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ISSUE 90 January/February 2019 SUNSHINE COAST

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET SET FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR

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Making the switch from OP to ATAR…

IS YOUR SCHOOL READY?


WELCOME

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can’t believe another school year is upon us already! As I prepare my own tribe for the return to school, my heart instinctively goes out to all the little ones that will be the ‘new kid’ this year – whether that’s starting childcare, stepping into Prep, joining a new school, or making the leap into Year 7. We’ve all been the new kid at some point, and no matter how old you are, it’s still a scary time. Even as adults – starting a new job or relocating to a new area – the ‘new kid’ stomach-churny feeling can quickly come flooding back. We’ve shifted schools recently, and as much as I encouraged my own kids to get involved and make new friends, when it came to doing it myself I really stumbled. Those first few afternoons at the school gates not knowing who to talk to. The first birthday party we were invited to and I’m found shuffling nervously under a tree whilst the kids happily slot into their new friendship groups. Needless to say, the littlies negotiated out of ‘new kid’ territory waaaaay faster than me! So, on the return to school, let’s remind our kids to include the new kid looking lost at break-time. And on the school run, let’s look

out for the new parent standing nervously at the gates. Reach out, smile and say ‘hi’. That small hand of friendship could make the world of difference to their school year, and you never know – you might just make a new friend. To get you ready for a new school year, this issue we are all about ‘Back to School’! Our local educators share their wisdom on transitioning into new classrooms. And this year the school ranking system changes from OP to ATAR, so we find out what that means for our older kids. We also find out how one school has recently introduced the IB Career Program and the difference that is making to opportunities for its high school students. But the summer holiday isn’t quite over yet! So, we also have a huge guide to the best family-friendly day trips across the region. How many can you tick off before you the summer is over? And as always, with the region’s best kid-friendly events, news, reviews, products and more, it’s another bumper sunshine-filled issue just for you. Happy New Year!

Angela xo

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THE TEAM

PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF Angela Sutherland

PUBLISHER & SALES DIRECTOR Helen Rush

ADMIN/ ACCOUNTS Sheryl Thomson

ACCOUNT MANAGER Bridget Vallis

DEPUTY EDITOR Amardy Baucke

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Amy Lou

PRODUCTION MANAGER Tanya Nissen

GRAPHIC DESIGN Danielle Lunn

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EDUCATION SPECIAL: From classroom transitions to high school career programs, the region’s top educators share their tips on the new school year ahead.

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FROM THE EDITOR ................................................................................................................ 3 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for January and February................................................. 7 LOCAL NEWS: The latest news from across the region ........................................................ 10 NEW BUSINESS: Local businesses to enhance your kid-sized life .......................................12

NOTICEBOARD: All the news and achievements from our local schools .......................... 14 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products topping our #want list ..........................................16 HEALTH: Why children’s vision is essential to learning ..........................................................47 BABIES: Expert Claire Andersen solves your baby sleep issues ........................................... 48 ALL ABILITIES: The new app bringing help to parents of special needs kids ......................51 NUTRITION: Food allergies versus food intolerances............................................................52 CLASSIFIEDS: Local products and services ..........................................................................55 REVIEWS: Books and games for the family ........................................................................... 58 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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MARCH/APRIL 2019 BOOKING DEADLINES Ad booking: 13 February Art deadline: 13 February Distributed directly to parenting hotspots across Southeast Queensland: Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast. For distribution enquiries inbox@shoremedia.com.au Printed at Fast Proof Press Printing All editorial and advertising in Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City publications are published in good faith based on material, verbal or written, provided by contributors and advertisers. No responsibility is taken for errors or omissions and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. All material in Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City is subject to copyright provisions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Feedback, comments or suggestions? Send to: inbox@shoremedia.com.au. We aim to reply to all correspondence.

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Did you know... 30% of children have some type of eye condition that affects vision?

In most cases if the eye condition is detected early enough, exercises can be given to avoid it developing into a vision problem at school. In some cases vision problems exhibit themselves in children who have short attention spans but often are undetected by the parents or carers. At Looking Smart Optometrists we recommend a vision test for every child who is 6 months of age or older. We bulk bill all eye tests so it costs you nothing to have it done, and you can feel secure that you are looking after your child’s eyesight.

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Flinders Explore, experience, excel

As one of the leading schools in Queensland, Flinders is dedicated to educating for excellence in learning and life. To find our how we inspire our Prep to Year 12 students to learn, to lead and to serve, visit us at www.mfac.edu.au. 07 5477 3200 | Stringybark Road, Buderim | Sunshine Coast


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EVERY WEEKEND

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entertainment Kawana Shoppingworld kawanashopping world.com.au Kawana Shoppingworld has your busy little one covered this summer with their regular free activities. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am–1pm, find free kids activities and entertainment, located outside Coles.

It’s lights, camera, action, down on the sand at Mooloolaba this summer, where the community is invited to enjoy free movies under the stars! Movies being screened: 5 January, The Greatest Showman; 12 January, E.T.; 19 January, Moana.

Learn to Swim Intensives

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Sunny Coast BABY & KIDS MARKET

24 FEBRUARY Mountain Creek State Primary School sunnycoastbabykidsmarket.com.au

A locally owned market selling a mix of pre-loved items including clothes, toys, books, cots, prams, as well as beautiful handmade items. A great way to clean out your little one’s cupboards and earn some extra cash! With free jumping castle, free face painting, free Bounty bags, yummy hot food and coffee. 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

$25 FUNlimited Play

Learn to swim intensive lessons are being held throughout the school holidays to get the kids’ water skills firing! All levels catered for. Weather permitting there will also be inflatable fun in the main pool every day throughout school holidays. With café and BBQ facilities available, it’s an affordable fun day out for the family!

TO 28 JANUARY Strike & Holey Moley oceanstreet.com.au

Escape the summer heat at Strike Bowling and Holey Moley Mini Golf Maroochydore, with their hottest summer deal! Enjoy unlimited bowling and mini golf on weekdays before 5pm for $25 throughout school holidays. The perfect place to cool down and burn off some energy. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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SUMMER HORSE RIDING CAMPS

THE SEA CREATURE’S SECRET

Sea Life Sunshine Coast | sealifesunshinecoast.com.au

Say ‘Ahoy’ to Sea Life Sunshine Coast these school holidays for brand-new pirate experience. Don the captain’s hat and go on an underwater treasure hunt with the help of a marine-inspired treasure map, featuring creature clues which accompany hidden treasure points around the attraction. Plus, enjoy daily live shows and meet and greets led by ‘Pirate Trevor’, ‘Ethel the Mermaid’ and their marine friends.

Kiah Park is a horse lover’s paradise for school-aged children, set on 315 beautiful acres of rolling valleys in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. There is a unique horse to suit every rider, whether your child is a beginner or has had many years of riding experience. Each child adopts a horse to pamper and care for and enjoys arena lessons, trail rides, a gymkhana and lots of fun activities all throughout the week.

Prep 2020 Parent Information Session 28 FEBRUARY; 9.15 – 10.30AM Sunshine Beach State School www.sunshinebeachss.eq.edu.au

RSVP at sunshinebss. schoolzineplus. com/form/96

Do you have a child who is starting Prep next year? Did you know that Sunshine Beach State School doesn’t have a catchment area, which allows learners to come from far and wide? Head along to the Prep 2020 Parent Information Session to meet the Principal and find out more!

Coast Club TO 25 JANUARY

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre | qld.gov.au Looking for an adventure these school holidays? During the school holidays the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre will be running 3- and 6-hour adventure activity sessions for children aged 8 and over. Parents and families are welcome to also join in the fun with activities such as canoeing, caving, climbing, archery, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and pool games.

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TO 19 JANUARY Kiah Park | kiahpark.com.au

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Anything is Possible Children learn at their best when their education is enriched by memorable experiences. At Immanuel Lutheran College, we give students the ability to explore and discover in any setting, including the College’s new Environmental Centre. Enrolling now for Prep and Year 7 for 2020.

OPEN MORNING

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LOCAL NEWS

THE COMBINED WEIGHT OF ALL THE ANTS IN THE WORLD IS GREATER THAN THAT OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS. If you dug a tunnel through the Earth and jumped in it, it would take you 38 minutes and 11 seconds to fall to the other side.

BANANAS SHARE 50% OF THEIR DNA WITH HUMANS.

JAPAN HAS DEVELOPED A TECHNIQUE TO GROW SQUARE WATERMELONS, SO THEY ARE EASIER TO STACK!

VENDING MACHINES KILL FOUR TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE PER YEAR AS SHARKS.

The human body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring 3.8 litres of water to a boil.

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JAWSOME EDUCATION PROGRAMS NOW AT SEA LIFE Looking for a truly unique education experience for your school? Sea Life Sunshine Coast has introduced a range of interactive and educational programs exclusively for schools. This splash-tastic classroom provides students with the exciting opportunity to make genuine connections between classroom and real-life experiences, where students can learn more about the wider world in which they live. There are three programs available: Oceantots, designed for early learners up to four years old; Oceankids, designed

for primary learners, and; Oceanteens, designed for secondary students. And for something totally jawsome, Sea Life is offering schools the rare opportunity to sleepover! Classes can come in the afternoon and stay overnight, giving students the opportunity to explore life behind the scenes, visit the Turtle Rehabilitation centre, experience a private and exclusive Seal Presentation, and be fully engaged in a wide range of hands-on educational fun. There is also the option of joining their Adventure Camp, where students can stay for three hours the next morning for some additional marine activities.

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T H E L A U G H I N G F R O G L O L LY SHOP AND WATER PARK AT AUSTRALIA ZOO

The Laughing Frog Water Park and Lolly Shop is now open! Designed to keep even the youngest guests safe and refreshed, this fun-filled area is open to all guests and boasts spectacular wildlife sculptures, designed by Australia Zoo artists. Parents can grab a coffee whilst the kids cool off in the water splash n’ play area and get soaked by the enormous laughing frog tipping bucket. Whilst at the lolly shop there’s 300 different types of lollies and more than 40 different ice-cream flavours to choose from. australiazoo.com.au

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Gender-neutral dance classes come to the Sunshine Coast Beats Per Minute Performing Arts is the first and only school to bring the awardwinning Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet to the Sunshine Coast. Designed for preschoolers, the program focuses on making dance appealing to girls and boys. With gender-neutral themes, all of the music is original and has been created in collaboration with the writers of Australia’s most-loved kids TV shows such as Playschool and Giggle and Hoot.  “The steps, music and mascots ‘Twirl’ and ‘Freeze’ represent our aim to deliver a syllabus that caters for boys as much as girls,” said Kate

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Evans from Beats Per Minute. “The result is what we like to call our magic formula! It’s a brand-new way to keep the preschooler of today engaged whilst learning the 3C’s – Coordination, Creativity and Confidence!” All classes are held in professional dance studios, with classes available every day and every afternoon, plus Saturdays in two locations – Maroochydore and Bli Bli. “Classes cater for all ages,” said Kate. “They will also make friendships that often last right through to adulthood. With so much uncertainty surrounding the school transition year, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to change dance studios!” beatsperminuteperformingarts.com

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lifeline for busy mums, Livewire “Healthy eating is not another thing Nutrition is now open in Peregian to do, it’s not adding to your struggles, Beach, offering easy online nutrition it’s relieving them!” programs for time-poor families, or The clinic also offers hair analysis personalised programs at the clinic. testing, that looks at over 500 common “Healthy eating can be simple and quick, Australian foods and household products and it doesn’t have to be perfect,” explained to find out what is compatible with your Kylie Pinwill, founder and body and what may be "HEALTHY EATING triggering symptoms. nutritionist at Livewire. CAN BE SIMPLE “I work with overwhelmed and “Our goal is to encourage exhausted parents, helping them families to get back to basic, AND QUICK, get healthy meals on the table eat fresh whole foods and use AND IT DOESN’T and to tempt their fussy eaters, simple cooking techniques that HAVE TO with nutrition programs that are will save you time,” said Kylie. BE PERFECT!" designed to fit around your “It’s taking away from the mum busy family life.” guilt that you could be doing it better; real As well as the Healthy Families Program, food doesn’t have to be overwhelming!” Livewire offers programs for parents, Can’t make it to Peregian Beach but helping Mum and Dad get their health and want to chat? The clinic offers Skype mojo back on track despite being on the consultations too. rollercoaster of parenting. Find out more at livewirenutrition.com.au

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new children’s yoga studio has opened on the Sunshine Coast, teaching local kids skills to find and nurture their happy place. Leah, the founder of Zen Cat children’s yoga says the most beautiful thing about children is that they come into the world with innate joy. Yet as they experience life they can shift from this natural state. “Yoga is about connecting with this joy and nurturing this place within us,” explained Leah. “Being happy is most important! Because if we can’t be happy how can we enjoy our achievements?” This is what inspired Leah to teach yoga to children. “Teaching skills that nurture a deeper connection within, encourages confidence, self belief and compassion which enables them to make good choices throughout their lives – as good choices come from a place of happiness.” Classes range from Little Zen for 2–3.5 years through to Teen Zen for 12–17 year olds, and focus on four main learning areas: physical, mental, spiritual, and social. Classes commence the second week of term one and are available at Kawana Island and Peregian Beach. zencat.com.au

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The Irwin Family Feed the Crocs 5-19 JANUARY

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NOTICEBOARD ALL THE NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS E M A I L YO U R S C H O O L’S S TO R I E S TO: I N B OX@S H O R E M E D I A.C O M.AU

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Jordann Bell’s TAFE qualifications led to her working as a teacher aide in London.

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ordann Bell knew from a young a young boy with a developmental disorder age that she wanted to work with that impacts his ability to learn. children, but having struggled with “My student has been the most learning difficulties during her schooling rewarding person to work with; he’s always years, she lacked the confidence to enthusiastic about learning, and we’ve continue her studies. made some amazing improvements,” However, after her mum suggested she Jordann said. gain a qualification in education support “That’s what’s been the most incredible with TAFE Queensland, the 24-year-old thing to be a part of – watching a student local has discovered her thrive and become more calling – helping children “MY STUDENT HAS confident within himself.” uncover their full potential, With 91,000 job openings BEEN THE MOST just as she now has. and a 6.5 per cent growth in REWARDING Jordann undertook a the sector forecast AustraliaPERSON TO Certificate III in Education wide over the next five years, WORK WITH” Support in 2015 and found education support is a growing she thrived in the supportive sector and astute career option and practical environment – so much that for many. And with qualifications in she went on to complete a Certificate IV in education support now subsidised under Education Support in 2016. TAFE Priority Training Program funding, Her qualifications eventually led to her you can get started for no upfront cost. landing a job as a teacher aide in London, Visit tafeqld.edu.au for a full list of where she worked one-on-one supporting subsidised courses.

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ecent graduates from Pacific Lutheran College reflected on their educational journey at the final chapel service recently, highlighting the culture, diversity, positive psychology and restorative practices within the College. “I am fortunate enough to have attended this very school for the entirety of my academic life,” said Ethan Hall, 2018 Graduate and Vice College Captain at Pacific Lutheran College. “Over the course of my own personal journey, I have been able to witness and experience not only the growth of myself and my peers, but the growth of the College. So much has changed during my 13 years here, but then, a lot hasn’t. The warmth, compassion ... the opportunity, the sense of community. Through it all, these things have remained constant.” ‘Flourishing through a culture of thinking’ was the inspired expression for 2018. “To flourish is to be more than successful. There is a richness and flair to flourishing that draws on creativity and the fullness of life,” Dr Dolling, Principal at Pacific Lutheran College, explained. “The 2018 Year 12 cohort encapsulated this. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow and mature into the confident young men and women who are now ready to make their mark beyond school.”

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Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. W. B. Yeats

A Catholic education ensures your child is engaged, challenged and provided with clear expectations. All our teachers seek opportunities for every student’s progress and Brisbane Catholic Education sets ambitious targets for improving classroom performance. Find out more about a Brisbane Catholic Education for your child. Find a school near you at brisbanecatholicschools.com.au


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COMPUTER KIT COMPLETE This build-it-yourself laptop and learnto-code kit is a great introduction to the world of technology. Follow the simple steps to build a computer all by yourself, then code pictures, build animations, take control of Minecraft and more. Includes 100 fun challenges. The box has everything you need including a HD screen, speaker, wireless keyboard, sound sensor and battery. For ages 6+. $249.99 Kano.me

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Indulge your child’s wild and creative spirit with a vibrant flower crown party with Wild & Bloom! They come to you and bring seasonal blooms and elements from nature, allowing your child to delve into their imaginations whilst getting in touch with their natural environment. Perfect for small groups, children will learn how to craft a crown from wild vine and adorn it with seasonal blooms. tahlia@wildandbloom.com.au

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PERSONALISED BENTO BOX Never lose another lunchbox and start the school year in style with this gorgeous personalised bento box from Stuck On You. Pick your colour, design and font to create a playground must-have. Stylish and practical, there are plenty of compartments to easily store a full day’s worth of food. Pair with a personalised cooler bag, to ensure your little one’s snacks stay chilled all day. $49.95 stuckonyou.com.au

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THINGS TO DO

Shaking up the traditional movie experience, the new Event Cinema Complex is now open at Kawana Shoppingworld… and your movie experience will never be the same again!

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trip to the movies is high on everyone’s school holiday To-Do list. Providing a wonderful respite from the summer heat, it’s the perfect activity to keep the kids entertained for a few hours; where you can sit back and enjoy a little peace. To make that cinema experience exactly the way you want it, Event Cinemas has brought a new cinema experience to Kawana Shoppingworld with ‘Your Cinema Your Way’… where comfort is in your control. With big screens and star treatment, all cinemas at the new Event Cinemas feature wide-cushioned standard seats and front row double daybeds. The daybeds are perfect for kids who struggle with the traditional cinema seating. Now you can snuggle up with your littlies to the latest family releases without worrying about booster seats, wriggly kids, or anyone tall sitting in front. If you prefer Vmax, the big cinematic experience now features the latest in digital screen technology and Dolby Atmos sound taking cinema going to the MAX. As well as wide-cushioned standard Vmax seats and

front-row double daybeds, you also have the choice of full recliners. Simply make the seating choices when booking your seats, to make the cinema experience exactly how you want it. Love decadence? Then the new Gold Class is perfect for date night. Feel like a star, with an indulgent menu and exclusive waited service. And your cinema experience doesn’t need to start or end with the movie! You can also enjoy your favourite cocktail pre- or post-film, whether on date night or out with friends. The ‘Your Cinema Your Way’ also extends to the food and beverage outlet, with the new Event Cinemas Market Place. From the indulgent to a delicious fresh and healthy range, there’s someone for everyone. Plus, exclusively available at Event Cinemas there’s a new popcorn in town, with six new flavours. Introducing the Parlour Lane Popcorn Company line-up: Chocolatey, Spicy Nacho, Sweet & Salty, New York Mix, Salt & Vinegar and Salted Caramel. So, what will you see today?

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he start of the Prep year can not only be daunting for children, but for their parents too. For parents, there are healthy lunchboxes to plan, car park drop-offs to coordinate, uniforms to organise and stationery orders to process. Many parents may worry: will their child make friends? Will they grasp the knack of reading? And even, will they stay awake for the entire school day? Teachers at Matthew Flinders Anglican College are encouraging parents to enjoy the start of the Prep year so their children can too. Prep teachers at Matthew Flinders find that it is natural for some parents to be more nervous than their child as the first day 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

of school approaches. “Many parents are unaware that they carry unvoiced fears about their child’s Prep year,” Prep teacher Alison Wilson explains. “And what’s more, parents may unwittingly project those fears onto their children. For example, if a parent is worried their child won’t feel confident to make new friends in Prep, then that parent may not realise they are communicating their unsettled feelings to their child whenever Prep is mentioned. To combat this worry, we encourage parents to commit to feeling confident, calm and happy about the start of school. By doing so, they exude positive vibes when their children look to them for guidance.”

Alison says at Flinders – where there are three Prep classes, each with a teacher and teacher-aide – parents are reminded that the Prep teachers ‘have got this’. “We want parents to feel completely confident in our ability to handle their child’s big feelings,” Alison says. “It’s our job as teachers to make our new Preppies feel comfortable and to show them how to make new friends. We have a whole bag of tricks to help create a sense of family and unity from day one. Prep is so much fun! Parents can trust that we will support their child to manage all of their emotions, from exhilaration to excitement, and even a little nervousness. By morning tea on the first J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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ADVICE FROM FLINDERS HEAD OF PRIMARY, TRUDI EDWARDS • Believe that your children will make the transition well and build their excitement about starting Prep, rather than focusing on their concerns. • Read, read, read and then read some more. A rich vocabulary is the best advantage in starting school. • Ask lots of ‘why’ questions as this helps prepare them to think, to justify and to consider alternatives; use play as the basis for these questions. • Assist with building your child’s organisation and independence. They are so very capable and simply require the encouragement, support and belief in them that they can carry their own bag, unpack their lunch and change their shoes.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and talk to others. Millie Lewis ADVICE FROM FLINDERS PREPPIES OF 2018

Do up your bag so BC (Bad Crow) does not eat your lunch. Bruce Kalch ADVICE FROM FLINDERS PREPPIES OF 2018

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day, it is smiles galore and we love to see each of our students embracing the adventure of learning. The primary focus of Term One in Prep at Flinders is building relationships, establishing values of kindness and respect, and developing core early literacy and numeracy skills. This conscientious approach ensures that each child is known and appreciated as a whole person who is very important to the Flinders family. “We love Term One because it’s a happy and warm time that we spend getting to know one another,” Alison says. “We spend a large part of each day talking, singing, making, drawing and laughing about the things we love – our families, our pets, our bikes and scooters, our grandparents and cousins, our favourite books and songs, our trips to the beach and our holidays camping. We teach children about valuing difference and accepting people as they are. It’s beautiful to see the strong class bonds that form as they get to know each other better each day.” Flinders Prep teacher Maree Ram observes that some parents’ concerns stem from preconceived notions of what skills their child may need before commencing Prep. For example, many parents believe their child should be able to read before the first day of Prep. “Parents can rest assured that their child does not need to be able to read before they start Prep; that’s what school is for,” Maree says. “However, the important skills children do require are practical things like managing their own shoes on and off. Also, can your child confidently use the toilet themselves? Can they open their own lunch box and eat enough food to feel full? These are the things parents can help their children master before they start school.” Another concern for parents is their child’s exhaustion levels. Five days of schooling in a row each week is a big step-up for many children. Flinders has a transition phase where Prep students finish school early for the first three weeks of school so they may depart school calmly without the usual hustle and bustle of the end-of-school day.   Maree says, “We encourage parents to forget about after-school activities during the Prep year. The children are stimulated enough from their long days and simply need play time at home to recharge for the next day. We have so many activities here at school, from sport to music, art class 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


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tending to veggie gardens, so our Preppies’ co-curricular activities are well and truly explored as a natural part of the school day.” Flinders Prep teacher Andrew Garrett works alongside Alison and Maree, and says parents should enjoy the pick-ups and dropoffs of each school day. “We want parents to remember that the act of dropping their child to their Prep door each morning and picking them up at the same spot each afternoon is a simple but important ritual that helps their child feel loved and safe,” Andrew said. “However, it’s also important to give children their independence. Parents should let their child carry their own bags, pack their own lunch boxes, and unpack their bags at the end of the day. All these activities that enable children to feel capable and organised are big confidence boosters.” Most of all, Flinders Prep teachers encourage new families to enjoy the Prep year. Head of Junior Primary Chris Curtain reminds parents, “Prep is a wonderful year!

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR YOUR PREP CHILD

When I got to school, I met Tom. At Prep, you might have friends on the first day. Henry Pollock ADVICE FROM FLINDERS PREPPIES OF 2018

It is full of fun, friends, warmth and connections, as well as an incredible amount of learning. Children are encouraged to thrive and embrace every opportunity to be independent and to grow. You just wait – you will be amazed at the leaps and bounds they take in their learning and social skills over the year. We encourage families to enjoy this exciting time. It flies!”

• Build excitement by taking your child on a special trip to buy school supplies. • Teach your child how to open lunch boxes, manage water bottles, zip and unzip bags, and organise belongings. • Encourage your child to visit the toilet independently. • Get your child used to the uniform. • Encourage your child to practise dressing at home and teach your child how to manage their clothing during toilet visits. • Develop home routines with regular times for your child to eat, play and sleep each day. This will help your child know what to expect. • Involve your child in getting things ready for their first day. Help them to pack their own food and bag. It encourages independence and also ensures children are familiar with their own belongings.

Prep is a big step... Make it with a community that will help your family flourish. Choosing the school community you and your child will join is an exciting step. Why should you choose Pacific Lutheran College? At Pacific we are aware that young people are preparing for a very different world to the one we know. They will need to be innovators, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. Pacific Foundation College engages students through stimulating activities in a vibrant environment inspiring creativity to foster confidence, collaboration and independence. Prep students are encouraged and supported to develop lifelong skills.

Core focus on relationships

K-12 learning community

Flexible learning spaces

Focus on problem solving

Contact Chris Henschke, College Registrar P 5436 7321 A Woodlands Boulevard, Meridan Plains 4551

Visit pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au/prep to learn more

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PROFILE

REVEREND CHRIS IVEY Principal, St Andrew’s Anglican College

MEET THE PRINCIPAL

to learn about themselves. I love being part of those moments at the end of a Kokoda Challenge, abseiling a mountain face or the final night of a musical performance. I also love walking out of our Honouring Service with the Graduating Class of Year 12, knowing the impact we have had on each and every student. W H AT I S YO U R FAV O U R I T E T H I N G TO DO ON THE WEEKEND? I like to spend time with my family, garden and maybe even get a water ski in if the conditions are okay.   CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL? There’s so many! I am proud each and every day of what our community achieves and the way it constantly strives to live out our values.  

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ince opening it’s doors in 2003, St Andrew’s Anglican College has rapidly grown to become one of the leading schools on the Sunshine Coast. We chat to Principal Chris Ivey to find out more about this progressive college. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHY AND VISION OF ST ANDREW’S? We work on the simple philosophy that strong and positive relationships across the College community create the best possible environment for students to thrive. This is coupled with high expectations on each and every student to do their personal best. We aim to support and encourage the learning journey, not just the end result. From this foundation we then provide a raft of opportunities for students to participate, grow, learn about themselves and others, 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

have a go, maybe fail but use that as learning as well, thus enabling them to walk confidently into their futures. WHAT MAKES THE ST ANDREW’S EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS? At St Andrew’s we live out our vision and philosophy each and every day, from my role as Principal right through our entire community, even to our traffic managers and Facilities Department. It isn’t a marketing hype – this is a whole College approach and our students and families understand that.   W H AT I S YO U R FAV O U R I T E T H I N G ABOUT BEING PRINCIPAL AT ST ANDREW’S? Seeing students move out of their comfort zones and achieve their personal best. We provide so many opportunities for students

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE SCHOOL THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Our contribution to the community both near and abroad is huge. Every week our students are in the community either locally or globally serving others as part of ‘St Andrew’s Serves’. So often the perception of Independent Schools is of privilege. Our values speak constantly about service of others, respectful relationships and community engagement and I don’t think people know how much time and resources we give back… it is staggering when you tally it all up. We don’t tally it to brag, but to ensure we are continuing to ‘pay it forward’. This is the character that we aim to build in our students. I N T O D AY ’ S W O R L D, W H AT S K I L L S DO YOU FEEL ARE ESSENTIAL F O R C H I L D R E N T O TA K E AWAY FROM SCHOOL? Resilience, independence, problem solving, an open mindset, critical thinking and responsibility for one’s actions.   WHAT DEFINES A ST ANDREW’S STUDENT? A typical St Andrew’s student genuinely enjoys being at school, respects their own learning journey, they look out for each other and they endeavour to do their best.   CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SCHOOL IN THREE WORDS… Our motto: Vision and Spirit. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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Your child will be loved, valued and respected by a mix of mature and younger carers all of whom have a genuine love of early learning.

Learning. Our Little Learners have direct access to the many facilities of big school! Our extensive library, sporting facilities, computer lab and veggie patch to name a few.

Adventure.

Pioneered by Suncoast Little Learners, Bush Kindy is an innovative program where our Little Learners explore the bush, squelch in the mud, chase lizards, build cubbie houses and create pretend fireplaces.

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HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS PROGRAM a first for the Sunshine Coast

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magine a high school asking your child ‘What do you love?’ and then working with them to develop a personalised learning program that is tailored around their passions and career goals…. This dream is now a reality with the launch of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Careerrelated Program at Montessori International College at Forest Glen, the only school to offer this program on the Sunshine Coast. A newer offering to the long-established IB Diploma, the IB Career-related Program incorporates the values and academic rigour of the IB into a unique, international, real-world and career-focused program that allows schools to work with each individual student to develop a personalised learning pathway. Chiray Fitton is Principal of Montessori International College (MIC) and says the new careers program is a great fit with the Montessori philosophy. 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

“Our Senior Phase program at MIC – Year 10 to Year 12 – aims to prepare students to lead happy and purposeful lives,” said Ms Fitton. “This is achieved with learning programs that focus on the development of the whole child – academic, social and emotional. Our learning environments encourage real-world purposeful work, life experience and a lifelong love of learning. “It’s why this program is such a great fit for us. Both Montessori and the IBCP aim to develop students who flourish intellectually, physically, emotionally and ethically and challenge them to excel not only in their studies, but also in their personal growth. “We are thrilled to be endorsed as an IB World School as it reflects our standing as a leader in the provision of innovative and progressive learning programs in Australia.” The IB Career-related Program (IBCP) is delivered over two years in Years 11 and

SKILL UP FOR SCIENCE

“I love science and definitely want to do something in that field when I leave school. I’m going to study Psychology and Biology as well as Maths and English but it’s the opportunity to get into a lab and learn real-world laboratory skills in a hands-on way that I’m really excited about. I’ll also get a head start on my degree as I’ll study Environmental Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Year 12.” MIC student Kelsey Bradford, 16, is plannng a career in the science field. She will study a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills at TAFE while still at school. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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Paris (left) and Teisha (right) hope the IBCP will launch their chosen careers

The IB Career-related Program provides students with a combination of life experience, work experience and a qualification – all tailored around their passion.

SHOOTING FOR THE STARS “I’m so excited to study the IB Careerrelated Program from next year as I’ve been able to choose subjects that will set me up for my career after school. I will study Sports Exercise and Health Science alongside my language and maths subjects, with extra courses at TAFE including a Certificate III in Fitness. I’m planning to set up a netball coaching academy for children with disabilities for my community project. By the time I leave MIC I will not only have sport and hands-on coaching experience, but I’ll also have qualifications in Fitness so I can work part-time in my career while I’m studying at uni.” MIC student Teisha James, 16, plans to be an elite netballer and will study sports science and fitness as part of her IB learning program.

A PASSION FOR FASHION “I want to work in the fashion industry so I’m excited to study Visual Art, Business and Entrepreneurship as well as get my Certificate II in Fashion Design and Technology, all before I finish school. This program is going to help set me up for my career as I’ll get experience in designing and understanding trends as ultimately my goal is to plan fashion shows. With two internships and work experience as well, I’ll get hands-on experience and make the connections I need to apply what I’m learning outside of school.” MIC student Paris Ramsay, 16, has her sights set on a career in the fashion industry and will study fashion and business.

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12 with students choosing subjects from three elements, all of which are aligned with the student’s passions and career choice. The first element is at least three (and up to five) academic subjects from the IB Diploma Program, which include English and Math subjects as compulsory, with additional subjects selected depending on the student’s career choice. The second element is the four core components which are studied by all IBCP students and include Personal and Professional Skills, Service Learning, Language Development and a two-year Reflective Project. These core subjects aim to develop responsibility, practical problemsolving and ethical understanding. Emphasis is on the development of the skills needed to successfully navigate higher education, the workplace and society and to make a difference in the world with students utilising their skills to deliver a project in the community. The third element is the career-related studies which relate to each student’s career interest. Courses may include TAFE subjects, University of the Sunshine Coast HeadStart Program subjects, in-school traineeships or internships. Career-related studies will be different for each student. The IB Career-related Program provides students with a combination of life experience, work experience and a qualification – all tailored around their passion – which makes them ideal candidates for many universities and employers. Year 10 is the entry point and is a preparation year for the IBCP at Montessori International College. Enrolments are now open, visit www.montessori.qld.edu.au to find out more.

THE IBCP & MONTESSORI

Both promote: • Child-centred approach • Individual inquiry • Self-discipline and sense of purpose • Social and community behaviour • Diversity leading to global perspectives • Balance and harmony in the person

5 REASONS TO STUDY THE IBCP AT MIC 1. Personalised learning programs tailored around each student’s passions and career choice.

2. A balance of IB Diploma subjects

supported by practical, careerrelated studies and personal skills.

3. The educational principles,

global context, curriculum and qualification of the internationally renowned IB delivered with the innovative learning spaces, highly dedicated teachers and hands-on, independent and purposeful learning of MIC.

4. Small class sizes and collaborative

and inclusive social environments.

5. No commute – study this

innovative program right here on the Sunshine Coast.

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Their spirit. Your love. Our encouragement. Preparing your little one so they can embrace life’s adventures.

Contact Chris Henschke, College Registrar P 5436 7321 A Woodlands Boulevard, Meridan Plains 4551

Visit pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au/elc to learn more


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E D U C AT I O N

MAKING THE SWITCH FROM OP TO ATAR A new pathway to tertiary study for Queensland’s senior students is coming. Is your school ready?

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rom 2019, a student who starts Year 11 in Queensland will graduate Year 12 with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank ATAR, replacing the Overall Position (OP). The system will bring Queensland into line with other states and territories around Australia who already use ATAR, but it’s a new era for the next generation of senior students (and their parents) in Queensland.

WHAT IS AN ATAR? An ATAR is a number ranging between 99.95 (highest) to zero (lowest) which reports a student’s rank position relative to all other Year 12 students. Designed to compare students who have studied different senior subjects, it is based on a student’s overall academic performance, and allows students outcomes to be better understood and more easily comparable. To be eligible for an ATAR, students need to complete five general subjects, or four general subjects plus either one applied subject or VET course at AQF Certificate III or above. 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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In Queensland, successful completion of an English subject will also be compulsory, but students’ English marks may not necessarily be used to calculate their ATAR. Where the old system used to rely on teachers to compare and moderate assessments, it now combines school-based assessment with external exams. External assessment is developed and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

THE TRANSITION IN PRACTICE

To make the move as smooth as possible for their schools, Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) appointed Wayne Chapman as Senior Project Officer – Senior Schooling to plan and implement a transition program that ensured BCE teachers were at the cutting edge of innovation and deeply prepared for this major transition, Wayne said preparation processes across the BCE system had been strategic and thorough. A STUDENT CAN “We have been preparing for the WHAT IS THE ACHIEVE A SPECIFIC transition since the Queensland SCORE, ALLOWING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Government commissioned the UNIVERSITY Australian Council for Educational ATAR AND OP? A D M I S S I ON S T O Research (ACER) to conduct a major Though they are both a ranking, OP ranks MAKE A CLEAR independent review of Queensland are based on the results of five senior D E C I S I ON A B O U T senior assessment and tertiary entrance Authority subjects, ranking students WHO IS ABOVE A processes in 2013,” he said. between 1 and 25 (with 1 being the “Our students will enter into this new C U T O F F S C O R E . highest score). An OP doesn’t include phase of learning, well placed to journey VET (Vocational Education and Training) through their final two years of Catholic or SAS (Subject Area Syllabus) subjects. education, to become the best they can An ATAR is a more inclusive ranking, be, young people who can make a difference in our world, which ranks students between 0 and 99.95 (with 99.95 in their life post-school.” being the highest), and includes VET and SAS subjects. Wayne said BCE began extensive consultation processes Where the OP is a broad ranking, the ATAR is a ‘finein 2014, working with school leaders and the Queensland grained’ score. A student can achieve a specific score, Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) to provide input allowing university admissions to make a clear decision into the ACER review. about who is above a cut-off score. Whereas previously, He said a final report: “Redesigning the secondary-tertiary an example ATAR of 94.35 could mean an OP1 or an OP2, interface: Queensland Review of Senior Assessment and depending on the cohort.

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Tertiary Entrance” was delivered in Participants looked at the strong September 2014. alignment between the junior and The Draft Government Response new senior curriculum, unpacked the followed, along with further consultation importance of teaching the cognitions and MORE THAN 170 into 2015, when the Government were encouraged to review assessment SCHOOL LEADERS established its Senior Secondary types in Year 10 to reflect, where C O L L A B O R AT E D Assessment Taskforce. appropriate, the assessment types students AT T H E B R I S B A N E In late 2016, a number of BCE would experience in Senior. C ON V E N T I ON teachers were invited to be part of BCE also recognised that Effective A N D E X H I B I T I ON Syllabus Writing Groups and Learning Vocational Learning was important, so a CENTRE TO Area Reference Groups established by the student’s learning journey best reflected P R E PA R E F O R T H E Queensland Curriculum and Assessment their interest and aspirations. JOURNEY AHEAD. Authority (QCAA). Jen Car was appointed as Project Officer BCE also ran more than 25 individual – Vocational Learning to research and subject consultations to provide feedback develop a BCE position in this area and a into the new syllabuses. paper “Shaping our Students Future” was The syllabus consultations provided an launched earlier this year. early opportunity for classroom teachers to engage Wayne said Middle Leader workshops focused on strategies and become familiar with the changes. that maximised impact in learning so the Curriculum in Year In 2017, BCE held the first Senior Schooling Forums 7–10 was taught with the intended rigour. designed to support and help school leaders understand “Our second online delivery trial run out of San Sisto and prepare for the significant change. College, Carina, in the area of Maths C has continued to More than 170 school leaders collaborated at the lay the groundwork for offering further learning using this Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to prepare mode across our schools next year with approximately for the journey ahead. 14 instances of online learning occurring between our In anticipation of schools needing access to different colleges in 2019.” modes of learning to support the delivery of composite Wayne said 2018 also was the year of the Expert Teacher classes, BCE supported the first online delivery trial when Groups or ETGs. Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, delivered Ancient He said BCE established 30 ETGs – 28 in general subjects History to Mary Mackillop College, Nundah. as well as Essential English and Essential Mathematics. BCE also ran a further 13 syllabus consultations “Whilst supported by curriculum staff, these groups involving almost 100 classroom teachers, as well as are planned for and led by nearly 90 teachers from BCE consultations on the policies and procedures that will shape schools,” he said. the implementation of the new system. “We had approximately 800 teachers attend these In Term 4, 2017, Middle Leader workshops were held workshops.” across all learning areas focusing on the key message that He said feedback had been overwhelmingly supportive the Australian Curriculum, taught with the intent and of the initiative and quality of support and advice provided, intended rigour, was the best preparation for learning not only by the ETG leaders, but from participants within within the new senior system. the group. “ETGs will continue into next year and, as the new system moves into implementation, they will provide valuable support to our schools through internal endorsement and confirmation activities so that our teachers can continue the journey with confidence,” he said. Brisbane Catholic Education is a learning community of 72,000 students, that shapes lives, nurtures individuals and encourages each child to realise their full potential. Through its partnerships with parents, governments and the community, it is providing social responsibility, self-discipline and Christian values for all its students and nurtures and supports the community in their faith journey. The Archdiocese of Brisbane covers a geographical area that includes much of south-east Queensland.

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ook in your wallet today and it’s likely stuffed with loyalty cards, bank cards, coffee cards and hopefully a little spare change. But can you remember what your very first card was? Most adults will say a library card. I loved my first library card. It opened the door to a world of fantasy and facts, as well as cassette tapes (anyone else remember borrowing those?) and a chance to discover book characters who are still friends today. Nowadays, a library card gives you access to a huge range of free resources including books, magazines, DVDs and toys. There is even an eLibrary where books, audio books, movies, music and magazines are all available to download or stream from home. But, aside from access to a wealth of free resources, a library card is the first card your child will ever own with their name on it. The card is theirs and with that comes a great opportunity to teach responsibility and many other valuable life lessons.

Did you know? AROUND THE WORLD… • There are 349,662 public libraries • 5,418.1 million visits per year • 1,029.2 million members SUNSHINE COAST LIBRARIES HAVE… • 10 branches including 2 mobiles • 111,217 members • 1.4 million visitors per year • 2.2 million items loaned per year • 800+ programs for children per year with over 30,000 people attending By Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council

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My First Library Card featuring a teddy bear this card is for infants and toddlers from 0–5. Parents can join up their babies as soon as they are born!

Kids Only Card featuring graphics from the popular Storey-Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. The card has an illustration of Terry and Andy in a tree and was created especially for Sunshine Coast Libraries by Terry.

KEEPING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS SAFE You can’t borrow anything if you’ve lost your card! Owning your own library card means you must be responsible for keeping that card safe, along with looking after the items you have borrowed. Plus every little one has a wallet or purse just like Mum or Dad and want items to put in them. HOW TO BE A GOOD BORROWER Borrowing only works if you return the items, so a library card teaches kids to respect the return dates, whilst also empathising with the other children who are waiting patiently for you to return those items safely. ACCEPTING CONSEQUENCES Lost a card? Returned items late or damaged? These actions all have consequences that will teach your child responsibility and accountability. C H O O S I N G W I S E LY With huge shelves of books and DVDs to choose from, a library is a treasure trove of resources for kids. But you can’t borrow everything! A library card requires kids to learn moderation and develop decisionmaking skills. A SENSE OF BELONGING A library card gives kids a sense of ownership that the library is their place, full of things just for them which can be borrowed with their own card. This in itself is huge for little kids and important in developing confidence, literacy skills and ensuring they feel part of a community. 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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LIVING IN SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND WE ARE BLESSED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF AMAZING KID-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS. FROM SHADED BUSHWALKS AND IDYLLIC BEACHES, TO WORLD-FAMOUS THEME PARKS AND SECRET SWIMMING HOLES, YOUR FAMILY-FRIENDLY SUMMER IS RIGHT HERE.

Sunshine Coast GARDNER’S FALLS If you are exploring the hinterland, Gardner’s Falls provides a great place to cool off, with a swimming hole and rock pools to explore. There is also a rope swing which is popular with the teens. Access is via a short path alongside the Obi Obi Creek, making it perfect for younger children. The falls are at their best after rain, but watch out as the rocks can get slippery, so little ones should hold hands. This can get busy on peak days. Obi Ln S, Maleny MAROOCHY REGIONAL BUSHL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS The kids will love exploring these gorgeous gardens! There are lots of different walks to choose from, including the 1km lagoon walk and the 2km creek walk. Be sure to explore the sculpture garden and the whipbird walk, where children can discover fantasy creatures such as a giant spider and exotic butterflies. Pack a picnic to enjoy in the shade. 51 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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AUSSIE WORLD For the thrillseekers in the family, Aussie World is a must-do. There’s plenty of rides for young and old, from the Toot Toot train and the Bug Run up to the terrifying Redback. Love to drive? Test your metal at the Speed Stars Race Track. If adrenalin rides aren’t your thing, you can cool off on the Leak n’ Logs water play area, play a round of mini golf or be boggled in Professor Boggleworth’s Illusionarium. 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview aussieworld.com.au

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COBB AND CO NINE MILE CAMPING GROUNDS If you are looking for to switch off and reconnect with the family, Cobb and Co Camping Grounds is the perfect destination. The camp site has permanent on-site tents available, or powered and unpowered camping sites if you already have all the gear. There’s heaps for the kids to do including a BMX track, children’s playground, flying foxes, and a billabong for swimming and kayaking. There are always extra activities happening for kids during the school holidays too, such as pony rides and tractor rides. 1484 Noosa Rd, Tandur cobb-and-co-nine-mile-camping-grounds.com AUSTRALIA ZOO Crikey, a day at Australia Zoo is a must-do for any family summer on the Sunshine Coast, but when did you last go? Feed the kangaroos, take in the croc show, visit Bindi’s Island and cool off at the Laughing Frog Water Park. There’s always extra activities happening for the kids during the school holidays too. Take advantage of the free train that shuttles around the zoo (little legs can get tired). 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah australiazoo.com.au

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KINGS BEACH AND OCEAN POOL With plenty of parking, BBQ facilities and easy access, Kings Beach is a great day out for families. The foreshore has a free 25-metre natural sea water pool, children’s swimming pool and wading area with disabled access. The children’s pool also has a water fountain to keep them entertained. The pool is equipped with shade sails so it’s an ideal spot to escape the heat.

THE WHARF MOOLOOLABA With the second stage of the refurbishment complete, The Wharf Mooloolaba now has plenty to offer families looking for a day out. Spend a few hours at Sea Life Sunshine Coast and experience the spectacular marine life, then head to one of the many family friendly eateries. For the sweeter tooth, don’t miss the gelato at Fior Di Latte Gelateria. Overlooking the Mooloolah River, there’s also a range of water-based activities available such as whale watching (in season), snorkelling, river cruises and the ability to hire a wide range of water craft. If that’s not enough, the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach is on the doorstep. 123 Parkyn Parade | wharfmooloolaba.com.au

PEREGIAN BEACH If you want a day at the beach without the crowds, the lesser-known Peregian Beach is a quaint beachside village with everything a family needs. Even in summer the beach isn’t overly crowded, and the foreshore park has play equipment, skate park, and plenty of space to burn off energy. There is also a village square where kids can play whilst you enjoy a picnic or takeaway from one of the many eateries. Head over on the first and third Sunday morning of the month to experience the beachside markets, with live music, entertainment, and a bounty of local arts, crafts and produce. Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach NOOSA NATIONAL PARK TRACK This spectacular seaside boardwalk is an easy walk for families and has some of the regions most picturesque coastline. There’s plenty of spots to stop off along the way for a paddle or to investigate the rock pools. Look for koalas munching leaves overhead in the trees. Park Road, Noosa Heads 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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SOUTHBANK Southbank is a family-friendly mecca, with plenty for young and old. At the western end you’ll find the Queensland Museum with fun exhibitions and interactive science experiences. Then take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane to see the sights of the city from the sky. If you need cool off, head to Aquativity, the city’s fabulous water-play area and man-made beach. You’ll find a huge choice of cafes around too, or pack picnic and relax along the banks of the river. brisbane.qld.gov.au

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WORKSHOPS RAIL MUSEUM A must-do destination for any train-loving kid, the Workshops Rail Museum is Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation. With hands-on exhibits and multi-media encounters, the larger-thanlife museum bring history to life with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. Pack a picnic, or stay for lunch at one of Ipswich’s many eateries. Once a month there is also the chance to ride the steam train as part of Steam Train Sunday. Check website for details. North Street, North Ipswich theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au

ROMA STREET PARKL AND Set in the middle of the city, Roma Street Parkland is a beautiful green space with something for everyone. Relax amongst the tranquil gardens and water features, wander the many boardwalks and paths, take a ride on the Parkland Explorer minitrain, then head to the playground with flying foxes, cubbies, bridges, climbing equipment and hedge garden. 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City brisbane.qld.gov.au

LONE PINE KOAL A SANCTUARY Just 12km from the city centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Hand-feed kangaroos, hold a koala, and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. If you aren’t in a rush, leave the car at home and make a day of it by catching the ferry from Southbank. The cruise takes you through some of the city’s most historic landscapes and iconic attractions with entertaining commentary along the way. 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket koala.net/en-au

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BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS At the base of Mt Coot-tha, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens is a wonderful subtropical escape from the city. With a Tropical Dome, Cactus Zone, Bonsai House, Hide n’ Seek children’s trail and a Japanese Garden, there’s plenty to keep kids entertained. Once you are done exploring the gardens, nearby is the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, where kids can learn about the stars and planets with interactive shows and the recreations of the night sky in the cosmic skydome. 152 Mount Coot Tha Rd, Mount Coot-Tha brisbane.qld.gov.au THE CUBE, QUT The Cube is a free experience, consisting of 48 multi-touch screens soaring across two storeys. As one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, visitors can explore big questions of the 21st century, or just have fun! 2 George St | thecube.qut.edu.au

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O ’R E I L LY T R E E T O P WA L K Nestled high within the World Heritage-Listed National Park, consisting of nine suspension bridges, 16 metres above ground, The Tree Top Walk is a must do on the Gold Coast! The kids will have a chance to get up and close to the birds and animals which inhabit the tree tops. If you want to challenge yourself with heights, go up to the observation decks constructed in a Strangler Fig, which is the highest at 30 metres above ground. It’s suitable for all ages, so go on, give it a go! Tip: The best time to see birdlife is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section, Canungra oreillys.com.au CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS Just a 15-minute drive from Currumbin Beach, this not-so-secret swimming hole is a favourite with the locals. With ledges to leap off, ropes to swing on and shallow areas to swim for the littlies, this little gem is screaming out to be explored! With lots of sheltered grass areas, picnic tables and BBQ facilities, you can make a day of it with the family. Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

NATIONAL BRIDGE AT SPRINGBROOK AND GLOW WORMS Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is home to a stunning waterfall and a magical underground glow worm cave which lights up at night, the kids will love it! Take the family along for an adventure and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Nerang Murwillumbah Road and Bakers Road, Springbrook BROADWATER PARKL ANDS Opposite Australia Fair you’ll find one of the largest community parks on the Gold Coast. Think theme parks, water parks and playground all in one. With lots of grassy areas, parents can set up a picnic and relax while watching the kids play in the rock pools, the calm water beach and or the giant bouncy pillow. The park also

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has a special Liberty swing for children of all abilities. There’s so much to do your kids won’t want to leave! The best way to get here is to hop on the tram which runs every eight minutes or catch a bus from the bus station nearby. Marine Parade, Southport SNAPPER ROCKS Home to the annual World Surf Leagues’ Quicksilver and Roxy Pros, Snapper Rocks is a must do on your bucket list. Located on the northern side of Point Danger at the southern end of Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, Snapper is a point break forming the first part of the man-made Superbank which extends from Snapper Rocks Point, through Rainbow Bay, Greenmount Point, Coolangatta Beach, and Kirra, for a distance of around two kilometers. The quality of the surf is the best it’s ever been, creating one of the longest, hollowest and best waves in the world.

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Whether it’s feeding the lorikeets or getting up and close with the kangaroos, everyone can enjoy the unique animal experiences at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. With so much on offer, the kids will love the huge outdoor playground along with riding around the sanctuary in the miniature train. If you are looking for a bit of action, test yourself on the Tree Tops Challenge High Ropes course, that’s sure to get your adrenalin pumping! Gold Coast Highway, Corner of Tomewin Street, Currumbin | currumbinsanctuary.com.au

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TALLEBUDGERA CREEK Framed by Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other, this calm and gentle sparkling creek is a perfect family day out, especially for those with younger kids. With plenty of shady spots at this small beach, you can set up a picnic while you swim, stand up paddle board, kayak or simply splash about having fun. If you want some waves, then Tallebudgera Beach is only a short walk away. 1544 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

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WHY CHILDREN’S VISION is essential to learning

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ision plays a vital role in a child’s development and progress at school. If the visual system does not function properly, learning can suffer. Children need good vision to co-ordinate eye movements, maintain clear focus as they read, and make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks. Not correcting vision problems early can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems. By the time symptoms are present it is much more difficult to treat eye problems.

So how young should children’s eyes be checked? David O’Neill from Looking Smart Optometrists recommends that every child from six months of age should have an eye exam. This should be followed up by a yearly exam until the age of six and then testing every two years after that. However, many kids have never had an eye exam. Everyone will go in for dental checks at an early age, but the eyes often are forgotten.

But what can you test for at six months? “There are several things, but primarily glaucoma and retinoblastoma are ruled out, the prescription is checked and we do our best to make sure there is not a turn in the eyes,” says David. “Turns in the eyes and severe longsightedness can be treated. The younger the patient, the easier it is to correct,” David continues. “If a turn in the eyes is found at six months to a year old, often this can be fixed via contact lenses which are put in by the optometrist and worn by the child for a month at a time. Trying to get a six-year-old baby to wear glasses is often impossible.” “If the turn is detected later then the child may require surgery or patching of an eye to help the now ‘lazy’ eye to see properly.” There is also technology available today called an autorefractor, to help assess a child’s vision without the patient saying a word. This uses a non-visible and painless laser to measure the exact size of the eye therefore tells the optometrist whether

the eye is longer/shorter than normal (Long/Short Sighted) or whether it is wider (Astigmatism). “These devices are invaluable on children who cannot give correct answers, and it’s a vital piece of equipment at Looking Smart!” says David. “Often the most frustrating thing about the old style of eye test is the time taken to give the right answers on which lens is ‘better’. To find out a prescription for glasses in under 20 seconds of just sitting still is amazing to a lot of parents.” David says that the majority of children checked are fine. “We give glasses to approximately 10 per cent of children tested. If the child does end up getting glasses they are often excited as the range of glasses is extensive these days and they can choose their colours and styles.” “In addition, 30 per cent of children get some type of exercise to be done to improve co-ordination or to get them to work their eyes in a more efficient manner,” says David. “This can often make the difference from good to great performance in school.” “Either way, it is worth confirming that your child’s eyesight is ready for the year ahead.”

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and usually only lasts a week or two if you don’t start teaching her she needs your help to go back to sleep at that time. You are best to ignore any playing and go back to bed as engaging is sending the wrong message. M Y F I V E - W E E K - O L D B A B Y W I L L O N LY S L E E P F O R B L O C K S O F 1 –2 H O U R S . . . W H E T H E R D AY O R N I G H T . I K N O W H E I S O N LY Y O U N G , B U T H O W C A N I S TA R T TO G E T LO N G E R S L E E P S?

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Struggling with getting your baby to sleep? You are not alone! Resident baby sleep expert, Claire Andersen from Bubbasleep, answers some of your questions. M Y S I X - M O N T H - O L D B A B Y G E N E R A L LY SLEEPS WELL FROM 8PM. BUT SHE WA K E S F O R A F E E D AT 2A M, A N D I A LW AY S S T R U G G L E T O G E T H E R BACK TO SLEEP! HELP!

The reason you are having difficulty at 2am is because the drive for sleep is lower here than before midnight. The fact that your sixmonth-old is only waking once overnight for

a feed is fantastic. To better answer this question. I would need to know what is happening at 2am. Is bub crying? Playing? What are you doing to try and get bub to sleep? Is it possible that your intervention is too stimulating? (Are you rocking, then trying to feed again, then leaving the room then putting down then picking up?) If bub is playing it indicates a developmental leap

For a five-week-old a lot of sleep issues are related to feeding. If bub is only going one hour between feeds it could be that he is not taking full feeds each time. Make sure he is actively feeding, stripping him off if need be. If you are having any issues beyond doing this seeking help from a Lactation Consultant is a good idea. With regards to promoting sleep, Dr Harvey Karp’s 5S’s are great for soothing: Swaddle, Suck, Sway, Side-laying (in arms if windy, not in the cot unless using a sleep positioner) and Shhh. Basically, re-create the womb environment. Arms down or arms across the chest swaddle is best, it stops the startle reflex. The most important tools are the swaddle and the white noise to encourage longer blocks of sleep. OUR 18-MONTH-OLD STILL CAN’T SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT. HE WILL WAKE CRYING SEVERAL TIMES A NIGHT AND NEED CUDDLING B A C K T O S L E E P. W E ’ V E E N D E D U P CO-SLEEPING, BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET OUR BED BACK!

This will take a little bit of work, starting with positive sleep associations in his room, lots of play in there. From here you may look at co sleeping in his room so he is in the right room at least. From here into a cot (I don’t recommend a bed at this age, it tends to cause further dramas) and soothing from the other side of the cot, then working your way out of the room. You can do this as slow or as fast as you like depending on how your little one reacts. Expect it to take time. 18-month-olds have stamina, however, what is on your side is that they have comprehension!

CLAIRE ANDERSEN – BUBBASLEEP Claire offers professional, supportive, non-judgemental help with sleep associations, routines, naps, night waking, early waking and more. With many years’ experience working one-on-one with families, she evaluates each situation on a case-by-case basis to get to the bottom of why your little one isn’t sleeping and work with you to restore sleep to your household. bubbasleep.com.au

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IS AT HAND From the moment you receive a special needs diagnosis for a child or a loved one, your life is altered forever. We chat to Stuart Kruger, founder of HELPA, to find out his story. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE OF PARENTING A CHILD WITH AUTISM? My seven-year-old son has severe autism, and my experiences range from the good, the not-so-good, and the ‘oh… ok then’ bits! Following the initial diagnosis, I remember having so many thoughts running through my head: “I can’t be alone! But how can I find who else is going through something similar?” “If only I could just ask someone who understands what my child is going through. Anyone, anywhere!” “I can’t even remember what happened yesterday, let alone last week!” “Where did I put that form/ letter/ evidence? I just can’t keep on top of it all.” Something that became very clear, very quickly, was the benefits of having a wider social care system which recognises, acknowledges and supports the requirements that we (as parents and carers) have too. With 8,760 hours in each year, even if you receive excellent therapy and support during the week, you can’t take those specialists home with you. We found ourselves imagining being able to speak to a therapist in real time about a situation which was unfolding right at that moment. No need to wait for the next appointment, no need to drive anywhere – just a chance to deal with that one challenge, right now.

SO, YOU DESIGNED AN APP TO HELP! Yes! All our thoughts and experiences were the catalyst for designing HELPA. It’s a digital health app, co-designed by special needs parents and providers, for special needs parents and providers. 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

IF ONLY I COULD JUST ASK SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS WHAT MY CHILD IS GOING THROUGH. ANYONE, ANYWHERE?!

Our goal is to make it easier for families to share their experiences with others, no matter where they are in the world. There are some other great features, like being able to store documents digitally, and being able to capture the moments that matter by using image, video, and evidencebased inputs. You can use those tools to share information with participating therapists and clinicians, in real-time.

AND YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF LEADING FOUNDATIONS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS? Yes, we are very excited and proud to be working with AEIOU as an Australian partner,

HELPA is a digital app designed by special needs parents and providers. bringing more support to more families around the country. We are also working with Autism NZ, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, Leap In!, Children’s Therapy Centre, Yarra Ranges Speech Pathology, and Acorn Autism. This support locally and abroad, plus our involvement in research, seeks to bring about change at a policy level, especially for parents. So, by using HELPA, you are also contributing directly to this research effort. Stuart Kruger is founder of HELPA. Find out more at www.helpa.app J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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COMMON FOOD ALLERGENS IN KIDS

COMMON FOOD INTOLERANCES IN KIDS

Dairy Peanuts Tree nuts (cashews, almonds and walnuts) Eggs Soy Sesame seeds Wheat Shellfish Seafoods

Lactose Gluten Salicylates Amines Sulphites Fructose Food colourings MSG Yeast

DIAGNOSIS OF AN ALLERGY Allergies are usually diagnosed by an allergist or immunologist using a skin prick test after a referral from a doctor, usually following a reaction. This may require the child’s carer to have an EpiPen with them at all times. The good news is, many children do grow out of their allergies.

DIAGNOSIS OF AN INTOLERANCE

Around 1 in 20 children and 1 in 100 adults are currently living with a diagnosed food allergy. There is an even greater number of people living with food intolerances and sensitivities. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ALLERGY AND AN INTOLERANCE? A food allergy is an immune response to a food, generally either immediately or within a few hours of being exposed to the food either from eating it, touching it or in severe cases even just being close to the food (known as an airborne allergy). An allergic response can range from mild symptoms such as itchiness, a rash and or swelling, or can quickly escalate to a life threatening anaphylactic response which is characterised by swelling of the tongue and throat, wheezing, difficulty breathing and a loss of consciousness requiring urgent medical attention.

Food intolerances are often confused with allergies, as the symptoms can be similar, but these are not caused by an immune response and are not life threatening. Food intolerances can still cause debilitating symptoms such as digestive upsets, bloating, headaches and migraines, hives, wheezing and coughing. Food intolerances can also be a potential trigger in children for behavioural issues such as excessive meltdowns and disrupted sleep. A food intolerance is often a result of the body either not having the ability or enzymes required to break down components in foods, or a sensitivity to the chemicals found in foods.

Food intolerances are often harder to diagnose than allergies and traditionally have been identified after following an elimination diet where suspected foods are completely removed for a period of time and then reintroduced to see if there is a reaction. A nutritionist or naturopath can offer other forms of testing to help identify food sensitivities without a restrictive elimination diet.

MY CHILD HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AN ALLERGY OR INTOLERANCE… WHAT NOW? A good nutritionist or naturopath will work with you to ensure your child’s diet is balanced and their nutritional needs are being met. If, for instance, dairy has been eliminated from your child’s diet, it is important to ensure that calcium is sourced from other foods to avoid any long-term nutritional deficiencies. Above all, it’s important to stay relaxed around food and mealtimes and try to keep the focus on what foods your child is able to enjoy. Establishing a positive relationship around food is essential, after all food is one of the joys of life.

BY KYLIE PINWILL – LIVEWIRE NUTRITION Livewire Health and Nutrition’s goal is to encourage families to get back to basics, eat fresh whole foods and use simple cooking techniques that will save you time. They offer clinic and skype consultations, food sensitivity hair testing as well as nutrition programs aimed to inspire your entire family. livewirenutrition.com.au

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Create a special day for your little fairy The Fairies Toadstool Birthday Tea Parties bring beauty, sweetness and the magical touch of fairies and pirates to any child’s special day. • Each birthday package includes fairy games and prizes, fairy dust making, fairy make up and tattoos along with party bag for each guest. • Parents can relax and enjoy the special occasion, whilst the children are transported to a world of dreams and make-believe.

Becky O’farrell 0414 942 400 www.fairyteaparties.com.au

MOBILE FAIRY GROTTO FILLED WITH BUTTERFLIES, FLOWERS AND TOADSTOOLS

Providing services at Buderim Private Hospital, Buderim Suite 18, Building B, Nucleus Medical Suites, 23 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim, 4556 Phone 5444 4433 info@drkylieisaacs.com.au • www.drkylieisaacs.com.au

OUR ONLINE STORE STOCKS A MAGICAL RANGE OF FAIRY DRESS UPS, TOYS, BOOKS AND ACCESSORIES.

THE FAIRIES TOADSTOOL IS THE HOME OF FAIRIES, PIRATES AND FAIRY BIRTHDAY TEA PARTIES


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READING, WRITING AND SPELLING TUTORING FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES • Free 1 hour literacy skills assessment • Lessons tailored to individual student needs and goals • QLD Teacher Registration • Based in Caloundra • From Prep to adults • Current blue card • Accredited tutor • 10 years experience

The Sunshine Coast’s most loved introduction to Classical Ballet for toddlers & preschoolers

Programs

Cherubs: 16 months – 2.5 years Mummy & Me: 2.5 – 3.5 years Kinderballet: 3 – 5 years Next Steps: 5 – 7 years Junior Jazz & Cheer: 5 – 9 years Aspirants: 7 – 9 years

Fun & imaginative classes • No uniforms/costumes to make or buy Limited class sizes • Affordably priced • Make-up classes available NO ENROLMENT FEE

CALL TINA ON 0410 634 969 | READYFORREADING.COM.AU

0405 478 909 www.danceempiresunshinecoast.com.au miranda@danceempiresunshinecoast.com.au WARANA, MAROOCHYDORE & PEREGIAN BEACH | CALOUNDRA - OPENING MID 2019


CLASSIFIEDS SUNSHINE COAST CHINESE

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM

W: sunshinecoastchinese.com P: 0444 519 526 E: info@sunshinecoastchinese.com FB: @sunshinecoastchinese A: Mountain Creek State High School

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

We provide a range of courses that are tailored to suit different learning levels from Prep kids to adults.

Looking for somewhere to take the kids, get them away from the small screen and keep them entertained for hours? Queensland Air Museum has more than 80 historically significant aircraft and many other aviation related displays, the best aircraft model shop on the Sunshine Coast, coffee, drinks and ice-creams. It's a great day out for the whole family!

• Qualified Experienced Mandarin Native Teacher • Interactive and Fun Learning Environment • Classes Start On 2 February 2019 (Saturdays) Enrol now to reserve your place

Exclusive 20% OFF Use code KOTC20

W: rainbowfun.com.au Online and in-store P: 0456 239 966 A: Shop 2, 16 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads RAINBOW FUN is a leading children’s toy and gift store that stocks a beautiful hand-selected range of some of the best brands in wooden toys, eco-friendly toys, educational toys, games, puzzles, craft activities, imaginative and role play toys from around the globe. There’s something for everyone – from tiny newborns to quirky teens. Visit us in Noosa or shop online!

BORN TO SLEEP

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Are you struggling to get your baby to sleep?

Lisa is a certified baby sleep coach who is passionate about helping families thrive with healthy sleep habits. Choose from gentle to mainstream communication methods, suited your parenting style. To have your questions answered, head to the website to book in for a free sleep assessment.

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HEALTH NATURALLY CHIROPRACTIC

P: (07) 5451 1121 S: @HealthNaturallyChiropractic A: Unit 7, 2-6 Beach Road, Maroochydore Have you even been curious about Chiropractic care for your family? Come and visit us for an Initial consult, Pre-care appointment and Report of findings – FREE – to see if we can help in any way. Give us a call on 07 5451 1121 or visit our office on the corner of Ocean Street and Beach Road. We look forward to seeing you. Regards Sam and Natise.

CONCEPTIONS FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY MASSAGE

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Specialising in Fertility massage, pregnancy massage, lymphatic drainage massage and remedial massage. 20 years massage and natural wellness experience.

Health fund rebates available KATE LANGFORD CAREER CONSULTING

W: wittacork.com.au P: (07) 5494 4369 A: 286 Tesch Rd, Maleny

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Kate Langford Career Consulting is about empowering and training women to chase their dream job and/ or return to the workforce. We help with Career Coaching, Workshops, Resume Writing, LinkedIn profiles, and much more! We discover the passions, skillsets and teach about confidence, how to job search, job applications, hidden job markets, interviews, follow-ups to name a few!

With 150 acres of pristine rainforest to explore, guests can milk a cow, feed calves, goats, pigs and chickens and collect eggs. Our self-contained 2 and 3 bedroom cottages are set on a ridge overlooking Lake Baroon and the Kondalilla National Park. We now also do led pony rides!

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CLASSIFIEDS THE MILK PANTRY

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GYMBAROO SUNSHINE COAST

The Milk Pantry’s extensive range of lactation products for busy breastfeeding mums includes cookies, brownies, shakes and hot chocolates. Options for those with food allergies are also available such as gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. Each product is lovingly hand-crafted and designed to nourish the body, taste great and includes special ingredients that target breast milk production.

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!

KATH DICKSON FAMILY DAY CARE

CEDAR GLEN FARMSTAY

W: cedarglen.com.au P: (07) 5544 8170 A: 3338 Kerry Rd, Beaudesert, QLD 4285

W: kdfc.com.au/family-day-care P: (07) 5446 7731 A: 21 Ocean Street, Maroochydore

Authentic Australian farmstay accomodation within easy reach of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Cedar Glen has been a real working farm and farmstay for over 30 years. A unique place to experience, guests can take part in a variety of farm activities as well as horse riding, bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, tennis, or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Looking for quality, flexible child care that suits your family’s needs? Family day care may be just what you need! Through our established network of fully trained and registered educators across the Sunshine Coast and hinterland region, we offer nurturing care in a small group within a home environment, with full access to your approved child care subsidy.

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GDL NATURE PLAY SPACES

W: gdlnatureplacespaces.com.au P: 0410 863 756 A: Across the Sunshine Coast

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Nature PlaySpaces

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.

Have your babes turned your home into a pig sty? Want to freshen it up before bub’s arrival? Killer Carpet Cleaning can help get your home looking and smelling fresh! We offer very thorough, friendly cleaning services at affordable prices on carpet, mattresses, fabric and leather furniture, rugs, tile and grout. Follow us on Facebook for competitions and discounts.

COTTONTAIL NAPPY SERVICE

W: cottontailservice.com.au P: (07) 5443 8849 A: Across the Sunshine Coast

Cottontail Nappy Service provides a cloth nappy laundry delivery service to homes and child care centres, from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast at an affordable $35pw. Free consultations are given with all private service. Gift certificates are available online. Cottontail NOW have a gorgeous range of SWIM NAPPIES. Visit cottontailservice.com.au or call 07 5443 8849.

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Natural & Organic Skincare

• No toxic chemicals • No animal testing • Recyclable packaging • Supporting children with Down Syndrome • Happiness guaranteed Gentle on your family’s skin, the planet, and your wallet. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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s k oo B DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MELTDOWN

ANIMALPHABET

THE AFTERWARDS

By Jeff Kinney

By Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sharon King Chai

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will they emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

New from acclaimed author Julia Donaldson comes a delightfully rich and interactive and picture book to take you on an adventure through the animal kingdom. Written as an interactive guessing game, with eye-catching artwork and an exotic array of animals to marvel over, can you guess who has more legs than a butterfly? And who is wrinklier than a hedgehog? With peep holes to explore, flaps to lift and rhyming text and bold colours, Animalphabet is a gorgeous book to treasure.

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By A. F. Harrold; illustrated by Emily Gravett Ember and Ness are best friends. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that’s what friends do isn’t it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. The Afterwards is a powerful, dark and beautifully written story about friendship that is both magical and extraordinary, taking readers on their own voyage of discovery. For ages 9-12.

KINDERGO Founded by two Queensland mums, Kindergo empowers children ages 2–7 to read by themselves for enjoyment in a safe and encouraging environment. Recognised as #1 app in over 30 countries for children under five, the app features the world first ‘tap and hear’ reading technology. Now with five themed islands to explore, Kindergo is more interactive than ever with games and exciting rewards to encourage reading. There are also fun new island interactions including word games, collectible stickers to add to a dynamic in-app sticker book and a new suite of collectable accessories to dress your personalised avatar, Go-Go. 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


What do you love? Imagine a school that works with you to develop a highly personalised High School program that is tailored around your career choice.

• Contact us now for enrolment enquiries • Join our next school tour

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