Kids on the Coast Magazine - Sunshine Coast - Issue 95. Nov/Dec 2019

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ISSUE 95 November/December 2019 SUNSHINE COAST

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HUGE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE INSIDE!

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WHAT’S ON FOR KIDS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST


Anything is Possible An Immanuel education starts at two years of age in our award-winning Immanuel Early Learning Centre. We give children the ability to explore, create and discover in any setting, including Forest School and our new Environmental Centre. Call today to register for our next Open Morning.

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

College to find out how The Big Write is helping students develop a big love for literacy. We also pop over to Unity College, to check out their fabulous STEM program. Of course, November also means we are well into the lead up to Christmas! #notstartedshoppingyet. If you are always chasing your tail like me, we have a HUGE Christmas gift guide, with something for everyone (yup, even some sneaky treats for Mum!). We’ve also got a round-up of the best Christmas activities across the region. If you are desperate for a break, check out our trip to the stunning Tangalooma Island Resort to experience all the kidfriendly fun on offer at this natural paradise. And, as always, we have all the latest news, reviews, events and more! With love and Christmas sparkles,

Angela xo

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHING! Our fab new website will be launching this month. With a super-fresh look, easy to use calendar and LOADS more bells and whistles to make your kid-sized living a breeze, find it at kidsonthecoast.com.au very soon!

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PLAY: We take our team of little investigators

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Carols, Santa,

to Stockland Aura to find out what it really

festive lights and gifts galore. We have

takes to create the perfect playspace.

everything to set your Christmas sparkling!

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 BOOKING DEADLINES

FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for November and December........................................ 6 NEWS: The latest news from across the Sunshine Coast .........................................................12

NOTICEBOARD: Notices and achievements from our local schools ................................ 14 EDUCATION: Introducing 21st century skills in the primary years......................................26

Ad booking: 9 December Art deadline: 9 December Distributed directly to parenting hotspots across Southeast Queensland: Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast. For distribution enquiries inbox@shoremedia.com.au

LITERACY: Helping students develop a big love for literacy.................................................28

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WHAT’S ON SPECIAL: All the best Christmas events across the region......................... 37

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.

CHECK THIS OUT: The best Christmas gifts for the whole family ................................... 41 TRAVEL: We check out all the kid-friendly fun at Tangalooma Island Resort ..................... 51 REVIEWS: Movies and books for the family........................................................................... 55 COLUMN: Helping all kids find their groove with dance ...................................................... 60 HEALTH: Anxiousness in primary school children - should parents be concerned?........... 62 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services......................................................... 64 BABIES: What to expect in the postpartum period.................................................................66 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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WHAT’S ON VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE MORE EVENTS! S I G N U P AT K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U F O R O U R W E E K LY W H AT ’ S O N E-N E W S

Aircraft Display

1 DECEMBER Venue 114, Bokarina venue114.com.au

DUSK is a free, familyfriendly outdoor community event celebrating live music, art and culture. Enjoy roving entertainment and grab a bite to eat from the food trucks. There will also be projections on the back stage at sunset, adding to the idyllic atmosphere.

ART PLAY SUNDAY

OPEN EVERY DAY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra qam.com.au

With a huge collection of planes such as the F111, Tiger Moth, and Mirage 1110, Queensland Air Museum is a great fun day out with the kids!

15 DECEMBER Noosa Regional Art Gallery noosaregionalgallery.com.au Head along to Noosa Regional Art Gallery for free creative activities for the whole family. Activities are inspired by the current exhibits at the Gallery. Wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy!

14 and 15 JANUARY Venue 114 | venue114.com.au

QUEENSLAND BALLET TWO DAY DANCE CAMP

Sunshine Coast Council proudly presents Queensland Ballet Two Day Dance Camp in January school holidays 2020. Children will perfect their technique and practice their pirouettes under the careful guidance of Queensland Ballet’s Teaching Artists. Participants will get creative with sets and costumes, learn current Queensland Ballet repertoire and develop choreography to share and explore with others. Students will be grouped by age or experience: Little Leapers (5 - 10 years) and Ballet Movers (11 - 17 years).

KIDS’ PLAYROOM Noosa Leisure Centre, Noosaville noosaleisurecentre.com.au

The Kids’ Playroom at the Noosa Leisure Centre is the perfect place to bring your little one to explore in a safe and comfortable environment. There is a jumping castle, trampoline, balancing beam and lots of other fun things for them to enjoy, all in an air-conditioned room (with comfy couches for parents to watch). There is also an onsite café so grab a coffee on your way in – happy kids and parents!

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MATHS AND ENGLISH TUTORING 22 – 24 JANUARY 2020 NumberWorks’nWords, Sippy Downs numberworksnwords.com/au Get back into school mode with these 2 hour tutoring sessions in maths and English. Give your child a head start for the new year with personalised lessons based on their individual needs. Held in a fun environment, these sessions are designed to build confidence and improve results. For Prep to Year 10.

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* WE PUBLISH INFORMATION BASED ON WHAT IS SUPPLIED TO US - TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE ALL DETAILS ARE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING, HOWEVER WE DO RECOMMEND YOU CHECK EVENT DETAILS WITH THE ORGANISERS.

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7 NOVEMBER Venue 114, Bokarina fleurdelysevents.wixsite.com Got a budding superstar? Don’t miss the Coast’s first Baby Beautiful Show and Exhibition! There will be children’s entertainment and raffles, the chance to win great prizes, as well as an exhibition providing a compendium of local baby products and services, all whilst raising awareness and funds for PANDA.

APEX SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Apex Camps, Twin Waters www.apexcamps.com.au

SUNNY COAST BABY AND KIDS MARKET 8 DECEMBER | sunnycoastbabykidsmarket.com.au Mountain Creek Primary School Find a mix of pre-loved items including clothes, toys, books, cots, prams, as well as beautiful handmade items, made locally. With a jumping castle, free bounty bags, yummy hot food and coffee, grab a Christmas bargain in a relaxed atmosphere.

Apex Camps Sunshine Coast hosts an exciting school holiday drop-off program every school holidays, for kids aged 5 to 17 years. Sessions are designed to develop team building and learning qualities whilst ensuring kids are outdoors and interacting with friends. Choose from a single activity session (two hours), or stay for the day!

OPERATION OUCH! Live On Stage 5 JANUARY 2020 The Events Centre | theeventscentre.com.au

Dr Chris and Dr Xand are back in Australia! This brilliant show is packed with all-new crazy experiments and more amazing facts. The doctors explore the fascinating world of biology and show you the incredible things your body can do. Plus, they’ll share their favourite bits from the award-winning TV show. For kids 7+ years old and their adults.

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Wildlings Forest School HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Petrie Creek, Nambour wildlingsforestschool.com

Let the kids journey into the wild this summer, as they play, learn and create new memories at Wildlings Forest School. There’s a range of activities to participate in, from Raft Building to Bows & Arrows. There are no walls in the classroom, it’s just you, me and the trees! 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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Bring the kids along to our cat themed cafe to enjoy our yummy snack and drink menu, not to mention indulging yourself with our fair-trade sustainable coffee and locally produced gourmet treats. You could also make an event of it with family and friends, by booking a session in our interactive cat environment, The Zen Zone. • Connect to a cat looking for a furrever home • Love, enrich & rehabilitate refuge cats • Ultimate cat lover’s experience • Encourages positive wellbeing • Controlled, relaxed environment • Break down social barriers

for a purrfect s gift, Christma ne do buy a love l an annua pass!

Check out our family deals, annual passes, promotions and events including all bookings at our website. LITTLE MATCH PRODUCTIONS AND VENUE 114 PRESENT

Café Open Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am to 2:30pm Zen Zone Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am, 12:00pm & 1:30pm 1-hour sessions, bookings essential

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THINGS TO DO

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Need to keep the kids busy? There’s a sleigh full of fun in store these school holidays at Noosa Civic!

A Christmas Party with the Grinch 16 NOVEMBER Outside Woolworths Session Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

For a $10 donation to the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, you can bring your little ones along to one of five Christmas party sessions with the Grinch in the Centre on Saturday 16th November. Children will be treated to savory and sweet food options courtesy of Muffin Break, receive a special goodie bag to take home, and enjoy music and entertainment from the Grinch and his festive friends. Face painting and balloon modelling will also add to the Christmas spirit on the day! 100% of donations will go to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, an accredited not-for-profit palliative care service based in the heart of Doonan. Bookings essential.

Letter Writing Zone 16 NOVEMBER – 23 DECEMBER

This year, Noosa Civic has a letter writing zone where kids can post their letter to Santa. Everyone gets a reply sent from the jolly guy himself!

Paw Patrol Activity Village with Marshall 13 – 17 JANUARY Outside Red Rooster 10am – 1pm

The fun doesn’t stop at Christmas! In January, head along to Noosa Civic and meet your favourite Paw Patrol pup or get crafty in the activity village during the school holidays. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE ACTIVITIES, VISIT NOOSACIVIC.COM.AU

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Santain his ENCHANTED RAINFOREST

16 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER Santa will be in his Enchanted Rainforest every day at Noosa Civic. Families are welcome to come for photos or just to say hello.


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SCORE WITH LITTLE KICKERS

The much-loved Little Kickers Sunshine Coast is ready for a new owner, with their current owner moving on to concentrate on studies. “It is with a heavy heart that I am letting go

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n exciting new baby show and exhibition is coming to the Sunshine Coast, raising awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression ahead of National PANDA week (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia). By combining a baby show and an exhibition, the skilled team behind Fleur de Lys Events aims to deliver an event that will inspire and connect new mums, whilst also providing a compendium of local baby products and services for both parents and bubs. “Our show intends to raise awareness for PANDA,” explained Jacqueline Graham, founder and event planner at Fleur de Lys Events, “and 20 per cent of all entrant registration fees will be donated to this

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of Little Kickers, said Alex Ollier. “I’ve had the business since I was 19 years old, so I’ve had five very successful years running this evergrowing business. But now it is time for me to

move on to the next phase of my life – completing my University studies to become a school teacher.” With football (soccer) being the number 1 sport played across Australia for all ages, it’s no surprise that it is the most popular sport for kids to undertake. “I believe football is the best starting sport to help children grow, develop gross motor skills, coordination and balance,” Alex said. “My favourite thing about Little Kickers is watching children develop learn and grow. Along with all the funny stories the kids will happily tell you!” “I personally think this business would be perfect for a couple who are looking for an extra income for the household. Or even a stay-at-home parent who would like to work school hours. Also, someone sporty who has a keen interest in the welfare of children. “This type of business is a rare opportunity in a region that values fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, call 0458 782 922 or visit littlekickers.com.au.

worthwhile cause.” Suicide is the leading cause of death in new mothers during the first year of parenthood and PANDA Week 2019 is all about having that conversation, asking: ‘Are you alright?” “For some, parenthood can be a lonely and isolating time and this event has been created to make a fun day out for both children and parents,” Jacqueline continued. “There will be children’s entertainment and raffles on the day. Both parents and children will meet like-minded people, and have the chance to make new friends, win prizes and, above all, have a great day out!” The Baby Beautiful Show and Exhibition will be at Venue 114, Bokarina on 7th November. 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


The best start to your child’s learning journey begins here

2020 ENROLM E N TS F I L L I N G FAST Register online at greenleaveselc.com.au

P OP IN F OR A C O FFEE A ND A TO U R Green Leaves Early Learning Pelican Waters 6 Coral Sea Drive, Pelican Waters

07 5496 0852


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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anctuary Early Learning Adventure working towards since the popular centre Buderim has announced an exciting opened in January 2019. Before and After School Program. “The community of Buderim is growing The program includes a convenient pick steadily, as more young families choose up and drop off service to local schools to call this beautiful area home,” said and a dedicated schoolNatasha. “Many of these aged educator ensuring families need before and “EXTENDING children are supported after school care for their OUR SERVICES and encouraged through a little ones whilst they TO INCLUDE leisure based program that are at work, so extending THIS ESSENTIAL links to the My Time Our our services to include PROGRAM IS Place Framework. this essential program is Sanctuary Buderim’s something we are very SOMETHING WE ARE Before and After School excited to bring about.” VERY EXCITED TO Care Program also makes “Our program is open to BRING ABOUT.” life easier for busy parents all school-age children in with a nutritious breakfast, the area. And, for our kindy afternoon tea and homework club kids leaving us for Prep, they now have a included. place they know and love to be cared for Centre Manager Natasha explained before and after their days at big school.” that the addition of out of hours care at For more information and to secure your place, the centre is something they have been please contact Natasha on 07 5322 5247.

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oosa Christian College has put community at the heart of its program, ensuring their littlest learners blend happily with the rest of the college community. “Our curriculum involves belonging, being and becoming and we embrace this in our philosophy and how we interact and deal with all our children and families,” said Kindergarten Teacher, Celeste Wareham. “When you arrive at our Kindy we want you to know that you are welcome and that you belong to our college community.” Families can begin their journey at Noosa Christian College before Kindy by joining their Little Treasures Playgroup, which seamlessly continues into Kindy, Prep and beyond. “Every parent wants their child to experience a smooth transition to Prep,” said Celeste. “Our kindy building is attached to the Prep classroom, so the prep teacher and teacher aide can engage with our Kindy Friends regularly, supporting a natural integration.” With this, community values are at the centre of the Noosa Christian College philosophy. “Values we model and encourage are respect, responsibility, effort, compassion, service and integrity through play, social development, discussions and role play,” said Celeste. “Many parents want their children to be in an environment that supports these values and parents appreciate that we share and live the values we teach.” Find out more at noosacc.qld.edu.au.

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Love. Learning. Adventure. Enrol in P re-Kindy to guarantee your 2020 Kindergarten place Enquiries: Janelle Appo on 5451 3600 or Krystle Cullen on 5451 3648

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Suncoast Christian College, Cnr Schubert & Kiels Mtn Road, Woombye

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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MCA Sunshine Coast University by example with families, other child care Hospital Child Care Centre is the first services and the community.” child care centre on the Sunshine Cottontail Nappy Service is providing the Coast to utilise modern day cloth nappies as centre with specific nappies that include part of their service to families. the centre logo for identification within “Our aim is to be more environmentally their factory, to ensure that the centre only sustainable by reducing our landfill,” said utilises their own nappies. Anita Corney, Centre “Cottontail will hygienically Director at Sunshine Coast launder the nappies “WE HOPE IT IS University Hospital Child daily whilst maintaining THE FIRST OF Care Centre. environmentally friendly MANY CHILD CARE “Our centre has a policy practice,” Anita continued. SERVICES THAT that nappies are changed Rosemary Covey from MAKE THE SWITCH every two hours, and Cottontail Nappy Service is TO CLOTH NAPPIES.” we have a large number thrilled to partner with the of children enrolled at YMCA on this project. “We the service. Therefore, cloth nappies are so proud to have this beautiful child care became a far more suitable option for our centre be the first on the Coast to cloth with environmental sustainability practices,” us,” Rosemary said. “We hope it is the first Anita continued. “We feel it is our of many child care services that make the responsibility to ensure that we reduce switch to hygienic, environmentally friendly our impact on the environment and lead cloth nappies.”

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acific Lutheran’s Junior Learning Extension Program, YACHTS (Young Achievers Creatively Honing Thinking Skills) embarked on a STEM challenge recently that took them on a time travelling ride in the TARDIS with their favourite superhero Doctor Who. As they opened the door of the TARDIS, they meet a man dressed very much like an 18th century sailor on a ship. He is Captain Arthur Phillip, who was overseeing the First Fleet – the 11 ships that sailed from Great Britain on 13 May 1787, to start the first European colony in New South Wales. He was distressed as he was unable to unload his cargo. They did not have the tools to get their supplies to the land and they needed to move their cargo before the other ships arrived. So, the Young Achievers were set a challenge to design, build and operate a hydraulic robotic arm (crane) that would help the Captain move the cargo from the ship to the land. Fortunately, The Doctor had some limited 21st century supplies in the TARDIS that they could use: cardboard, 10ml syringes, long plastic tubes, toothpicks and glue. Students recorded all of the steps of the design, construction, testing and critiquing in their journals and reflect on how their team approached the task. With activities such as this, learning can come to life, bringing problem solving, science, teamwork and history together in a way that students will never forget.

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FOREVER ON THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT PLAYGROUND, WE TOOK THE KIDS TO STOCKLAND AURA TO CHECK OUT ITS ARRAY OF EXCITING NEW PLAY SPACES.

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enowned for its innovative parks and playgrounds, Stockland has certainly set the bar high for its playgrounds and open spaces at Aura. With 700 hectares of conservation and park areas ultimately planned for the new city, there will be an abundance of green space to choose from. “What makes these recreational spaces different is the scope of their imaginative design,” said Josh Sondergeld, Aura Project Director. “And what makes them better is that they are part of a carefully designed, masterplanned community complementing the overall vision for Aura.” Stockland’s masterplan states that every home within Aura will be located within 400 metres of a park, providing spaces for families to gather, picnic and play as well as connect with other residents. “Families are an integral part of our communities,” said Josh. “They help lay the foundations for a strong, connected community containing a diverse mix of buyers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Baringa Skate Plaza Custom designed by Convic, world-leading skate designers, the Baringa Skate Plaza is a fun combination of rails, jumps and ramps for all ages, from micro-groms to intermediate and advanced riders. The Civic Square features a green kick around space, a huge set of shaded feasting tables, and plenty of space to kick back. The wave seats with in-built music

amplification pods are a super-cool addition, and the phone charging station is a handy feature too!

Playgrounds for all ages In addition to the skate plaza, Aura already features seven parks and playgrounds, and there are still more planned. Pedal Park, the first park created at Baringa, has been specifically designed as a ‘learn-toride’ facility for children. It features two circular bike tracks – a 134-metre beginners’ track with

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road traffic signs and a tunnel, and a 145-metre track with ramps to test the skills of more advanced riders. In the centre of the park, there is a huge climbing tower with two large tunnel slides. There is also a set of swings (toddler and standard) a spring-loaded see saw, and a halfcourt basketball and netball court adjacent to a generous kick and throw area. All of the play areas are partially shaded with shade sails and have a soft fall base. Pedal Park also wins for amenities, providing bathrooms, water bubbler, barbeque as well as two shelters with tables and chairs. N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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• Wave seats with inbuilt music player • Ramps and rail slides • Shaded picnic tables • Water bubbler

With a beautiful bushland backdrop, the 6,000 square metre McArthur Park opened in December and is a nature-themed recreational space focused on climbing and adventure play, which is suitable for children aged six to 12. The park features a climbing frame, spinning swing, picnic space and kick around space with soccer goals. The newest park in Baringa is the 5,000 square metre Burnet Park. Designed for younger children aged up to six years, the park incorporates facilities for exploring and scrambling play including swings, slides, bridges, sand play and a climbing wall with ropes. The playful frog-themed playground of Frog Park, is another park, which is great for younger children. The playground includes a Ninja Warrior inspired ropes course, swings and slides, and a huge blue, yellow and green frog to scramble over. There is also a picnic shelter, a good-sized grassed area for games but no bathrooms. Baringa also features a gorgeous treehouse adventure playground on Lukin Terrace, just a short stroll from the newly opened retail centre where parents can grab a coffee. Designed for older children, this playground features two climbing trees, cubby houses and three tunnel slides as well as the hugely popular jumping pillow. Residents will also be able to easily access Aura’s Veloway – an extensive bike pathway that will link Aura’s seven parks. There are future plans for 200 kms of cycle way, which will form part of a national showcase of cycling infrastructure, encouraging families to use bicycles as a safe, environmentally friendly form of travel.

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PREP FOR PREP

Starting ‘big school’ is an exciting time for kids (and parents!). What can you do to ensure a smooth transition?

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reparing for the first year of school is an exciting time in the life of a child and their family! A quality, approved kindergarten program can support children in becoming ready for the adventures that await them at school. Helen Blenkinsop, kindergarten teacher and educational leader from Bella Grace Aroona, explains that play is important work for your child in their year before school. “Play is the meaningful way that children develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills,” she says. “It helps them to build relationships, learn how to communicate with others, resolve conflicts,

solve problems, and provides many opportunities to connect with their peers within a community of learning. Bella Grace Kindergarten Programs focus upon a holistic, play-based approach that supports each child in their development and incorporates children’s interests into rich learning experiences that encourage curiosity, wonder and a disposition for learning. “Bella Grace ELC kindergarten teachers support parents to help their child become socially and emotionally ready for school in many ways. Helping your child to recognise their belongings, pack and carry their bag, put on their shoes, go to the toilet without

help and participate in meal time routines will promote independence and self-confidence. Playing games as a family and talking about daily events can enhance your child’s communication skills and resilience. “All Bella Grace kindergarten programs incorporate development of these important skills throughout the kindergarten year within a nurturing environment.” Reading together is also an important part of early literacy development and preparation for a successful start to Prep. “We encourage children and their families to understand the importance of early literacy by reading, telling stories, singing and talking together, all things that support early literacy by developing the child’s awareness of language, sounds and words,” says Helen. “Participation in a Bella Grace kindergarten program that emphasises the importance of early literacy skills will help your child become ready for reading and develop a life-long love of literacy that will support their learning throughout their school life and beyond.” To assist in a smooth transition, at the end of the kindergarten year, your kindergarten teacher will write a Transition Statement that includes details about your child’s interests and how your child learns. “It is important to provide this to the school so that they can get to know your child,” explains Helen. A quality transition program will also include visits to Prep classrooms to meet Prep teachers, spend time in classrooms and meet other families. “Bella Grace ELC values our connections with our local schools and engages children and their families in transition,” says Helen. “These programs can help to address any concerns that you may have and enable your child to become more familiar with the school environment before their first day.”

B E L L A G R A C E O F F E R S A F U L LY A C C R E D I T E D K I N D E R G A R T E N P R O G R A M , D E L I V E R E D B Y Q U A L I F I E D A N D PA S S I O N AT E E D U C AT O R S , W H I C H E N C O M PA S S E S T H E N AT I O N A L E A R LY Y E A R S LEARNING FRAMEWORK AND THE QUEENSL AND KINDERGARTEN LEARNING GUIDELINE.

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From humble beginnings in a pineapple shed to becoming one of the Coast’s most respected independent schools, we meeet the Deputy Head of Primary at Suncoast Christian College to find out more about this dynamic school. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHY OF SUNCOAST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? Suncoast is a dynamic, vibrant, safe and secure learning community that is committed to growing children who will make a difference in the world. Through a Christ centered approach to education, we seek to genuinely love and nurture each individual child so that they can grow in their learning, faith and character. Whilst this process occurs across the whole College, the Primary school provides a strong foundation for this journey. Our authentic Christian faith is lived out each day as we grow together and equip our students to think well, believe strongly, strive for excellence and practice personal integrity. WH AT M A KE S T H E S U N COA S T EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS? Relationship is very much a part of our DNA here at Suncoast and we genuinely seek to know and understand each individual student and develop and nurture their unique, God given strengths, gifts and abilities. Right from Prep, our educational programs are innovative and exciting and students work together on authentic projects, thereby developing their ability to collaborate, communicate and create. I think we have a found an excellent balance between explicit teaching and student inquiry, which sparks our student’s curiosity and love of learning. Due to our small class sizes, we can cater for individual needs and unique learning styles. Together, we work to help each child to discover their passions, strengths and to develop the persistence required to be a successful, motivated and happy learner. WH AT D O YO U E N J OY M O S T A B O U T YO U R R O L E AT T H E SCHOOL? I have the wonderful privilege of partnering with families at the very beginning of their child’s educational journey. Being in a P-12 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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school, we get to see every part of the journey and it is always an inspiring moment when you see a child that you enrolled in Prep standing proudly on the stage as a confident Year 12 graduate, equipped and ready to embark on the next stage of his or her life’s journey. WH AT D O YOU L I KE TO D O IN YO U R S PA R E T I M E? I love being a mum and though my children are now all adults and have left home, I love spending time with them whenever I get a chance. Family means the world to me. We live on acreage and, much to the delight of our students, I actually fancy myself as a bit of a farm girl! The students have been quite amused of late by my stories of having to chase a cranky, runaway bull who persistently jumps the fences and heads to the neighbour’s house. It is in these moments that the students realise that my life exists beyond the classroom! CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS DEPUTY HEAD OF PRIMARY? I am so proud of our Primary team and

how they continually collaborate to create an environment where all our students can flourish both educationally and emotionally. To be part of such a committed, purposeful team is humbling and I am very proud of what we are building here. At Suncoast, we are constantly reflecting and refining our practice and that requires commitment and tenacity from all members of our team. CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING A B O U T T H E S C H O O L T H AT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Our College has very humble beginnings. With just $1000 in the bank, the Church launched the College in 1979 in a pineapple shed. The same shed was used for Church on a Sunday and then cleared out in preparation for the school week ahead. Some of the original students have referred to learning in a classroom under the building with a dirt floor! There are many wild and wonderful stories from these early days. We are very proud of our journey over the past 40 years and it is one that reflects the determination, servant heartedness and unstoppable mission that is so ingrained here at Suncoast. N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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Unity College is set for dramatic growth with the introduction of STEM, an innovative and engaging integration of science, technology, engineering and math.

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ith skills such as computational thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity imperative in today’s world, Unity College students now have access to the newest educational technologies available with the recent purchase of Virtual Reality kits, Blue Bot robots, LEGO® WeDo 2.0 kits, Dash robots and EV3 LEGO® robotics, as well as an augmented reality topographic sand box. Students also learn how to code, design and create digital solutions, as well as program robotics across various applications learning to apply a variety of sophisticated algorithms as their skills develop. Prep to Year 3 students have in-class access to one to one Apple iPads which they use to create a range of digital solutions through guided play and scaffolded learning opportunities. From Year 4 onwards, students have individual iPads and are able

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to take their iPads home for further educational purposes and digital citizenship development. Students learn how to apply a multitude of skills as they incorporate digital technologies into everyday learning through engaging activities, such as navigating maps using robotics, digitally recording scientific experiments and analysing results through mathematical graphing software applications. Students are also taught correct typing techniques on one to one full sized keyboards, ensuring the optimum development of this lifetime skill. Students in the early Junior Years now enjoy engaging lessons using the new LEGO® kits. Over the course of their lessons, they use bricks, gears and axels to build moving models of monkeys that swing and funny owls with moving eyes. These learning opportunities encourage collaboration with peers, effective communication strategies, as well as working on fine motor skills and

creativity. These cohorts also use Blue Bots, an exciting programmable floor robot. Its childfriendly design, funny sounds and colourful lights makes it the perfect starting device for young coders. Teaching control, directional language, programming and algorithms, it is not only a wonderful device for Digital Technologies, but further promotes literacy, numeracy and other cross-curricular connections too. Building on these skills learnt in the early years, Junior students then develop their engineering skills and robotic coding with Dash Robots. Students use their knowledge of push and pull to create a LEGO® attachment for their Dash robot to navigate marbles around a course. Learners build on their coding language skills with the use of Tynker and Blockly coding apps. STEM integrations continue in Year 3, when students explore the moon and the 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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mystery of outer space and discuss what they would need to incorporate to create their very own moon rover. Students work in collaborative teams to design, build and test their lunar creation. Using knowledge of the moon’s surface and environment, students consider what their robots might require for a successful mission and then build their moon rover using the LEGO® WeDo 2.0 kits. Learners apply their coding skills to drive their moon rovers over a lunar surface to the base. The use of the robot allows students to make links between mathematical concepts and the real world. Coding activities also allow students to develop computational thinking skills while exploring content in other learning areas. In Year 4 HASS, students learn about the First Fleet. Integrating Digital Technologies, the coding app Tynker is used to map the voyage taken by these first ships. Students then create their own quiz, based on the knowledge of key dates and facts. Students also use the LEGO® WeDo 2.0

kits to create a robot to investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the movement of an object. Pupils build their robots and measure the outcomes using different wheels and weights. They engage in discussions about the investigation, explain the concepts of forces and friction and use this information to create a final “Digital project. The Numbers app is technologies then used to enter the data and are integrated create graphs to adequately protected online storage and throughout the provide evidence to justify their digital educational resources. College, seamlessly findings. Dedicated to providing transitioning Digital technologies are students with the highest level integrated throughout the of learning opportunities students from College, seamlessly available on the Sunshine Prep to Year 12.” transitioning students from Coast, Unity College’s exciting Prep to Year 12, with the introduction of one STEM program aims to ensure that all to one Apple laptops in Year 7. All devices students can learn these critical 21st century from Prep to Year 12 have access to the skills and grow with STEM at the College. school’s WiFi system, ensuring online safety through safeguarded internet controls, By Natalie Benson personalised BCE email accounts as well as Junior Technologies, Unity College

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THE BIG WRITE Helping students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College develop a big love for literacy.

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he lights are dimmed, there is music playing softly and the class of 20 students are peacefully engrossed in their tasks – it sounds like the setting for a yoga class but it’s not. It’s a Year 4 classroom writing lesson at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast. With literacy as a major focus at the College’s Primary School, students from Prep to Year 6 are benefitting from a respected model of teaching writing and raising writing standards known as the Big Write. Developed by experienced educator, Ros Wilson, and used widely in schools throughout the United Kingdom and Australia with great success, the Big Write model is based on the premise that ‘if you can’t say it, you can’t write it’. Big Write is an opportunity for students to learn how to generate ideas through conversation and fun activities in the classroom and at home, before engaging in independent writing tasks in soothing settings that promote calm and creativity. Students simultaneously learn skills in VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) to support their writing

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confidence and engagement. Flinders has embraced the Big Write model this year as part of its mission to give every student the tools and support to develop their literacy skills and become proficient and enthusiastic writers. Head of Primary School, Trudi Edwards says the College is passionate about literacy and language development. “We recognise that children must first learn to express their ideas orally before they can confidently write these ideas on the page,” Trudi said. “Developing an expansive vocabulary through engaging in oral discussions and activities assists in building each student’s word bank, whilst also enabling them to organise their ideas prior to writing,” she said. “Needless to say, an expansive vocabulary is also critical for reading comprehension. “In fact, as Associate Professor of Education and the Arts, Deslea Konza from Edith Cowan University notes, the number and variety of words that children know in the early years is a major predictor of reading comprehension in the secondary schooling years and of broader academic and vocational success.

“The Big Write is a positive and practical approach to teaching writing that encourages every child to learn new words, explore the art of conversation and learn to communicate so they may actively develop their ‘writing voice’. “It helps students of all proficiencies realise that writing is enjoyable and an 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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opportunity to express their creativity, whilst also learning the skills of clear written communication. “This remains a critical 21st century skill.” Head of Teaching and Learning Debbie Planck says the Big Write model works by providing students with a new topic to inspire a writing task, every fortnight or so. To help students engage in their writing, there is plenty of creative stimuli, from themed dress-up days and excursions to Sea Life Aquarium and Australia Zoo, to classroom observation activities such as chicken eggs hatching in an incubator. “Part of the Big Write is teaching skills in vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation, and we play lots of exciting games in the classroom to build on these foundational skills,” Debbie said. “Students especially love Kung Fu Punctuation, where all punctuation marks are given corresponding kung-fu-style actions with accompanying sounds,” she said.

“This is proving highly effective for students in learning the intricacies of commas, semicolons and full stops while having fun and moving their bodies.” Each Big Write involves students first discussing the topic with their family at home in preparation for their writing challenge the following day in class. When students return to the classroom to begin their ‘Big Write’, their thoughts and ideas about the topic are already rehearsed. “This provides them with the best opportunity to focus on the skills of writing and to write in depth about the topic,” Debbie said. “The end goal of The Big Write is to encourage students to produce a high standard of writing and to build their writing stamina to write independently for extensive periods of time. “We remind our students from Prep to Year 6 that the Big Write is an opportunity to set high expectations for themselves, to give writing a purpose, and to have fun.”

WHAT THE STUDENTS THINK “I like Big Write because sometimes we bring our toy from home and write about it.” Isla Larsen, Prep “I like Big Write because we get to learn new words when the teacher writes the correct spelling on the yellow poster.” Lucy Grosso, Prep “I like the planning part the best. I get to really think over my ideas, discuss these ideas at home and come back to school with even more ideas to add to my plan.” Laura Proudfoot, Year 4 “My favourite part is actually writing the Big Write. I have planned it out with some good ideas and talked about it at home. So when it is Big Write time, I am really excited about starting.” Emmie Birks, Year 4

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

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SUNSHINE COAST LIBRARIES improving children’s literacy

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The results are in! Sunshine Coast Council Libraries have helped improve children’s early literacy skills on the Sunshine Coast.

n 2012, the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results indicated that children in Queensland were falling behind other states in language and cognitive skills. Queensland ranked a worrying sixth in the country and was 4 per cent below the national average. In response, the Queensland State Government initiated the First 5 Forever program. The First 5 Forever funding enabled Sunshine Coast Libraries to increase their number of children’s programs, activities and outreach events, and the latest stats show that it’s making a marked difference! The latest AEDC results show a 1.8 per cent decrease in the number of developmentally vulnerable children on the Sunshine Coast since 2012. “This is great news for our kids and for our wonderful library team who have worked tirelessly to deliver more than 3,000 First 5 Forever programs and activities to more than 102,000 participants,” said

Jenny McKay, Community Portfolio Councillor. “First 5 Forever has enabled our libraries to reach a much larger portion of our community, through year-round events and access to free resources that help parents and caregivers to support their child’s early language, reading and literacy skills. “Sunshine Coast Libraries host stalls at local family markets, attend large community events and run weekly Storytime and Rhymetime activities across our library branches.” Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council, said they were absolutely thrilled with the results. “In 2015, when we started the initiative, we used the 2012 stats as a benchmark, and the ultimate aim was to shift the trend,” said Karen. “We were hoping for a turnaround, but an almost 2 per cent decrease is incredible!” The First 5 Forever funding also enabled Sunshine Coast Libraries to deliver the

award-winning Story Seat project, as well as establish a very popular Story Walk at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens. The libraries also implemented a comprehensive training program for employees to raise the quality and calibre of their delivery of early literacy messaging. “Library employees are now fluent in early literacy development and share this knowledge with parents and caregivers on a daily basis,” Cr McKay said. First 5 Forever is a universal family literacy program that aims to create stronger language and literacy environments for Queensland children before they start kindergarten or school. It’s about working together as a community to spend time with our children, talking, reading, singing and playing. Sunshine Coast Libraries continue to implement First 5 Forever activities, including Storytime and Rhymetime, playgroup outreach sessions, pop-up library and Story Seat events.

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The Christmas festivities at Kawana Shoppingworld will kick off with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol™ on stage at 10am on 16 November, followed by a magical parade with Santa and all of his friends around the centre.

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Visit Kawana Shoppingworld and let Santa know what is on your wish list this Christmas. As well as the regular Santa photography, the centre will be hosting pet photos and sessions for children with special needs. Every child who visits Santa will receive a free gift! FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE ACTIVITIES VISIT WWW.KAWANASHOPPINGWORLD.COM.AU

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The festivities kick off with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol™ on stage at 10am, followed by a magical parade with Santa and all of his friends. Visit Santa for a photograph, and every child who visits gets a free gift! Plus, they will be hosting pet photos and sessions for children with special needs. 16 NOVEMBER

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Join the Grinch and his festive friends for a party and welcome Santa to Noosa Civic! Cost is $5 donation to the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. Each child will receive food, drink and a special gift bag to take home. Bookings essential. 23 NOVEMBER TO 19 JANUARY

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Nambour Community Carols & Twilight Markets Nambour Showgrounds Facebook: @nambourcommunitycarols

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6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party Field 5 Kawana Sports Precinct, Bokarina stepsautismtreehouse.org.au

The safest and most hassle-free Christmas party for young people and families living with autism and disability – with water slides, rides, sensory tent, petting zoo, face painting, raffles, Santa, and much more. E V E R Y W E D N E S D AY T O S U N D AY 4 T H T O 22 N D D E C E M B E R ; P L U S M O N D AY 23 R D A N D T U E S D AY 24 T H D E C E M B E R

Santa at The Ginger Factory The Ginger Factory, Yandina gingerfactory.com.au

From 9.30am to 1.30pm, visit Santa in his magical Christmas workshop at the Ginger Factory this December. Santa will have a free gift for all the good children and you can capture this special moment for free by bringing your own camera!

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W H AT ’ S O N Experience the wonder of The Enchanted Garden

14 – 23 DECEMBER

Christmas at Lifepointe Lifepointe Baptist Church, Buderim lifepointe.org.au

Join the local community on the Sunshine Coast for this free event celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy the dazzling Christmas lights, grab a glow stick and join the carols, or head to the Kids Zone for free fairy floss, popcorn, face painting, balloon creations and jumping castles. Don’t miss the musical production, the Bethlehem show, the market stalls and the huge baby animal farm. And with the Food Truck Roll Up providing a diverse range of food, there will be something to delight everyone’s taste buds. 14 DECEMBER

Christmas in the Park Jack Morgan Park, Coolum ccfchurch.org.au

Now in its 22nd year, there will be a children’s petting zoo, face painting, Santa will be there, and performers singing your favourite carols. 29 NOVEMBER – 13 DECEMBER

The Enchanted Garden Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden, as Roma Street Parkland transforms into a festive wonderland. 6 – 7 DECEMBER

Christmas in Cooroy Maple Street, Cooroy christmasincooroy.com.au

A free community event with the lighting of the tree on Friday night. The main Christmas events held on Saturday afternoon include entertainment, rides, a Street Parade, followed by live music and fireworks. 7 DECEMBER

Carols at Cotton Tree Park Christmas at Lifepointe

Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore carolsatcottontree.com.au

Bring a picnic blanket and share in a delightful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun at Cotton Tree Park. Also expect a visit from Santa. The evening will finish with a fireworks display. 8 DECEMBER

Buderim Community Carols Buderim Village Park, King Street, Buderim buderim.com/carols-by-candlelight

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Sing along to your favourite carols at this heart-warming community Christmas event.

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Twilight Christmas Carols Ginger Factory, Yandina gingerfactory.com.au

Head to the Ginger Factory on Friday 20th December at 5pm for Twilight Christmas Carols! The Noosa Chorale will perform classic Christmas carols and popular Christmas songs to delight the whole family. With opening hours extended to 7pm, you can enjoy all the fun of the Ginger Factory and even squeeze in some last-minute Christmas shopping. 14 DECEMBER

Carols on Kings Beach Kings Beach Amphitheatre, De Vene Avenue, Kings Beach carolsonkingsbeach.com.au

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun! Expect food stalls, fireworks, your favourite carols and a visit from Santa. 21 DECEMBER

Christmas Spectacular Aussieworld, Palmview aussieworld.com.au

Aussie World will transform into a winter wonderland! Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, come face to face with Christmas characters, enjoy the roving Carollers, watch the fireworks, meet the Aussie Kids and watch the Christmas show in The Shed. 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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Featuring cute animal faces, this growth chart from Wee Gallery is ethically and sustainably made using screen printing on organic cotton canvas, finished with a waxed cotton twine hanging cord and stylish fringe end. Comes in a special keepsake bag with a place for your child’s name and birth date. $38 // urbanbaby.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PR & PE - S C RI HO MA O RY L DREAMWORKS HATCHING TOOTHLESS Epic adventures await as you interact and play with your very own baby dragon, Hatching Toothless! Agitate baby Toothless enough until he’s ready to hatch. Once he’s hatched, teach Toothless how to fly and plasma blast. If he’s hungry, feed him his fish! With so many interactive games to play, Hatching Dragon Toothless makes a great gift for kids aged five and up. RRP: $119 Available from Big W, Target, Kmart, Toymate, Mr Toys and Toyworld

BLUEY TOYS This loveable Blue Heeler will be top of every kids’ Christmas list this season. These gorgeous Bluey plush toys come ready house trained to inspire fun games and imaginative play in kids big and small. Figurine multipacks are also available. Plush toys RRP: $35. Figurine multipack RRP: $22

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

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

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

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

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SCHOOLS, PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND MORE! Come and check out the newly opened Stockland Baringa, with an IGA supporting local providores and 13 speciality stores! Then explore the 7 amazing parks all connected by a network of bike ways. There is also an award winning STEM primary school, a child care centre and a high school . You can see all the incredible future plans for this growing city at our Aura Sales and Vision Centre located at 1 Lukin Terrace, Baringa.


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

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

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

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

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

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OLLI ELLA STROLLEY This classic Olli Ella Strolley is a new kind of convertible, one that goes from buggy to trolley with just a flip of a lid. Perfect for dolls, pretend play, fruits and veggies or for your little one to push around their favourite toys. For 18 months – 4 years old. $149

FINSKA BEACHSHACK CRICKET A hardwood cricket set crafted with a classic longboard twin stripe bat design. The chunky hardwood stumps are polished smooth and varnished. Comes with rubber ball and quality canvas duffle bag. $114.95

KINDERFEETS KINDERBOARD Designed for both physical and mental development for all ages, this beautiful piece of play equipment is as versatile as it is educational. It can be a seesaw, a balance board, a slide, a boat, a resting place... whatever you can imagine! $149.95

DAISYLANE PALACE HOUSE The grandest of doll houses from Le Toy Van, the Daisylane Palace features five floors, unique wallpaper in each room, back windows, stunning staircases and elegant touches of gold paint. $649

MINILAND DOLLS 38CM Made of phthalatesfree vinyl, Miniland anatomically correct dolls help children develop fine motor skills, while helping them to comprehend the concepts of family and diversity. $51.95

KAPLA PLANKS 280 CASE KAPLA precision milled French pine planks can be stacked in a myriad of different ways. This 280-piece set includes a book filled with fabulous idea’s for getting creative. Suitable for ages: 3+ years. $119.99

KINDERFEETS WOODEN BALANCE BIKE Made from sustainable birch wood, this beautiful ruby red bike has a chalkboard paint finish, so kids can personalise it with their own designs, using the included chalk. Features cute footpegs to rest little feet and solid rubber EVA airless tyres so you never need to pump them up! $164

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Just a short hop away from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is an island paradise bursting with family friendly activities.

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WHERE TO STAY

Beautifully set along the beach and home to the countless activities and wildlife encounters, Tangalooma Island Resort is the place to stay for everything and anything happening on Moreton Island. Offering a large variety of accommodation options, from 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

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

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

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

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

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There’s a monster in the jungle and it’s gobbling up the trees! It sounds like a job for The Very Super Bear! Can The Very Super Bear and his sidekick, Bruce the Goose, save the Jingle Jangle Jungle from the cranky, yellow monster? Find out in the exciting new adventure in this much-loved, bestselling series by Nick Bland. A fun rhyming story with captivating illustrations that is perfect for reading aloud.

The team behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls returns with this inspiring story that tells the story of British technology and computer science pioneer, Ada Lovelace. Ada jump-started the digital age nearly 200 years ago when she wrote what would become the world’s first programming language. It’s a story that encourages entrepreneurial spirit in young minds, whilst instilling lessons about hard work, creativity and determination.

Liarbirds learn to lie from the day they hatch. They are the best in the bush at fibbing, faking, fabricating and fake-news creating. Until one lyrebird decides to go straight and discovers that sometimes even the truth hurts. From the fabulous husband/wife team behind Koalas Eat Gum Leaves, Kookaburras Love to Laugh and How Did I Get Here?, Liarbird is a hilarious tale about honesty and always telling the truth.

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EDDIE WOO’S MAGICAL MATHS

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With over 100 funny stories, hilarious poems and side-splitting drawings from some of Australia’s favourite and funniest people, including Andy Griffiths, Lawrence Leung, and Matt Cosgrove, Funny Bones is a super-huge collection of silly stories, hilarious one-liners, rib-tickling jokes, wisecracking cartoons and much, much more. It might have you laughing out loud, but it’s all for a serious cause – all royalties go to the international aid charity, War Child Australia. For ages 8-12. 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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One snowy Christmas Eve, the king buys some soft red cloth to make a cloak for the princess. Little does he know that the leftover cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth made into a scarf, which is just right for the smallest mouse. Rhythmical and vibrant, with a Christmas message that giving is as fun as receiving, this board book is perfect for ages 1+.

Australia’s favourite maths teacher and YouTube sensation is back with an exciting new activity book to captivate young minds! Find your way through a spiral maze, make a snowflake, doodle in 3D, communicate in code, play a game of boxes, spot the odd one out, keep a cloud diary, and impress family and friends with a mathematical card trick. Hours of fun for the school holidays and the perfect Christmas gift! N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2019

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DISNEY’S “FROZEN 2”

In cinemas November 28 (CTC)

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen”, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2”, she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®winning team – directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez – and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. See a Family Fun Screening on Sunday

December 1 at Event Cinemas. 10am pre-film fun in the foyer, 10:30am film. Tickets on sale at eventcinemas.com.au

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

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ARCTIC JUSTICE

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

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In cinemas December 26 (CTC)

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family will have you thinking again. Featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll with Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

Swifty is a little fox with big dreams, working in the mailroom of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. When Swifty accidently stumbles upon the hidden fortress of evil genius Ottos Von Walrus, he enlists the help of his friends – a ragtag group of Arctic misfits. Together, they spring into action to foil Otto’s sinister plan to drill beneath the Arctic surface and become the world’s supreme leader. Can they save the planet before it’s too late?

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The four players will have to face dangerous animals and brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most fantastical and dangerous game of Jumanji. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.

See a Family Fun Screening on Sunday December 8 at Event Cinemas. 10am prefilm fun in the foyer, 10:30am film.

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See a Family Fun Day Screening (advance screening) of Arctic Justice on Sunday November 3 at Event Cinemas. 10am prefilm entertainment and 10:30am film. Tickets on sale at eventcinemas.com.au

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The Brightwater State School Preparatory Curriculum is an exciting and nurturing program supporting children to experience a positive entry to the school community by offering: • A supportive transition process allowing children to acclimatise to the schooling environment whilst valuing links between pre-prep and prep programs. • Personalised Learning providing every child with the tools necessary to engage in their world at their own pace in order to reach their full potential. • Inquiry Based Learning encouraging opportunities for children to discover the wonder in their world and explore new possibilities. • Playfulness as a vehicle to encourage humour, fun and a love of learning. • Dynamic Learning Environments that are responsive and ever changing to meet the needs of our children. • Meaningful Partnerships between school and families embracing opportunities for families to be a part the learning journey. Brightwater State School, 20 Dianella Drive Mountain Creek | P: (07) 5438 3111 E: office@brightwaterss.eq.edu.au W: www.brightwaterss.eq.edu.au

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FIND YOUR GROOVE

With a dance studio celebrating 10 years and four kids of her own, we chat to Amy Tucker from Amy Beccari Dance Studios to find out about why it’s important for ALL kids to find their dancing feet. CONGRATUL ATIONS ON AMY BECCARI DANCE STUDIOS TURNING 10! HOW FAR HAS THE DANCE SCHOOL COME SINCE YOU OPENED? Yes, we are in our tenth year of business this year, and I am so proud of where we are at now! We’ve steadily grown over the years and now I feel we’ve really established ourselves as a leading dance school in the region. We have a fabulous group of teachers and two awesome studios in Mountain Creek that offer a wide range of dance classes to cater for boys and girls from two and half years old and up. W H AT T I P S D O YO U H AV E F O R FA M I L I E S W H O A R E CONSIDERING GET TING STARTED IN DANCE? Just come along and have a go! There are so many styles it can be daunting to know where to start. We always offer free trial lessons for anyone wanting to try without any commitment. Kids can come trial as many classes as they like in whatever style they like! You can also jump onto YouTube and search different genres to help you find what

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you are looking for, or simply talk to us and we can point you in the right direction. Choose a dance school wherethe classes all complement each other. We make sure that all our classes work cohesively, so students can do one, two or ten genres… it’s up to you! Also, look for an environment where the kids and parents all look happy and confident. Choose a school with great facilities. For example, we have a fenced, grassed area for little siblings to play in, which is invaluable to those families with several kids. We also have big viewing panels and a comfy waiting room, so the parents are catered for whilst the kids dance. Offering a family friendly space is essential. WHAT SHOULD FAMILIES EXPECT WHEN STARTING DANCE CLASSES? Preschool dance classes are typically a gentle introduction to the basics of dance. For example, our Bambini Dancers class for under fives is a mix class of ballet and jazz to provide a solid foundation 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


to talk, read and play as a family and celebrate Australian Reading Hour in dance. Once the students reach school age, they can choose from more specific genre classes. Again, take advantage of the trial classes, as most unknowns will be answered in those sessions. Whenever a little one starts a new activity, communication is key. Talk to the instructor about any concerns or worries. If a child is unsure, parents can always stay in the studio and watch, and the viewing panels mean that Mum or Dad is still within sight if they do move outside the dance studio. W H AT ’S YO U R FAV O U R I T E PA R T O F T E A C H I N G ? The end of year concert is definitely a highlight for everyone! The kids get really excited, even the ones that are really shy or that don’t like to speak in public. The concert really boosts their confidence and it’s wonderful to see their love for dance really start to blossom. HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE CLASSES ARE FUN, WHILST KEEPING KIDS LEARNING AND PROGRESSING? For our little ones, the classes are all designed to be fun! I find that if you aim it at their level, they will enjoy it a lot more. So, in our Bambini Dancers, we don’t just point our toes, we make it imaginative – by pointing our toes they sparkle and shine! Once they get older, classes might become more serious, but only when kids are ready for that challenge.

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Noosa Regional Gallery Weekend & School Holiday Workshops

Come to Noosa Regional Gallery for lots of arty crafty fun! Enjoy creative family ArtPlay on the second Sunday of every month, pre-school Art Adventure Wednesdays, and our Gallery Creative Play space inspired by our current exhibitions. Our School Holiday Workshops begin at the end of school term with limited places so don’t delay! Check for dates and book your place via our website.

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Whenever a little one starts a new activity, communication is key. Talk to the instructor about any concerns or worries.

HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE BOYS TO GET I N V O LV E D ? We have a lovely group of boys that come regularly to our dance classes, and it’s wonderful to see them growing and thriving. It might not be the first activity parents think of for boys, but once they get started they nearly all want to stay! Often just trying a different style is enough to get them in the door – boys often love Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Tap. So, I’d encourage all parents to bring their boys and girls along to a trial! WHEN DO YOU TAKE ENROLMENTS? Most families enrol for the start of the school year, so we are organising our 2020 lists now. Some classes are very popular, so it’s worth filling out an enrolment form to hold the spot. Once a class is full, we start a waiting list. 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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Anxiousness in primary school children

SHOULD PARENTS BE CONCERNED?

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t is normal for children to experience anxiousness throughout their primary school years. Worrying about schoolwork, friendships or being scared of something can contribute to anxious feelings. However, when anxiousness occurs more frequently, impacting on daily life, it becomes a concern for parents. Understanding the different triggers and symptoms of anxiousness will help determine strategies to manage anxiety levels.

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY: 1. Anxiety disorders are the number one mental health issue in 5–14 year olds, as reported in a recent Federal government report (2015). 2. Anxiety disorders often commence in childhood. 3. Addressing symptoms of anxiety early and giving children coping strategies may minimise development of an anxiety disorder. 4. Children’s developing brains make regulating their emotions and making decisions about managing anxiety levels more challenging.

SO, WHAT DOES ANXIOUSNESS LOOK LIKE? Children’s feelings of anxiousness often begin with worry. Children who continually worry about something may become distracted by their worrying thoughts, display angry or emotional behaviour or

become withdrawn. A physiological reaction can accompany the observed behaviour as the brain is senses a threat due to the excessive worry. Whether the threat is perceived or real, children experience a fight, flight or freeze response. To illustrate these three responses, consider the task of delivering an oral presentation at school. 1. Fight response – the child may refuse to give the talk or may exhibit signs of irritability, emotional outbursts or uncooperativeness leading up to the presentation. 2. Flight response – the child may refuse to go to school that day or may run out of the room when it’s time for their presentation. 3. Freeze response – the child may be unable to remember their lines, even though they have practised them many times successfully.

HOW CAN WE SUPPORT OUR ANXIOUS CHILDREN? 1.

Identify the source of their anxiousness through discussion. 2.

Validate children’s feelings of anxiousness. Children need to know their parents understand and sympathise with how they are feeling. 3.

Discuss how to solve the problem. Encourage talking regularly with a parent, friend or teacher when they experience ongoing anxiousness. 4.

Develop strategies to deal with anxious feelings. Research indicates mindfulness skills (such as breathing slowly), can assist with decreasing children’s feelings of anxiousness.

If your child is aged 9-11 years and experiencing anxiousness, register for the C O M B AT T I N G A N X I O U S N E S S F O R L E A R N I N G M I N D S (C A L M ) S T U D Y being conducted at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute. The study incorporates two assessments including an MRI and a 10-week mindfulness course investigating anxiousness. See p29 for more information.

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Offering empowering and practical wellbeing workshops and presentations for children, teenagers and parents focusing on building resilience. Upcoming Sunshine Coast Workshops: 30th Nov: Taming Tricky Feelings (5-7yrs) Taking Control of Anxiety (8-12 yrs) 1st Dec: Navigating Life's Challenges (girls 13-18yrs) Each workshop is followed by a parent information session. For more details and bookings visit facebook.com/theresiliencerevolution

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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.

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Day 4 for first time mums and a little earlier for subsequent pregnancies. Often this time coincides with hormonal changes, which may contribute to the ‘blues’ (but the blues can occur at any time). If they are not settling or hinder your ability to do daily activities then further review should be sought to ensure early diagnosis and management of postnatal depression and associated conditions. Prior to discharge from the hospital, we encourage physiotherapy review to assist with your changing body in the postnatal period. This can help to prevent any injury due to laxity of connective tissue and muscles, reduce impact on the pelvic floor and encourage a return to usual activities.

Six weeks to six months and beyond All women recover at different rates from the numerous changes that have occurred over the nine months of pregnancy. Rest is important to ensure adequate healing and reduce further damage. Jumping back into exercise too early can potentially increase damage long term. If you are a keen athlete or love the gym, linking in with a Women’s Health physio will be important to plan your return to exercise. Though the days can disappear in the midst of looking after your baby, don’t forget to look after yourself! Stock the freezer ahead of time with easy meals and don’t be remain our first line of management. shy in asking for help or accepting help when Bleeding is monitored closely to ensure offered. Friends and family are always happy that the uterus contracts well post birth, to bring a snack or meal as payment for reducing blood loss. After two days of quite newborn cuddles and will usually be happy heavy bleeding, the blood loss or lochia to watch the baby so you can have a nap. substantially decreases to a peach to red Whether considering more children in the mucousy loss. The uterus continues to future, don’t forget contraception. involute, returning to its ‘normal’ “Though the days There are numerous options size over the next six weeks. including hormonal and noncan disappear hormonal, short acting, long The first six weeks in the midst of Monitoring of signs of delayed looking after your acting and permanent. Talk to your obstetrician or GP about postpartum haemorrhage baby, don’t forget your needs. continue as bleeding from a to look after If you are finding this period relaxed uterus, retained placenta yourself!” difficult, please seek assistance, and infection can occur days to see your GP and talk to your weeks post birth. To reduce the family and friends. Call the hospital, your risk of infection, it is recommended to use obstetrician or the paediatrician. We are all sanitary pads and avoid intercourse, pools here to see you through this very special, life and spas until your bleeding has settled. changing time. Breast milk commonly ‘comes in’ around

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ollowing the birth of your baby the postpartum period begins. It is the most critical period of pregnancy for both Mum and Bub. From the immediate time following the birth and up to six months down the track there are many physical and emotional changes that take place.

Immediate post birth period Early skin-to-skin contact is recommended for all healthy babies. This benefits both mother and baby in a number of ways including improved breastfeeding rates and a smooth transition to the world outside the uterus. Pain in this early period stems from operative births, such as caesarean section, perineal tears or swelling and afterbirth pains. Simple measures such as ice to the perineum, heat packs and simple pain relief

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