creek, including 2.5 kilometres of river frontage and more 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

IN THE HEART OF COOMERA than 51 hectares of conservation areas and open space – providing the perfect setting for relaxed family living. Foreshore Jetty Park is another park that opened within the community earlier this year. In an idyllic setting on the banks of the Coomera River, under a canopy of mature shade trees, Foreshore Jetty Park provides the perfect backdrop for family barbecues and get-togethers as well as opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy kayaking and fishing. “Foreshore Jetty Park features 600 metres of walking and cycling trails along the riverbank, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy the natural setting as they exercise,” said David. “It also makes the most of the relaxed coastal lifestyle and the stunning waterside setting on offer at Foreshore Coomera.”

A custom-designed covered timber jetty at the park offers direct access to Coomera River, providing a launch pontoon for kayaks, as well as an excellent vantage point for fishing. Family picnics are also well catered for at Foreshore Jetty Park, with a picnic shelter, barbecue facilities, a unisex toilet, a drinking fountain and tap.

More than play Foreshore is also close to a wide range of education hubs, from childcare centres to schools, including the adjacent $64 million Foxwell State Secondary College, which is opening in 2020. “The state-of-the-art high school, located on Foxwell Road, will be able to cater for up to 250 Year 7 students on day one of the school year next year, with stage one of development N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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including junior classrooms, a covered lunch area, sports centre and an oval,” said David. Other schools close by include Coomera Rivers State School, Pimpana State Secondary College and the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast campus. The community is also well situated for shopping with outstanding retail, dining and entertainment options provided by the Coomera East Shopping Centre, located directly adjacent to the community, and the $470 million Westfield Coomera just two kilometres away. It is also close to the popular dining and cafe precincts at Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island. “Being just a short drive to Coomera Train Station and easy access to the M1 Motorway, Foreshore Coomera is steadily growing in popularity amongst local families looking for a family friendly community.” “Offering parks, 51 hectares of conservation area, yet located only 26 kilometres from the Gold Coast CBD, Foreshore is attracting a wide range of new home buyers looking for a relaxed waterside lifestyle surrounded by nature,” said David. “Families are an integral part of our communities. They help lay the foundations for a strong, connected community containing a diverse mix of buyers of all ages and backgrounds.” “Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, the community will ultimately feature 9.5 kilometres of walking and cycling trails, with much of it set alongside nature,” said David. “So far, approximately 6.5 kilometres of trails have been constructed, allowing residents of all ages to wind their way through leafy parkland as well and the view along 600 metres of river banks.”

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TO FIND OUT M O R E visit the Foreshore Sales and Information Centre on the corner of Foxwell Road and Oakey Creek Road, Coomera, call 1300 141 467 or go to stockland.com.au/ foreshore.

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how much you like going out to places where other people cook food and bring it to you. Rest time comes and I’m exhausted. Though I’m not sleeping in my own bed, the kindy bed feels safe and snuggly, and Miss Ellie is always there to give us a pat or a cuddle. They aren’t as good as your sleepytime hugs, but they still feel nice. The afternoon goes by in a blur, but they are always fun. Miss Ellie has a different activity every day. We play alphabet and number games. The teachers use the words ‘learning intentions’ and ‘learning outcomes’ when talking to each other. I think that is grown-up speak for having LOTS of fun in lots of different ways. So, Mummy… I know you only see me crying, and you worry about me all day. But the butterflies go away and I have the BEST day at kindy – learning, making friends, and beginning to find my place in the world. And, my favourite bit? Your great big hug at the end of the day. Love from, Ollie x

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affordable hotel rooms to deluxe beachfront without a doubt, the Asian fusion restaurant villas, there is something for every family and Fire and Stone, where you can enjoy every budget. With a kitchenette and beds internationally inspired flavours and sunset for four, the Resort Units are an affordable dining in a relaxed setting. They do have a choice for a family with little kids menu, but there is plenty ones. If you prefer a little luxury on the main menu that kids will and a full kitchen, the Deep (try the Honey Chicken, it’s The sandboarding love Blue Holiday Apartments are seriously amaaaazing!). was so much fun, stunning. The resort’s main hub offers and the quad With plenty of places to eat at plenty of entertainment with the resort, dining as a family is bikes were epic… live music on the weekends, big easy. The Beach Café is a casual screen sports in B&B’s Resort it was the best beach-style takeaway with Bar, pool tables, plenty of high weekend ever! burgers, pizza, hot dogs and chairs and a relaxed vibe. Callum, 11 kids’ meals. Or try the Coffee Lounge for sandwiches, cakes, WHAT TO DO coffee and great ice-cream. In the winter months, the whale There is also a General Store at the resort for watching tour from Tangalooma is a musteveryday essentials and snacks. At the Beach do. The season runs from June to October, BBQ Restaurant (only open for dinner), with whales migrating straight past Moreton you can tuck into a steak and other grilled Island. The Whale Watch Cruise includes a delights. But the best dining at the resort is, scenic cruise across Moreton Bay, guaranteed N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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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!

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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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Recognising their name. This will be helpful in their prep classroom and managing their own independence which will be vital once they are in a full classroom of new faces. 2.

Strengthening social skills. Something that has been addressed all year is the high importance of social skills valuing independence, starting to empathise and really listen to their friends and teachers. Independence skills are vital to the children once they are at Prep – looking after their hat, finding their water bottle and managing their fruit breaks and lunchtimes. 3.

A love of reading. Fostering a love of being read to and enjoying books daily will continue to embed the reading behaviour already happening in pre-school.

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