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EDUCATING FAMILIES ON THE GO
Physical Education Special Movement & Learning for 0-5 Year Olds Sports & Physical Participation Body Image Family Fitness
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An Interview with
What do you consider the best
What are your thoughts on the
physical activities for families to do
media hype surrounding child
Games! Everyone loves to play
I don’t believe that it’s hype! You
bike riding, cooking, listening to
games including tennis, touch
can’t fight with statistics. We are one
music, reading books and watching
football, beach volleyball or cricket.
of the fattest nations in the world per
What advice would you give to encourage parents to raise physically fit and healthy kids? Be a role model. Your children will watch and imitate you. Be someone who sets a fantastic example of how to live a healthy, energetic life. It’s the best gift you can give your children. How can parents motivate their children into becoming physically
getting really sick. Type 2 Diabetes
When I am not exercising and working I love horse riding, motor
What was your first job?
is now hitting kids as young as 8 and
In Barbara’s House & Garden at
9!! It’s outrageous!
There is simply too much food
What are your career highlights?
available. Our diet is too high in refined carbohydrates, fat, sugars, and there’s too much salty food available and the meal portions are too big.
• Australian Fitness Leader of the Year 1996 • Fitness Expert on Mornings with Kerri-Anne Kennerley • The Biggest Loser trainer
It’s just got really out of hand! The
• Publishing three books
only people who can change this
‘Crunch Time’, ‘Crunch Time
are parents. But I have to say that
Cookbook’ and ‘Michelle Bridges’
Again by being the role model
in my line of work, I find that if Mum
Australian Calorie Counter’
and taking the lead. It’s about
and Dad are overweight, then all
building regular habits and being
the kids are too and so are the
consistent. Perhaps they can do
family dog and cat!
What do you value most in life?
Everyone is eating too much and
a sport together or do some basic training together such as laps of the pool, a jog around the block or going for a bike ride. Your kids are your responsibility; so it’s up to you as a parent to give them a healthy start in life. And, you will get fit and healthy too! What examples can parents set for their children to encourage them to be physically fit? Be involved in a sport! Do some form of physical training everyday that they can participate in or at least they are seeing you and the way you live your life. They are more likely to follow in your footsteps.
capita and Australian children are
What are your hobbies?
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no one is moving more. In fact Australians are moving less and less. I am really worried for our nation’s health. Where did you go to school? New Lambton Primary, Lambton High and Nelson Bay High Please tell us about your family. I have a small family! Just me, my husband and my dog Paddy! We are all exercisers though!
• Publishing three fitness DVD’s
What is your most unforgettable personal experience? Learning how to accept everyone for who they are. What is your favourite Australian destination and why? I love Byron Bay; we went there for our honeymoon so it holds a special place in my heart.
What is your best overseas experience?
Biography In today’s weight conscious society
Crunch Time is about how one can lose weight fast and keep it off. It is divided into three main sections -
Paris is a city I adore as is New York.
where childhood obesity, meal
I also love the ease of Bali. It’s so
replacements and lap band surgery
warm and heavenly.
are common conversations, the
On top of her many television
uncluttered message delivered
commitments, Michelle is never
by Michelle Bridges is a refreshing
far from front of mind with regular
features in magazines and on radio,
What do your books contribute to family fitness? My books give families ideas on training at home, how to clean out the kitchen and great yummy meals
Best known as the straight talking red team trainer of Channel Ten’s
Get real - Get moving - Get cooking.
and plays an active marketing role in all her programs and books.
The Biggest Loser, Michelle mixes
She has been an ambassador for
her tough love message with
Adidas Women Australia since 2007
heart warming compassion and
and was the face of their 2009
understanding. Her endearing
campaign. She has also been an
Michelle’s Tips To Get In Shape
qualities and positive messages
ambassador for the National Heart
have captured the hearts and minds
Foundation and the RSPCA since
• Think of training as an everyday
of all Australians.
2004 and is working with CanTeen in
for everyone! It will inspire you and your family to be the best they can be!
event similar to taking a shower • Avoid ‘paralysis by analysis’ - put your joggers on & get out the door • Start & maintain a healthy eating plan • Make the time for training 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, 30 minutes there
Her books include: • ‘Crunch Time Cookbook’: 100 Knockout Recipes For Rapid Weight Loss • ‘Crunch Time: Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off’ • ‘Michelle Bridges’ Australian Calorie Counter’ Michelle’s book ‘Crunch Time’ blasted to number one on Penguin’s best seller list across all genres.
their healthy lifestyle initiatives. Michelle also takes her message to schools, corporations and community groups, inspiring and educating school children and executives alike. Last year Michelle was one of the contestants in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.
More information www.michellebridges.com.au
Movement & Learning
for 0-5 Year Olds By Dr. Jane Williams
Eleven month old Jill is always on the go - climbing the stairs, pulling herself up onto the furniture and creeping into every available space in the house. Her busy body was exploring the world around her, saturating her senses, feeding her brain with lots of information from her eyes, ears, hands, feet, muscles and skin. While her movements may still be clumsy she is not only learning to move, but she is moving to learn.
What Happens If Babies & Young Children Do Not Move? Children who have not had the opportunity to move a lot as infants may be placed at risk of later school learning difficulties. Growing research points to the link between learning difficulties and movement. This link has to do with how the brain develops and the skills a baby develops as he moves -
Importance of Movement for Babies & Young Children
young babies who move are able
Infants and young children need
to inhibit the involuntary, inbuilt reflexes that are designed to help a
to move. It is one of the important keys to later learning. Moving
Once these reflexes are inhibited
stimulates the development of the
the babies can learn to control
brain in many ways. When babies
body movement and stimulate
are born, their brain is a mass
higher levels of brain function -
of millions and millions of mostly
levels that are important for the
unconnected nerves. Emotional,
accomplishment of complex skills
sensory and movement experiences
that are required for learning at
that an infant and child have
school. Toddlers are refining the
stimulate these nerves to connect,
movements of their bodies, learning
and this allows information to flow
to balance and improving hand-eye
smoothly and quickly between the
and eye-foot coordination.
body and the brain, and around the brain. The more stimulation these nerve pathways receive the more consolidated they become - eventually transforming from disconnected tracks to superhighways that efficiently and rapidly zoom messages throughout the brain and to and from the brain to the body.
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Lots of movement in the toddler years brings with it the opportunities for both sides of the brain to work together, so that by three years of age the young child is able to engage in more complex movement skills, cross-pattern actions, throwing and catching with a preferred hand, refined handeye coordination, smooth running, jumping, hopping, skipping and marching. These movement skills stimulate the higher order centres of the brain that are important to academic learning. As the child is able to engage in movement experiences the message superhighways in the brain develop and the child is able to perform more and more complex tasks.
What Fathers Can Do To Help Babies Babies need tummy time to really get going. Babies are born with inbuilt reflexes, some of which help a baby push forward - but to do this,
During this time the brain is working
they must be on their tummies while
as two separate sides – this means
they are awake. Baby’s who spend
both sides of the body like to do the
lots of time on their tummy have
same thing at the same time - just
stronger heads, necks and shoulders,
ask an eighteen month child to hold
move earlier, are more content
out his hand for a treat - both hands
as they don’t rely on parents to
entertain themselves and are stimulating their brain through their senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight and balance.
Physical Education Get your baby used to tummy time
❑❑ Encourage your toddler to hang by
from as early as five days after birth.
his hands to strengthen shoulder,
Lay your baby on your own body,
neck & back muscles. You can just
across your legs and over your arm
use a broom handle for this.
in the tummy position. You can do
❑❑ Dance with your toddlers - they
this while you watch TV or are resting
love moving & grooving to the
on the couch!
beat! - bobbing, turning, clapping
❑❑ Take your baby for a walk in the pram - over bumpy paths as well as smooth. If your baby is awake, lie her on her tummy. She can strengthen her neck & shoulder muscles as she responses to the bumpy ride! ❑❑ Once babies are over four months of age dad’s are
& running. ❑❑ Play ‘topsy turvy’, swinging, rolling, tumbling games to help their
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Pre-schoolers (3-5 years)
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❑❑ Go for walks - these provide opportunities to balance along lines on the footpath, along gutters,
to have an inbuilt understanding
on low brick fences, run, jump & skip. ❑❑ Provide lots of opportunities to
lowered, or to be spun around
climb, roll, swing tumble, go upside
while wrapped tightly in dad’s
down, run, jump, hop, skip &
❑❑ Once babies are crawling &
Lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, James Cook
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Toddlers need lots of opportunities
skills & muscle control.
to explore. Their energy and enthusiasm for movement need only be curbed for safety concerns - this is the age where they really get out there and discover! ❑❑ Visit your local park regularly they love running up & down the grassy slopes, swinging & spinning,
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Family Fitness By Christine Atkins
Regular physical activity is essential
Inactivity and long periods of time
This rise in the number of overweight
in the attainment of health and
spent in passive pursuits including
children is disturbing because it
wellbeing. Participation in fitness
electronic games, the Internet
causes health problems and can
activities promotes good health,
and television viewing are major
lead to social problems. Training kids
improves metabolic quality and
contributors to increasing childhood
to take charge of their fitness and
obesity problems amongst kids.
adopting healthy food choices are
According to a study conducted
The number of overweight children
by the University of Michigan Fitness
in Australia has increased as one
Research Center, family life is
in four kids is now considered
An enjoyable family fitness program
probably the single most influential
overweight. About 5-6% of kids are
can add health benefits, diversity
factor in kids’ health habits. By
classed as obese.
and richness in all family members.
Apart from lack in physical fitness,
establishing a healthy role model, your kids are given the opportunity to create lifelong healthy habits at an early age that they can make use of for rest of their lives.
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unhealthy food choices and unwise family eating habits are considered the major causes.
first steps in achieving control and direction over their lives.
• Concentrate more • Are sick less often • Are more productive
Exercise can help to: • Improve circulation • Reduce blood pressure • Reduce stress & tension • Reduce cholesterol & blood fats
Exercise also: • Helps maintain weight & counteracts obesity • Reduces the risk of joint injuries • Increases muscle & tendon
strength • Exercise simply makes you feel good!!
Family Checklist ❑❑ Parents need to be role models to their kids
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❑❑ Have a good exercise program
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❑❑ Start exercising slowly & build up
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❑❑ Avoid being discouraged if you
life through greater fitness and
don’t see results immediately ❑❑ Record any fitness sessions in a diary to see progress ❑❑ Stretch before & after every session
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improved body image, which leads to greater confidence and higher levels of achievement in all areas of their lives. Since 1984, Body & Mind 2000 has managed the staff gym at the Kurri Aluminium Smelter.
❑❑ Commit yourself to fitness
of the progress of all participants
❑❑ Drink plenty of water
nutrition. Comprehensive records
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fitness, flexibility, strength and
❑❑ Make a schedule for fitness
perspective and include physical
❑❑ Set achievable & realistic goals
and developed from a holistic
All programs are designed
❑❑ Determine your current fitness
are maintained to keep them motivated through awareness of their achievements.
Studies have shown that many teenage girls have distorted perceptions about their bodies perceptions which are shaped by the ‘beauty ideal’ presented to young women through various media sources - television, magazines and the Internet. The 2008 Mission Australia National Youth Survey (45,000 people) identified body image as the top ranked issue of concern for young people. Kids come in all shapes and sizes. It is
Body dissatisfaction is widespread in
important for parents to appreciate
Australian adolescents - 75% of high
and celebrate the diversity in their
school girls desire a thinner figure
kids’ physical appearance as well as
that the one they have (Durkin et
al, 2005) and 50% of high school
Many kids worry about what they look like and what others think of
boys are dissatisfied with their body (Pope, 2001).
them. They may perceive they are
According to the Eating Disorders
too fat, too thin, too tall, too short,
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and many more negatives.
disorders affect about 10% of young
Body image is how kids perceive, think and feel about their physical body. This perception may not be based on truth, but kids accept it as the truth. Kids who are dissatisfied with their body image and embark on extreme diets are often likely to also suffer depression and a variety of esteem issues that may include
women and 1% of young men aged 14-24. Anorexia is the third-most common disease in Australia for females aged 15-24.
Self-esteem is all about how kids feel about themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. A kid with high self-esteem makes friends easily, is in control of his/her behaviour and enjoys life. For many people, especially those in their early teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. That’s because as kids develop into teens, they care more about how others see them.
Parents Need to Be Role Models ❑❑ Show a healthy relationship with food as kids learn eating behaviours from you ❑❑ Become aware of your own attitudes about body weight & shape ❑❑ Avoid crash diets & warn your kids about the dangers of crash dieting ❑❑ Accept your own body size & shape ❑❑ Avoid negative comments about
The image of beauty presented
other people’s body sizes &
in the media especially to young
women is unrealistic as they compare themselves to images that have been digitally altered and manipulated.
moodiness, suicidal thoughts, anger
If you suspect that your kids have
a negative body image you can consult your doctor, guidance counsellor, community health centre, a practising dietician or psychologist.
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Why Are Self-Esteem & Body Image Important?
❑❑ Plan for regular family physical activity ❑❑ Discuss media messages & images that promote unrealistic beauty messages ❑❑ Provide healthy food choices & snacks ❑❑ Expect kids to take responsibility for good nutrition
Physical Education Research School Culture ❑❑ Make sure your kids’ school has an effective anti-bullying policy ❑❑ Monitor peer influence in school, on the internet & in social settings ❑❑ Ensure that school culture nurtures individuality In July 2009, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) launched the Cybersmart Schools Gateway. This
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Encourage Kids to Adopt Regular Exercise ❑❑ Emphasise fitness, health & enjoyment as the major reasons for exercise ❑❑ Encourage kids to take up a team sports ❑❑ Focus on planned physical activity to help kids maintain a healthy body weight ❑❑ Be cautious of kids’ activities that
In 2009, The Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, accepted an advisory report to help the Australian Government tackle negative body image. The Proposed National Strategy on Body Image, which includes a voluntary Industry Code of Conduct, was developed by the National Advisory Group on Body Image. This report encourages advertisers, the media and the fashion industry
emphasise thinness - gymnastics -
to promote more positive body
image messages. It incorporates a
Build Kids’ Self Esteem ❑❑ Encourage individuality of thought & opinion ❑❑ Provide strategies for kids to handle peer pressure ❑❑ Train kids to be assertive ❑❑ Listen to their concerns about body shape & appearance ❑❑ Avoid teasing kids about their weight, body shape or looks ❑❑ Focus on building kids’ personality & talents ❑❑ Discuss the role of genetics in shaping kids’ physical body ❑❑ Discuss how digital image manipulation sets unrealistic body
Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image which recommends using healthy weight models, realistic and natural images of people and disclosure when images of people have been digitally manipulated.
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The remainder, approximately 5.5 million reported that they did not participate in any such activity in the 12 months before the interview.
Most Popular Activities While there are a great variety of sports and physical recreational activities that people participate in, the ten most popular activities accounted for 76% of participation in 2005 -06. Walking was the most commonly reported physical recreation activity among Australians. Walkers also accounted for over half of those who participated in sports and physical recreation more than twice a week. Aerobics/fitness was the second
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most popular activity, with 13% of the population aged 15 years and over participating. Swimming, the third most popular activity, had a participation rate of 9%. About 6% of the total population
Regular physical activity is important
Data derived from the 2005â€“06 ABS
participated in cycling and a
in reducing the risk of chronic
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further 6% played golf. Unlike the
diseases, such as heart disease and
focuses on the characteristics of
top three activities that female
stroke, obesity, diabetes and some
participants as well as the main
dominated, these tended to be
forms of cancer.
motivators for involvement and
The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, preferably every day of the week, to obtain health benefits. Health related campaigns focus on promoting activities such as walking, as this is likely to benefit all age groups and minimise risk of injury.
the main constraints given for not participating in physical activity.
Participation Rates In 2005 - 06, 10.5 million Australians aged 15 years and over (66%) took part in sports and physical recreation.
Males also had higher rates of participation in running, soccer and cricket, while women were more active in netball, yoga and dancing.
Characteristics of Participants Factors that affected participation included high household income,
About 4.7 million of these Australians
having a post school qualification
regularly participated more than
and family type.
twice a week and about 5.8 million participated up to twice a week.
In 2005 -06 Survey, the participation rates for sports and physical recreation were higher for the younger age groups.
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Physical Education Participation rates declined with
One of the strongest associations
For those who participated more
increasing age, with the lowest level
with participation rates was
than 12 times within the 12 month
(49%) being reported for those aged
education level. Australians
period before interview, the majority
65 years and over.
with tertiary qualifications had a
of people (5.2 million) reported
participation rate of 81%, relative to
health and fitness as the most
59% for those whose highest level of
common main motivator.
People born overseas in the main English speaking countries had the highest rate of participation, with 72% reporting participation in 2005–06.
attainment was Year 12 or below.
Constraints & Motivators
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For those who did not take part,
Employed people had a much
or who reported participating 12
higher overall participation rate
times or less in any sports or physical
(72%) than those who were not in
recreation in the 12 months before
the labour force (55%).
interview, the main constraint cited by 22% was insufficient time because of work or study commitments.
Main Constraint For Non Or Occasional Participants - 2005-06
Insufficient time due to work/study Insufficient time due to family Not interested Age/too old Ongoing injury/illness Already active Other a.
Injury/illness (not further defined)
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The ‘Method of Shared Concern’
• It is assumed that bullies are
• Victims are not always ‘innocent’
was devised by the Swedish
often insensitive to the harm, or
psychologist, Anatol Pikas as a
the extent of the harm, they are
if anything, the victim may be
method of tackling school bully/
doing to the victim
doing to provoke & perpetuate
victim problems. This methodology has been successfully used in many British, European and Australian schools. It incorporates role play, interviews and small group discussions. A trained mediator holds relaxed separate talks with each party to bullying and a joint meeting is not initiated prior to the development of shared solution.
• The use of punishment is often ineffective in preventing bullying • Bullying is ratonalised as the group having fun
• It is important to understand what,
the bullying • The aim is to change bullying attitudes & behaviours • After progress has been made
• As individuals, bullies usually feel
it is important to see the group
uncomfortable about what is
of ‘bullies’ together to positively
reinforce changes & negotiate
• If an authority figure blames the bullies, it is likely to accelerate
further progress • This approach aims to produce
bullying & increase the bond
a change of attitude on the part
amongst the bullies
of bullies & remove the need for
• Working with individual bullies by
constant surveillance • If individual bullies do not respond
Each meeting is prolonged until
sharing with them the concern
each party has stated what actions
for the victim is likely to generate
to shared concern, further action
more positive outcomes
such as interviews with parents &
need to be taken if any of them should transgress the agreed outcomes.
• This approach is direct, confrontational & has an inbuilt expectation for positive outcomes
“Applying the Method of Shared
• Having made a commitment to
Concern in Australian Schools - an
the interviewer, usually means
Evaluative Study” was commissioned
that members of the bullying
under the previous Howard
group do not share the interview
Government and undertaken by the
outcomes & this may weaken
University of South Australia.
Ken Rigby of the University of South Australia states that “Shared Concern” is based on assumptions that include: • This approach requires training &
• It is essential to follow-up what happens after promises are made
suspension may be required On January 17, 2010, The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, released the Australian research that found that the prevalence of bullying in Australian schools is on the rise. This trend is compounded by the emergence of cyber-bullying. The National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) consists of
• Initial interviewing with the victim
nationally-agreed principles for safe
needs to be avoided as it may
and supportive school environments
place him/her in greater danger
that guides schools to help them address the serious issues of bullying,
planning for successful
harassment and violence in their
classrooms and playgrounds.
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The Federal Government is funding a $3 million pilot program in about 160 Australian schools to work out what methods are currently being used in schools and what works. It has also committed $125.8 million over four years to a Cyber-Safety Plan which is being delivered by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
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People in Focus
An Interview with
Shane Thamm Author of My Private
Pectus - Story of Adole
scence, Family & Bo
Where did you go to school?
What are your hobbies?
exist if I didn’t do that Masters.
I went to a bunch of schools. My first
I really enjoy riding my road bike,
Other things I do include
school was Gillen Primary in Alice
even though it’s ready for the scrap
interviewing people, reading
Springs, and then Living Waters
heap. It’s about 20 years old and I
transcripts of interviews and listening
Lutheran Primary. I went there in
can’t get parts to fix it. It was given
to radio. Radio is good because
its first year, when it had just 25
to me by a very close friend who
you get to listen to real-time
students. We moved to Brisbane in
later died in a car accident, so I’ve
conversations, not manufactured
1989, where I finished my primary
got a lot of emotion attached to
ones like you often get on TV shows.
schooling at Prince of Peace
I do this because I like books with
Lutheran Primary before completing my high school at Grace Lutheran
What are your career highlights?
contemporary dialogue that springs off the page.
College. The distinct Lutheran theme
My greatest highlight was getting
comes from the fact my Dad was a
‘My Private Pectus’ published by
Lutheran Pastor. The school didn’t
Ford Street late last year. That was a
come with the job, but at times it felt
real thrill and still is. It has since been
Get to the end of your manuscript. If
shortlisted for the Northern Territory
you don’t finish a story, you’ll never
Book of the Year award.
get it published. When you do finish,
Please tell us about your family? I have a sister in Mongolia who works in child protection. She lives through
How do you go about researching for your books?
What advice do you give aspiring authors?
call every publisher you can and tell them how good it is and why people would love reading it.
winter days of -30 degrees Celcius
Mostly I just like to read books by
and many other things I wouldn’t
lots of different authors. I don’t have
want to deal with. My brother is
a favourite author, I never have.
I reckon there’s a fair bit of fun in
an engineer, who has worked on
I look at how they use dialogue,
it. When you list the themes in the
some major dam constructions and
build suspense and develop their
novel - body image, casual drug
is now trying to get a renewable
use, family relationships - it sounds
energy company off the ground. Dad’s a Lutheran pastor, semi-retired
I’m terribly critical, but it certainly
because of migraines and Mum’s
has helped my writing.
the one that makes sure none of us forget each other exists.
For ‘My Private Pectus’, I researched masculinities as part of a Master
But the real joys for me are my wife
of Arts at Queensland University of
Meghan and our son Angus, who’s
Technology. A lot of my research
18 months old. Baby number two
was very theoretical, stuff about
is on the way, a girl, so we’re very
gender theory. The novel wouldn’t
excited about that.
What does your book offer readers?
really serious, but I don’t think of it that way at all. There’s a chapter I really like and I think it sums up the novel pretty well. The main character, Jack, steals his best mate’s car. With another two friends he speeds around the city, going absolutely crazy. It’s a stupid thing to do, but he has an absolute blast. Then he returns the car and reverses it into a retaining wall.
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People in Focus Biography
Top of the world one second,
Who are your major readers for this
absolute bottom the next.
As I wrote ‘My Private Pectus’ I
I had teenage boys in mind when I
school outdoor education and the
often laughed at the stupid things
wrote ‘My Private Pectus’ and I’ve
masculinised outdoor adventure
Jack does, and how it always takes
had some great feedback from
industry. I became intimately
a monumental stuff up before he
them, particularly boys aged 14 to
interested in what makes young
learns anything. Luckily, he works a
17. But the weird thing is I’ve had
men tick and the emotional
few things out by the end.
loads of mothers tell me, “I’m going
challenges they negotiate each
to get my daughter to read this
day, often in silence. My first novel,
just so she can understand boys.”
‘My Private Pectus’, gives these boys
They’ve always liked it too, which is
Inspiration for your book My Private Pectus Inspiration came from all sorts of places. I read a lot of books about teenage boys and young men. A lot of them were adult books, but there were young adult books as well like David Metzenthen’s ‘Boys of Blood
the biography of Jimmy Wan, a
my book that way. It’s pretty cool
pioneer of the coffee industry in
that people see it as being more
Papua New Guinea; and a young
than just a ‘good read’.
adult novel called ‘Torbreck’, which
How important is body image to
I also poked fun at my Dad in
It’s more important than many
the opening chapters. I slipped a
people realise and it’s becoming
few of his old footy yarns into the
more so. Men’s bodies are on
beginning, which was a lot of fun,
display in the media more now than
especially when it came time for him
ever before, which means teenage
to read it.
boys are bombarded with images
of a fallacy. Sure, there can be wild moments when the story spills onto the keyboard, but most writing takes a lot of work. Not many words or sentences or chapters come freely
I’m now working on two new books:
I’m thrilled that parents want to use
and Bone’ and Phillip Gwynne’s
But in truth, I think inspiration is a bit
For six years I worked in high
is about a girl who knows what the future holds, but has no way to control it.
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of muscular men such movie and sports stars. As a result, teenage boys often want the same body as men ten years older. That can be an awfully unrealistic expectation for bodies that are still maturing.
for me. They take planning and a lot
However, I’d hate to simplify body
image into an argument that just blames the media. It’s far more complex than that. When you read Jack’s story in ‘My Private Pectus’, you’ll find that his body image anxiety isn’t just because of his chest deformity, even though Jack thinks
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Giving kids an allowance either
Families that openly communicate
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dependant or independent of their
about money issues, provide a
power and it is best taught at home,
household contributions, behaviours
better financial framework for the
not by an educational institution.
and school achievements, is a
Educational institutions rarely provide kids with financial skills to
critical first step to their financial training.
Teenage kids need to be aware what happens when debt gets
grow their wealth. Being wealthy is
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give out weekly pocket money, and
It is important to teach your kids how to earn, use and save money from an early age.
more than half of children regularly save it. Kids need to be encouraged to develop good saving habits and budget for big ticket items.
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Teach kids essential financial skills that may include how to pay bills online, write a shop list and shopping on a budget.
Parents are in a unique position to set good examples for saving, investing and spending money. Encourage your kids to open up a bank savings account for these big
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❑❑ Encourage kids to open a savings
account & teach them about interest ❑❑ Provide incentives by adding
purchases as well as a method of
an additional amount to their
investing for the future.
Some schools are working with financial institutions to bring back traditional school banking. For example the Mutual has six Lower Hunter primary schools already involved in such a program. School kids open Young Endeavour Accounts with minimum opening
❑❑ Set a fixed percent of allowance that needs to be saved ❑❑ Train kids to work for their money & save a fixed amount ❑❑ Give them a piggy bank to save coins until full ❑❑ Encourage kids to use landlines/ VOIP not mobile phones ❑❑ Train them to cook treats rather
balances of $2.00 and The
than buy them & pay them the
Mutual accepts deposits from the
convenience of their school.
❑❑ Split their savings accounts into university fees, holiday & car
Each week a representative of
❑❑ Involve kids in the grocery buying
The Mutual visits the schools and
from writing a list to checkout
processes the student transactions.
This Bank@School program is a worthwhile initiative for children to understand the nature of the savings and banking process.
❑❑ Teach teenagers how to invest in stocks & bonds ❑❑ Help kids to set budgets & make choices ❑❑ Introduce kids to sites such as eBay for selling their surplus items
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If there was a way you could
The goals of the Healthy Spines
Environmental factors - These
prevent or minimise spinal health
factors are about how supportive
problems from developing in your child you’d want to know about it, right? Do you realise that 80% of the
1. To improve knowledge & practice of spinal health & care among primary school students. 2. To increase the ability of school
adult population experience back
communities to promote
problems at some stage in their life?
spinal health & care through
Good spinal health in childhood lays an important foundation for preventing or minimising spinal health problems in adulthood and contributes to a better quality of life.
appropriate policies & environments.
What are the risk factors? Make sure you know if your child is being compromised. The risk factors
In recent years there has been
for developing neck and back pain
considerable national and
international support for taking early preventative action and promoting health in schools.
Constitutional factors - These are the factors that people are born with. People may have good or limited
There is no better place to start this
flexibility, strong or poor muscle
process than with kids!
strength, and the size of different
For the past six years, the Healthy Spines National Health Promotion Program has been running in primary schools throughout Australia. Healthy Spines is focused on promoting young people’s spinal health. This hands-on program targets Years 3-5, is taught by trained
body parts may be in or out of proportion. Postural factors - These factors are about the shape and position of the
our environment is for spinal health. Things to be considered here include the way in which furniture is designed; whether we have to do too much heaving lifting, twisting, bending or prolonged sitting; and if current rules and regulations support spinal health.
School Backpack Checklist The Healthy Spines program believes that good spinal health contributes to good health overall so here are eight guidelines for packing and carrying backpacks. ❑❑ Always carry loads over two shoulders. Shoulder straps on the backpack should be adjustable. ❑❑ A waist-strap is extremely important & should be clipped shut to keep the backpack firmly on the spine & distribute weight evenly on the hips. ❑❑ A backpack should never be
spine. People may be born with or
wider than chest width & should
develop postures that are not good
not be any lower than the hollow
for spinal health, so they are not
of your back, i.e. does not hang
good for their health overall.
below your waist. ❑❑ Look for backpacks with wide
volunteer chiropractors and funded
Recreational factors - These factors
padded & adjustable shoulder
by the Chiropractic Association of
are about the physical activities we
straps which ergonomically
do. We can do these things safely or
contour to your child’s body.
unsafely, too little or too much.
❑❑ Keep zips closed to contain the load.
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❑❑ Always pack heaviest items at the back of the bag (against the spine of the pack) so they are closest to the child’s back. ❑❑ Backpacks should be worn straight with the top of the backpack at shoulder height (not too low). ❑❑ A backpack’s weight (including books & materials) should be no more than 10% of your child’s body weight. The promotion of spinal health can
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result in more informed families and safer, healthier environments. It also reduces health care costs for
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Author: Pamela Freeman
achievements of Australian science
Illustrator: Kim Gamble
fiction, fantasy and horror writers.
Prince Victor wants to marry his
The Awards Ceremony was held
love Valerian and make her his
on 23 January 2010 and the winner
princess. But, her father does not
of Best Children’s (8-12 Years) Short
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pass three difficult tests of bravery,
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7 Year Old Gains
7 year old Ben Tennant, Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School student and member of the Central Coast model aero club gained his ‘Gold Wings’ model pilot qualifications. Ben is the youngest person to have gained his Gold wings in Australia. ‘Gold wings’ are the highest pilot rating awarded by the Model Aeronautical association of Australia (MAAA). He was awarded with his ‘Gold Wings’ badge, at the general meeting of the MAAA in March, 2009. As a regular competitor in the Model aircraft scale competitions, Ben flew in the National model aircraft championships in Albury. He is the only child competing in his category, holding his own amongst the adult competitors. Ben was awarded a special encouragement award for his excellent performance.
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technologically minded youth, allowing them to answer a monthly trivia quiz and follow the countdown to the truth.
An action packed book from the very beginning right until the nailthe readers wanting more. Can’t
Age Guide: 12-16 Years Series: Conspiracy 365 Extent: 192 pages (Paperback) ISBN: 9781741690347 Price: AU$14.99 Publisher: Scholastic Australia P: 02 9416 4000 www.scholastic.com.au
Reviews Our Pick Braille letters shadow the text on each page and the raised line drawings help visualise the colour through touch. At the back of the book there is a Braille alphabet,
The Black Book of Colours
which gives sighted readers the ability to identify letters through
Nitboy: Lift Off!
Author: Menena Cottin
Author: Tristan Bancks
Illustrator: Rosana Faria
This is a unique original book
This book is about 11 year old
How do you describe colours to
that uses simple language and
Lewis Snow, who has never had a
someone who is blind? This book is
fascinating artwork to describe
hair cut and his large blonde Afro
black in colour and contains white
colour. Its not only a great book
is full of nits.
bold text, but yet it’s full of colour.
for visually impaired children but
Seeing without your eyes is possible,
also allows sighted readers to
as the textured artwork in this
experience what its like to be
book explores your sense of touch.
without the sense of sight.
Welcome to Thomas’ world.
Most people wouldn’t want nits, but Lewis has developed a liking for them, he considers them as his pets. He engages in an
Age Guide: 3-7 Years
ongoing battle to keep his nits
This is a place where you have to
Extent: 24 pages (Hardback)
and his afro.
rely on smell, touch, hearing and
taste to interpret colours. “Thomas
says that yellow tastes like mustard,
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
but is as soft as a baby chick’s
P: 02 9517 9577
The fight to get rid of the nits is led by the deputy principal, Ms. Herrick who refuses to give up until his nits are eradicated. One of the subplots is the story of Ned, the world’s first ever leaping nit. Ned’s father has a vision
Hunting for Dragons
to train Ned and his offspring
Author: Bruce Whatley
another. But Ned is not interested
to jump from one human to he is happy in his home.
Suited up in armour that she has made from household objects in
This story is very humorous and
the kitchen and garage, the little
enjoyable! The text is enhanced
girl explores the garden and all
with black and white illustrations
the corners of the house seeing
that help to visualise the story.
imaginary dragons everywhere. In a
Kids will love this story. There is
surprise ending the little girl actually
also a quiz at the back of the
sees a Dragon in her bedroom - one that isn’t at all scary.
Age Guide: 3-6 Years Extent: 32 Pages (Hardback)
book that teaches kids the facts about nits.
This book explores the gulf between
Age Guide: 7+ Years
reality and the child’s imagination.
Extent: 112 Pages (Paperback)
The colourful illustrations dominate
Publisher: Scholastic Press
the story, making it ideal for parents
P: 02 9416 4000
and preschools to read out aloud.
Publisher: Laguna Bay Publishing P: 02 9960 5420
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