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ISSUE 97 March/April 2020 SUNSHINE COAST

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

and how they are building brave and curious learners who are ready for an unknown future. We also stop by Sunshine Beach State School to check out their Young Inventors Program, which is growing a generation of makers and creators. Kicking that mama guilt to the kerb, we look at the many positives of screen time, and we have some fab tips from the wonderful team at Parentline on how parents can use technology to strengthen family relationships. Also, Australia Zoo turns 50 this year! We hop on over to the iconic park to look back on the last 50 years and find out what’s in store to celebrate the big birthday. And, as always, this issue is bursting with the latest news, events, product reviews, Easter activities and more, from across the Sunshine Coast. Have a hoppy Easter!

Angela xo THE TEAM

PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF Angela Sutherland

PUBLISHER & SALES DIRECTOR Helen Rush

ACCOUNT MANAGER Francesca Goad

PRODUCTION MANAGER Tanya Nissen

GRAPHIC DESIGN Danielle Lunn

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

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

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FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for March and April......................................................... 6 THINGS TO DO: Augmented reality public art for the family ............................................ 10 NEWS: The latest news from around the region ...................................................................... 12 NOTICEBOARD: Notices and achievements from our local schools ................................ 14 LOCAL GUIDE: A gingery adventure for the whole family at The Ginger Factory............ 18 SPECIAL: Crikey! Australia Zoo is turning 50!..................................................................... 20 CHECK THIS OUT: Local parents nailing the side hustle ...................................................22 EDUCATION: The Young Inventors Program growing a generation of creators................. 35 LOCAL: Family friendly Kawana Shoppingworld.................................................................... 43 EARLY LEARNING: Where are the best STEM resources? .............................................. 46 HEALTH: What is a Behavioural Specialist?.......................................................................... 50 PARENTING: How parents can use technology to strengthen relationships...................... 52 REVIEWS: Books and apps for the family................................................................................55 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services.......................................................... 56 FOOD: Apple Energy Balls........................................................................................................ 58 We encourage recycling. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.

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THE GINGER FACTORY THE GREAT FAMILY SHOWDOWN 6-12 APRIL gingerfactory.com.au Head to the Ginger Factory for an adventure of the senses these Easter holidays! Kids will be captivated by Nickleby the Magician (6 - 9 April). Hop in for the ultimate Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in the Rainforest (10 – 12 April). Discover the turtle family in the lagoon. Plus all the food and fun the Ginger Factory is famous for will also be on offer. 

FLICKERKIDS 2020 8 APRIL thej.com.au

Celebrating 29 years of electrifying shorts, Flickerfest Australia’s leading Academy® Accredited and BAFTArecognised short film festival, brings the popular FlickerKids program to Noosa for the first time this April during the school holidays! The delightfully entertaining programme of shorts will appeal to the kid in everyone.

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ucatixopno EdE 16 JULY Venue 114 educationexpo.net.au

Confused by the huge range of education options available on the Sunshine Coast? The region’s first Education Expo is the ideal event for parents to explore every schooling option for their child, all under one roof. The Expo will cover preschools and schools on the Sunshine Coast, from six weeks through to Year 12.

9 APRIL The J, Noosa Heads thej.com.au A riotous, interactive game show experience for the whole family! Featuring gut-busting comedy, rockstar dance moves, in-your-facelive cartooning, and out-and-out ridiculousness. Join hosts Nadia Sunde and Cartoon Dave as they turn the everyday ‘game-show’ on its head. Bring along your friends and family for a high-octane, side-splitting, competitive adventure.

Playgroup Queensland’s MESSY PLAY MAY 26 MAY messyplaymay.com.au

Are you ready to get messy? Playgroup Queensland’s Messy Play May celebrates the world of squishy, squashy, foamy, slimy and goopy. Messy Play May is a chance for you and your little ones to enjoy a day out where the aim is to create the biggest mess possible. The good news? You don’t have to clean up! This is a free event but registration is essential. More details on the messy play website.

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91-Storey Treehouse 25 MARCH The Events Centre, Caloundra theeventscentre.com.au Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet. Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam KnowIt-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? For children 6-12 and their adults.

Did you know a quarter of the world’s population eat insects? Fancy tucking into crispy fried cricket or roasted grasshopper? Increasing pressure on existing agriculture systems means we need to rethink how we produce food. Insects are highly nutritious and sustainable, so join Michelle Gleeson who’ll introduce you to the delights of insect eating.

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NOOSA KIDS & BABY MARKET 8 MARCH: Cooroy Primary School 5 APRIL: Coolum Primary School 10 MAY: Sunshine Beach Primary School noosakidsmarket.com.au

A monthly market with a variety of stalls to choose from including pre-loved stalls and local business stalls for kids and baby. Plus, the new Wellness stalls catering to family health, wellbeing, pregnancy and postpartum. Enjoy a fun morning out with the kids and grab a bargain!

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15 APRIL Venue 114 venue114.com.au The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families, based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem. Created for children 4-10 years, be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical puffins.

THE CAT IN THE HAT

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

EASTER FUN AT SUNSHINE COAST LIBRARIES Libraries across the region library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Come in to discover reptiles, learn African drumming, explore the toddler play stations or make a stop go animation movie. For teens there’s a Mini Manga con with lots of great activities. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt full of Aussie animal trivia for all ages.

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THINGS TO DO Sienna & Olivia Perry

AUGMENTED REALITY PUBLIC ART

Carley Cornelissen

ON THE SUNSHINE COAST DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE FOUR FREE AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) ACTIVATED ARTWORKS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST? THESE WONDERFUL INSTALLATIONS BRING ART TO LIFE FOR ALL AGES. CALOUNDRA Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea (pictured above) BY GEORGE ROSE

Situated at the top of Bulcock Street in Caloundra, this AR mural was named one of the best street art experiences in Australia after being selected as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Street Art Awards. Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea was commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council as a collaborative project involving animation artist Stu Campbell and mural artist George Rose. The mural comes to life with animations and sound when viewed through the free EyeJack app.

NAMBOUR That moment when you meet your new colleagues and realise you need to step your game up BY CARLEY CORNELISSEN

Commissioned during Horizon Festival 2019, you’ll find this artwork on the walls of C Square in Nambour. When using the EyeJack app, the images explode with colour.

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Building Restrictions BY CLAIRE MATTHEWS

On the outside wall of the train station in Nambour, this work was brought to life by experienced animator Helena Papageorgiou. The images pop with colour and sound when viewed with the EyeJack app. Both of the Nambour murals were commissioned during Horizon Festival 2019 as part of the [In]Place project, funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund.

GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS Molten BY JAMES MULLER

Molten is a way-finding sculptural and digital installation that signifies access to Glass House Mountains District Park. It promotes cultural and scientific knowledge of the natural forces that created the Glass House Mountains. In what was an Australian first, the EyeJack team worked with James Muller to develop a 3D AR component for the sculpture, which provides overlays of animated Indigenous artwork and volcanic activity. Keep your eye out for more AR artworks soon to be activated across the Sunshine Coast!

HOW TO USE THE EYEJACK APP

EyeJack is an Augmented Reality app and platform that specialises in the curation and distribution of augmented art. STEP 1: Download the free EyeJack app from iTunes or Google Play STEP 2: Tap on the event STEP 3: Tap ‘LAUNCH AR’ STEP 4: Aim your device at the artwork. The animation will begin to play, using the camera lens of your smart device. STEP 5: Record the interaction through the EyeJack app and save on your device. 

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LOCAL NEWS NOOSA KIDS AND BABY MARKETS EXPANDS

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he popular Noosa Kids and Baby Markets has expanded to include two new venues. Adding Cooroy Primary and Coolum Primary to their existing venue of Sunshine Beach Primary, the monthly markets will rotate around the three venues throughout the year. “Spreading our wings across these three locations gives our stall holders and shoppers a wider demographic while still (remaining) within the Noosa region,” said Kristy, co-owner of the Noosa Kids and Baby Markets. The new venues are already proving popular, with stalls filling up fast. “Social media followers, family and friends are all super excited,”

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NEW WOMEN’S IMAGING SERVICE OPENS

dedicated and specialised gynaecology and pregnancy ultrasound service has opened in Buderim, providing specialised imaging to women of all ages on the Sunshine Coast. Services available include pregnancy dating scans, 12-14 week scans (nuchal scan), 20 week scans (morphology scan), growth and wellbeing scans (22+ weeks), baby view scans (non-diagnostic scan) and pelvic/ gynaecological scans (endometriosis, infertility, pelvic floor scans). “Our practice provides women with a homely experience, where you are made to feel comfortable, well looked after and cared for,” said centre owner

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Kristy said. “Even the primary school communities are excited to have us at their school, as the markets will not only promote the school but also provide affordable pre-loved and new kids and baby items for the locals.” Kristy and Heidi took ownership of the markets in July 2018 and have worked hard to build it into the successful markets they are today. And there is plenty more in store! “We have a few surprise special guests booked for throughout the year,” said Kristy. “An Easter egg hunt, dance performance, reptile show, children’s author and a couple of surprise pop-up markets.” noosakidsmarket.com.au

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Denise Donati. “Our all-female staff are highly trained and their expertise, together with our state of the art equipment, ensures your experience will be professional, caring and of a best practice standard.” For those looking for a gender reveal or to introduce a baby to their family and friends, Precision Imaging also has a sister company called Sneak Peek Ultrasounds, which offers a full range of non-diagnostic ultrasounds. Both diagnostic and non-diagnostic scans are now able to be performed at the one location. For more information, call (07) 5406 0689. Referrals required for diagnostic medical scans. 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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Learn how to protect yourself online TAFE Queensland will offer an Introduction to Cyber Security short course at their Mooloolaba campus this April, providing locals with the opportunity to learn the skills they need to protect themselves online. The non-accredited short course will also serve as an opportunity for participants to kickstart a career as a IT security expert by ensuring they have the basic knowledge needed to undertake the Certificate IV in Cyber Security. TAFE Queensland information technology teacher, Piero Dametto said that rapid technological advancements has made cyber security a growing concern. “The incidence of people and businesses being hacked has increased dramatically and

in response to that, we need to be better educated about the threats and how to avoid them,” Mr Dametto said. “Hackers are able to access information and money through a myriad of ways, so training in identifying these threats has become imperative.” As more and more Australians access the internet, Mr Dametto said it’s increasingly important for them to protect themselves online. “It’s often simple mistakes that leave people vulnerable – things like not securing their online information with complex passwords or not checking their default settings on their social media,” Mr Dametto said.

Visit tafeqld.edu.au or call 1300 308 233 to enrol in the Introduction to Cyber Security.

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

Immanuel Arts Festival CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

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nfinity Martial Arts has taken home win a medal, it takes courage and dedication an impressive collection of regional not just to step onto the mats and compete and national awards, with several but to simply turn up to training every day. junior members being ranked top of their All of our students are winners in our eyes.” categories in Australia in 2019. With approximately 750 junior members Top rankings include: Tahni – ranked across SE QLD, the calibre of coaching at #1 overall in Australia (Juvenile Girls Blue each academy is proving to be first rate. Belt Division); Lewis – ranked “We ensure that all “ IT IS THE #2 overall in Australia (Junior of our coaches adhere GENUINE CULTURE Boys & Girls White Belt to a high level standard AND FRIENDLY Division); and Angus – ranked of instruction, and our ATMOSPHERE IN EACH expert coaches have many #2 overall in Australia (Junior Boys & Girls Grey, Yellow & years experience working OF OUR CLUBS THAT Orange Belt Division). with children,” Simone REALLY HELPS TO Infinity teams and DRIVE OUR SUCCESS.” explained. “But I think it academies also ranked #1 is the genuine culture and in the Kids & Juvenile divisions at the friendly atmosphere in each of our clubs that QBJJC Moreton Bay Championship 2019, really helps to drive our success as a team.” QBJJC Caloundra Open 2019, and QBJJC “2020 will be a big year yet again!” Simone Brisbane Championship 2019. continued. “We look forward to taking a “Words really cannot describe how talented team of students to compete at each proud we are of our students,” said Simone championship and we are sure that everyone from Infinity Martial Arts. “Regardless of will give it their absolute best on the day.” whether they compete, or whether they infinitymartialarts.com.au

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mmanuel Lutheran College’s iconic Arts Festival turns 40 this year. Since it’s inception in 1981, the event has grown from a small gathering to today’s festival, which attracts over 200 emerging and established artists and 800 artworks across a number of different genres including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, wearable art, film and creative. 2020 will see the Festival host its first Student Artist in Focus – Libby Evans, Immanuel Year 10 student who won Most Outstanding Work of Festival in 2019 for her wearable art piece made of recycled x-rays. At the 2019 Apex Australia Teenage Fashion and Art (AATFA) Queensland State Finals in Brisbane, Libby placed runner-up in the Costume and Wearable Art catagories, which led her to the National Finals in Melbourne, where she placed runner-up in the Costume category for her piece ‘Pierrot’, which was made out of her old trampoline. Libby will be available during the Festival to talk to the general public about her art. The Immanuel Arts Festival will be held from 21-24 May. www.immanuelartsfestival.com.au

Libby Evans will be the Student Artist in Focus at this year’s Festival.

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chool holiday chaos is set to be a thing of the past this Easter, with a range of local wellbeing specialists banding together to create a mindfulness sanctuary for parents and children at Noosa Civic shopping centre. Now in its fourth year, HAVEN Mindful and Creative Space will operate from 1 to 26 April, offering a creative outlet where participants can relax and rejuvenate. Noosa Civic Marketing Manager Tessa Biddles said following the success of the program in 2019, she was thrilled to welcome back a talented range of presenters this year, while also introducing a few new faces to the line-up. “We’re looking forward to rolling out a well-rounded program that appeals to a range of parents and takes the stress out of school holidays.” Tessa said a number of workshops had also been created solely for children, with the HAVEN Mindful and Creative Space featuring a range of innovative sessions. In addition to offering some much-needed relaxation time and tips for general wellbeing, the HAVEN initiative will also support a local not-for-profit organisation. “Each workshop cost between $5 and $10, with all these funds donated to the Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation,” said Tessa. “This organisation is a mental health surf therapy charity committed to changing lives by delivering innovative programs for people experiencing mental health challenges.” “At Noosa Civic we firmly support WOW’s vision of a world where invisible mental health issues are treated like any other physical injury, and where anyone dealing with mental illness feels supported.” WOW offers surf therapy, education and corporate programs to encourage social inclusion, connection to nature and engagement in meaningful activities.

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W H E N: 1 – 26 A P R I L 2020 WHERE: NOOSA CIVIC SHOPPING CENTRE MORE INFO: N O O S A C I V I C .C O M .AU FA C E B O O K : @N O O S A C I V I C

HIGHLIGHTS • Ceramics workshops with The Syndicate Creative • Macrame workshops with Jodie Townsend • Photography workshops with Rebecca Colefax • Tween workshops with Shine From Within • Yoga classes • Kids and adult Easter craft sessions with The Botanical Creative • Kids making bees wraps with Glitter & Goop • Kids balloon modelling classes with Miss Donna Plus more! Full timetable of events is at noosacivic.com.au

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The Ginger Factory A GINGERY ADVENTURE FOR THE SENSES!

There are so many opportunities for families

to play, taste and discover the world of ginger, at the home of Buderim Ginger.

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he Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions and winner of Best Attraction at the 2018 and 2019 Sunshine Coast Business Awards. And with free admission to the park and gardens and free parking, it’s a wonderful place for all ages to experience a gingery adventure that will delight the senses – there are so many opportunities to play, taste and discover the world of ginger!

PLAY

Travel the world from the comfort of your very own lifeboat on the Overboard Ride,

joining two hungry chefs as they chase the gingerbread man from the Moulin Rouge to the Amazonian jungle, through the pyramids of Egypt and the parliament of England, all the way back home again. In the Overboard Plaza, take your photo with a life-size gingerbread man or challenge your family to a game of giant snakes and ladders. Finding your way around the Ginger Factory is easy onboard the 119-year-old sugar cane train ‘Moreton’ as he lazily travels through the sub-tropical gardens, past the working factory and boutique shopping precinct, before dropping you off

Stop for a photo with the life-size gingerbread men! by the Ginger Café, just in time for refreshments.

TASTE

Relax over coffee and some signature ginger scones at the Ginger Cafe while the kids explore the playground, or enjoy lunch from the all-day menu, boasting several ginger inspired dishes made from local produce and a range of ginger beers. Next to the Ginger Café is the Ice Creamery, featuring a premium range of old fashioned, rich and creamy ginger ice creams and the all-time kids’ favourite, Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Man station.


DISCOVER Discover more about the Ginger Factory during the factory tour and tasting, where you will learn why the Sunshine Coast grows the best ginger in Australia before seeing how it is transformed into the range of Buderim Ginger products. Meet the Ginger Factory’s hardest working residents and sample the nectar of their efforts in the Live Bee Show and Tasting. An experienced beekeeper will introduce you to hives, the many species of bees and the different types of honey. Walk off your amazing tastings with a stroll through the sub-tropical gardens, featuring ornamental ginger flowers, beautiful water features and wonderful photo opportunities. You can play a game of oversized checkers next to the old pioneer cottage in the rainforest or visit the turtle family in the where they will surprise you with their cute little faces. Browse through the four specialty shops. Indulge in high quality handcrafted chocolate with exotic flavours at Kokopod. Tantalise your taste buds with Traditional Herbs & Scents range of 70 assorted herbs and spices or find that unique toy from your childhood at Giuseppe’s Workshop. Finally, pop into Mac & Co to sample some delicious fudge and discover the perfect Australiana gift. Before you leave, be sure to take a little part of the Ginger Factory home with you. The full range of Buderim Ginger products and their Australian made treats are available in The Ginger Shop.

Travel the world on the Overboard Ride.

MORE INFO The Ginger Factory is located at 50 PIONEER RD YANDINA Follow the Bruce Highway and take exit 215. OPEN DAILY 9AM TO 5PM, excluding Christmas day WWW.GINGERFACTORY.COM.AU

Yummy signature ginger scones at the Ginger Cafe.


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teve grew up amongst the wildlife on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, helping his parents at the ‘Beerwah Reptile Park’. Established in 1970, this two-acre wildlife park was home to native wildlife such as lace monitors, tiger snakes, freshwater crocodiles, magpie geese and kangaroos. Many of the kangaroos were cared for in homemade pouches by Steve’s mum, Lyn. She was an extraordinary wildlife rehabilitator and was quite skilled in nursing injured and orphaned animals, rehabilitating them before returning them to the wild. Steve demonstrated an uncanny gift with wildlife from a very young age. He would go on field trips with his family right through the seventies, helping to relocate problem crocodiles, study snakes in Queensland’s deserts and assisting the university with bird surveys (he was incredibly skilled at climbing trees). By the 1980s, the wildlife park had expanded to four acres, had two full-time staff and was re-branded as the ‘Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park’. At this stage, Steve was enlisted by the Queensland Government to help with crocodiles, volunteering for the East-Coast Crocodile Management Program. This program captured well over 100 crocodiles, which were either relocated or housed within the family’s park. It was during this same time that the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park became the home of a beautiful Galapagos tortoise named Harriet. She became an iconic member of the park, much loved by staff and guests.

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Steve Irwin ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ had a connection with wildlife that he passed to his children.

Harriet lived out the last two decades of her life with the Irwin family before she passed away in June 2006. In 1991, Steve took over the management of the small wildlife park and, not long after, he met Terri Raines from Eugene, Oregon, when she visited the park. Steve’s passion for reptiles was matched by Terri’s love for predatory mammals. The two were very much kindred spirits. Their lives changed dramatically when, on the 4th June 1992, Steve and Terri married, beginning a life of adventure.

Instead of a honeymoon, the couple took the chance to embark on a crocodile rescue mission, filming the experience. This became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter documentary series. As the popularity of The Crocodile Hunter grew, Steve and Terri changed the name of their now growing wildlife park to ‘Australia Zoo’. Their mission was to make this zoo the very best in Australia, if not the world! Extensive efforts were made to create welldesigned habitats, so that all zoo animals could be exhibited in natural environments. 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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Visit “Steve’s Place”, where you’ll see the sights and hear the sounds of the campsite on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York. This incredible place is the heart of Australia Zoo and part of the first crocodile ponds built by Steve many years ago. To mark 50 years of Australia Zoo, this special place has been transformed so that everyone can come along on the journey of crocodile conservation with us! Crikey! We’re celebrating all year long at Australia Zoo and, crikey, we’d love for you to celebrate our 50th birthday with us too! Are you turning 50 in 2020? Come along for some birthday fun. Bring along your ID to our Admissions gate to receive 50% off entry!

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Australia Zoo expanded, as did the Irwin family. Steve and Terri were blessed with their two beautiful children; Bindi, in 1998 and Robert, in 2003. Both Bindi and Robert soon developed a deep love of wildlife, just like their parents. As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri agreed to put all money raised from filming and merchandise back into conservation. From its humble beginnings as an avocado packing shed, they established the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In 2004, Steve dedicated the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to his mum, after her tragic passing in 2000. This world-class facility continues to rescue, rehabilitate and release over 7000 native Australian animals every year. Steve and Terri would go on to film over 300 episodes of Crocodile Hunter, Croc Diaries, Croc Files, New Breed Vets, Ghosts of War and Bindi: The Jungle Girl. These programs have been enjoyed by over 500 million viewers world-wide. On 4 September 2006, we heartbreakingly lost Steve in an accident while he was snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. The world mourned with us. Terri, Bindi and Robert’s efforts continue to honour the greatest Wildlife Warrior that ever lived. They are ensuring that Steve’s legacy lives on through the zoo. Australia Zoo now encompasses 1000 acres and employs over 400 staff, continuing Steve’s mission of “Conservation Through Exciting Education”. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS, VISIT AUSTRALIAZOO.COM.AU K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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As well as teaching agility, coordination and teamwork, football is FUN!

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Looking for a fun sport for preschoolers? We chat to Alex Ollier from Little Kickers Sunshine Coast to find out why football (soccer) is the perfect sport for little ones.

W H AT T I P S D O YO U H AV E F O R PARENTS STARTING THEIR KIDS I N A S P O R T F O R T H E F I R S T T I M E ? Let children be themselves, that’s all we can ask! We recommend nothing but encouragement from parents for their child and they will be pleasantly surprised as they sit back and watch their little people grow as, not only little athletes, but little humans! WHAT MAKES FOOTBALL (SOCCER) SUCH A GREAT ACTIVITY FOR PRESCHOOLERS? Football is a fantastic sport for preschoolers because children of all abilities can enjoy the sport. It helps stimulate coordination,

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balance, agility and also help fine tune important gross motor skills. It also helps children learn the value of sharing and being a part of a team. With football being the number one sport played across Australia for all ages, it’s no surprise that it is the most popular sport for kids to undertake. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED AND MAKE THE CLASSES FUN? We carefully organise our sessions to cater for every individual class and age group. As children at this age have a smaller attention span, we are constantly changing activities and games to keep the children

engaged. Our enthusiastic coaches plan these sessions with a positive and motivated attitude! WHAT MAKES A GOOD PRESCHOOL SPORTS COACH? The perfect sports coach for me has to be enthusiastic, motivated, patient, and most of all - FUN!! AND THE BUSINESS IS FOR SALE! Yes! After almost 6 years of running this fantastic business I have decided to sell the business to focus on my studies moving forward and try my hand at becoming a school teacher. WHAT SORT OF PERSON WOULD IT SUIT? This business would definitely suit a stay at home parent, a young family or couple as a secondary income and a sports enthusiast who loves children. You don’t have to be football crazy to enjoy the magic of Little Kickers, just someone who is sporty and who has a keen interest in the welfare of children. This type of business is a rare opportunity in a region that bases itself around fitness and a healthy lifestyle. 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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hough a birthday party should be a fun event, it can often be stressful to organise. You want your little one to have a blast, but it not cost the earth. Who has the time and energy to organise food and activities? Then, there’s always the added pressure of needing a Plan B for wet weather! Well, stress no more because there’s a new games arcade on the Sunshine Coast, and it solves every parent’s birthday party dilemma. Perfect for kids ages 6 and up, Pixels Gaming Lounge is an arcade / barcade / gaming lounge / function space… and the kids will LOVE IT! The first level is wall-to-wall arcade fun, with arcade games, carnival style games, air hockey and more. Head upstairs and you’ll find the Platinum Gaming Lounge, with 16 TV screens, 7 Xboxes, 7 PS4s, 2 Nintendo

Switches, and stadium style seating so kids can play against their friends on the latest console games. Whether its Minecraft, Fortnite, Rocket League or Mortal Kombat, it’s the ultimate experience in kid’s gaming. Pixels offers two birthday party packages, depending on how long you would like. Both packages include, food and drinks, one hour of unlimited arcade games, plus arcade tickets for each guest. This added bonus means there’s no need to collect all those pesky arcade tickets or organise lolly bags, as each child will have tickets to choose something from the shop at the end of the party. Not looking for a birthday party yet? Pixels is fully licensed with dining that caters for the whole family, making it a must-do for school holidays, rainy days or weekends.

PARTY PACKAGES GAME ON 1 hour of unlimited arcade games Unlimited redemption games 200 tickets per guest 400 tickets for birthday child Dedicated party host Kids party food and drinks Duration 1.5 hours TWICE THE FUN 1 hour of unlimited arcade games Unlimited redemption games 200 tickets per guest 400 tickets for birthday child Dedicated party host Kids party food and drinks 1 hour in Platinum Gaming Lounge Duration 2.5 hours

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

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ccording to the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will end up working in completely new jobs that don’t even exist yet. Within the next three years, it is said that a fourth industrial revolution will result in massive advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and biotechnology. This provides much food for thought about the implications for the workforce and, for those in education, it is both an exciting yet daunting era. “There is certainly an increase in the use of technology across all industries and a need for people to be able to not only confidently 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

use technology but also develop and create new technologies as a means of finding solutions to issues and problems,” says Olivia Augustakis, Year 6 Teacher at Unity College Caloundra.

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

a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications. Most schools have introduced a STEM program in some form, an increasing number also including the Arts in that curriculum, as the Arts are proving to be just as important in the development of 21st century skills.

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“At Unity College, we acknowledge that STEM is more than just using an iPad or creating a line of code for a drone or device,” explains Olivia. “Instead, students learn mathematic, scientific and engineering skills and concepts and apply these to open-ended problems and tasks designed by the teacher or identified by the students.” There is a strong emphasis on allowing students to experiment with ideas and concepts and use creativity to solve problems. “Students are given the opportunity to work both collaboratively as well as by themselves, encouraging social skills and organisation,” Olivia continues. “The current programs are a blend of project based tasks as well as skill building, using the current Australian Curriculum. Time isn’t taken away from essential curriculum requirements, instead an integrated approach is taken.”

WHAT IS AN INTEGRATED APPROACH? STEM isn’t a stand alone subject, instead it is a vehicle that students can use in other

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

subject areas. Therefore, when planning lessons, teachers look across all subject areas, creating links between concepts and skills, identifying students’ needs and interests, and creating engaging, fun learning opportunities that develop knowledge and growth. “Technology in particular is a means of communication,” says Olivia. “Moving beyond traditional word processing and PowerPoint presentations, students can use apps to create videos and multimedia presentations to present work such as book reports, information reports and persuasive texts.” For example, students at Unity recently created mock online ordering apps as part of the Business and Economics strand in HASS (Humanities and Social Science) for the school’s co-op coffee shop, which is run by the senior High School VET students. These same skills were also transferred to Religious Education, where students created a guided meditation app for people to use, integrating

an interactive video and audio for users. “Technology has allowed our students to think outside the box when it comes to learning. It allows them to apply skills across a range of subject areas,” explains Olivia. “Students gather and present data when conducting science experiments as well as when understanding how resources are managed in Geography. They use visuals and oral presentation skills when sharing work in Literacy, use measurement skills as well as construction skills when developing a mini putt putt course in Maths and Health, creating activities designed at encouraging their peers to be active. Students test ideas and make predictions and judgements around the validity of their ideas. Using 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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STEM across a variety of subject areas encourages students to take a more hands on approach to their learning and as a result they are more engaged.”

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS Once seen as something only open to ‘extension’ students, many schools have now made the shift to providing a STEM curriculum to all students. “STEM programs, when done well, allow all students to draw on their strengths and creativity,” says Olivia. “Extension students can look beyond the problem and find multiple solutions, students who are having difficulty can use assistive technology to support their learning.” Likewise, STEM allows students to work collaboratively, with students being given the opportunity to work with and learn from their peers. “They are given the opportunity to learn from doing, forming their own connections and sharing their own ideas and approaches,” Olivia continues. “When students are given autonomy over learning and opportunities to express their own ideas and approaches, we

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and creatively explore the best way of solving these problems using the resources and technology available. Engineering is an industry with dramatic growth. With a drive towards positive changes regarding waste reduction and the better use and management of resources, can see their potential. Sometimes learners there will be a need for students to be able are inhibited by literacy and communication to find solutions to current and future difficulties, STEM allows students to use a problems, particularly relating to the range of skills and methods to share their environment and climate change.   work and understanding, making work “Employers want students to have the achievable for all students, confidence to identify and solve regardless of abilities. For problems, and to understand example, traditionally in maths, that sometimes the solution can EFFECTIVE STEM students are taught one way of be unconventional,” says Olivia. PROGRAMS solving a problem, STEM “Students need to be able to ENCOURAGE encourages students to communicate and explain their STUDENTS TO experiment with a range of ideas with others, as well as strategies and form conclusions IDENTIFY PROBLEMS listen to ideas and suggestions AND FIND VIABLE using creativity. Studies have and take these onboard. SOLUTIONS. found that students have “Students also need to show greater success when taking a initiative and address needs hands-on approach and making when they arise, rather than connections with their understanding.  waiting for someone to tell them what STEM also encourages students to take to do. Effective STEM programs encourage different approaches to their learning and students to identify problems and find think outside the box – a skill that is needed viable solutions. by all, not just extension, students.” “STEM should encourage creativity and allow students to safely explore SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE unconventional approaches to problems In such a rapidly changing world, it’s hard to and issues. It should assist students in say what the future will hold. One thing we developing their skills and understanding do know is that people in future jobs will concepts and, most importantly, it should need to generate solutions to new problems be hands-on and fun.” 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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As the Coast becomes the place for makers and creators, one school is tapping into this resource to grow the next generation of young inventors.

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nce a sleepy town, the Sunshine Coast is blossoming into a technology haven, with creators and tech start-ups choosing to make this little paradise their home. With such a wealth of talent on the doorstep, one school has ingeniously tapped into that local resource, and with a couple of highly skilled parents and the backing of a hard-working leadership team, their Young Inventors Program is now being recognised as one of the most forward thinking on the Coast. “We have a unique community partnership in which the skillset and commitment from the parents is amazing,” said Jane Lethlean, Academic Talent Teacher from Sunshine Beach State School. “They have a very strong belief in developing young tech talent locally. It’s about fostering that network for those kids coming through, so anything is possible here on the Coast – you don’t have to go to Brisbane or further afield to pursue your goals.” The Young Inventors group meets one day every week to undertake projects, excursions and workshops with local creators, regularly utilising facilities such as the innovative Peregian Digital Hub. “We recently visited Helitak, a local company that has developed a unique water tank that fits on the underbelly of various helicopters without modifications to the aircraft itself,” Jane explained. Students spent an hour with pilot, engineer, inventor and director Jason Schellaars, touring the manufacturing floor, learning about the design process, the use of 3D printing and advanced materials such as carbon fibre. 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

“It was great to see many of the topics covered in class during the school year being used in real life products, such as 3D modelling and controlling hardware through software code. With the recent bush-fires being so close to our community, this excursion was very timely.”

FOSTERING FAILURE

A large part of inventing and creating is taking risks. “A lot of kids don’t like to tackle something if they have a fear of getting it wrong,” said Jane. “So, our ethos is to just keep trying – knowing how to look for information and finding the solution for yourself.” This was evident when the Young Inventors were set the task to build robots for Year 1 to use. “It took them most of the term to work out the programming – we didn’t spoon-feed them the information, they had to work as a team to solve the problems.” This mindset of ‘failure is only one step away from success’ flows into the pedagogy at the school – the ‘how’ of teaching. “Traditionally, many children are in the

mindset that they have to learn,” said AilieMarie Single, teacher at Sunshine Beach State School. “But, if children know the purpose of why they need to learn something then they are more interested and motivated to do it – you’ll get better engagement, better outcomes academically, and this then flows onto better learning behaviours… so, it makes sense to do things differently.” The school also ensures that they role model this ‘risk of failure’ to students. “You don’t always know if a project is going to work,” said Ailie-Marie. “But, I think it’s important for the students to see us, as teachers, taking risks and stepping out of our comfort zone; not knowing the answer and having to research together. After all, that’s what we are expecting the children to do!”

INCLUSIVE AND INTEGRATED EDUCATION

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report on it. But, for many pose a question, and students find a teachers, technology is still solution), teachers are now delivering a style Learners a daunting subject and very of learning that provides better outcomes for create different to teaching Maths all learning levels. their own or English – after all, it “We really want to provide an inclusive mats for changes every day; what education – catering for all children, whether BeeBots. we know today will be working above level, at level, or below level,” different tomorrow. Ailie-Marie said. “STEM really offers that To support their teachers opportunity for inclusive education because through this transition, it is collaborative-based learning. You have Sunshine Beach State such a variety of thinkers together solving a problem. When you put those children that School runs a professional aren’t succeeding academically into a STEM development program and situation, where they are problem solving coaching cycle, in which the and working as a team, we often find they teachers become the are far beyond where you think they are. students – gradually They may not be able to complete a written releasing the content and task or present a presentation, but they are the pedagogy until the able to demonstrate their thinking or teachers are confident in the knowledge in other ways.” program. “By the end of the Ensuring the STEM program is available coaching cycle, the teacher to all students, even in their recreation time, has the knowledge and the school has used funding to create a empowerment to teach,” MakerSpace, which now offers a variety of said Ailie-Marie. “They see lunchtime activities, such as LEGO Masters, that it’s really not that difficult and, with Robotics, Chess Club, collaborative building these extra steps in professional and more. “Kids that want to come and have development, we’ve seen huge growth in a go in their own time can pop in at the classroom for both the teachers and lunchtime to get involved,” said Ailie-Marie. the students.” The MakerSpace will also be used for “Teachers also once had the notion that more classroom activities next year. The they had to have a robot or device to teach Sunshine Beach Academic Talent program technology,” continued Ailie-Marie. “So, also meets in the space regularly for their we’ve been doing a lot of unplugged extension sessions. activities – teaching computation thinking, “The MakerSpace is great for coding, algorithims with pen and “If learners our Academic Talent Program as paper and movement. It’s not it provides the perfect about having the shiniest aren’t engaged, environment for the teaching product, it’s about what to teach you need to team to facilitate and extend think differently and how to teach it.” those children that are working Being capable of facilitating about how you above level – because you want enquiry-based learning in the are delivering them to have that ‘Aha!’ moment classroom also broadens the education” for themselves,” said Ailie-Marie. opportunities for blending technology into all learning areas.

CHALLENGING THE TEACHERS

When it comes to technology, the kids are often one step ahead of the grown-ups. “The students see something new, they grab and run with it. They will come in the next day, having looked things up on YouTube, and they will be explaining things to the teachers,” said Ailie-Marie. “So, this a period of huge growth for teachers as sometimes the kids are teaching us… it’s becoming a really lovely partnership.” By the end of 2020, technology will be mandated in the Australian Curriculum, which means that from the start of this year every school must teach it, assess it and

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“We are starting to think smarter about how we deliver the curriculum and planning cross disciplinary units, explained AilieMarie. “Rather than an hour of Science or English, it is now an integrated unit. “For example, Year 2 students were recently given a BeeBot. They created their own mats – linking maths with spatial awareness and measuring. They then wrote a story to tell the journey and adventures of the BeeBot on that mat. Once completed, they gave the BeeBot and written story to another student and, from that information, that student needed to work out the algorithm to repeat the BeeBot’s journey.” With these programs in place, the pedagogy at Sunshine Beach State School is no longer about just teaching the facts to tick boxes on the curriculum, but more about where will this take their learners when they finish Year 6 or Year 12? What skills do they need to be a good human being and to function in society? The school is now teaching students to be producers and creators, rather than users and consumers. “A lot of these 21st century skills begin in those STEM situations – when you give empowerment to children and you become the facilitator,” said Ailie-Marie. “If learners aren’t engaged, you need to think differently about how you are delivering education and assessing it – as this is how partnerships between the teacher and the student evolves – and that is when the learners truly flourish.” 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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Screen time is a huge source of parental guilt. Well, kick the guilt to the kerb, because screen time CAN be a positive thing!

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

WHAT IS SCREEN TIME?

Before we go throwing all devices out the window, let’s look at the facts. Screen time isn’t just using mobile phones and iPads. It encompasses watching television, writing a letter on a laptop, playing a dancing game, racing cars on a gaming console and even K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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

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

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

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

IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE

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

CONTENT IS KEY

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

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


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SHOPPING WITH KIDS… SOLVED DO YOU STRUGGLE TO SHOP WITH THE KIDS? KAWANA SHOPPINGWORLD’S FAMILY

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ow that your kids have arrived, shopping trips are a completely different experience. Gone are the days of browsing the mall with all the time in the world, now your biggest concern is negotiating the pram through the toy and lolly aisles with the deftness of a ninja. Understanding the shopping challenges that young families face, many shopping centres have been working hard to offer parents a more pleasant shopping experience, including parent and pram parking and thoughtfully designed parent rooms. While these initiatives are certainly a welcome change,, one Sunshine Coast shopping centre has chosen to go above and beyond when it comes to family-friendly additions. Armed with a huge shopping list and nerves of steel, we took the kiddos along to Kawana Shoppingworld for a whole day (yup, a WHOLE day), to really put the busy shopping centre to the test.

SHOPPING Shopping is the primary reason why you are there, and Kawana Shoppingworld has every store you could want. There’s all the usual majors such as Big W, Coles, Best & Less, Cotton On, but you’ll also find stores such as Tree of Life, Platypus, Bed Bath N’ Table, Dusk and Collette by Collette Hayman. Being all on one level and under one airconditioned roof, it’s super easy to get around with the pram, and there are plenty of seating areas dotted around for pitstops. 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

PLAY Play spaces are an essential part of any shopping centre (how else will we stop for a cuppa?!). Kawana Shoppingworld has three play areas to choose from: one outside the entrance to Aldi, another next to Good Bean in the South Mall and one conveniently located in the Food Court. For the tweens and teens, the newly opened Planet Arcade is a great spot to keep the kiddos busy. It operates on a card system (no coins needed), which is much more manageable for kids. The new Event Cinemas has also been designed with families in mind, offering ‘Bring your Baby’ sessions (now including Gold Class sessions), bigger seats and even daybeds to chillax with the bambinos. Event Cinemas Kawana also has specials, such as the Weekend Family Flicks on selected Saturdays and Sundays where you can see great family films for just $6. Like a little luxury? Kawana Shoppingworld is home to the only Gold Class cinema on the Sunshine Coast.

FOOD A day at the shops demands a lot of snacks for little tummies (and grumbly mummies). The Food Court at Kawana Shoppingworld caters well for the hungry family. As well as the usual outlets popular with the kids, there are plenty of other tasty options including Guzman Y Gomez, Grill’d and Sushi Chain. If you want to dine in, there is a great selection of family friendly M A R C H / A P R I L 2020

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PARKING On busy days, parking at Kawana Shoppingworld used to fill up pretty fast. But since the new Entertainment Precinct opened up with its huge new multi-storey carpark, there is usually plenty of parking available. A big plus at Kawana is that it’s FREE parking, all day, every day. So, you will never feel pressured to beat the three-hour parking window. Yup, you can stay for the whole day!

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS No shopping adventure is complete without a nappy change or toilet-training dash, so decent parents rooms are critical. The Kawana Shoppingworld Parents Rooms definitely deliver – with features such as a microwave, lounges, change tables and parent/child toilets. You can find them near the Food Court and near the ALDI travelator.

Refuel at the family friendly Lone Star Rib House.

THE LITTLE EXTRAS The extras are where we find that Kawana Shoppingworld surpasses the usual shopping centre offerings. Kawana Shoppingworld’s complimentary nanny service is there to help while you shop, have your hair done or simply enjoy a cup of coffee. Enjoy some ‘me’ time and let the professional child minders do the rest, entertaining your kids in a fun and safe environment. A roaming service is also available (the Shopping Nanny accompanies you while you shop, to lend a helping hand). The free Shopping Nanny service is available Monday to Thursday, 9am to 2pm (excluding public holidays). You can find it located outside of ALDI. Book online at www.kawanashoppingworld.com.au. To further support local families, Kawana Shoppingworld introduced their Mums & Co club in 2018. Mums & Co is a local community for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and anyone that looks after little people. As a Mums & Co member, you will find out about exclusive events, receive special offers and automatically go in the draw to win prizes. Head to www.kawanashoppingworld.com.au/mums-co, where you will find everything you need to know about what’s available for parents in centre.

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WHERE ARE THE BEST STEM RESOURCES?

TRY THE LOCAL LIBRARY!

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o you still think of the library as a quiet place with shelves of dusty books and librarians saying ‘shush’? How times have changed! Today the local library is buzzing with activity and is one of the best (and FREE!) sources of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) resources available to local families.

WHY THE LIBRARY? A library’s role is to empower their community with access to knowledge and resources for lifelong learning. With the rise of technology in all facets of life, it is only natural that libraries now offer technology classes. From the very basics on how to use a computer (for seniors) to helping young clients learn how to code and master robots, there is a plethora of tech-tastic activities to get involved in. STEM is a core part of early literacy development. To support this, local libraries not only provide tech classes but also offer a huge range of arts-based programming that aids in building STEM knowledge. That story response craft after Storytime where your toddler uses feathers and bits of paper to

create a character? A simple session of gluing and sticking develops essential motor skills, creativity and even engineering skills!

SCIENCE Libraries host talks, allowing the community to gain new knowledge on anything and everything – from local wildlife to the science of kombucha brewing. The collections are full of scientific books on everything from astrology to zoology. There is something to inspire every young scientist.  

TECHNOLOGY Whether you are a senior who needs help accessing the Internet or a kid who wants to learn coding, the library runs sessions to suit all ages. They provide access to free WiFi, computer use, robotics and coding software and databases that allow the community to get connected and stay informed..

ENGINEERING

Thought that the LEGO building session your kids attended during the holidays was just an hour of entertainment? Nope, that’s engineering! School holiday programs in

libraries are generally designed to aid in children’s literacy development but also to develop other skills. Whether it’s building paper toys or creating a house from paddle pop sticks, the fundamental skills of engineering are being developed. If the kids are stuck for something to play with, the toy libraries are stocked full of blocks, magnets and all types of games to increase motor skill development in young children.

MATHEMATICS

When you think of a library, you often think of books and reading but did you know all forms of literacy are covered? Libraries stock loads of beginner maths books and resources that enable your little ones to develop and practice their numeracy skills via a book – all while having fun! Databases (yep, they’re available at the library) such as Literacy Planet and Busy Things offer sections on numeracy. Storytime also often involves counting the animals on the pages and the toy library is full of numeracy games that your kids will love! By Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RESOURCES AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY, HEAD TO LIBRARY.SUNSHINECOAST.QLD.GOV.AU

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Talk, read, sing and play with your child every day The first 5 years are forever.

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How do you do ‘conscious co-parenting’?

CONSCIOUS CO-PARENTING Is it right for you?

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o try and minimise the harm on their children, and themselves, many parents are now turning to concepts like ‘conscious coparenting’ after separation. “Having a discussion is the most commonly used process to resolve parenting arrangements in Australia,” says Kate Clark, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Mediator and Lawyer. “Conflict does not usually end when your relationship does. If you have children you are going to be in contact with each other and it really is in the best interests of everyone (when it is safe to do so) to work things out together. It will also save you from further heartache, stress and money. Parents that can sort out their troubles together can avoid worsening their relationship as well as the long, expensive trauma that litigation brings.”

“Talk with your ex-partner (without your children present) and ask: • How is parenting progressing post separation? • How is/are our child/ren coping? • How can we respectfully resolve parenting decisions together?” When you are discussing issues: • Try and approach every issue with respect, patience and grace. • Be mindful and compassionate towards your former partner and yourself. • Be specific and future focused in dealing with each topic/issue. • Ask yourself: Can I explain my concerns? Do I need more information? Can I be flexible? What options exist?”

Why is this best for children? “If you model respectful conflict resolution for your children, you will lessen the harm that separation can bring. You do not need to agree with everything the other parent does, but you should try and show your children that you trust the other parent’s capacity to parent. Speak well of the other parent and their supports. Keep the lines of parenting communication open between you.”

We tried talking – it didn’t work! “Now it is time to consider a facilitated discussion. Enlist the support of a Family Dispute Resolution mediator. The process is legislated and requires that the focus be on the best interests of children. The role of the mediator is to be an independent third party, encouraging focused facilitated discussions between you about the best interests of your children.”

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

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

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H E A LT H appropriate behaviour to fulfil the function, such as tapping an adult on the arm. A behavioural therapist might also look for gaps in a child’s development and teach them skills to fill those gaps. Having access to appropriate methods for achieving our wants and needs means that challenging behaviours no longer have any purpose.

What approach do you have? There are several approaches to behavioural therapy. I offer a holistic and intuitive approach that encourages natural play in a creative and nurturing manner. I utilise observation and creative implementation to help your child face any difficulties or challenges. This creative and intuitive playbased approach aims to nurture a child’s imagination, creativity and inner will. Using my behavioural observations of children, I focus on the development of a natural creative behavioural management system, which will assist children in interacting with their environment, families and peer groups. This will help each individual child reach their highest potential.

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Behavioural Specialist? Ever wondered what’s involved in visiting a Behavioural Specialist? We chat to Kasia Palko, behavioural specialist and early childhood educator, to find out. What is behavioural therapy? Behavioural therapy is still a relatively new practice in Australia, though it is widely recognised internationally. The role essentially involves bringing about positive changes to behaviour, through the development of behaviour plans and education. A behaviour therapist would have qualifications in psychology, social science or behavioural science, and will also have specialised training in applied behavioural analysis.

How does behavioural therapy work? Behavioural therapists teach a child how to behave appropriately to get what he/she

When do kids need your help? Children come to me following any number of situations that might have created behavioural problems. Common circumstances include: family breakdown and communication issues, grief and loss, trauma, parenting struggles, pre-school and school associated difficulties such as learning, structure, peer relationships, anxiety and emotional upset.

What path led you to working in this unique area of children’s services?

After a lengthy career in Sydney, working in curative education and social therapy needs. They also help to restore confidence, settings, I moved to the Sunshine Coast self-worth, independence and self-esteem to pursue my passion for children’s in a child. A behavioural therapist will work development and psychology. with the child to analyse the I am passionate about function or reason behind the “A behavioural contributing to the creative, challenging behaviour. From this, therapist will social, emotional and physical they will create a behaviour plan work with the development of young children, that will include how to manage child to analyse including those with special that challenging behaviour in each the reason behind needs, and about supporting environment. The behaviour plan the challenging and guiding children with will include techniques to reward behaviour.” developmental, emotional and encourage further correct and behavioural difficulties, responses. For example, if a child to bring about positive and lasting changes is biting to attract attention, the therapist to children and their families. will work with the child to choose a more

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

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RECIPE

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

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

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METHOD

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

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

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