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• Is Your Child Ready for School? • New School, New Attitude • Live to Learn - Learn to Live • Degrees of Importance

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Jan/Feb 2010

Contents

This Month’s

F O R FA M I LI E S O N T HE G O

Spotlight

®

4

Editorial Your Letters

5

News Cinderella Pantomine

An Interview with Mikey Robins

6

An Interview with Mikey Robins Back to School 8

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Spotlight

Is Your Child Ready for School?

10

New School, New Attitude

12

Live to Learn - Learn to Live

14

Holiday Activities to Set the Stage for Learning

16

Degrees of Importance Health

18

Help! My Kids Have Nits

20

Dance Magic

22

Careers What is an Engineer?

24

People in Focus If Something is Worth Doing, it is Worth Doing Badly... Rather Than Not at All!

26

Business Buying Kids Clothing Online Reviews

28

New Laptop & Book Bag

29

Improved Safety for Car Restraints

30

News Camp to Belong

31

Activity Zone

32

Reviews

34

Advertisers Index

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Editorial The seventh edition of ‘Get Ahead

I commend to you, our back to school

Kids’ has been our most successful

articles that include issues such as

issue in terms of editorial contribution

school readiness, the transition to a

and advertising takeup.

new school and the importance of a

We plan to grow by increasing

university degree.

our digital copies. To achieve

To all families who are preparing kids

this objective we’ve undertaken

for a new educational experience,

an extensive social marketing

I wish you success in all your

campaign and welcomed on

endeavours.

board our readership partners INParenting, PCYC and I Can Read. We are taking on board only three additional reader partners.

Maria Charlton Managing Editor P: 02 4929 7766 maria@mapmarketing.com.au

Thank you Mikey Robins, for adding sunshine and joy to our celebrity interview feature.

I enjoyed the article about school

‘Holiday Learning for Preschoolers

readiness and the importance of

3-6 Years Old’ provides heaps of fun

play. Having a four year old whose

things that i can do with the kids on

birthday is in April, the argument

the weekends. I often struggle to

of sending to school or not has

find crafty and arty things to involve

began and any guidance is helpful.

the kids in and this list was a great

Reading your articles on this matter

idea.

helps out in our decision making. Thankyou. S. Rutherford, Mayfield

S. Bridagrt, Cardiff South

I loved ‘A Kids Healthy Christmas’ article. It’s so easy to give in to what

I found the Get Ahead Kids

is easiest rather than what is best

Magazine in my local Library and

for the health of our children when

found the article ‘What Should

we parents are under so much

My Child Be Doing Before Starting

Christmas stress, rush and pressure.

School?’ to be very informative

Thank you for reminding me what is

providing new ideas for entertaining

most important at this time - happy,

and extending my 15 month old

HEALTHY children.

daughters and ideas for the future. This is an article that I will keep and

K. Willis, Raymond Terrace

revisit at times. N. Dalziel, Dora Creek

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News Left to right: David Grey as Buttons,

a l l e r e d in Pantomine C

Sandra Monk as the Fairy Godmother and Katie Wright as Cinderella.

Coming to Newcastle in January

This Cinderella will be slightly

2010 is the classic fairytale,

different; it is produced in the English

Cinderella.

pantomime tradition that originated

The production is being staged by Newcastle Theatre Company

in Greece but took off when it arrived on the English shores.

(NTC) and promises plenty of fun

Pantomimes are almost always

and interaction with lots of music

based on traditional children’s stories

and dance performed by a highly

and Cinderella is the most popular

experienced cast of local actors,

pantomime of them all.

singers and dancers.

The director, Arlene Richards, originally from England, is an expert on pantomime and a former Prince

The production of Cinderella comes

Charming herself! So it is only fitting

Using the modern facilities of the

complete with two very ugly step-

that she take on the challenge of

Hunter Theatre at the Hunter School

sisters; their equally nasty mother,

directing this mammoth task.

of Performing Arts, this extravaganza

the Baroness; and their hen-pecked

features special effects, dazzling

father, the Baron. We meet the

costumes, a top lighting design

beautiful Cinderella and her best

and music to delight all ages. The

friend Buttons.

production is sure to entertain both

You will see some local faces in the show including Tracy Ebbetts, Katie Wright, Brian Wark, Nicolette Black, Sandra Monk, Peter Bird, Stewart

Meanwhile the handsome Prince

McGowan and David Gubbay. The

and his servant Dandini have been

musical director is student Owen

NTC (previously Newcastle Repertory

told by his father, the Emperor, to find

Elsley. There will be over 50 people

Club) is a well respected company

a bride and bring the patter of tiny

on stage!

that has operated since 1957.

feet to the palace. A Ball is called

NTC normally performs for adult

and everyone in the Kingdom is

audiences in their 110 seat theatre in

determined to get a ticket, including

Cinderella Pantomine

De Vitre Street Lambton and are

Simple Simon; Mary Quite Contrary;

8th-23rd January 2010

busily building their new theatre next

and Old Mother Hubbard.

Hunter Theatre, Cameron St.

children and adults alike.

door to their current site.

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Spotlight

Mikey Robins is one of Australia’s best loved, intelligent, hilarious and most in demand entertainers. His career in both radio and TV has led him to become one of the most recognisable faces and voices in the Australian entertainment history.

An Interview with

Mikey Robins

What are your thoughts on school

What are your thoughts on the

education?

media hype surrounding child

I would say school is the best place to get an education. What value do you see in a University Degree? There are two main benefits of a University Degree. Firstly, to achieve in whatever academic training that

week in the gym, which I’ve actually learnt to enjoy. Also cooking and I

kid back before it was an epidemic.

keep threatening to take up fishing.

You could say I was ahead of my

What was your first job?

time. You could also say I really didn’t like the gym.

Secondly, spending time with like

Newcastle High and Newcastle

minded people pursuing the same

University.

workmates are still people I met in and around Uni.

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days I spend a couple of hours a

picking on the fat kiddies, I was a fat

Where did you go to school?

Many of my best friends and

Is lunch a hobby? Actually these

It makes me hungry. Look stop

will benefit your future.

goals.

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obesity?

What are your hobbies?

Please tell us about your family. I have been married for over ten years now to my wonderful and long suffering wife Laura.

I worked as a dish washer at a really posh restaurant. What are your career highlights? Seven years on Triple J doing breakfast as well as Good News Week also bits of writing for magazines like GQ and Men’s Style which although not lucrative are really enjoyable.


Spotlight

Left to right: The hosts of Good News Week, Claire Hooper, Paul McDermott and Mikey Robins.

What do you value most in life? Friendships. What is your most unforgettable personal experience? Probably losing over fifty kilos.

What is your best overseas

What advice would you give to

experience?

young aspiring comedians?

Gosh we love to travel but last year

Whatever you do, don’t listen to me.

a trip back to Hong Kong was our

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best holiday ever.

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The place has such an energising

What is your favourite Australian

vibe to it much like New York but the

destination and why?

food is much better.

Port Douglas - it’s relaxed, the diving is fantastic as is the fishing.

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Is Your Child Ready For

School?

By Dr. Jane Williams

Lots of children move into school

that indicates that nearly 26%

these areas simply by undertaking

apparently ready for the challenges

of preschool children have

a daily movement and sensory

that learning brings.

developmental problems that put

program.

But are you aware that up to 30% of children in our classrooms are not?

them at risk of learning difficulties at school.

But you don’t have to wait until your child is attending school. Give

A research study undertaken by

your baby, toddler and preschooler

Toddler Kindy GymbaROO, Tim

lots of opportunity to stimulate

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their brain through movement,

Council in Victoria (2007) showed

sensory stimulation and activities

that children with literacy, numeracy

and they will be one of the 60%

This has been backed up by a

and behaviour difficulties in their

developmentally ready for school

large Western Australia study

early school years improved in all of

on the day they start. Now wouldn’t

I believe that this is because children are not developmentally ready for the higher-order cognitive skills that academic learning demands.

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By The Time Your Child Is Of School Age

❑❑ Your child should have good conceptual awareness - this is

❑❑ Your child’s brain must be able to sort out and organise the sensory information coming into the brain from body - this enables a child to be able to visualise. Visualisation is needed to follow instructions; read, understand and write stories;

required for the understanding of concepts - up/down, in/out, and space/time awareness required for organisational skills

Dr. Jane Williams is a Director and

in the classroom, writing letters

General Manager for Research

and numerals, skipping and

and Education, Toddler Kindy

timing events such as catching

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or hitting a ball.

Lecturer at the School of Nursing,

recognise and spell words;

❑❑ Your child should have good

remember words to songs,

visual skills - focusing, eye

follow a rhythm; understand

teaming, distance calculations,

mathematical concepts. Poor

near to far and back again,

sensory organisation also affects

visual ability, convergence and

behaviour, concentration and

peripheral vision. Learning to use

organisational skills.

their eyes in these ways enables

❑❑ Your child must be lateralised this means your child has developed a preferred hand, necessary to know with which

reading, word recognition and many other visual skills in the

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classroom. ❑❑ Your child should have social

hand they write! It also enables

and emotional skills that enable

your child to independently

them to cope with busy and

use both sides of the body, be

noisy classrooms, to work in

able to cross the midline of the

groups and to understand and

body and have good hand-

follow instructions. Children who

eye coordination skills. These

are not emotionally ready for

are essential requirements for

the challenges of the classroom

reading, writing and playing

may withdraw from activity

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New School,

New Attitude By Shaunna Privratsky

The first day of school looms and

❑❑ Missing old friends. It is always

❑❑ Not enough energy to get

your child already feels anxious.

hard to lose friends, but you can

everything done. Eating regular

Your family might have moved,

make an effort to cultivate new

meals with lots of nutrition may

transferred, started at a brand new

friendships. Something as simple

not sound like fun, but it will fuel

school, started high school, or just

as being partners in science or

your body for the day. Avoid too

moved up a grade. The classes

sitting together at lunch can

many sugary snacks that give

are different, the rules might have

lead to new friendships.

you a quick boost, but drain you

changed and the homework is harder. Whatever the reason, you just know that your child is stressed out.

❑❑ Worried that no one will like you. Everyone has the same

later when you get a drop in blood sugar.

insecurities. If you make the first

A better snack is one that

move, the other person will most

mixes up the food pyramid; for

Many factors can lead to stress

likely be relieved and respond

instance, some peanut butter

at school. Here are some of the

enthusiastically.

on crackers with milk, yogurt

common reasons and ways to overcome them: ❑❑ Being in an unfamiliar

❑❑ Nervous about all the extra homework. When you are assigned many projects, it can

environment. We are all scared

be overwhelming. Break it up

of the unknown. As things

into doable tasks. The more

become familiar, the fear and

organised you are with your

stress will disappear.

study habits, the easier it will

and a granola cereal bar, mini pizzas, tuna melt on a tortilla, grilled cheese sandwich, or fruit, crackers and cheese with a smoothie.

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Back to School ❑❑ Being bullied or harassed by

❑❑ Stay in touch with old friends.

other students. This is frightening

You can keep your old friends by

and we sometimes think we

staying in contact and maybe

should handle it on our own.

introduce your new friends.

The best defenses are; telling someone, avoid reacting and standing up for yourself without becoming physical. Most schools have lots of coping strategies for bullying, so don’t suffer in silence. Here are some other ways to make life easier at your new school: ❑❑ Get involved. Join an activity

❑❑ Plan something to look forward to. You might make special plans for the weekend like seeing a movie with friends or relaxing at home. Anticipating something fun can help you get through a tough week at school.

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or another problem, it may be helpful to talk to a trusted friend or family member. Other times, you

way to make friends, since

may be more comfortable talking

they share similar interests. You

to someone who is not so close to

could pick sports, music, student

the situation. They might be able to

council, speech or debating or

give you a different perspective and

other clubs and activities that

some coping strategies. This could

your school offers.

be your school counsellor, school

when you make the first move,

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If you are still struggling with stress

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❑❑ Breaking the ice. Just like

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school can help you break out

Give your child time to adjust to

of old cliques and make new

all the changes a new school year

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friends. Ignoring broad labels

brings. Life will start to get easier as

can help you become a more

he or she becomes more familiar

likeable person and more open

with the school’s routine and makes

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Back to School

Live to Learn - Learn to Live By Dorte Bladt

Mick came in to see me at my

There are a couple of issues in this

Interestingly, this type of studying

chiropractic office a few months

scenario. One is to make the best for

and working will result in very poor

back. He had just finished his HSC

Mick in the short run, since the HSC

long term memory of the material

trials, and he was a very unhappy

was only a few weeks away. The

you are cramming. Research has

chappie.

other is to try to prevent ending up in

shown that to convert the studied

that same predicament again.

information from short term memory

“I studied very hard up to my trials,

to usable long term memory, we

staying up late and reading well

As the school year is about to start,

into the night. I was so stressed, and

let’s begin with the big picture first:

I really don’t think I have done very

Life is so busy! There are so many

Amazing things happen when we

well. Can you please help me so

things which need to be done, that

rest and sleep; our bodies heal and

I can concentrate better when I

we want to do, that we have to

renew and our brains sort and filter

study for the HSC?” This sounds so

get done; school assessments, tests,

the sensory input, as in what we

familiar doesn’t it? Whether it is trials,

quizzes, homework.

hear, see, read, feel, do and then

tests or projects at work, we all tend to procrastinate until we can’t any longer, and then cram at the end, knowing we will not perform at our best.

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On top of that are all the other important things in life such as family, friends, work, exercise, relaxation, rest, spirituality... So the start of the

store it appropriately for future use. So to be able to recall and use information in the right context we have to have more time to digest it.

year, before the routine sets in is a

Sometimes it is very helpful to do

great time to sit down and ponder

a repetitive movement while you

how we best fulfil all our needs

are trying to remember something,

and wants. Try to make a schedule

because the movement activates

where all these aspects are figured

other pathways in the brain, which

in.

basically means that you will

If you work Monday and Tuesday after school and have maths on • Exam stress & relaxation

need to have ‘down time’.

remember information both as a kinesthetic memory and a recall.

Wednesday, you will need to

For example, if you have to do

schedule in some time to study

times tables, spelling words, French

• Neck & back problems

maths maybe on the weekend,

irregular verbs or other rote memory,

• Variety of organic & systemic problems

because Wednesday morning will

try skipping while you say them

probably not be an option.

out loud. When you then have to

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If you have a big project due in week 7, schedule in some time to work on it for weeks prior to the due date, otherwise something else will have to give as you feverishly try to get it done at the last moment.

remember them in class or at a test and find it difficult, if you visualise you skipping, you will access your memory from a different perspective and the information will come back to you.


Back to School Regular exercise helps increase the

were affecting his concentration,

blood flow and therefore oxygen

attention and memory. The same

to the brain, which will help you

misalignment was responsible for

study more effectively. Exercise

the headaches he had suffered

has also been shown to increase

occasionally since a young child.

the hormone BDNF (brain derived

Misalignments in the spine can

neurotropin factor) which makes

affect the way the nerve system is

new nerve tissue. So if you can’t

working, and since the brain and

concentrate, prioritise your time;

nerve system control the function of

go for a brisk 15 minute walk, then

all cells, organs and systems in the

return to the desk and get the work

body, it is not hard to understand

done.

how Mick had not performed at his

The food you consume is also very

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So Mick received some specific,

and boring, and we often feel the

very gentle and comfortable

need for a ‘wake up’ nibble. We

chiropractic care, to which he

We both look forward to seeing how

generally will go for a sugar hit

responded very well. We helped

it all went. However, what would

because it gives us a short burst

him draw up a study plan, where

have been a lot better, would have

of energy. Unfortunately, after 15

he included time for exercise, work

been to have started this journey at

minutes, we get a sugar low, where

and fun as well. We discussed how

the start of the year, which is what I

we will feel tired and lethargic, so

to include some better choices for

am going to urge you to do today!

this is totally counterproductive.

study foods: water, nuts and fruit,

Standing up and walking to the

and lastly, we showed Mick how to

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sink for a glass of water is the way

do some brain stimulating exercises,

to go; both will stimulate the brain

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pattern.

concentration.

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Mick has done very well for these

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Back to School

Holiday Activities to Set the Stage for

L E AR N I N G

The long Christmas holidays mean

For holiday activities to be

additional investments for childcare,

educational, they need to be

time and cost of keeping young

experiential and involve children on

children entertained in a meaningful

an emotional level to develop:

way. Holiday activities planned on the run and under pressure can be taxing on your nerves and expensive on your purse.

• Literacy skills • Physical strength • Fine motor skills • Social skills • Music & movement

10 to Giveaway!

These same holiday activities can be less expensive if purchased in advance or as part of a group.

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Planned holiday activities are also more likely to be fun and educational.

Checklist ❑❑ Play Pretend Games Pretend games help to develop kids’ social skills, emotional stamina, creativity and discipline.

Many activities may have a nil cost,

Let them dress up as a favourite

for example a picnic in the park, trek

character! Let them pretend they

in the bush or day at the beach.

are mum or dad, a pirate, a zoo animal, their favourite superhero,

Daily holiday routine needs to be

an astronaut, a train driver,

planned to prevent boredom and

school teacher or doctor.

create an air of excitement for parents and kids.


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❑❑ Enjoy Craft Activities

❑❑ Outdoor Activities

School readiness skills can easily

It is important to build up

be fostered with colouring

physical stamina by keeping kids

in, spot the difference, word

healthy and active with outdoor

searches, drawing, join the dot

activities. There are numerous

and counting activities. There

options including swimming

are numerous craft books in

and surfing, martial arts, tennis,

supermarkets to make this task

throwing frisbees, shoveling dirt,

easier.

building sandcastles, racing,

❑❑ Use Rhymes, Song & Music

water play, planting seeds and plants, blowing bubbles, making

Young children love nursery

a bird feeder, skateboarding and

rhymes and songs, so make sure

bike riding.

you plan for these. Singing helps kids to develop better awareness of rhythm, rhyme, words and sounds. ❑❑ Cook with Children

❑❑ Keep a Scrapbook of Holiday Activities Buy a scrapbook and fill this up with memories such as tickets, brochures, leaves, flowers,

Children of all ages love to cook

sea shells, photos and other

and recipes are great resources

memento of the daily holiday

for following instructions, science,

activities.

fractions, and a sense of accomplishment. Mixing, stirring, and pouring are enjoyable

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Back to School

Degrees

of Importance This is a time of unparalleled growth

When he retired from the Wharton

According to results from a new

of students in Australian higher

School in 1986, Professor Russell

study of student engagement

education. University applications

Ackoff was cynical about the

released by the Australian Council

2009 have grown by 5.6% per cent -

contributions of a university

for Educational Research (ACER), a

the largest increase since 2002.

business education. Amongst other

third of Australian and New Zealand

The number of students in higher

things, he alleged that a business

university students seriously consider

education grew to 1,066,095 in 2008.

education gave students the

leaving their institutions before

vocabulary to help them speak

graduation.

Despite these escalating student numbers, some argue that most university degrees are totally

with authority on things they did not understand.

The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) reports that

irrelevant to the job environment

A degree improves occupational

this figure is underestimated as it

and may be a futile exercise in

status and income only if students

excludes students who have already

memorising facts. This viewpoint

choose the right courses. Research

discontinued their studies.

is supported by the large number

indicates that graduates in arts and

of students graduating in subjects

humanities subjects had among

totally unrelated to their job

the lowest earnings upon gaining

aspirations.

employment.

Others argue that a university

On the other hand accountancy

students reported that they are

degree is a piece of paper that may

graduates were earning about 40%

most likely to depart prior to degree

help students get a job because

more than them over the course of

completion.

it demonstrates the effort and

their lifetime.

determination required to get the paper degree.

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Science and agriculture students are the most likely to remain engaged through to graduation. Architecture, education and creative arts


Back to School The Graduate Pathways Survey,

Research conducted by ACER

conducted by ACER for the

backs up anecdotal evidence,

Department of Education,

revealing that the average university

Employment and Workplace

graduate earns 30% more than to

Relations, canvassed more than

someone with no tertiary education

9,000 bachelor degree graduates

or training.

five years into their careers and highlighted some key relationships between degrees and employment. This study highlighted that most bachelor degree graduates (about 90%) are in employment five years after completing their studies. Three quarters of graduates are in full-time work.

Tertiary education has a stronger effect on graduate incomes than socioeconomic background or ethnicity. The benefits of completing a degree are likely to be greater during an economic downturn, as employers are more inclined to use educational attainments as a

Undertaking paid work whilst

way of screening potential staff in a

studying for a degree has a positive

competitive labour market.

impact in developing graduate capabilities and vocational outcomes.

And all these go to indicate there are numerous degrees of importance in gaining a university

Men were more likely than women to participate in the workforce after five years of completing a degree. About 84% of males had full-time

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Help!

My Kids H

ave Nits

By Marzia Bettini, Full-time Working Mum.

The holidays have been great... no broken arms or illness. It has been weeks and weeks of fun and mayhem. Finally, the kids are back at school. I barely get to the office when the call arrives “This is

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the school nurse. I’m very sorry to inform you, but you need to pick up your kids. They have a head lice infestation” I reel in horror. My kids? Head lice? I’m a clean mother! My house is spotless! We’ve all been there...

Vol. 2 • No. 1 • Jan/Feb 10

Here are some facts that may help you understand, prevent and deal with the ever dramatic and persistent issue of nits. Although these sound revolting; tiny little parasitic insects that crawl around on human heads, feed on small amounts of blood that they draw from the scalp. They are truly a very common problem for kids of all ages, but are

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Some Facts • Lice are wingless, light to dark brown, with 6 hairy legs & all they can do is crawl • Head lice only live on human hair • They live happily in clean or dirty hair • They love everyone regardless of income level • They pose no health risk but can cause bacterial infections • Head lice transfer comes mainly from head to head contact • Head lice treatments may not kill all of the head lice • Lice lay eggs called nits, which are tiny brown/white flecks that can be mistaken for dandruff • Lice cannot be combed out as they stick to the hair shaft close to the scalp • Nymphs are juvenile lice & it only

especially prevalent for 3 -12 year

takes two weeks for them to

olds.

mature & lay their own eggs


Health

Checklist for Preventing Head lice

Head lice Quiz 1. You must tie long hair up when

❑❑ Keep long hair tied & stop kids

in contact with other children

from playing with each other’s

q True

hair ❑❑ Avoid sharing brushes & combs

2. Head lice can jump form head to head

❑❑ Wash out brushes & combs in hot water or medicated shampoo

Treatment Methods

❑❑ Instruct kids not share headbands & hats at school

• Chemical treatment use pesticides that kill the head lice. Over the counter preparations that you can purchase from chemists contain chemicals, which can kill head lice & their nits. Because the nits are encased in a shell, these may not all die at the same time.

q True

the nape of the neck and behind the ears

contact

q True

❑❑ Check regularly for head lice &

if you have head lice

❑❑ Wash bed linen, bed clothes, bed toys & towels in hot water

q True

are gone.

q False

5. You don’t need to wash or dry-clean items that have come

involves saturating the hair with with a nit comb until all the nits

q False

4. It’s OK to share hats and brushes

itching

washable

conditioner & combing through

q False

3. Head lice are usually found in

❑❑ Avoid direct head-to-head

❑❑ Dry-clean items that aren’t

• The conditioner method

q False

in contact with head lice

More Information

q True

www.health.act.gov.au

q False

Answers: 1. T, 2. F, 3. T, 4. F, 5. F

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Health

Dance

c i g Ma

Throughout history, people have

Edel Quin, Lucy Frazer and Emma

used dance to express emotions,

Redding research on “The Health

tell stories, treat illness, develop

Benefits of Creative Dance”

group bonds, celebrate life events,

UK (2007) indicated that creative

promote health, and communicate

dance increases the physical

with the divine.

and psychological well-being of

Nowadays, there are numerous

adolescents.

different types of dance styles

Research conducted by the

available to kids and their parents

University of Maryland (Horin 2008)

including rock n roll, jive, modern

showed that about 60% of kids aged

dance, ballet, tap and jazz.

from 9-12 led a balanced life with

Various research studies have attested to the physical, psychological, social, artistic and health benefits of the dance.

involvement in one or two activities, such as music lessons or a drama class. Kids not involved in any of these activities were shown to be relatively less socially mature and had a lower self-esteem.

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Health

Flair

Fun & Fitness

Physical

Social

On a purely physical level dancing

Dancing has a broad range of social

improves health, well-being,

benefits including improved body

co-ordination, and muscle tone. It

image, self-esteem, discipline and

also enhances the cardiovascular

communication skills. It reduces

system and strengthens the bones.

stress, fears and lessens the feeling

Young dancers develop a sense of

of isolation. Group choreography

balance; improve agility, posture,

fosters teamwork, trust and

poise and co-ordination.

co-operation.

Psychological

Artistic

Research indicates that mental

Moving creatively encourages

and emotional problems are often

self-expression, movement and

held in the body, in the form of

opens up new ways of thinking and

muscle tension and constrained

doing things. Other dance benefits

movements. Dancing relieves

include; it sparks imagination and

muscle stiffness, reduces anxiety,

develops creativity. Involving kids

chronic pain and depression. It has

in dance trains them in the basic

been demonstrated as the only

elements of creative movement,

physical activity to improve brain

including timing and rhythm.

function.

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Careers

What is an

Engineer ?

An engineer is essentially a problem solver, an inventor and a designer. Engineers use science and technology as tools for solving problems. Engineers identify a problem or need then seek information before brainstorming solutions. They then design and create components or products before testing to reach a solution. If needed, adjustments are made to make a product useable.

What Do Engineers Do? Engineers use mathematics and science to design, build, create, maintain and improving

Engineering is made up of many different disciplines. The disciplines offered at the University of Newcastle include:

components from the latest high

• Chemical Engineering

tech materials, to bridges and cars.

• Civil Engineering

Engineers are behind the science of most areas of modern life. Some types of engineers are involved in the maintenance, testing and quality improvement of existing technologies. Other types of

• Computer Engineering • Computer Science • Electrical Engineering • Environmental Engineering • Mechanical Engineering

engineers are involved in the design

• Mechatronics Engineering

and creation of new products and

• Mining Engineering

technologies.

• Software Engineering • Surveying • Telecommunications Engineering

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Careers

Engineering in Our Lives The work of an Engineer is used by us every day and we come across engineering everyday in our lives. The toothpaste tube you use is very carefully engineered. The wizbang toothbrush you smear your toothpaste onto was engineered, and there are new innovations for those coming out all the time. When you cook toast in the morning, the toaster was engineered. Even the bread is engineered to increase the life of the food and ensure it stays fresh and free from bacteria for as long as possible. These days many engineers are employed to find better and more energy efficient ways to do things. They are trying to make electricity that doesn’t cause as much pollution as it currently does. They are also trying to find ways to dispose of waste that won’t poison the planet or spread disease.

Engineering offers a whole range

Engineers MAKE IT SO

of options and career choices. Because it is such a vast and complex field, it gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests you. Few career paths offer such exciting and rewarding opportunities like engineering.

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People in Focus

If Something is Worth Doing,

it is Worth Doing Badly…

Rather Than Not at All! By Natalie Burgess

These words still strike a chord with

The situation was an examination

On my final attempt I was eventually

me. My name is Natalie Burgess and

due to be sat-a two hour paper

able to speak to my professor at the

I had an experience a few years

as part of completing my BA with

University of New England. She told

ago that led me to use this advice

distance learning at the University

me that notification had been sent

when I would have least expected

of New England. I assumed the

out advising that the venue for the

to do so.

exam was to be conducted at the

examination had changed and was

usual venue, St.. John’s College

now at a club in Lambton. I asked

in Maitland only to find the venue

her if I could be granted some extra

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locked.

time but the response from her was

I could find was a groundkeeper,

I just had to make my way as quickly

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who said there were no

as possible to the correct venue.

I looked around and the only person

examinations planned for that day. I didn’t know what to do.

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Lambton is a good 30 minutes away from Maitland so with no further

I had arrived early but the time was

ado I jumped into my car and got

already nine o’clock - the time for

there as fast as I could. On arrival at

the start of the exam.

the examination room after parking

I did not have my mobile with me

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a kindly, “Unfortunately not”.

so I had to jump into the car and look for a payphone. I found one at the local Post Office and started desperately to contact anyone who could assist me.

my car I noted to my horror that one hour forty five minutes of the allocated two hours for the paper had been lost. Five minutes reading time then I was left with ten minutes to complete a two hour paper. In all but blind panic my mind sped back to the days when I was a student at Passmores’ Business and Management College.

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People in Focus

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Maitland Christian School The wise words of the Principal,

hard work, I had been a distinction

Duncan Passmore, rang in my ears.

student thus far. I thought this was

“If something is worth doing, it’s

going to be my first fail. I opened

worth doing badly...rather than not

the result and, believe it or not, I had

at all”. And, secondly, “In an exam,

earned a ‘Pass’ for my efforts.

if you have no time and several tasks to complete it is better to do a little of each question than miss out any task completely”. So although there were three questions requiring lengthy answers my modus operandi was to inform the marker that I knew what I was talking about. So my random thoughts were splattered down onto the paper as quickly as they could be - as bullet points, allowing five minutes for each. As I penned the last bullet point

The end result was a credit average towards my degree for the subject Tourism and Recreational Leisure. From time to time I still mentally revisit the wisdom learned at Passmores’ about exam techniques a little prone to anxiety and panic attacks I bear testimony to the words “If something is worth doing,

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Business

s e h t o l C s d Buying Ki

e n i l n O

Now, more so than ever before,

As kids get grubby and dirty more

families are budgeting for kids

often, buying in bulk makes great

clothing. Buying kids clothes online

sense! An additional drawcard is

means families can buy unique

that kids clothing fashions are fairly

clothes that look better and last

constant, which means that you can

longer.

buy more in different sizes especially

More and more parents are part of

if clothes are in neutral shades.

the growing online buying trend for

Some argue that kids don’t really

kids clothing because this buying

require fashion clothing at such a

method is faster, more convenient

young age! But a close look at kids

and cost effective.

websites show that these can be

Modern mums are time poor and no longer have the luxury of travelling

bought at discount prices if you know where to look.

from store to store. As well as saving

One of the best sites for finding

time, mums want to save money

discounted kids clothing is

on petrol, parking, and those

www.ozsale.com.au. This online

unplanned purchases to appease

business ships anywhere in Australia

demanding kids.

and replenishes its offerings on a

In isolated country areas, mums find it difficult to get to shops. But, with the introduction of online shopping and home delivery, country kids can look trendy and chic, dressed in latest fashions.

daily basis. But, if you want to get the best deals, you need to visit online sites early in the morning every day. New items come in every morning and these don’t last for long. Before embarking on your online adventure please take a little time to get planned and informed on online shopping.

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Buying Online Checklist ❑❑ Make a list of what you want to buy, the sizes & colours ❑❑ Set yourself a budget ❑❑ Shop in sites with secure payment facilities ❑❑ Buy from reputable online sites ❑❑ Use sites that are easy to navigate ❑❑ Spend in sites with a simple checkout process ❑❑ Ensure that before, during & after sale communication is clear ❑❑ Online sites need to state shipping & the costs of shipping ❑❑ Check returns policy

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Reviews

New

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Created with students in mind, the

It has been designed to drape

fLAPTOP is a laptop and book bag

across the body leaving your hands

that is ideal for teenagers, business

free. The weight is spread across the

executives, travellers and mums who

upper torso and hip which makes

want to combine work files and a

it very comfortable to wear. The

handbag in one bag.

fLAPTOP can also be carried over

Launched in 2009, the fLAPTOP

the shoulder and by the handgrip.

comes in five vibrant colours of

The innovator of the fLAPTOPs has a

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background in business and event

Green, Chocolate Brown and

management as well as home

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styling.

Mrs Sally Gulson, the entrepreneur

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Improved

Safety

for Car Restraints As car accidents are the number one cause of children’s deaths, car safety is a very real concern for all parents. The Hurphy Durphy was designed and developed to offer parents peace of mind that the child’s capsule or restraint remain safe and secure. Imogen Mirmikidis, Inventor and Managing Director for the Hurphy Durphy, was inspired to invent the Hurphy Durphy after a terrifying experience involving her son Jasper, who was one-year-old at the time. The seatbelt securing his baby capsule was accidentally released whilst the car was on a busy freeway travelling 100 kilometres an hour.

Made from neoprene and plastic, the Hurphy Durphy is suited to both front release and top opening seat belt buckles. Once fitted, it can be removed easily by adults but is

Imogen became aware that her son

virtually impossible for children to

was swinging across the back seat in

unfasten, due to the use of heavy

his unanchored car restraint.

duty Velcro®.

Terrified at the thought of what

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accident, she commenced an

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News

Camp To Belong Imagine you didn’t see your brothers

week together at no cost to their

They visited the beach, used the

or sisters when you were growing

families. It is through a camp called

on-site waterslide every afternoon,

up. That you didn’t know they had

Camp To Belong.

shared a communal birthday party,

broken their arm, that they had won an award at school, or know that their favourite colour was blue.

Camp To Belong is a weeklong residential camp that brings together brothers and sisters

made memory books of the camp and exchanged specially made travel cushions to keep as reminder of their absent sibling.

This is the reality for thousands of

between the ages of 7 to 17 years

children and young people who

who have been separated through

From 3rd-8th January 2010, Lifestyle

live in out-of-home care in Australia.

no fault of their own and placed in

Solutions will be running the second

About 28,000 children and young

separate foster homes throughout

Camp To Belong to be held in

people in care approximately 75%

NSW. It ran the first camp outside

Sydney, at The Collaroy Centre

of these are separated from at

the USA in January 2009 at Cataract

predominantly for indigenous

least one sibling. They don’t share

Scout Park near Campbelltown,

children.

family holidays, birthday parties or

Sydney.

have the opportunity to have a relationship with their brothers and sisters.

Lifestyle Solutions also plans to

Thirty four brothers and sisters from

conduct Camp To Belong in

South West Sydney were reunited for

Brisbane, Hobart, Perth and Sydney.

seven days of fun, excitement and

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Lifestyle Solutions is a not-for-profit

reconnection. Activities ranged from

organisation that provides the

caving to building and driving billy-

Lifestyle Solutions

opportunity for these children and

carts, from riding the flying fox to

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young people to spend one full

taking helicopter rides.

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The Goblin and the Empty Chair Authors:  Mem Fox,

Leo & Diane Dillon

A goblin has such frightful facial features that he covers his face so

The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler

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Age Guide: 4-6 years

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Extent: 32 pages (Hardback)

in the cover of darkness. He thinks

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nobody is watching, but in secret he

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draws you in, as Toby Chrysler

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Author: Paul Collins

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This is a touching fairytale that deals with hardship, physical deformity,

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mother. Partnered with Ginger, a young girl whose father is missing, he devises a plan to find their missing parents.

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death.

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ideal for any kid who has ever felt socially unaccepted or rejected.

Conspiracy 365

Conspiracy 365.

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Age Guide: 12-16 Years

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ISBN: 9781741690330

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Publisher: Celapene Press

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him but who are they and why are

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Author: Dr. Gordon Winch MA Me Phd The Conquering Comprehension

and upper years of primary school.

Wales Syllabus but can be used effectively in all Australian states.

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The Primary Grammar Dictionary

a variety of literary and factual text

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dictionary have been written by

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Dr. Gordon Winch who was

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answers to questions in the text

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