Kids on the Coast Magazine - Sunshine Coast - Issue 96. Jan/Feb 2020

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ISSUE 96 January/February 2020 SUNSHINE COAST

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

to learn about their impressive French program for early learners. If you have a new starter this year, some of the region’s best educators share their tips on how we can help our little ones settle into their new classroom. And if you are looking to give your child’s academic studies a boost this year, our special feature looks at the various extra learning choices available to Sunny Coast families. Need something new to keep the kids occupied this summer? We check out the adorable little blue penguins that have just arrived at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (cuteness alert!). And as always, we have the region’s best family friendly events and activities, news, back to school goodies, books and movie reviews, and much, much more. Wishing you a fabulous 2020!

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PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF Angela Sutherland

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GRAPHIC DESIGN Danielle Lunn

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EDUCATION: We visit Sunshine Coast Grammar School to find about their Prep transition program, providing students with the brighest start possible.

EARLY LEARNING: It’s never too early to learn a language! Meet the early learning centre that is offering weekly French lessons to its littlest learners.

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FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for January and February................................................ 6

Ad booking: 12 April 2020 Art deadline: 12 April 2020

NOTICEBOARD: Notices and achievements from our local schools ................................. 15

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Educators share their tips for a smooth start to the school year.....16

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THINGS TO DO: Voices on the Coast Literature Festival returns this February .............. 10 NEWS: The latest news from around the region ...................................................................... 12

CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products topping our #want list ......................................... 18 SPECIAL FEATURE: We round up the extra learning choices available to families ........ 37 TUITION: A local tutor delves into whether tutoring is right for your child....................... 43 LOCAL: Meet the new little blue penguins at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast........................... 47 TRAVEL: The website helping children of all abilities have a wheely good holiday ............. 52 FOOD: Australia’s ‘Lunchbox Dad’ shares his tips and recipes for a winning lunchbox....... 55 PROFILE: Discover the purr-fect retreat at the Cat Retreat Cafe...................................... 61 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services.......................................................... 63 REVIEWS: Movies, books and apps for the family..................................................................65 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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BUSINESS PROFILE

Mum/Cook/Cleaner/Property Investor... Yes that’s right, Property Investor Cooking and cleaning: though necessary to ‘surviving’ this parenting journey, these tasks don’t carry the same esteem as ‘Property Investing’ do they? Anyway, who wants to just survive when we have the potential to succeed? For most of us success looks very similar – to have financial freedom to spend more time with the ones we love (and paying someone else to do the cleaning!). Speaking with Korry from QLD Invest, “If someone told me how property investing could save me $100,000+ in tax over the past decade, whilst also building my income and capital, I would have jumped in a long time ago.” He continues,“When I first started on the property investment journey I quickly fell victim to ‘paralysis by analysis’. There was just so much conflicting information out there. Then once the buying and building process finally started we experienced firsthand all the joys of navigating through councils, managing builders, while trying to balance family life and full time jobs, hoping and praying along the way that we had invested into the right property. I understand now why so many families looking to invest in property leave it to late in life. But no, we pressed on, and over time have built up a pretty successful property portfolio, ultimately achieving

Korry and Roma from QLD Invest with their daughters.

our end goal of more freedom. Recognising how our lessons and experiences could benefits others in the same situation we decided to set up QLD Invest.” Korry from QLD Invest is now one of the most trusted names in Queensland for families looking to invest in property. QLD Invest proudly provides everyday families with properties that truly deliver on the key areas that most families need: income, tax breaks, and capital growth. What’s even more appealing is that they don’t charge their clients. Korry explains what they do in very simple terms. “We primarily provide Mum and Dad investors with properties which have been designed and built specifically to deliver high income, high tax breaks and locate them in areas where capital growth indicators are strong. This full turn-key service manages and simplifies the process all the way through to getting your property rented or sold.” If you have around $100K in either equity or savings, you can look to invest in properties between the $300-900K mark. This is the bracket that most investors are comfortable with, and this bracket offers a wide range of very smart investment options. “For example, we’ve just completed the process for a family with a couple of kids in school. They were

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

QLD Invest is gifting readers of Kids on the Coast magazine a $3,000 Travel Voucher on certain projects on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Check them out on facebook: fb/qldinvest or call Korry today 0439 425 855 www.qldinvest.com.au


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SUMMERTIME PL AYSCAPE Until 26 JANUARY Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au Explore, create, and connect with nature through the holidays. Kids can get their hands dirty playing in mud-cubbies, create bushland marimba music, and do some painting, weaving and creating. There are activities aplenty celebrating childhood, imagination and nature.

SUMMER HORSE RIDING CAMPS FOR KIDS 4 - 11 JANUARY 2020 | 11 - 18 JANUARY 2020 Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp, Beenham Valley kiahpark.com.au

Kiah Park is a horse lover’s paradise for school-aged children. There’s a horse for every child’s riding ability, whether they are new or experienced riders. Each child adopts a horse to care for and enjoys arena lessons, trail rides and a fun gymkhana, alongside lots of camp activities throughout the week.

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PLAY, TASTE & DISCOVER THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS The Ginger Factory gingerfactory.com.au Enjoy a gingery adventure these school holidays! Travel the world in your own lifeboat on the Overboard Ride. Challenge your family to a game of giant snakes & ladders. Ride on the 119-yearold sugar cane train ‘Moreton’ through the sub-tropical gardens. Meet the hardest working residents in the Live Bee Show & Tasting.

PREP 2021 PARENT

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Did you know that Sunshine Beach State School doesn’t have a catchment area? Head along to the Prep 2021 Parent Information Session to find out more! Meet the Principal, a Prep Teacher and the Prep Transition Officer who will explain how Prep operates, and how you can make the transition easier. 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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Accelerate your child’s swimming and water education over the holidays and fast track your child’s swimming ability with the Intensive Holiday Swim Program at Goodlife Swim School. WEEK 1: 6 - 10 January WEEK 2: 13 - 17 January 2020 WEEK 3: 20 - 24 January 2020

Clean up for the Hatchlings 8 FEBRUARY sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Join together to clean up our beaches to give our turtle hatchlings a clear run into the ocean! At 6am, sign on at beach clean-up locations from Caloundra to Coolum. Register via Sunshine Coast Council’s What’s On page. Please wear sun-safe clothing, closed shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Meet back at La Balsa Park, Buddina, from 8am for a free BBQ, activities, prizes and to weigh and sort your debris.

Gold Coast based entertainer Joel is a one-man circus sensation! Joel has been entertaining audiences internationally for over 20 years with insane physical circus stunts, incredible magic and side-splitting stand-up comedy. More than just another magician or juggler, Joel combines unbelievable circus skills with hilarious comedy and interactive audience participation that always leaves his audiences asking for more!

LIBRARIES SUMMER PROGRAM VOICES ON THE COAST THROUGHOUT SUMMER Libraries across the region library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On

Want to escape the heat? Libraries have you covered this summer! With fun activities during the holidays and Storytime and Rhymetime sessions for the little ones during term time, there’s air conditioned fun for everyone. Don’t forget they have a fab toy library too!

19 – 22 FEBRUARY USC (University Sunshine Coast) voicesonthecoast.com.au

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

Paw Patrol Activity Village with Marshall MONDAY 13 – FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 10am – 1pm | Noosa Civic, outside Red Rooster noosacivicshopping.com.au

The fun doesn’t stop at Christmas! In January, head along to Noosa Civic and meet your favourite Paw Patrol pup during January school holidays and get crafty at the activity village.

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

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

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


THINGS TO DO

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

Author Profiles

Steven Herrick

Jan Latta

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

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

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

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

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

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COULD VR PROVIDE AN ANSWER FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA?

ugmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have the ability to give students ‘real world immersive experiences’ that can make learning both more memorable and meaningful. A study is currently underway to see whether this can also improve a dyslexic child’s reading experience. Created by award-winning filmmaker couple, Serdar Ferit and Paulina Tervo, Lyfta enables learners to explore the world through immersive experiences and personal stories. Lyfta is currently used in over 350 schools in the UK, Finland and the United States, providing students with opportunities to explore new places around the world and meet the inspiring human beings who live there.

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

Virtual reality (VR) can make learning more intuitive and memorable.

The organisation has also been studying the benefits of their technology for students with dyslexia, who often find it difficult to read out loud. “Based on case studies from numerous users and extensive classroom sessions, both instructing children to use Lyfta and observing their experiences of learning through VR, we conclude that children find learning content in VR more intuitive and memorable,” said Ferit. “We are conducting academic research in collaboration with two Finnish universities, to understand the potential of VR for dyslexic children. The preliminary results show that a purposefully designed VR environment can significantly improve a dyslexic child’s reading experience.” 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



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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hat could you do with just $25? problem solving, critical thinking and global Could you turn it into a profitable citizenship. business idea? All their hard work, preparation and Year 7 students at St Andrew’s Anglican organisation paid off, when they delivered College were given that challenge and a very successful Market Day to the teachers proved that they could be successful. and students of the College. Students received $25 start-up money The Hub Plaza Lunchtime saw hundreds of to create their own business students come down to support in their commerce and our Year 7s, purchasing various “STUDENTS entrepreneurship studies. self-designed items from the 48 WORKED HARD They developed a business different stalls on offer. TO BUILD THEIR concept and ran their venture There was much to choose BUSINESS FROM from, including self-produced with the aim to create profit. Students worked hard to honey, 3D Holograms, polymer SCRATCH.” build their business from charms, soaps in a Minecraft scratch, conducting market research, box and even Christmas decorations. budgeting, design thinking, creating and Additionally, some students ran fun filled advertising their small businesses. activity stalls such as ‘Win and Spin’ and the The program is designed to equip all-time favourite, ‘Sponge the Teacher’. young people with enterprise skills such All proceeds will be donated to Drought as project management, financial literacy, Angels, as decided by the Year 7 students. teamwork, communication, digital literacy, www.saac.qld.edu.au

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he Sunshine Coast is blessed with a plethora of incredible high-quality schools – state, independent, private, faith-based, day and boarding. However, the abundance of options has left many parents struggling to choose the right school for their child. Families are often rushing to make a decision, not always knowing every option available before committing. In response to this concern, a local event organiser has launched the Sunshine Coast’s first Education Expo. Happening in July 2020 at Venue 114, the Expo is the ideal event for parents to explore every schooling option for their child, all under one roof. “Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting task – whether you are a local or are moving here from interstate,” said Jacqueline, Event Director at The Education Expo. “This event will enable you to make an informed decision about the right school for your family’s educational needs.” The Expo will cover preschools and schools on the Sunshine Coast, from early learning through to Year 12. “Throughout the day, there will also be a series of talks from education experts, looking at the many school-related concerns that parents face today.” Entry for visitors is free. For more information, visit www.educationexpo.net.au.

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

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hen choosing a centre, you will often see the centre’s NQS (National Quality Standard) ‘rating’ on their information. For everyday families, it can be confusing, as there are several layers to the rating system. To break it down, centres are assessed in seven quality areas that span across a child’s entire experience in early childhood education. The centre is given a rating for each quality area: ‘Working Towards’, ‘Meeting’, or ‘Exceeding’. Only once they achieve ‘Exceeding’ in all seven areas, can they apply for the NQS ‘Excellent’ rating. The Excellent rating is the highest rating a service can achieve and is awarded for three years. After this time services have the option to re-apply. The Excellent rating is not easy to get! Our centre – Pelican Waters Golden Beach Kindergarten – is one of only two kindergartens on the Sunshine Coast to have received the Excellence rating twice. Less than 20 centres across Australia have been awarded this rating twice, so we are very proud of that! There are many things that

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make our centre such a special place. We have a government approved Kindergarten program in which we employ two early childhood teachers - something that is very rare for one class. We have well over the legal ratio of educators to children, and our beach and bush kindy program has been developed from the very latest global research on early childhood education. Our centre also has an innovative creative arts program, in which we employ an artist in residence and a ceramic artist to support the children’s education, by understanding the world through the arts. We also have an exceptional Nature Camp program, where the children go out on country all day. Plus, being family owned, providing the highest quality early childhood education is a passion! Combined, this earned us the prestigious rating and allows us to grow strong, confident, wonderful little human beings, ready for school. Pelican Waters Golden Beach Kindergarten provides a caring and educational space for children ages 15 months to 6 years. To find out more visit pwgbchildcare.com or call 54921777.

Centre Director Edge Early Learning Bilinga

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

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MIDI BACKPACK + MATCHING LUNCHBOX Get back to school in style with the gorgeous range of backpacks from Little Renegade Company. With a roomy front pocket, a drink bottle holder on both sides, an internal zipper section, adjustable straps and rubber feet on the base, these bags are made from durable canvas with extra padding on the back and straps. Pair with the matching insulated lunchbox for the ultimate matchy-matchy. $55 littlerenegadecompany.com.au

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COMMANDO BABY Stylish, simple, yet oh-so practical, Commando Baby is a clever onesie designed to protect your little one’s clothes when they start moving. Made from bamboo, the Commando Baby has a super stretchy fit that offers maximum freedom of movement, and a fab camouflage design that can withstand whatever your little commando crawler can dish out. $24.95 commandobaby.com

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BABY DINK This innovative unisex baby carrier is designed for the first 4 months or up to approximately 7kgs. Perfect for kangaroo care and skinto-skin contact for even the tiniest babies, there is no wrapping, no buckles or clips. Simply put on like a t-shirt, secure your hip support and the Baby Dink will not need to be adjusted. Genius! RRP $149.95 babydink.com.au

It’s cold outside and the animals are trying to get to their warm igloo on the other side of the ice field. They need to be careful though, their only way over is the ice bridge, which could collapse at any time! The perfect game to encourage little ones to cooperate and work towards a common goal. For ages 30+ months. $33 rainbowfun.com.au

FRIXION PILOT RANGE A favourite with kids everywhere, the Frixion range from Pilot keeps your school work neat and messfree as they feature erasable heat sensitive ink. Just rub out any mistakes with the built-in eraser at the end of the pen and they disappear without a trace! Range includes gel pens, erasable highlighters, stamps, markers and more. From $2.55 each pilotpen.com.au

FUNKY MONKEY BARS Want to get the kids outdoor and having fun this summer? Choose from 22 funky, modular, free-standing frames and add-on ninja, swings, gymnastics, circus and fitness gear to suit your whole family and have fun delivered directly to your backyard. Australian-made, from $990. funkymonkeybars.com

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BUDERIM FOREST PARK: FALLS LOOP

Tucked into a secret rain forest valley, see the magical waterfall and bubbling crystal cascades. BARRON POCKET DAM: MARTIN WILLIAMS

FREE SUMMER ADVENTURES ON THE SUNSHINE COAST Water bound Nothing says #summeradventure like taking to the water on a kayak! With the weather warming up there’s no better time to slip, slop, slap and paddle along one of our streams, creeks, rivers or ride the waves in the ocean. GOLDEN BEACH KAYAK TO BRIBIE ISLAND: RIVER PADDLE

Suitable for all levels of kayakers if it’s not windy. Enjoy a short kayak across the channel before taking a little walk around the shoreline. Be sure to check the tides and wind before taking to the water. CURRIMUNDI LAKE: SHORT PADDLE

Ideal for entry-level paddlers, suitable for families in the safe and sheltered waters. About a 2.4km paddle to the lake entrance – perfect for those short on time. BAROON POCKET DAM: LAKE PADDLE

Suitable for all levels of kayakers. Be mindful the open nature of the lake can get choppy if it’s a windy day. About a 1.4km paddle across the dam. EWEN MADDOCK DAM: PADDLE

The flat and sheltered water is great for first time paddlers and kids looking to explore 5.7km of scenery or just have a play. MAROOCHY RIVER CANOE TRAIL: DUNETHIN LAKE PADDLE

Perfect for beginner paddlers looking to explore a small inlet on the southern side of Maroochy River. Approximately a 1.6km paddle.

Walks to water It’s always cooler down by the water, so why not plan your next family day out with a tropical rainforest walk ending with a swim at a cascading waterfall or serene lake?

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Accessible from 5:30am to 5:30pm, 7 days a week, this is a great little mowed lawn loop from the park. There’s a shortcut halfway along if you want to miss the steeper section. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers and if you have a paddle craft, yes the lake is awesome for that too! CONONDALE NATIONAL PARK: BOOLOUMBA CREEK & STRANGLER CAIRN

This is a great walk with kids and art lovers, or anyone who enjoys incredible natural surrounds. If you have to walk in from the gate before the creek crossings on Booloumba Creek road (2WD), add at least another hour each way. There are plenty of swimming holes on this walk to help you cool-off during your walk.

Kings Beach Salt Water Pool As the weather warms up, make a splash at the Kings Beach Pool, located near the rocks at the northern end of Kings Beach, Caloundra. The free 25-metre sea water lap pool also has a children’s swimming pool and wading area for tinytots, along with a spray park and disabled access. WHERE: 36 Esplanade, Kings Beach Open all year round; 4.30am to 9.00pm

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Why not swap the indoors for the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens for your next #summeradventure. Enjoy Whipbird Village, an enchanting and interactive garden designed for play, where you may even spot the infamous Whipbird. The Sensory Trail is also a favourite, encouraging kids to stop, look, listen, wait and observe nature on the self-guided trail. A free, guided Koala Walk is also offered if a koala has been spotted in the gardens and bushland that morning. WHERE: Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast

Did you know Adventure Sunshine Coast has over 150 free, self-guided tours from walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and canoeing activities – right across our picturesque Sunshine Coast? FOR MORE ADVENTURE IDEAS HEAD TO: adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.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


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OUTDOOR PLAY

to prep success

A SUCCESSFUL START TO PREP IS ABOUT MORE THAN THE FIRST

DAY.

WE HEAD OVER TO SUNSHINE COAST GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO DISCOVER

HOW THEY ENSURE EVERY STUDENT HAS THE BEST START TO ‘BIG SCHOOL’.

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ccording to a recent study, a successful Prep transition program can contribute to up to 60 per cent of student learning improvement in academic and social development. Therefore, a school’s approach to Prep transition is not only critical to a child’s introduction to ‘big school’ but also their long-term academic results. A successful transition to school should be a dynamic process, beginning well before a child starts school and continuing until children and families feel a sense of belonging at the school. Genevieve Hudson, Dean of Primary Prep to Year 2 at Sunshine Coast Grammar School explains that, with a successful transition, by the time a child steps foot in the classroom on their first day, they already feel a sense of belonging and reassurance. “Our Orientation and Transition program covers a range of experiences to cater for the wide range of readiness and diverse background experiences of the children who join us,” says Genevieve. “Knowing who is who, where things are, being familiar with the surroundings, and knowing what to expect is very important to the emotional wellbeing of each child and parent.” For Sunshine Coast Grammar School, these transition experiences include a wide range of activities. “The Kindy students have weekly visits to the school library for book borrowing,” says Genevieve. “They also play in areas of the primary campus playground, have weekly bush kindy explorations inside the school grounds, weekly

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swimming in the school aquatic centre, weekly dance lessons with the School Principal, pop-up experiences in the Visual Art Room, and special age-appropriate assemblies, chapels and celebrations.” Kindy children will also meet a range of primary school teachers, including their future Christian Studies and Performing Arts teachers – who all teach Kindergarten to Year 6. “Other frequent visitors to our Kindergarten rooms are Prep teaching staff, the Head of Primary, and Dean of Primary Student Wellbeing.” By the time the child attends their enrolment interview and November play dates, they know the staff that they will interact with during their Prep year. “The Kindy children become very familiar with people and places, routines and expectations, and have a wellplanned transition that spans over two years.” Transition experiences are also available to families who attend kindergartens that aren’t attached to the school. “The Dean of Primary (P–2) often visits local kindergartens to interact with our future Preps in their own Kindy environment,” Genevieve says. “These children are also invited to attend some special age-appropriate events at the school during the year before Prep.” One such event is the annual ‘Romp in the Forest’ – a K–2 celebration of the importance of outdoor learning. With a stunning bush setting, outdoor learning is a significant part of the philosophy at Sunshine Coast Grammar School. “Our gorgeous outdoor spaces provide our littlest students with the perfect environment to develop curiosity, imagination and critical thinking skills – all things that will significantly enhance their academic journey as they progress through the school.” Closer to the commencement of their Prep year, all Kindy children can meet the Prep teaching staff during a series of play dates in the Prep Precinct. “The purpose of these play dates is for Prep teaching staff to develop a positive and supportive relationship with each child and parent and to create greater confidence and connections.” As the new school year approaches, the transition program provides another opportunity for incoming Prep students to become accustomed to their new environment. “The incoming Prep children receive a personal invitation from their new teacher to attend a class ‘party’ event, which is held during student free week in January – immediately prior to the start of 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,” says Genevieve. “At the party, the children can reconnect with the Prep Precinct, and meet Prep staff and classmates, which contributes to a sense of excitement and ensures less anxiety on the first day.

A TRANSITION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY A strong transition program not only needs to cater for the child, but also needs to involve the family. “Families have an important role to play in supporting their child in the transition, and we ensure families are included every step of the way,” says Genevieve. Communication is key in the Sunshine Coast Grammar School transition program. “We provide detailed printed and electronic information to our incoming parents regarding routines and transitions to ensure parents know what to expect,” says Genevieve. “We are also able to offer support to parents who may be expecting some separation anxiety. A parent’s sense of calm usually transfers to their child.” This year the Dean also presented a series of parent workshops. “This helps to develop a connection between home, Kindy and school,” says Genevieve. Transition statements and parent-teacher interviews also provide Prep teachers with valuable personalised information about each child early in the school year.

“A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO SCHOOL SHOULD BE A DYNAMIC PROCESS, BEGINNING

WELL BEFORE A CHILD STARTS SCHOOL.”

With a stunning bush setting, Prep students have their own natural environment in which to be curious, explore, create and play.

AT ‘BIG SCHOOL’ During the first weeks of Prep, parents are encouraged to stay in the classroom a little longer, to help develop a sense of security and a stronger relationship. “Children benefit from seeing parents and teachers as partners,” explains Genevieve. “Siblings are able to visit and each class has a buddy class of older children to interact with.” And, the transition program doesn’t stop at Prep! “We also transition our Prep children into Year 1 towards the end of their Prep year,” explains Genevieve. “We value the transition process so much that our Year 1 children also visit Year 2 classrooms and connect with Year 2 teachers before the new school year. This helps to minimise any anxiety or apprehension about change that may occur over the holidays and contributes to a stronger sense of wellbeing.” Understanding the impact an effective transition program can have on a child’s introduction to the school, Sunshine Coast Grammar School also offers a transition program for new families joining the school. “New children who enrol from other schools are allocated a buddy and a buddy family,” says Genevieve. “The buddy family contacts the new family and helps to make them feel welcome on the first day. They also often meet in the holidays before school commences. There is great power in having at least one classmate who can support a new student on day one or even in the days before school starts.” “The transition program has been so successful that we have embedded it into practise for the past 20 years,” says Genevieve. “We find it enhances the opportunities for children to become really familiar with anything new or different. Their emotional wellbeing is paramount to us.”

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PROFILE

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Creating a community at

LITTLE VILLAGE With a natural and nurturing rhythm to their days, we chat to Centre Director Kelly Sayers at Little Village Early Learning to find out more about their unique approach to childcare.

WH AT I S T H E P H I LO S O P H Y O F LITTLE VILL AGE BUDERIM? We take a holistic and inclusive approach to caring for and educating our children. We aim to develop each child’s understanding of the world in which they live by developing broad-based knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for lifelong learning. WH AT D O YO U LOV E M O S T A B O U T YOUR ROLE? I am most proud of the Little Village community we have created. We get behind our families and anyone in our community who may be experiencing hardship. But my favourite part of my role is leading my amazing team as we continually strive to provide the highest quality care possible. By providing a welcoming village, children learn, laugh and flourish into global citizens.

WH AT D O YOU L I KE TO D O IN YO U R S PA R E T I M E? I like to spend time with my family and friends, exploring our beautiful surroundings on the Sunshine Coast. WH AT A R E YO U R T I P S F O R FAMILIES COMING TO CHILDCARE FOR THE FIRST TIME? Build relationships – developing a strong connection with your child’s educators is crucial for a child to settle into care. Create routines and rituals – pack the bag together, share a story at drop-off or wave goodbye from the same place. For your child, following a routine is important. Be positive and reassuring - Let your child know that you understand how they feel and reassure them. Always be positive, even if you feel worried too.

W H A T I S A T Y P I C A L D AY L I K E I N A LITTLE VILL AGE STUDIO? Each studio follows a ‘rhythm of the day’, which allows for the needs of the children for play, meals, learning and rest. We practice an indoor-outdoor flow, so children have choice where they want to play/learn and are able to follow what interests them. We also share in teacher-led activities and group times that may include stories or music. In our centre, you will see children engaged in a wide range of activities, which support every area of a child’s development: physical, intellectual, social and emotional. WH AT I S I T T H AT M A KE S L I T T L E VILL AGE SO SPECIAL? We have a unique environment that is very natural and homelike. Our restored ‘Old Queenslander’ is surrounded by engaging studios and playgrounds and our own bush kindy environment that overlooks the mountains and the ocean. Most importantly, we have a passionate team who work really hard to support families and children in the very important years before school. WH AT D O YO U F E E L I S M O S T I M P O R TA N T F O R KI N DY KI D S T O D AY T O L E A R N ? We think children benefit from being in nature. Our bush kindy environment helps to build physical skills, communication, problem-solving, risk learning and emotional regulation. This nature play program aims to give children a sense of freedom, achievement and increased confidence while developing a connection with nature. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE CENTRE IN 3 WORDS? Exceeding, loving, genuine.

In the heart of Buderim, Little Village provides early learning and childcare for babies and children aged 6 weeks to school age. LITTLEVILLAGE.NET.AU | 07 5445 6888 | 32 KING STREET, BUDERIM

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IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START A LANGUAGE! CHILDREN AT NCC EARLY LEARNERS CAN NOW LEARN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR LANGUAGES AS PART OF THEIR WEEKLY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM.

f you have eaten off a menu, admired your silhouette or come to attention, you are using words originating from France. As a language with such a presence in the fundamentals of English, NCC early learners Buderim and Nambour centres have introduced weekly French lessons to their kindergarten rooms. “NCC chose French as it is one of the ‘romantic’ languages of the world,” says Lisa Brotherson, Director at NCC early learners

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Buderim. “Romantic languages have similarities to English and help, simultaneously, develop the English language.” Learning a foreign language from a young age also supports academic achievement, as it improves cognitive development, memory and problem solving skills. “Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in

addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask,” Lisa continues. “Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.” There are also cultural benefits to studying a language, such as expanding a child’s horizons beyond their own cultural experience. “We have noticed it helps to create a sense of identity as well as encouraging multicultural appreciation and honours diversity.” The program started in February 2018 with Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA). ELLA is a digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children. “This Australian Government initiative inspires children by driving a genuine interest in new languages and cultures,” says Lisa. “We were excited to jump on board and pioneer the project.” Sessions are taught in the classroom by a staff member from NCC, coincidently named Ella! “Ella is studying French at school and lived in France whilst on a transfer program, so she was well suited to the role,” explains Lisa. “Also, she came to the Sunshine Coast as a child so there is that beautiful serendipity to it. Luckily, with of the ELLA program you don’t need a French naturalist, you just need someone to facilitate the program, who has a passion for languages.” “I start our French lessons by saying bonjour class, ca va? Which means hello class, how are you,” says Ella. “The class responds with Bonjour Ella, ca va bien!” Ella teaches the children numbers and colours. They learn the numbers 1-20 in French and make up their own actions to help them remember. “The children learn a wide range of colours and play different games associated with the colours in French,” Ella says. “The children’s favourite thing about French is reading a book called Pete the Cat, where in the story his shoes change colours. We sing this book together as a class and substitute the colours in the book with the French words. It’s amazing how fast the children learnt all the vocabulary I have taught them so far. I am so proud of my French class!” The program has led to several other unique experiences for the little learners at NCC. “We had a child that moved to France for eight months throughout the year,” says Lisa. “Our children kept in touch with him the whole time and were able to learn new 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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words to communicate. His family were so Families at NCC early learners have also supportive and kept him involved in our embraced the program. program the entire time until he returned. “Our families have shared stories of their He got to share all of his French children using French in their everyday lives, experiences with our children and they talking about food or colours, saying hello or were able to gain a deeper goodbye or sharing facts understanding of the language.” about other countries and “It fills my heart with joy Learning a second languages,” says Lisa. “We when I walk into the kindy room have a parent who speaks language boosts and say it’s French time. All of French, who came in to read problem solving, stories and sing French songs the children light up and get so critical thinking excited,” Ella says. with our children! We love our “We sit in a circle, singing and and listening skills, parents involvement and their counting together, so that ideas and expertise form a key in addition to everyone gets involved and of our curriculum.” improving memory, part expresses themselves, which is The program is also what is great about French class. concentration and the available at the other NCC ability to multitask. Early Learning Centres, with The children also enjoy counting. When we learn a new Nambour teaching French and number, I take turns with who Withcott teaching Spanish. It makes up the action for that number. The is available in the kindergarten rooms and is children get so excited and can’t wait until taught weekly. it’s their week, so they can show the class For more information, their dance move!” head to nccearlylearners.com.au

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The state of play

re you happy with the new neighbourhood narrative? We have lived through a story of freedom, fun, friends, challenge and adventure, only to see this story step into an alternate universe where the complete opposite is now the dominant narrative unfolding for children in modern neighbourhoods.. After dedicating 12 months of exploring ‘Neighbourhood Play’ in depth, walking neighbourhoods with residents, and talking with over 240 parents and children – after discussing emerging neighbourhood play themes with sociologists, psychologists, town planners, pediatricians, parenting experts and many others – we have honed our knowledge and can now, with unfortunate certainty, share with you some very alarming facts that point towards a negative trajectory not only for children, but for the health of the nation. THE FACTS • Most Queensland children are banned from the neighbourhood. • Children’s daily physical and social activity is reduced as a result of not having access to local, neighbourhood friends. • Queensland children’s overall health and

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wellbeing are compromised as a result. health and socio-emotional skills. • Widespread parental fear of stranger • Neighbourhoods with children playing danger is at the center of most children in them are less fearful, more connected, being banned from the neighbourhood. cohesive, and trusting places for all who • Neighbourhood trust is low and rebuilding participate. local trust will require a significant • Fear and distrust are eroded when local investment of time, support and resources. grown-ups take time to meet and get to • A significant cultural know each other. change in the way we view • Grown-ups who make the time FIND OUT neighbours is required to to connect locally feel a sense MORE establish and nurture a of local empowerment and a For supporting new neighbourhood play deeper sense of community. resources, and links narrative. • Queensland children need to the full feature • Many key stakeholders will their neighbourhoods as a play documentary from need to be involved to create resource, which requires the this research project, this widespread change. grown-ups to establish this. head to • Currently no other • Some children have already natureplayqld.org.au. focus, work or research been missed, and more will be For more support, is being done in the area missed, while we begin making ideas and stories, join of neighbourhood play in the social changes children the Neighbourhood Queensland, and very little need. Play Project is being done elsewhere in The answer is simple, and Facebook group. Australia. requires little comparative effort • More research is needed to when the lifelong benefits to our better understand the neighbourhoods that children are considered. children can access if they are living in high Are you the local play champion that your density housing, regional or remote areas. neighbourhood needs? • Queensland children who can access By Hyahno Moser, Program Manager for neighbourhood play improve their physical Nature Play QLD. 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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Teaching kids to be DIGITAL

DETECTIVES KIDS MAY KNOW HOW TO GET ONLINE, BUT DO THEY KNOW HOW TO SOURCE ACCURATE INFORMATION?

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ands up who else remembers the many days spent in the library researching school projects? There was no Google and no instantly checking things from your laptop. Instead, information was sourced by rifling through the pages of the Encyclopaedia and various text books. Though technology now offers kids open access to a deluge of information, fact checking remains an essential part of learning as the digital world can be the biggest culprit for false information. A 2015 study from Stanford University History Education Group (HEG) found that students significantly lacked the ability to recognise credible information online. The report stated: ‘Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there. Our work shows the opposite.’ In short, technology has moved at such a pace that kids are yet to develop the skills to absorb, assess and sift through the unprecedented amounts of information they are bombarded with. So, how can we help our kids to become savvy digital detectives?

Consider the source We can generally trust a printed textbook, however, for digital information we need to research the source. In fact, for any online

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content we need to consider rather than simply consume information. Start by investigating the site – research its mission, it’s contact information, or any previous articles. Then research the author – are they credible? Are they even real? Also, check the date on the article. You may find that is too old or and irrelevant to current events.

See beyond popularity Just because something is on page 1 of Google, doesn’t mean it is the most credible source. If someone has 100,000 Instagram followers, it doesn’t mean they are necessarily telling the truth. Superior SEO and polished website design can create a false sense of security, and we need to look beyond that.

Read beyond the headline To encourage clicks, online headlines are designed to be attention grabbing. We need to read beyond those headlines to uncover the whole story. If it’s too outlandish, it may be satire, further research of the site should reveal this.

Learn the reputable sources Just as we put our trust in textbooks, there are still some reputable sources out there, and the library is still one of the best resources! Your library card gives you access

to the full digital version of Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as a plethora of credible sources, so there is no need to spend money buying text books or waste a bundle of time trying to sort right from wrong on Google.

Search with them Next time your child has a project to research, sit and search with them. Show them the additional search options (such as putting specific terms in quotes), and the filter tabs that allow you to search verbatim (exactly that word), or by type (news, image, video). You can even specify a word not to be included by putting a hyphen in front of it. If there is a site you trust, put a colon before the site name in the search bar and the search engine will only search that site. For example, “penguins”:abc.net.au will pull up all the stories the ABC has published on penguins. These digital detective skills will be something that will become vital to our children as they progress through their academic journey. Most universities today dictate that any essay sources must be from either a credible textbook or verified source. And, as they grow into digitally savvy adults, their ‘fake news’ detector will become second nature. By Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council 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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Step Beyond the Classroom At the start of another school year, many families look beyond the classroom for additional learning resources to supplement their child’s education. The Sunshine Coast has a plethora of tutoring, mentoring and support programs to choose from! ABC READING EGGS

CLUEY LEARNING

readingeggs.com.au This popular app is a great way to turn screen time into sneaky educational time! Developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers and web developers, the program focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It helps to support and expand on what children learn at school.

clueylearning.com.au Cluey is built around your learning needs, to provide you with the right help at the right time. Offering tuition in Maths, English and Chemistry for Years 3-12, all sessions are online with a personal oneto-one tutor. All content is mapped to the Australian school syllabus to enrich and support what they learn the classroom.

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fruition.com.au/location/maroochydore Fruition Tuition offers a broad range of tuition options, from catch-up to extension, for ages 2 to adult. Covering Maths, Science, English, Science and more, no two courses are the same.

aldontutoring.com.au Offering afternoon tutoring for Years 1 – 12 in all subjects. Also offering support in exam preparation and study skills.

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Screen time can be fun AND educational!

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to the individual’s unique abilities and learning style, students can achieve meaningful results, and most importantly, increase their confidence and become empowered through their learning.

K I P M C G R AT H MAROOCHYDORE AND NOOSA

kipmcgrath.com.au With two locations on the Sunshine Coast, Kip McGrath offers English and Maths tutoring for primary and secondary students, catering to the individual needs of all its students. All tutors are fully trained, certified and experienced teachers.

LEARNING BEYOND WA L L S

learningbeyondwalls.com Specialising in delivering inventive workshops and 1-2-1 tuition for ages 0-11, Learning Beyond Walls provides support for homeschooling and beyond. With child learning and discovery at the centre of everything they do, sessions focus on an appreciation of the natural world.

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self-learning as early as possible in life. The primary strength of the Kumon Method is advancing beyond school grade level. By experiencing and learning how to self-learn through their study, children are able to cultivate the ability to independently learn, what they want to learn without always needing to be taught. Kumon is an education method which enables students to become independent learners.

NOOSA TUTORING CENTRE

noosatutoringcentre.com.au Noosa Tutoring Centre offers four courses that span a child’s academic life. B4 School and Prep 4 Prep both provide children with a strong foundation, while their Primary programme caters for both remedial assistance and accelerated learning. Finally, their Secondary programme builds the core foundations for success in the later years.

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numberworksnwords.com/au/our-locations/ australia/sippy-downs NumberWorks’nWords are the English and Maths tuition experts, and over the past 34 years their tuition programmes have proven to be effective, boosting student’s confidence and results. The programme caters for students of all abilities from Prep to Year 10 – whether your child is struggling to keep up or racing to get ahead, they can tailor a tuition programme to meet their needs.

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readyforreading.com.au Reading, writing and spelling tutoring for all ages from prep to adults. Led by an accredited tutor with over 10 years’ experience, lessons are tailored to individual student needs and goals.

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MRS CARMEL SCHAUMBURG Principal at St Thomas More

MEET THE PRINCIPAL We chat to Mrs Carmel Schaumberg, Principal at St Thomas More Catholic Primary, to find out more about life at this busy and much-loved school. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE ETHOS OF ST THOMAS MORE? St Thomas More is a Catholic Parish School, where, in truth and love, we educate the whole child. We have strong connections with the Noosa District Catholic Parish with Fr. Jason and Fr. Paul being very special members of our community. We are also part of the Marist schools network, enriched by the characteristics of Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work, Presence, and in the Way of Mary. We aim to live our charism in supportive and real ways. Our classroom Pastoral Parents, Marist Café and sense of welcome are some ways that we make prayer come to life in our community. WH AT D O E S S T T H O M A S M O R E P R I M A R Y E XC E L AT? Our school is rich in academic, cultural and sporting opportunities, with a focus

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on excellent education in a nurturing, challenging and inclusive environment. Our focus on ongoing improvement and innovation reflects our commitment to children’s learning and development. Our innovation in technology and learning space design also enhance student learning opportunities. WHY DO YOU FEEL ST THOMAS MORE IS SO UNIQUE? The partnerships with the community and parents greatly enhance the learning opportunities for our students. It is through such strong connections that we grow and invest in our community, for the future lies in our children. One partnership is worthy of special mention, that with our children. Their voice and engagement provide wonderful guidance in our teaching and the broader opportunities that our school offers.

W H A T I S Y O U R F AV O U R I T E P A R T O F YO U R R O L E A S P R I N C I PA L AT ST THOMAS MORE PRIMARY? I love so many things about my role here at St Thomas More! I have been fortunate to take up the role of principal at the commencement of 2019. What a privilege this has been, to become part of such an aspirational, caring and strongly spiritual school family. We celebrated our school’s 30th birthday this year. Many past community members celebrated this milestone, reflecting a strong sense of family and connection, acknowledging St Thomas More as a very special part of their lives. Our mission and values guide us to be this for all members of our community, in many and varied ways. It is with great pride that I have been called to lead this great school. A school where the love of God shines through each person. 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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IS TUTORING RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD? Many children can become anxious about the challenges that lay ahead in the new school year. Building a child’s confidence towards learning can make a big difference to them flourishing in the classroom.

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y the end of the summer holidays, many kids are itching to get back to school. Others, however, may be apprehensive about returning to the classroom – maybe they were struggling in certain subjects or feeling disengaged from learning. To provide support, many parents turn to tutoring. But how do you know if tutoring is right for your child? “If your child is struggling, even just a little, the problem is likely to increase as the year rolls on,” says Rochelle Callard, owner of NumberWorks’nWords Tutoring in Sippy Downs. “Whether they are having difficulty keeping up or need extension, it’s important to be proactive in supporting them to turn that around.” 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

A PERSONALISED APPROACH

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No two students are identical. Therefore, Rochelle believes a successful tuition program is a personalised one. “The personalised approach we take at NumberWorks’nWords can really make a difference to a child’s progress,” Rochelle explains. “All our new students are given a free assessment and introductory lesson, where we identify their specific areas of need. We then tailor a tuition program for each individual, set goals in consultation with parents, and provide regular progress feedback,” Rochelle continues. “It’s this personalised and targeted approach that bridges the gaps and builds up student confidence and self-belief.”

According to Rochelle, tutoring is much more than simply recapping what a child is taught in the classroom, particularly if that child has already fallen behind. “The program should be aligned with the National Curriculum, so it complements what the student is doing in the classroom,” says Rochelle. “A good tutoring session will build on what the student already knows, breaking down learning into achievable chunks – learn a new concept, practise it, master it. This way, the child experiences success, gains confidence and begins to enjoy learning once more.” Rochelle also believes that a tutoring program must be engaging. “We have built-in J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2020

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What to look for in a tuition provider • Appropriate qualifications for teaching children of your child’s age • Experience with tutoring children that have similar needs to your child (i.e. catch-up, extension, exam prep) • Tutoring programs that are linked to the Australian school curriculum • Learning methods that are compatible with the way your child is taught at school • A system for setting goals and celebrating success • A reporting system for communicating progress • A track record that proves your money will be well spent

‘brain breaks’, certificates, rewards and a positive learning culture. Our program is visual and exciting, so students aren’t just required to sit in a classroom and concentrate,” she says. “This approach means that students who usually can’t sit still, can focus for longer.”

‘light bulb’ moments, when they realise they can do it,” Rochelle continues. “With confidence, they become happier, more engaged and academic success quickly follows.” Even if you are unsure, Rochelle recommends having your child assessed. “It’s always worth picking up CONFIDENCE IS KEY the phone to find out if your Going beyond the academic child may benefit from extra IF YOUR CHILD IS aspect of tutoring, Rochelle support. Whether they are STRUGGLING, EVEN believes that the key to a child’s falling behind or want to race JUST A LITTLE, THE success is building their ahead, there are many ways that PROBLEM IS LIKELY a tutor can help.” learning confidence. TO INCREASE AS THE “Many children lack YEAR ROLLS ON. confidence in themselves and NumberWorks’nWords are the their answers, which can really English and Maths tuition experts hinder them in the classroom,” for students of all abilities from she explains. “By building up their Prep to Year 10. Over the past 34 years, their confidence and supporting the student to tuition programs have proven to be effective in feel safe enough to ask questions, take risks boosting students’ confidence and results. For an and make mistakes, they will soon begin expert opinion on how your child is doing, book a to flourish.” free, no-obligation assessment and intro lesson “I see so many children experience those at numberworksnwords.com/au.

With the correct tuition, a child can go on to… experience success | keep up with

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YOUR CHILD MAY BENEFIT FROM TUITION IF SHE/HE: • Needs to develop skills • Struggles with completing their homework and needs help • Says they are OK, but your instincts are telling you something’s not quite right • Wants to get into or stay in the top group at school • Needs a confidence boost before moving to a new school or sitting exams • Loves learning and just can’t get enough • Can be disruptive during lessons or plays the class clown to cover up non-achievement • Has clear strengths, but but wants to work on their weaknesses • Needs support to find their love for learning

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Family Food & Entertainment Kawana Shoppingworld is the go-to family hotspot which boasts kidfriendly food, entertainment, free parking, complimentary family services and school holiday activities for the little ones.

EAT, DRINK & ENJOY

Our outdoor dining precinct offers flavours for every taste. P’Nut Street Noodles transports you to South East Asia as the traditional sauces and noddles take you on a tasty food journey. A special kids menu proves to be a hit – we recommend the Curly Wurly Noodles! At Lone Star Rib House you’ll enjoy an array of burgers, steaks and ribs. The little ones are well looked after with a Tiny Texan menu, and every meal comes with free ice cream! Peak Thai is inspired by the owner’s love and passion for Thai cuisine. Think green curries, thai noodle dishes and pineapple fried rice. Perfect to share amongst the family! FoFo Italian offers freshly made I t a l i a n p i z z a a n d p a s t a . W e recommend the family meal deals starting from $28.95. GUZMAN Y GOMEZ

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Sushi Chain is a quick and easy option for lunch or dinner with a train full of delicious sushi and desserts. Guzman y Gomez continue to dish up the flavours of Mexico with fresh, Australian produce and their menu is 100% clean and healthy for kids. Grill’d little kids meal packs are the goto with a mini burger, mini chips, choice of drink and a toy. The Groove Train is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Let Oliver Brown or Gelatissimo take care of dessert! Oliver Brown delivers the ultimate chocolate sweets, waffles and rich hot chocolate. Gelatissimo offers flavours to please every palate with a range of kiddy favourites and new flavours every month.

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Before o r a f t e r f o o d – P l an et Arcades & Event Cinemas will keep the kids entertained for hours! Enjoy a world of entertainment with an epic range of games for all ages at Planet Arcades. Event Cinemas at Kawana Shoppingworld are the only Vmax and Gold Class on the Sunshine Coast and often have family fun days, Gold Class baby sessions and more!

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MEET THE LITTLE BLUE PENGUINS at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

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ust in time for school holidays, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) has become home to a gorgeous colony of little blue penguins. The brand-new zone will take guests on a journey from an above ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an all-encompassing look into the life of a little penguin. According to Quinn Clarke, General Manager of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, the little blue penguins exhibit will be an entertaining mix of animal encounters and hands-on activities. “We are excited for visitors from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, all over

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Australia and the rest of the world to meet our adorable colony of little penguins in our state-ofthe-art new zone,” said Quinn. “Throughout the development of this project, we have been determined to create a unique visitor experience that replicates the natural habitat of little penguins and educates guests while being innovative and fun.” Guests will learn about the lifecycle of a little penguin, what they eat and how to help protect them in the wild. “It was important for the little blue

The new exhibit mirrors the natural habitat of these curious little creatures. penguins’ zone to incorporate a conservation-focused education program,” continued Quinn. “Our colony of little penguins will be ambassadors for their species, playing a significant role in helping us communicate SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s conservation values.” Kate Willson, Displays Curator at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, explained how the new exhibit mirrors the natural habitat of these curious little creatures.

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“Little blues spend roughly 80 per cent of their lives swimming and foraging for food, so we are building them a massive pool here for them to explore. We also have nesting burrows and room for them to waddle around on the land,” she said. “We will be feeding the little penguins a healthy diet of tiny little fish, especially whitebait and small whiting. We look forward to seeing this raft of penguins settle into their new home at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast,” said Kate. Little penguins are the smallest of seventeen penguin species and are usually found on the coastline of Australia’s southern states. This is the first time that little penguins have been on the Sunshine Coast. “Human impacts such as introduced predators, marine pollution and human interaction are common threats to the little blues in the wild,” Kate explained. “So these little penguins will play an integral role in helping educate our guests about the threats that they face in the wild and how we can help protect them.” Alongside this exciting new addition to the aquarium, visitors will still be able to meet SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s other exciting sea creatures including seals, grey nurse sharks, rays, turtles, lionfish, moray eels and countless other intriguing exhibits.

The new exhibit mirrors the natural habitat of the little blue penguins.

The new little blue penguins zone opened at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in December 2019. It is a permanent exhibit that is included in the admission price. For further information or to book tickets, visit sealifesunshinecoast.com.au.

ABOUT LITTLE PENGUINS • Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) are the smallest species of penguin. • Adults stand approximiately 33cm tall and weigh around one kilogram. • They breed in colonies along the southern coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. • Adult little penguins are the only penguins with blue and white feathers, rather than black and white feathers. • Little penguins spend approximately 80% of their life in the water but return to land to breed, moult and rest. • Little penguins only move around on land after sunset when their land predators are sleeping. • Current estimates put the total little penguin population at only one million.

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abies interact with the people and the world around them through touch, sight, sound, smell and feel. Through these interactions and investigations, babies are developing concepts of their world and how it connects with them and helping them reach pivotal developmental milestones. Neural pathways are created in a baby’s brain through repetitive actions and stimulating these senses, shaping the way a child thinks, feels, behaves and learns, now, and into the future. Meaningful and connecting relationships between a caregiver and a baby nourishes a child’s growing brain. With more brain activity from birth to three years of age than any other time in a person’s life, these formative years are critical. Educators in Green Leaves Early Learning Nursery Rooms recognise and value the importance of care routines with babies throughout the day. Shared interactions built between babies and Educators support an infant’s sense of self, belonging and emotional well-being. Nursery Room curriculums provide opportunities for babies to explore and strengthen their vestibular systems through a variety of motion and movement activities. Our vestibular system is the sensory system responsible for our balance and spacial orientation among other things. Building skills such as coordinating eye and head movements, coordinating both sides of the body, remaining balanced and orienting themselves in space. This helps to work toward developmental milestones, such as being able to purposefully position their head, know when they are upright, leaning back, lying down or are upside-down.

Ultimately this builds a sense of security while undertaking everyday tasks such as walking, running, jumping, and as they grow, doing things like cutting with scissors or riding a bike. This development of the vestibular system from birth supports the physical and mental success of babies into their futures. Located on Coral Sea Drive, Green Leaves Early Learning Pelican Waters specialises in the fundamental stages of educational development, from babies through to Kindergarten (6 weeks – 6 years). The Pelican Waters team is committed to providing educational experiences that exceed traditional early education standards and ensures that these fundamental milestones are met for their babies in their daily routines. Daily activities include culinary exploration with our chefs, through to music, scented play, tummy time and building nurturing relationships and bonds with our trusted Educators. Throughout the day babies can exercise their social awareness during creative free play, and ensure all their daily nutritional needs are met by progressive meal times. The tranquil music and beautiful twinkling night sky in the cot rooms create the perfect ambience for quality rest between these periods of activity. If you would like to learn more about Green Leaves age appropriate learning journeys, and to find out how their Pelican Waters centre provides your child with the best start to their learning journey visit greenleaveselc.com.au

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Tranquil music and a twinkling night sky is the perfect ambience for rest time.

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amily holidays should be an exciting time. But with so much limits for her son and others just like him - Wheeling was born. to organise, it can often be a little stressful too! So, imagine Taking the stress out of travelling in a wheelchair, Wheeling aims throwing a wheelchair into the mix. Suddenly there are to be a one stop shop for accessible travel. a mountain of new considerations. Will my child’s “We are putting an end to families staying home simply because wheelchair fit in the hotel hallways? How do I work around bathing the task of coordinating all the additional arrangements is far from my child who can’t sit unsupported without his usual high support relaxing,” said Kristy. “Need a truly accessible hotel? We’ve got that shower chair? Where do I hire a van? Will the playground sorted. Need a wheelchair van? It’ll be waiting for have any activities that my child can enjoy? Does the you at the airport. Need a shower chair? Hoist? Beach zoo we want to visit have adequate paving to push wheelchair? We will have them waiting in your hotel “My mission is to a wheelchair? room ready for your arrival. All this can happen over educate providers “Unfortunately, it really is no surprise that some our user-friendly online booking platform.” families like my own find the whole ordeal more “My mission is not only to provide a space where who may not know stress than it’s worth and choose not to holiday at all,” you can book all the existing services you need for an what they can do to said Kristy Hislop, whose 4-year-old son relies on a be a more wheelchair accessible holiday in the one spot, but to also educate wheelchair due to being born with Cerebral Palsy. friendly environment.” providers who just may not know what they can do to “Whilst planning our next holiday, I found myself become a more wheelchair friendly environment and thinking, wouldn’t it be great if there was just one educate councils on how important access to play is for website where you could just organise the whole children of all abilities while we’re at it.” holiday in a few clicks? Book an accessible hotel, a van, hire a comfy The site is currently in the very early days of taking expressions of chill-out chair or shower chair, check where the most wheelchair interest for Sunshine Coast providers wanting to be listed on the site. friendly parks are and know that there is an appropriate bathroom “In the not too distant future, I will look back and say to my family facility nearby should we need one. Surely in this day and age it’s as we sit by the beach enjoying our holiday: ‘Can you believe there doable, right?” was once a time when travel was almost too hard for us? How things And so, from that ever growing desire to create a world with no have changed!’.” T R AV E L A N D T O U R I S M P R O V I D E R S C A N R E G I S T E R I N T E R E S T AT W W W.W H E E L I N G .C O M . A U

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

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

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

on medium heat.

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

Lunchbox Secrets GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

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

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

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

STICK TO BITE-SIZED PORTIONS

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

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

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

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

GeorgTe ´o’sp Tips GET FAMILIAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

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


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here is so much more to a dance class than learning how to plié or high kick. Finding the right dance studio for your child is critical. We sit down with Natalie Lightfoot from Dance Edge Studios to find out the secret to choosing a great dance studio.

Why is dance a great kid’s activity? Dance provides so much to a growing mind and body: confidence and coordination for life, it makes for well organised teenagers and young adults, friendships, social skills, a focused mind for school studies and, of course, fitness.

What should you look for when choosing a dance studio? Our best advice is to find the right ‘vibe’ for your child and ask if the dance studio offers a trial class. If your child comes out of that trial class “buzzing”… embrace it! Dance is for life! Studio culture is number one for us here at DE Studios. The right mix of experienced, qualified, talented teachers along with the studio ‘vibe’ should be your first thoughts when looking at where to send your child for dance classes. You want the dance studio you choose for your child to foster the love of dance first, above everything else. If your child loves going to the dance studio, they will love their dance classes and have a positive learning experience. Once you have found the right studio ‘vibe’ for your child’s personality, it is always important to ask the studio directors about their teachers, their experience and their qualifications. Unfortunately, the dance industry in Australia is not yet regulated. This means anyone can pop a sign on a door and advertise ‘fun dance classes for children’. Qualified dance teachers have studied their art form, often at Diploma or Degree levels, which also includes studying and learning safe dance practice with children.

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Is it all serious, or can dance be

At DE Studios, we believe in students being just for fun? offered the opportunity to try all genres of Dance can be both serious and fun! We have dance and performing arts – from classical recreational students that have been taking ballet right through to hip hop and acting one to two dance classes with us for the past classes. When children start ten years. They come to their dancing from a young age, it dance classes for fun, to hang out “We believe in is hard to know what genre to with their friends (who they made a love of dance, years back) and also for fitness. enrol them in to. If you’re able training to find a studio that offers all We also have students that all-rounded genres of dance and performing call DE Studios their ‘second arts, with a positive studio vibe home’. They attend classes three and versatile and qualified dance teachers, to five times a week, they attend dancers and, you’ve hit the jackpot. At DE, most of all, happy extension classes and workshops, we believe in a love of dance, they have a special friendship kids.” training all-rounded and versatile circle with other like-minded dancers and, most of all, happy young people and train hard. kids. If students grow up wanting more of a Both types of students have something particular genre of dance, it is also important very special in common – they love dance, for studio owners to offer pathways for they enjoy their time at the studio and look their students, to ensure they are receiving forward to what their dance classes offer optimum training to pursue their dreams. them each week.

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With a passion for the health and wellbeing of all animals, Tania Barton followed her dream to open a cat retreat. Now 12 years on, her feline haven has expanded to become a sanctuary for cats and cat lovers alike. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU OPEN HOBBITS KNOB CAT RETREAT? I have always been passionate about the health and wellbeing of all animals and had a special connection with animals from a very young age. I grew up in a small country town on acreage and was able to have pretty much whatever animal I wanted. Therefore, I would often organise more pets with my school friends or other family members, until I had my own little menagerie! I would come to be known as the rehabilitator of sick or injured wildlife. I absolutely love the fact that, by having animals in my life it has helped me to become a more compassionate, caring person, and taught me how to care greatly for living things. I always knew that I would work with animals, especially cats. I knew that even though my career path went towards Veterinary Nursing, I wanted to offer a more personal caring environment where I could take care of cats and offer a service of optimal health and educate the community on following my passion of cat care. WHAT SERVICE DO YOU OFFER AT THE CAT RETREAT? We safely house cats whilst their owners are unable to care for them for whatever reason (such as holidays, moving house, family emergencies, parties, hospital trip). We take care of the cats’ needs to ensure their time at the retreat is stress free, comfortable

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PURR-FECT RETREAT and that they receive lots of love. Each cat is monitored closely – their behaviour and activity patterns, drinking, eating and toileting habits. Our team cater for their individual needs including deciding on the type of enrichment program that would best suit them. Every cat gets daily individualised care and attention including grooming, cuddles and exercise. HOW HAS THE CAT RETREAT GROWN SINCE YOU STARTED? The Cat Retreat opened in December 2007

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and we have proudly grown ever since. We have now met and cared for over 3000 cats. I looked after the cattery solo for the first 11 months of operation. We now have a team of 10 caring, professional staff to cater to each cats’ individual requirements. The business has grown beyond my expectations and I can honestly say that it has allowed me to grow not only as a business owner but as a person. We are constantly making improvements and changes to the business structure and the professional, personal care that we provide to both the clients and the cats. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2020

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Aaaand... relax! YOU ALSO NOW WORK WITH THE SUNSHINE COAST ANIMAL REFUGE TO HELP REHOME CATS? Yes! We started a partnership with the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge in May 2019, who send us adult cats that need a little extra rehabilitation and gentle introductions to the community. In the first six months of opening the Cat Retreat Café re-homing program, we were able to give 20 cats a new, loving furrever home. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE CAT CAFE? We have transformed our establishment into a cat lovers’ haven where patrons can simply enjoy a coffee and cake in our cat themed café or the ultimate cat interactive experience in the separate Zen Zone. By having a controlled environment in which we can introduce Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge cats to patrons, they are helping provide extra love to the cats. They may also develop a beautiful connection with one of the cats and apply to adopt them through the program. WHAT DO PEOPLE LOVE MOST ABOUT COMING TO THE CAT CAFÉ? They can come and enjoy the cat themed café and tranquil environment, whilst enjoying amazing coffee, tasty cold drinks, cakes, treats or lunch. We also love watching patrons interact with each other over a common interest, cats, allowing them to break down social barriers in a comfortable, non-judgemental space. I especially love to see and hear people’s reactions to the gorgeous cats and how they love to just sit and chill in their space.

“IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF OPENING THE CAT RETREAT CAFE REHOMING PROGRAM, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE 20 CATS A NEW LOVING, FURREVER HOME.”

W H AT I S YO U R FAV O U R I T E PART ABOUT THE RESCUE WORK YOU DO? Our team has the privilege of assisting the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge in providing further love, care, rehabilitation and training to cats that have been surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected. We also get to help with the interaction of cats and humans in a relaxing but controlled setting, which not only develops the rescue cats’ confidence with humans, but helps them to become ready for rehoming. W H AT ’S YO U R FAV O U R I T E T H I N G ABOUT CATS? Their eccentric personalities and their absolutely gorgeous faces! I have a connection with cats that allows me to feel comfortable, relaxed and safe when I am with them. They help break down psychological and physiological barriers. CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT CATS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Cats have an amazing memory, which is why cats are so good at holding grudges. Cats are able to remember distant memories that can become triggered by very positive or very

negative events, which were either emotional or linked to survival. D O YO U H AV E A N Y F U N S T O R I E S TO SHARE FROM THE RETREAT? Our life at the retreat is full of fun and amazing experiences with the cats. There is never a day that goes by that isn’t filled with smiles due to the personality or action of the cats. Often a staff member will go and get all of the rest of the staff to watch a cat’s crazy or beautiful antics. WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CAT RETREAT? We are constantly making improvements at the Cat Retreat, whether it is introducing new procedures or educating staff, but we are hoping to get the community more engaged in as much cat related activities as possible to help raise awareness for animal welfare. Through the Cat Retreat Café, we are about to launch classes to learn, engage and interact with the cats, whether it be through yoga and meditation or scrapbooking and craft activities.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAT CAFÉ AND HOBBITS KNOB CAT RETREAT AT CATRETREATCAFE.COM.AU AND CATRETREAT.COM.AU

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

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

THE RESILIENCE REVOLUTION Offering practical and empowering wellbeing workshops and individual resilience coaching for children, teenagers and parents focusing on building resilience. Upcoming Sunshine Coast Workshops: 22nd Feb: Taming Tricky Feelings (5-7 year olds) & Taking Control of Anxiety (8-12 years) 23rd Feb: Navigating Life's Challenges (teenage girls 13-18) & Navigating Life's Challenges (teenage boys 13 -18). For more details and bookings visit facebook.com/theresiliencerevolution

GYMBAROO SUNSHINE COAST

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“GymbaROO is the best part of our week!” A fine and gross motor skill development focused program that includes an age-appropriate indoor obstacle climbing course, dancing, ball skills, music and rhythm. Children learn to roll, crawl, climb, walk, jump and problem-solve. Best of all, KIDS LOVE IT! 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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W: seasirenphotography.com.au P: 0408 223 325 | Gold Coast Bring your child's dream to life with a themed portrait! More than just a photoshoot, become a mermaid, drive a vintage pedal car, run through a fairy flower garden. Pony shoots available too! • Props available for boys and girls. • Every detail is taken care of. • Photos are personalised and hand edited by professional retouchers. • Packages available from $250.

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Welcome all Chinese Language & Culture lovers to experience and explore!

We are proudly affiliated with Queensland MiaoMiao Chinese School, the member of ESAQ and recorded by the Ministry of Education in Australia

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THE CAT RETREAT CAFE

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Annual passes only $25 per child!

Bring the kids along to our cat themed cafe to enjoy our yummy snacks and drinks. Book a session in our interactive cat environment, The Zen Zone and connect to a cat looking for a furrever home. • Love & rehabilitate refuge cats • Ultimate cat lover’s experience • Encourages positive wellbeing • Controlled, relaxed environment

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THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT TOO

A BOOK ABOUT BETSY RABBIT

By Karl Newson, illustrated by Kate Hindley RRP: $14.99

By Melissa Crowton RRP: $14.99

These children and animals are all very different from each other. Some are big, some are small. Some are gentle, some are rough. Everyone is playful, but who’s the best at hiding? One thing is certain: they all love a good bedtime story! This humorous introduction to comparisons and opposites is the perfect picture book for little ones who are just beginning to make sense of their place in the world.

This multi-novelty board book is designed to develop toddlers’ vocabulary. With a cute theme and gorgeous illustrations, the book introduces the concepts of greetings (saying hello and goodbye), opposites and colours. With busy, detailed scenes, lots to point at and name and a straightforward story-arc, it is the perfect introduction to a lifetime of reading. For ages 0-2.

MONSTER NANNY

By Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Pasi Pitkanen RRP: $16.99 Halley, Koby and Mimi have been sent a nanny to look after them while their parents are away. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster! As the three siblings search for answers, they discover that other neighbourhood kids have also been left with similar creatures. So, where did they all come from? Seamlessly intertwining contemporary life with a world full of strange creatures, this warm and amusing story is a refreshing change of pace and a return to timeless adventure. For ages 7-10.

A PENGUIN ADDITION Penguin Addition makes maths appealing by using cute penguins! Teaching quantities of 0-10, addition sums to 20, and reverse maths skills through fun and engaging activities, the app is designed for those who are just learning to count through to those who want to become wizards at addition sums to 20. Parents can track progress and help motivate through the Parent Dashboard.

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CODESPARK ACADEMY: KIDS CODING An award-winning app for kids that combines learning and playing. The ‘no words’ interface makes it perfect for younger kids, teaching the basics of computer programming through a variety of puzzles, projects and game designs that can all be monitored by parents. The app supports three individual child profiles, allowing you to use it for several siblings. As a subscription app, there are no ads or micro-transactions.

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DOLITTLE

In cinemas January 16 (CTC)

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Harry Collett, Jessie Buckley

SPIES IN DISGUISE

GO!

In cinemas 1 January (CTC)

In cinemas January 16 (PG)

Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance have to work as a team or the whole world is in peril.

When Jack and his single mother move to a small town in Western Australia, he soon gets involved in the competitive world of go-kart racing. Jack’s got natural talent but must learn to control his recklessness. To do that, he’ll need the help of aspiring engineer, Mandy, wise-cracking best mate, Colin and mysterious mentor, Patrick. Together, the team will endeavour to overcome all odds and defeat ruthless racer Dean to win the National GoKart Championship.

Enjoy a special Family Fun Screening of Spies in Disguise on 5 January. Prefilm fun in the foyer from 10am, film at 10:30am. Book at eventcinemas.com.au

Enjoy a special Family Fun Screening of Go! on 19 January. Pre-film fun in the foyer from 10am, film at 10:30am. Book at eventcinemas.com.au

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON

In cinemas 9 January (G)

Shaun the Sheep returns to the big screen with a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… an impish and adorable alien called LU-LA who crash lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. Shaun sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure as he sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home. Her magical alien powers, irrepressible mischief and galatic sized burps – soon have the flock enchanted.

Enjoy a special Family Fun Screening of Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon on 12 January. Pre-film fun in the foyer from 10am, film at 10:30am.

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