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School's Out! Activity Guide for the School Holidays

Lemon Inspired

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Supercar DADDY Mark Winterbottom on why he looks forward to the Townsville V8's

win Family pass to the Townsville V8 Supercars

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June

Hello everyone and welcome to our June Edition. First of all a big thank you to Willows On Wheels for last months PakClub event, it was a great fun-filled morning of roller skating. This month will be our biggest event of the year – our Teddy Bears Picnic at Melville’s Farm on 15 June. We’re really excited, its going to be huge and it’s all for a good cause. We’ll be helping 4TOFM raise money for the Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward so make sure you bring your gold coins with you! Have you got your V8 tickets yet? If not, see our interview with Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom on page 7 and find out how you can win tickets. Enjoy this edition and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.

Nat x pakmag Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager Publication & Sales Manager: Natalie Griffiths NQ Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Jutta Dempsey, Amanda Cranston and submitted writers Phone: 4053 3331 Fax: 4053 3350 Sales Phone: 0408 831 962 Email: info@pakmag.com.au Postal: PO Box 761, Hyde Park QLD 4812

Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advised to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PakMag are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.

parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 07 V8 Supercars 08 Extra Curricular Activities 11

MacDonnells Law

13 Women & Finance 15

PakHealth

16 Nutrition 19

PakFood

kids 23 Kid’s MiniMag

babies 31 Baby News: Saving Smiles

things to win

21 What’s On

02 WIN a Family Pass to Muckheap

23 Mini Mag

05 WIN a Kids DVD Pack

31 PakBaby

07 WIN a Family Pass to the V8’s

34 Lemon Inspired

19 WIN a Good Guys mystery prize

37 School Holiday Activity Guide

24 WIN Movie Tickets

39 Catholic Education

25 4 mystery prizes to WIN

41 Yoga in Schools

33 WIN a Recipe Book

42 Start Your Engines! 44 Out & About 46 Biz Directory 47

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Parenting Stereotypes

48 Mummy Laughs with HotFM

Model: Theodora Arends Photography: Thanks to Little Details Photography

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KIDS Theatre

ATAPS for Kids ATAPS for Kids (Access to Allied Psychological Services) is an initiative of the Government and allows children aged 0-12 years access to free psychological support. It covers six sessions with an option of a further six. They see children with a range of issues such as anxiety or depression but they don’t cover crisis situations, learning difficulties or acute mental problems. To access the service you will need a referral from your GP. For more call 4799 1799.

Townsville Sucrogen 400

Muckheap 21 June (1.30pm & 6pm)

Give Me 5 for Kids

This funny, physical and fantastically messy tale is about two people trying to clean out the junk in their house only to find it too interesting and full of memories to throw away. Designed for children aged 5-12 years. Tickets available through TicketShop on 4727 9797 for $15.

Last year 4TO FM managed to raise over $30,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Townsville Hospital to purchase all the necessary equipment.

For your chance to win a family

WIN

pass for Muckheap simply go to our website and tell us what your family

This year they’re aiming to raise over $45,000 for the Paediatric Intensive Care Services Unit. Some of their fundraising events this month include:

won’t chuck out and why?

COMING Soon!

Melville’s Farm 15 JUNE (9am-12noon) Get your teddies ready for our biggest event of the year. We will be raising money for the local Children’s Ward as part of 4TO FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids campaign. Entry is $2 per person and there

The big event is here next month and this year’s kids zone has been supercharged! The all-new Disney-Pixar Fun Zone includes four new worlds of entertainment from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters University and an expanded Cars Zone. Test your skills in Woody and Jessie’s Lasso Challenge, get creative in Woody’s workshop and build your own bandit moustache and sheriff badge to take home with them. Then find your way through the giant Monsters University Maze before taking on the all-new Cars Zone featuring the awesome new Cars themed bouncy two-track giant inflatable slide and a revamped World Grand Prix Training Track with brand new electric cars. For something more relaxing, families can also immerse themselves in an underwater world inside the Finding Nemo 3D Movie Dome, complete with leading edge 3D technology.

For your chance to win a 3-day family general admission pass

WIN

(4 people) that includes access to the Disney Pixar Fun Zone for 15 minutes before the general public plus two Disney merchandise packs go to our website or facebook page every day between 3-7 June to identify the pixelated V8 drivers. You will need to identify all 5 drivers and enter via our website.

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will be rides thanks to Queensland Amusements plus all the Melville’s Farm activities. There will also be lots of prizes up for grabs including a TV thanks to the Good Guys and Stockland prize bags. Don’t forget to be sunsmart and bring a picnic blanket. We are looking for volunteers to help out and there is also still time to book a stall, so if you’d like to be involved please email Anthea on promotions@pakmag.com.au

• High Tea (2 June, 1pm) - Crown on Palmer. Tickets cost $65. • Pool Push (21 June) – local businesses raise money to get their boss pushed out of a plane or into the Rockpool. • GM5FK Trivia Night (19 June) - The Brewery Keep an eye out for other events going on in your local community and have your gold coins ready for those tins!

Other great family performances coming our way soon include: • Anthro-Zoology at Riverway (4-6 July): Presented by Circo La Luna. Tickets $12 kids, $20 adults through TicketShop. • 360° Allstars at Riverway (10 July, 7.30pm): A phenomenal theatrical performance boasting an International cast of performers from the worlds of breakdancing, BMX, basketball and beatboxing. Tickets $15 through TicketShop on 4727 9797. • Possum Magic at Civic Theatre (9-10 Sep): Book your tickets early for this family favourite. Suitable for ages 3-8. Tickets cost $15 through TicketShop 4727 9797. www.pakmag.com.au

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Amanda Webber is making her mark on the community by taking over the North Queensland Baby and Kids Market. She is also mum to three children, Amelia (4) and twins Elena & Harrison (2). [1] What made you decide to buy the

financially to the household without losing

markets? It was a hard decision because

quality time with the children.

the last two years have been hard for us financially but I LOVE the markets and have been passionate about them for many years. They are a great way for WAHM’s to sell their products in a safe and pleasant environment. I love being a part of something that is so positive and exciting and helps so many people out in the broader community

business? I have already introduced two new markets to the calendar - Moranbah and Cairns. We have also relocated the Townsville Market to Townsville RSL Stadium to enable an extra 30+ stalls to

To celebrate the DVD launch of Miffy

come along. So we will now be holding five

the Movie and Tad the Lost Explorer,

markets in Townsville, four in Mackay, three in Cairns and three in Moranbah every

Transmission Films and PakMag are giving away a DVD pack to some lucky readers.

year. We are also looking into Bowen as a

an ANZ Bank Manager and I had been

possibility too.

For your chance to win

[4] What have you learnt so far since

a copy of Miffy the Movie and Tad, the Lost

starting this business? How to multitask

Explorer simply go to our website and tell

couldn’t bear to leave our young children in daycare for 60 hours a week. Owning www.pakmag.com.au

[3] What plans have you got for the

[2] What was your background? I was considering going back to work but just

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the markets is enabling me to contribute

like never before! LOL.

us why you love Miffy?

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Real

Lives Story thanks to Elaine Seager

V8 Supercars 5-7 July 2013

As a V8 Supercar driver Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom may not be your average dad but when we caught up with him he was playing ‘Daddy Day Care’ looking after his two young sons

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ot surprisingly Mark Winterbottom

accommodation) is so close to the city, there’s

loves his job. He gets paid to do his

always a good turnout with a great atmosphere

hobby and as he says “it’s always a fun

and, because of the way the stands are set up, he

day at the office when your office is a car that travels at 300kms an hour.”

is what sets Townsville apart. According to Mark,

of seven, firstly motorbikes after winning a little

Townsville do a “great job” of making the event

Peewee 50 in a supermarket competition, and

so family oriented and this is what really makes

then for several years in Go-Karting. He admits

the Sucrogen 400 so unique and enjoyable for his

that racing is addictive and that when he was

family. For the past two years the Disney–Pixar

younger it required a big commitment from his

CARS Truck Tour has been a major drawcard

family both in terms of time and money.

and this year there will be even more fun for the

with two boys aged two and four months. This is one of the reasons why he particularly looks forward to the annual trip to Townsville for the Sucrogen 400 in July, because it’s uniquely family

tickets to: Townsville Sucrogen 400

town. This new attraction includes four worlds of entertainment including Toy Story, the Finding Nemo 3D Movie Dome, Monsters University Maze and an all-new CARS Zone. Mark has been associated with Disney as their

each tour, he takes his family along to about

ambassador for the CARS Truck Tour and it

seven of them and Townsville is always top of

was through this connection that he got the

their list of favourites. They especially enjoy

opportunity to appear as the character ‘Frosty’ in

soaking up the warm tropical winter sunshine,

the CARS 2 movie. He may not see himself as a

and always stay a few extra days so the kids can

budding actor but his two year old son is clearly

play on the Strand.

a fan since he still shouts “Daddy!” every time he

the Sucrogen 400 because the race (and

WIN

kids as the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone zooms into

oriented. Mark says that out of the 15 races on

As a driver Mark also says that he enjoys

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The huge family area at the Sucrogen 400 event

Mark has been involved in racing since the age

Mark is now also a committed family man himself

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feels there’s a greater connection with the fans.

For your chance to win a family pass go to our website or facebook page every day between 3-7 June and guess the name of the pixelated V8 driver. There will be one driver posted each day and you will need to tell us all the names of all five V8 Supercar Drivers. Enter via our website.

watches the movie, even after seeing it “hundreds of times.” www.pakmag.com.au

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Family

Issues Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

ost children are involved in at least

addresses this topic in his book The New Six-

one activity per week outside of

Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children.

school whether it’s a sport, dance,

He argues that children don’t actually need

art or learning a musical instrument. However,

extra-curricular activities at all. “The trend in

some children are participating in extra curricular

recent years has been toward structuring a

activities every day of the week and when there

child’s time with such activities as organised

is more than one child in the family, this makes

sports, music lessons, classes in etiquette and

for a pretty hectic family life. Not to mention the

early academic instruction. We mistakenly

financial cost.

believe that these things are more meaningful

Psychologist Jutta Dempsey says apart from the financial burden on parents there are also physiological, social and emotional effects on children when engaging in too many activities. “It can lead to stress which affects a child’s moods and their ability to relate to others,” she says. She also says that some of the signs your child may be feeling stressed and overloaded include moodiness, physical ailments like

independently and that they develop through imaginative and creative play. Basically, kids need to be allowed to be kids.

all the after-school sports and activities that

of stress. “Having only a few structured activities is better than too many, and parents should encourage their children to take up only activities they are passionate about,” Jutta says. “It is important for kids to be involved in activities they love otherwise it can begin to feel like a chore.”

kids are involved in, not to mention homework, there’s just no time. I contend that many children are growing up without an adequate sense of what family really and truly means,” he says. John suggests children are not contributing to the family like previous generations did and instead are being driven around to and from activities, which is breeding a generation of kids who feel they are entitled because their needs are always put first ahead of what’s right for the family as a whole. He believes that by taking children out of all after-school activities, families will enjoy a

With long days in the classroom and then

more harmonious environment and kids will live

homework after school, it is important for

more carefree childhoods with less stress and

children to also have sufficient unstructured

behavioural problems.

downtime in their week so they can relax, spend time with friends and to interact with family. Constantly rushing from one activity to the next with minimal downtime can cause, not only the child, but the whole family to feel stressed, and

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to know how to entertain themselves and play

perfectionism.

coping and whether or not they are showing signs

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for themselves.” He believes that children need

curricular activities means less family time. “With

that parents need to be aware of how their child is

do the amount of extra curricular activities your children are engaged in become too much?

have not learned how to plan and do things

wetting, clinginess and self doubt or extreme

participate in. More importantly, Jutta suggests

While most kids are enrolled in at least one activity per week, the big question for most families is when

planned for them, many of today’s children

John also points out that too many extra-

rule regarding an ideal number of activities to

How much is too much?

says. “Furthermore, because so much has been

headaches and stomach aches, unexplained bed

She says all children are different and there is no

Extra Curricular Activities:

than play, when exactly the opposite is true,” he

relationships may suffer.

Of course, every child and every family is different. If you’ve got a budding Olympic champion in your family you may make a very different decision to other parents on this topic. However, at the end of the day we must all make what we believe are the best choices for our own family.

Family psychologist and author John Rosemond

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Violence Domestic

Children say that “domestic violence” is: • “When the person who is hurt is someone they love • When the violence happens in their home • When the hurt is deliberate

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Unfortunately, many Australians experience violence in the home and when children are exposed to violence, even if they are not directly involved, it can have long reaching effects on their emotional development.

• When the person who is using the violence is someone they trust • When the children think that it is their fault” (Maxwell & Carroll-Lind 1998) The Queensland Government is doing more to address violence in the home, including last year making significant changes to the law by introducing the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (the Act). This is a positive step forward. The new Act acknowledges that children are exposed to domestic violence if they see or hear domestic violence or otherwise experience the effects of domestic violence. The Act provides a much wider definition of “domestic violence”. It now means behaviour by a person towards another person (in a relevant relationship) that is: • physically or sexually abusive; • emotionally or psychologically abusive; • economically abusive; • threatening; • coercive; or •

in any other way controls or dominates the other person, and causes the other person to fear for their own safety or wellbeing or someone else’s.

Examples of emotional or psychological abuse include: • following a person when the person is out in public • remaining outside a person’s residence or place of work • repeatedly contacting a person by telephone, SMS message, email or social networking site without the person’s consent

• threatening to disclose a person’s sexual orientation to the person’s friends or family without the person’s consent • preventing a person from making or keeping connections with a person’s family, friends or culture.

Some examples of economic abuse include: • coercing a person to relinquish control over assets and income • removing or keeping a person’s property without their consent, or threatening to do so • disposing of a person’s property against their wishes and without lawful excuse • preventing a person from seeking or keeping employment • coercing a person to claim social security payments • coercing a person to sign a power of attorney that would enable the person’s finances to be managed by another person If children have been exposed to domestic violence then they can be included in a protection order. An application for a protection order is made to the Magistrates Court. This is a “closed” court so the matter will be heard privately. A police officer may apply for a protection order on your behalf in some circumstances, but you may also apply yourself. A Court can make a protection order protecting you and an associated person including your children, if they are satisfied that: • A relevant relationship existed between the aggrieved and the respondent; • The respondent has committed domestic violence against the aggrieved; and • The protection order is necessary or desirable to protect the aggrieved from violence For more info please call MacDonnells Law on 4722 0220 to arrange an appointment with one of our Family Law Accredited Specialists.

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The latest news and tips in the world of women, families and finance

Trimming your Tax bill

by Fiona Thorogood

You don’t need to be rich or famous to minimise the tax you pay since there are many simple and legitimate ways to reduce your bill. Tax time is almost here again and its time to start finding out ways that you can legitimately reduce how much tax you pay so you can boost your next egg. [1] Super Contributions You may be able to contribute up to $3,000 into super as a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution on behalf of a low income or non-working spouse and be eligible to receive a tax offset of 18% of your contribution amount, up to a max of $540. If you are self-employed and want to reduce your tax bill, you may have the option of making a personal concessional contribution into your super fund and then claiming a tax deduction for the contribution amount. [2] Income Protection Insurance Another possible way to reduce the tax you pay is by taking out income protection insurance. This will provide a regular

income stream if illness or injury force you out of the workforce. The premiums can normally be claimed on tax, and for a high-income earner this can virtually halve the cost while also providing important protection for you and your family. [3] Work-related Deductions When it comes to completing your tax return, make sure you claim all the work-related deductions you’re entitled to. Also don’t forget to claim any offsets you’re entitled to, as these directly reduce the amount of tax you pay, so they offer more bang for your buck than deductions, which only reduce your taxable income. You’ll need documentary evidence for any deductions or offsets you claim. Gail Glasby is a Financial Planner from ipac north queensland and can be contacted on 4772 2200 for more information, or visit www.ipac.com.au/northqueensland

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Health pak

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10 SIGNS of Depression

We provide specialised services in Urogynaecology. Dr Kannan is a qualified sub-specialist in Urogynaecology and specialises in the treatment of incontinence, prolapse surgery and pelvic pain.

Depression is a very common illness but what’s the difference between depression and a simple ‘bad patch’? Here are 10 signs to look for: [1] Feeling down – everyone feels down occasionally but it could be a sign of depression when you can’t pinpoint a reason for it and you can’t shake it [2] Irritability - an increasing intolerance of life’s common annoyances [3] No longer getting pleasure from things you used to enjoy [4] Changes in sleep patterns – waking up early, not being able to get out of bed or just staring into space for hours in the night

[6] Isolating yourself from people [7] Feeling constantly on edge and stressed [8] Apathy– everything is an effort [9] Appetite changes – either losing your appetite altogether or ‘comfort eating’ [10] Reliance on alcohol or drugs (to sleep or relax for example) If you suspect you or a family may be depressed see your GP. Find out more at beyondblue.org.au

[5] Struggling to concentrate

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Coughs & Colds By Dr Julia Driscoll

As winter approaches with its cooler temperatures and drier air, rhinoviruses tend to abound and these are what cause colds, not bacteria, and that is why antibiotics don’t work. Little children commonly have between 6-12 respiratory infections a year. A child who lives with smokers is at an increased risk of developing colds. Rhinoviruses are spread “respiratory droplet transmission” and also by touch so remember to encourage frequent hand washing. The WHO (World Health Organisation) doesn’t recommend the use of decongestants or cough suppressants in young children. These can have side effects and none of them have been shown to make any difference to how long a cold will last. It is far better to keep your child warmly wrapped. Humidity in the form of a steamy bathroom helps to thin the mucous and makes it easier to cough it out. Drinking lots of fluids also helps to keep the mucous thin. You can also use saline nose drops or some menthol rub to unblock the nose. Paracetamol helps the fever and aches and pains. Rest will help boost the body’s own immunity. A visit to your GP is recommended if you have concerns such as: • A resurgence or continuing fever beyond 48 hours. Particularly if associated with an earache or very sore throat. • A nasty, persistent cough. • Any time the child is struggling to breathe well. • Any time the child has been sick for a week or more. A word of encouragement to parents - as children’s immune systems develop they tend to get far fewer colds at eight years of age than they do at eighteen months. So hang in there! Dr Julia Driscoll is a GP and she is also the author of “My Story”, an interactive children’s book to reduce sibling rivalry. For more information go to www.juliaschildrensbooks.com www.pakmag.com.au

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Nutrition pak

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Coeliac Disease

By Rebecca McKenna

Think back to when you were a child…

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how exciting was it to go to birthday

replacing normal ingredients with gluten

parties? Dressing up, playing games,

free ingredients e.g. chocolate brownies

stuffing yourself full of cup cakes, sausage

made with gluten free flour or almond

rolls and birthday cake and then tucking

meal, purchase some gluten free pizza

into your lolly bag on the car ride home! It

bases to make mini pizzas or bake some

is easy to think of this as a simple day of fun

mini quiches without the base

and indulgence however, for children living with coeliac disease a bit of extra planning

• For a quick and easy option, supermarkets now stock a great range of gluten free

and awareness is needed.

party pies and sausage rolls

With one in 100 Australians living with

• A big colourful fruit platter or veggie stick

coeliac disease, chances are at some point you will need to cater for children requiring a gluten free diet at events. If you’re catering

platter with gluten free dips are a great

• Use colourful plates to distinguish the

common foods that need to be avoided are:

gluten free food making it easy for

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As for lolly bags, children living with coeliac

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disease and they’re struggling with food

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Get your teddy ready! • Celebrity Splash - raise Money by getting local celebrities wet! • lots of fun at Melville’s Farm including Timmy train rides, tractor rides, horse & buggy rides, Chevy rides, farm animals and more • rides thanks to Queensland Amusements • Huge TV to be won thanks to the Good Guys • Spin our Good Guys wheel of fortune and you could WIN • Great prizes up for grabs with Stockland Prize Bags • Bring: blanket, hats, sunscreen and your teddy bear! • ONLY $2 entry per person • Raising Money for 4To FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids

teddy Bear Parade

4TO LIVE BROADCAST

with TROY WILLIAMS

pantry parents Split Pea & Ham Soup • • • • • • • • • •

kitchen kids Banana Bread

Recipe thanks to: Jo Ludson

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 carrots, cut into cubes 2 celery stalks, cut into cubes 2 sprigs thyme 450g dried split peas 700ml chicken stock 2 litres water 600g half smoked ham hock

Method

THE GOOD GUYS

• • • • • • • •

Recipe thanks to: Sarah Barton

1/4 cup plain flour 1 & 3/4 cups self-raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, lightly whisked 50g butter, melted, cooled 2 overripe bananas, mashed

Method

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion,

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a loaf pan. Line the base and sides with

garlic, carrots, celery and thyme for 5 min. Season with salt and pepper.

baking paper, allowing it to overhang. Sift the flour and cinnamon into

Pour in split peas, stock, water and stir to combine. Add ham hock,

a large bowl. Stir in sugar and make a well in the centre. Place the milk,

cover pan and bring to a low simmer. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring

eggs, melted butter and banana in a bowl and stir until combined. Add

occasionally, or until ham and vegetables are tender and peas are

the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour

falling apart. When the soup is ready, remove the ham hock to a plate

the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake in oven for approximately 45-

and let it cool enough to handle. Pull the skin and meat off the bone

50 mins. Remove from oven and set aside in pan for 5 mins. Turn onto a

and shred into pieces. Return meat to soup and stir. Serve immediately.

wire rack to cool. Cut into slices to serve.

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

COST

1/06/13

Railway Estate Community Centre

Townsville Toy Library

9:30 AM

1/06/13

Carlyle Gardens

Arts & Crafts Market

9:00 AM

4773 1195

Free

1/06/13

Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - Escape to Planet Earth 2D (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

$6

1/06/13

Queens Gardens

Welcoming Baby Ceremony and EcoFiesta

1:00 PM

Free

1/06/13

NQ Farmers Market

Town Square, Main Street, North Shore

6:00 AM

www.facebook.com/northshorenq Free

4751 3353

1/06/13

Queens Gardens

Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo

11:00 AM

1300 878 001

Free

2/06/13

Woolcock Centre, Currajong

Family Yoga Health

3:00 PM

www.sundalah.com.au

Cost

2/06/13

Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - Escape to Planet Earth 2D (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

$6

2/06/13

Crown On Palmer

Ladies High Tea - TSV Hospital Foundation

1:00 PM

4433 1337

Cost

2/06/13

Queens Gardens

Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo

11:00 AM

1300 878 001

Free

3/06/13

The Women's Centre

Free yoga

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free $3

3/06/13

52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

4/06/13

Railway Estate Community Centre

Townsville Toy Library

9:30 AM

4751 3353

4/06/13

Pinnacles Gallery

Make It! Art & Craft for under 5's.

10:00 AM

www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Gold coin

4/06/13

The Women's Centre

Craft group

1:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

4/06/13

Saunders Beach Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

5/06/13

IMPS Building Kirwan Health Campus

Australian Breastfeeding Association - Mothering and Fatigue

9:00 AM

4775 6984

5/06/13

52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

5/06/13

The Women's Centre

Playgroup

9:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

6/06/13

The Women's Centre

Balancing Life workshop

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

6/06/13

Rollingstone Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

7/06/13

Mt. Louisa House of Praise

Mothers of Preschoolers - MOPS

9:30 AM

0411 056 483

$8

7/06/13

The Women's Centre

Free Singing/guitar tuition

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

7/06/13

Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort

Queens Birthday Long Weekend/ lots of goods sites still available

www.rollingstonebeach.com.au

Cost

8/06/13

Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - The Croods 2D (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

$6

8/06/13

NQ Farmers Market

Town Square, Main Street, North Shore

6:00 AM

www.facebook.com/northshorenq

Free

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pink = family

DATE 8/06/13

green = kids

VENUE Riverway Arts Centre

blue = adults

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME 2013 FILIPINO FESTIVAL

TIME 1:00 PM

FOR MORE INFO

COST

www.faanq.org

9/06/13

Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - The Croods 2D (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

9/06/13

Riverway Arts Centre

2013 FILIPINO FESTIVAL

8:30 AM

www.faanq.org

$6

10/06/13 The Women's Centre

Free yoga

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

10/06/13 52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

11/06/13 The Women's Centre

Craft group

1:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

11/06/13 Saunders Beach Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

12/06/13 52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

12/06/13 The Women's Centre

Playgroup

9:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

12/06/13 PaediaTricKs

Handwriting Club

4:00 PM

dpemery@dodo.com.au

Cost

13/06/13 The Women's Centre

Balancing Life workshop

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

13/06/13 Rollingstone Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

14/06/13 Oonoonba Community Centre

Friends of the Birth Centre - Morning Tea and Playgroup

9:30 AM

townsville@fbc.org.au

14/06/13 The Women's Centre

Free Singing/guitar tuition

12:30 PM

4775 7555

15/06/13 Melville's Farm

Pakclub - "Teddy Bears Picnic "

9:00 AM

Kids

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15/06/13 Railway Estate Community Centre

Townsville Toy Library

9:30 AM

4751 3353

15/06/13 Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - Return to Nims Island (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

15/06/13 Townsville RSL Stadium

North Queensland Babies & Kids Market (NQBKM)

9:00 AM

www.nthqldbabiesandkidsmarket.com

15/06/13 Holy Spirit School

Community Market Day

9:00 AM

15/06/13 Townsville Sports Reserve

Nth QLD Sports Foundation - Student Games

8:00 AM

15/06/13 NQ Farmers Market

Town Square, Main Street, North Shore

6:00 AM

www.facebook.com/northshorenq

Free

15/06/13 Thuringowa Sound Shell

Pet Expo

9:00 AM

1300 878 001

Free $6

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16/06/13 Event Cinemas

Weekend Family Flicks - Return to Nims Island (PG)

10:00 AM

eventcinemas.com.au

16/06/13 Townsville Sports Reserve

Nth QLD Sports Foundation - Student Games

8:00 AM

www.athleticsnorthqid.org.au

17/06/13 The Women's Centre

Free yoga

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

17/06/13 52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

4751 3353

18/06/13 Railway Estate Community Centre

Townsville Toy Library

9:30 AM

18/06/13 The Women's Centre

Craft group

1:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

18/06/13 Saunders Beach Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

19/06/13 PaediaTricKs

Handwriting Club

4:00 PM

dpemery@dodo.com.au

Cost

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Mini Mag Fun

The Gru Interview Character Q&A [1] What was your first impression of Lucy? She came to my house and zapped me with an electric taser. Then she shoved me in her trunk and took me to an undisclosed location. And in my line of work, that’s actually a pretty good first impression.

also pretty awful for that too.

DATE

VENUE

19/06/13 IMPS Building Kirwan Health Campus

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Australian Breastfeeding Association -BLISS Morning

TIME 9:00 AM

FOR MORE INFO

COST

4775 6984

19/06/13 52 Palm Drive, Deeragun

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

19/06/13 The Women's Centre

Playgroup

9:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

20/06/13 The Women's Centre

Balancing Life workshop

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

20/06/13 Rollingstone Community Hall

North Townsville Community Hub Playgroup

9:30 AM

0407 925 574

$3

20/06/13 Riverview Tavern Function Room

Wine & Cheese’ Foster Care Information Night

6:00 PM

4755 7400

21/06/13 Mt. Louisa House of Praise

Mothers of Preschoolers - MOPS

9:30 AM

0411 056 483

$8

21/06/13 The Women's Centre

Free Singing/guitar tuition

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

21/06/13 Townsville Rockpool

4TO FM present - Pool Push

4729 2111

21/06/13 Riverway Arts Centre

Muckheap

1:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

21/06/13 Riverway Arts Centre

Muckheap

6:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

22/06/13 NQ Farmers Market

Town Square, Main Street, North Shore

6:00 AM

www.facebook.com/northshorenq

Free

24/06/13 North TSV Community Hub

Re-Cre8Tiv Kids Art Eco Art Workshops

9:00 AM

recre8tiv@bigpond.com

Cost

24/06/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Art Workshop for Children

10.30AM

4727 9011

$15

24/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Circus Circuit

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

24/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Mad Hatter's Tea Party

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

24/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - At The Zoo

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

24/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Sun Photos

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

25/06/13 North TSV Community Hub

Re-Cre8Tiv Kids Art Eco Art Workshops

9:00 AM

recre8tiv@bigpond.com

Cost

Art Workshop for Children

10.30AM

4727 9011

$15

10.30AM

4772 7679

$20

That’s like asking a prizefighter if they

25/06/13 CSIRO Education - JCU

Double Helix Program - Runaway Toy

10:00 AM

4725 7887

Cost

25/06/13 CSIRO Education - JCU

Double Helix Program - Runaway Toy

12:30 PM

4725 7887

Cost

25/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Ice Painting

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

miss getting punched in the face. I don’t miss the constant battles with other villains or the reprimands from the Bank

[6] When will you let your kids go on their first date?

Waking up late, going to bed early. Most of villainy is really about getting a good

[3] How has being a father changed you?

Right after an asteroid hits and we all

Being a father hasn’t changed me at all…

date will help get their mind off the fact

25/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Express Hip Hop

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

25/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Commedia dell'Arte

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

25/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Nursery Rhymes

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

25/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Butterfly in a Box

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 PaediaTricKs

Handwriting Club

3:30 PM

dpemery@dodo.com.au

Cost

26/06/13 is North Community Hub Re-Cre8Tiv Kids Art Eco Art Workshops 9:00 AM recre8tiv@bigpond.com Cost This aTSVfree listing. Submit your event info to: admin@pakmag.com.au

have to live in bunkers underneath the Earth. I think at that point going on a

besides the fact that I am no longer a

that all of their toys have been destroyed.

super villain. But I try not to let my job

[7] How do the Minions help around the house?

yet tested Gru’s Old Fashioned Jelly, so I

yourGUIDE

Lino Printing Workshop

I have written. The ones you buy at the

The Food & Drug Administration has not

blue = adults

25/06/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

night’s sleep.

[4] What is your favorite flavor of jelly that you have made?

green = kids

25/06/13 Cultural Centre Townsville

I like reading them bedtime stories that

define me.

pink = family

[5] Do you miss being a villain?

of Evil, but I do miss the overall lifestyle.

for children.

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you have to Spackle your bathroom…it’s

[2] What is your favorite thing to do with your daughters?

store are terrible. It’s like they are written

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do not recommend eating it. However, if

June guide

Oh, they are great! They cook, they clean, they babysit… Everyone should have their own Minions! The only downside is my banana bill. It’s through the roof!

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pink = family

green = kids

blue = adults

yourGUIDE DATE

VENUE

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

COST

26/06/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Art Workshop for Children

10:30AM

4727 9011

$15

26/06/13 Cultural Centre Townsville

Painting Workshop with local indigenous artist

10:30AM

4772 7679

$14

26/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Balloon Painting

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Poi Making & Twirling

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Computer Bits

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Under the Sea

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Chalk Mural City

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

26/06/13 Ayr Showgrounds

Burdekin Show

27/06/13 North TSV Community Hub

Re-Cre8Tiv Kids Art Eco Art Workshops

9:00 AM

recre8tiv@bigpond.com

Cost

27/06/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Art Workshop for Children

10:30AM

4727 9011

$15

27/06/13 Cultural Centre Townsville

Aboriginal Dance Workshop

10:30AM

4772 7670

$14

27/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - On the Spot Improv

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

27/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Bubble Trouble

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

27/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Wild Things

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

27/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Broken Bones

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 North TSV Community Hub

Re-Cre8Tiv Kids Art Eco Art Workshops

9:00 AM

recre8tiv@bigpond.com

Cost

28/06/13 CSIRO Education - JCU

Double Helix Program - Soda Bottle Science

10:00 AM

4725 7887

Cost

28/06/13 CSIRO Education - JCU

Double Helix Program - Soda Bottle Science

12:30 PM

4725 7887

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program --Tumbling & Trampolining

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Polaroid Photo Story

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Mega Big Fish

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program -Contemporary Dance

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program - Tumbling & Trampolining

9:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

28/06/13 La Luna @ Riverway Arts Centre

School Holiday Program -Mad Hatter's Dance Party

11:00 AM

4773 6377

Cost

4771 4964

Cost

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Free

28/06/13 Townsville Showgrounds

Townsville Show

29/06/13 NQ Farmers Market

Town Square, Main Street, North Shore

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Regular Markets COTTERS MARKETS 8.30am-1pm every Sun at Flinders Mall STRAND NIGHT MARKETS 5-9pm 1st Fri of the month (May-Dec) at Strand Park WILLOWS MARKETS 7.30-11.30am every Sun at Willows Shopping Centre BALGAL BEACH MARKET 3.30pm-7pm 1st Sat of the month Fisherman’s Landing Café MOUNT VIEW PLAZA MARKETS 8am-2pm every Saturday

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SUNDAY MARKETS – CASTLE HILL PCYC THURINGOWA COMMUNITY MARKETS 8am-1pm 1st Sunday of each month HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS (MAGGIE ISLAND) 9.30am-1.30pm last Sun of every month at Horseshoe Bay Foreshore CHARTERS TOWERS SHOWGROUND MARKETS 7.30am-11.30am 2nd Sun every month CHARTERS TOWERS STOCK EXCHANGE MARKETS 8am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month on Mosman Street

INGHAM MARKETS 3rd Sun every month at Rotary Park AYR MARKETS 8.30am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month at Plantation Park FARMERS MARKET 6am-12.00 noon 2nd & 4th Sat of the month at North Shore Town Centre SATURDAY NIGHT MARKETS Every Saturday from 2-9pm at 87 Ingham Road, West End (opposite Showgrounds) 1st market kicks off on the 10th November

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Baby Pak

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irth defects are on the whole rare and very minor, but they are nonetheless heartbreaking for new parents expecting a perfect baby. One of the most common congenital conditions is cleft lip and palate, affecting one in every 700 Australian babies. Clefts occur very early in a pregnancy, at about six to eight weeks. At this time the usual fusing, or joining up of tissues of the lip and/or palate does not occur, leaving an opening called a cleft. It can occur in the lip or the palate (soft or hard palates), or both the lip and palate together.

One in 700 babies will be born with a cleft – but it can be successfully treated, reports Shannon du Plessis

A cleft lip is sometimes called a “hare lip” which is a term derived in medieval times. It was believed a mother gave birth to a baby with a cleft lip because a hare had jumped across her path. Some cases are believed to be caused by a genetic link but most children have no family history of clefts, which means the cause is usually unknown. Some clefts are detected during a routine ultrasound in pregnancy but some are not detected, which can be due to the position of the baby, lack of amniotic fluid, or time of gestation. A diagnosis during pregnancy means you can prepare yourself emotionally and practically for the arrival of your baby. Clefts not detected by ultrasound are usually detected at or soon after birth. The good news is clefts can be treated. Most specialist appointments, surgery and hospital stays are covered by Medicare, which has a Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme. Cleft-affected children receive free dental and orthodontic work until

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22 years of age. Treatment includes surgically closing the baby’s lip by three to four months of age, and the palate between six to nine months. The surgeon and specialists such as a dentist, orthodontist, speech pathologist and ear/nose/ throat specialist will see the child regularly as they grow. Each cleft is individual and each child’s needs are different. After the initial surgery to repair the lip and/or palate, on-going check-ups continue for several years where further treatment may be considered. One of the first things mothers ask, is can they still breastfeed their baby. The answer is yes, but only once you have established a suitable position and the baby is latching on correctly. A cleft palate interferes with normal sucking and that means breastfeeding may need to be supplemented with either expressed milk or formula by another method such as a cup, specially designed bottle or supply line. After surgical repair, it is possible to achieve full breastfeeding. Children with clefts can lead normal lives if they are brought up with healthy self-esteem to cope with the outside world. It’s important to encourage a high standard of dental care, keep specialist appointments and encourage your child to communicate with others. A cleft diagnosis can leave parents shocked, confused, angry, often feeling guilt or blame, as well as uncertainty. All of these feelings are normal and CleftPALS – a national organisation of parents and professionals involved in treating clefts – can provide support. Check out: http:// homepage.powerup.com.au/~cleftpal/ www.pakmag.com.au

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Baby Pak

Reflexology

Brand new Book

Junk food Effects

review Annabel Karmel

Love

Red Nose Day - 28 June

this!

This month is the annual major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Since these awareness campaigns began there has been an 80% reduction in SIDS deaths. Even though the cause of SIDS is still not known there is strong scientific evidence to support the back sleeping position as the safest sleeping position for infants. Placing babies on their tummy

Reflexology - benefits during pregnancy By Katrina Hedges Everyone is uniquely different and every woman’s experience of pregnancy also varies but many find complementary therapies to be effective in supporting them through this journey.

and physiology and has learnt the art of reading the feet. Just like a road

[1] Sleep your baby on their back from birth, not on

map, they can follow all the organs

the tummy or side

their food preferences to their kids, according

and structures and glands of the body through the feet. During pregnancy

[2] Keep their head and face uncovered while sleeping

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Scene Setters Styling and decorations make parties extra special. Natasha at Aishling Events specialises in handmade bonbonniere and decorations as well as vintage furniture hire, props and a range of DIY party supplies for children’s parties.

vintage Rebecca Parsons from Sew Vintage uses vintage buttons and hand died laces to create beautiful accessories such as headbands, necklaces, fabric bouquets and bunting. She especially enjoys creating custom pieces for special occasions.

Sweet tooth Uniquely themed and decorated sweet tables at children’s parties are guaranteed to get any party going. Sugar Buzz Dessert Tables & Lolly Buffets can supply a table full of yummy treats, decorated to

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match any theme. Owned and run by Amy McLeod, Sugar Buzz also supply decorations, props and serving ware for parties.

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Six talented Townsville mums recently came

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Cakes Paper and String make beautiful cakes with fresh, real ingredients for any

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special occasion. Trained as a fine dining chef, Melissa Hiette discovered a

The pretty handmade children’s clothes at Alexibelle use quality designer fabrics in

soft spot for sugar after being reluctantly moved to the pastry section. All of

simple functional designs. Made by Army wife Kirsty Griffiths, who dusted off her old

her cakes are baked individually and custom decorated with intricate detail.

sewing machine to keep herself busy in the evenings while her husband was away,

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School’s Out Activities for the School Holidays

programmes & Classes [1] Cultural Centre Townsville The Cultural Centre will be running a range of 90-minute workshops for ages 4+. • 25 June (10.30am) – Lino Printing - $20 • 26 June (10.30am) – Painting with local indigenous artist - $14 • 27 June (10.30) – Aboriginal Dance Workshop - $14

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[4] CSIRO Double Helix Science Events

[6] Gallery Art Workshops

• 25 June (10am & 12.30pm) – Runaway Toy

each day). Led by a local artist. Cost: $15.

Make your own pull toy that actually works.

Call 4727 9011 for more info.

Age: 8-15 years.

• Perc TuckeR - 24-27 June (10.30am-1pm

• Pinnacles (Riverway Arts Centre) – 2-4 July

• 28 June (10am & 12.30pm) – Soda Bottle

(11am-1.30pm each day). Led by a local artist

Science. Make your own soda bottle racer.

Cost: $15. Call 4773 8871.

Age: 5-15 years. • 2 July (10am & 12.30pm) – Fabulous Flying

[7] La Luna

• 2 July (10.30am) – Boomerang Throwing - $14

Machines. Build flying machines that can fly

La Luna are running lots of awesome workshops

• 3 July – 10.30am) – Palm Frond Weaving - $14

& different ways to power them. Age: 5-15 years.

again at the Riverway Arts Centre. See our what’s

• 4 July (10.30am) – Storytelling - $10

• 4 July (10am & 12.30pm) – Kaleidoscopes

All workshops include a light snack. Bookings

Age: 5-15 years

essential. Call Claudinia on 4772 7679.

Learn all about mirrors and reflections.

on guide for more details.

OTHER Ideas

• 5 July (10am & 12.30pm) – DIY Chemistry Kit Learn about chemical reactions.

• VRROOOM – 2013 Children’s Exhibition at

Age: 8-15 years.

Perc Tucker Gallery

days 2-5 July. Cost $55. Call 4779 4647 to book

Cost: $12 members, $15 non-members. Children

• Reef HQ – Great for a daytrip and they have

or email Townsville@paulsadlerswimland.com

under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

extra kids activities in the holidays

[2] Paul Sadler Swimland Intensive swimming running for 4 consecutive

Bookings essential. Go to www.trybooking.com.

[3] Re-Cre&Tiv

• MTQ – The Camo Kids holiday program is

For more information call 4725 7887.

all about Army life with equipment to inspect,

Re-Cre8Tiv will be holding four sessions a day

[5] Conservation Volunteers

(24-28 June) at North Townsville Community Hub

a bomb detection dog demo to watch and real life soldier stories from the front. Go to

where children will be able to create art using

Join Creekwatch, a community based water

www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au for info.

recycled materials. Suitable for age 5-12 (plus

quality group to help collect water bugs and samples and find out about the health of our

• Kingpin Bowling – All-Action school

there’s a new TEEN class running for 13-17 year olds). Call Sandra on 0414 647 709 for more

local environment. Cost: Free. Call Wendy on

information or email recre8tiv@bigpond.com

4721 4077 or email townsvllle@cva.org.au.

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Get Set for Year 7 Secondary Schooling Local Catholic schools are planning for the introduction of Year 7 to Secondary in 2015

In 2015, Year 7 will become part of the secondary setting in all school sectors throughout Queensland. The move will be a significant change for both Catholic primary and secondary schools. However, we believe it is the right decision if Queensland is to maintain a world-class education system. Since the introduction of Prep, students will be an average of six months older when they reach Year 7 and we believe ready for the challenges of the specialist teaching programs the secondary school setting provides. Importantly, the move will more closely align our school structures with both the delivery of the new Australian curriculum that is now being implemented, and with the other states. Over the next three years Catholic education will work with principals and school communities along with the State government to ensure this major reform is successfully delivered with the interests of students, teachers, staff and their families paramount.

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Enrolling in Year 7 and 8 in 2015 In 2015, we will have two new groups of students enrolled in secondary. If your child is in Year 5 or 6 in 2013, they will be due to start Year 7 or 8 as part of secondary in 2015. Enrolments for both Year 7 and 8 (for 2015) will be processed from Term 2, 2014. Children who attend a Catholic primary school are guaranteed a place at a systemic Catholic secondary college*, provided applications are received by the set due date. Children who are in Year 5 or 6 in 2013 at a Prep-12 college will follow regular continuing enrolment processes. Enrolment information is available on the Townsville Catholic Education website www.tsv. catholic.edu.au from the end of Term 1 each year for the following year. *Ignatius Park College and St Patrick’s College are not systemic Catholic schools. Please consult directly with the college for enrolment information and processes.

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Active

Kids

Story thanks to Louise Costanzo

Yoga

in schools

Where all students can be

STARS

Stretching Mind & Body by Louise Costanzo

Classes available in • FATD Jazz & Tap

• Wiggles & Giggles

Students prepared for • FATD Examinations • Eisteddfods

general improvement in the classroom climate.

undertaking a new twist on traditional

The research and data from the YTFS 2012 Pilot

physical education. As our children’s

Program has subsequently been used to create

lives become more stressful, yoga is quickly becoming more prominent in schools as research shows the overwhelmingly positive effect it can have on children’s development physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

As the benefits of yoga and meditation in schools becomes more well known, a new program has been successfully piloted in some of our local schools

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many benefits of incorporating yoga into the modern classroom, including: an increase in students’ physical strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation as well as improved capacities for focusing, concentration and retention of new

parents founded Yoga Tools for Schools (YTFS)

information. Yoga also has a positive impact on

in 2011. It is a not-for-profit organisation that

students’ social and psychological development

helps teachers and students experience the

with higher self-esteem, confidence, discipline

benefits of yoga. Their short sessions of simple

and body awareness.

easily conducted in the classroom to improve focus and concentration before lessons begin, and importantly, the self awareness and self management strategies taught in the YTFS program align with the current Curriculum. Yoga Tools for Schools initially completed a pilot project with three Townsville schools; Belgian Gardens State School, Currajong State School and Grammar Junior School in 2012. Thirty local teachers were trained to implement yoga-based of six consecutive weeks. The encouraging

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Current research worldwide has validated the

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the framework for its current program.

On the back of this trend, a local group of

yoga-based exercises and activities can be

• FATD Classical Ballet • Hip Hop • Flexibility

I

n schools across the country, students are

feedback and data received from this project was outstanding with positive outcomes for teachers, students and classroom climate for project participants. In particular many teachers reported an overall improvement in student ability to focus following yoga sessions and a

YTFS spokesperson Jasmine Healy-Pagan encourages the Townsville community to become involved in bringing the benefits of yoga to more schools. “Parents can enquire about the Health & Wellbeing programs at their school and suggest Yoga Tools for School to assist in this area,” she says. Yoga Tools for Schools Inc. is currently funded by local sponsors and community fundraising but Jasmine is hoping “to receive some financial support from other entities so that we can support schools without any financial burden; with more funding we can hire trained professionals to visit local schools and offer weekly yoga sessions.” To find out more call Jasmine on 0478 693 233 or go to www.yogatoolsforschools.com.au www.pakmag.com.au

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Ready to Race For costume ideas think racing

! s e n i g n e r u o y t Star

track, pit lane and fans • Racing car driver costume • Pit lane t-shirt and cap • All-in-one jumpsuit or overalls • Red racing caps and polo shirt

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• Racing helmets, stackhats and racing goggles • Pit Lane Passes hanging on string around neck

is the perfect re next month, now he g in m co s V8 e th With r a car-themed bash fo r fo ng ni an pl time to start ool holidays. siasts during the sch thu en or ot m le litt

Rev your engines • Car races – party guests race each other in handmade cardboard box racing cars • Racetrack obstacle course – Guests race their cardboard cars around witch hats

Pit Lanes & Podiums

• Matchbox car races – make a long road out of black fabric and paint white or yellow lines down the middle of the road • Pit Lane tyre changing races –

• Pit Lane Limbo • Pin the wheel on the racing car

Grand Prix Goodies

• Decorate a racing cap • Make mini wheel keyring holders • Musical Chairs • Pass the parcel – prizes can be toy cars, medals, racing caps, etc • Piñata – Make your own racecar piñata and fill with lollies and prizes

• Colour theme of red, black and white

change paper plate tyres on

• Podium Ceremony - overall

with checkered accessories

cardboard cars

winners given medals or trophies

• Racing car caps • Car-shaped bread biscuits individually wrapped in clear cellophane • Matchbox cars • Medals • Trophies – engraved with name, party and date • Pit Lane t-shirt with guest’s name on it • Cupcakes decorated with a car theme

• Huge sign saying ‘Welcome Race Fans’

and individually wrapped and packaged

• Huge signs above food table saying ‘Pit Stop’ or ‘Re-Fuel’ • Red, black and white balloons all tied together in big bunches

full throttle tucker

• Checkered flags and bunting flags • Rubber car tyres • Fake petrol pumps • Witch’s hats outlining a racing obstacle course • Racing cars made out of boxes • Fake traffic lights (made out of boxes)

• Mini finger foods – sausage rolls,

• Red jelly slice

party pies, frankfurts, pizzas, etc

served in tiny square bites

• Cupcakes decorated as medals,

• Car-shaped biscuits

with cars on them or words ‘vroom’ • ‘Traffic lights’ slice – red, yellow and green smarties on the top

• Chocolate crackles served in checkered cupcake holders • Red jaffas and smarties and

• Racing cars made out of healthy

yellow smarties – each served

• Trophies and medals on display

fruit and vegetables

in clear glass jars

• A podium for first, second and third

• Mini Mars Bar racing cars with Tiny

• Handmade individualised

Teddy drivers and Smartie wheels

design labels for bottles

• Black and white checkered tablecloth • White platters

• Red jelly with mini checkered flags

of water

sitting in the top of each cup of jelly

• Cardboard racing car-shaped

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out&about

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email to: photos@pakmag.com.au

garten Georgia at WS Community Kinder

Sophia at Townsville Toy Library Tommy at WS Community Kinder garten

Bronte at WSCK

Connor at WSCK

Emilia at WSCK

Lillie at WSCK

Out & About photos thanks to Cheeky Monkey photography > www.cheekymonkeyphotos.com.au

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Matilda at Biggest Morning Tea

Max at Townsville Toy Library

Alicia at Townsville Toy Library

Maia at Townsville Toy Library

Max at Biggest Morning Tea

Out & About photos thanks to Cheeky Monkey photography > www.cheekymonkeyphotos.com.au

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less goal directed they are and in fact, the

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Children become less accountable for their own

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Laughs mummy

NEVER Say Never!

S

he is grabbing everything in sight and

that she was watching me eat my weetbix. she

putting it in her mouth, including my

would watch the spoon go into the bowl then

nipple... never thought I would get a

into my mouth. So I decided to see if she would

nipple cripple from a 5 month old! She is even

have a go. I put a little bit of weetbix on the

starting to form the word “dad”, despite my

spoon and put it in her mouth... she screwed

efforts to whisper “mum mum mum” to her

her face up and spat it back out again.

every day! But the biggest milestone she has reached this month is starting on solids.

Eva is now 5 months old and the milestones are coming hard and fast! She can now roll over and prop herself up, though she still gets frustrated because she can’t go the other way.

watched kids eating, see them slobber all

work it was time to give solids a crack. So we

over a bit of food, and then their parents pick

got some Farex mixed it with some formula

it up and eat it. That used to gross me out!

and put her in her brand new high chair for

Never the less, when Eva dropped her bit of

her first try. The rice cereal went in, Eva pulled

weetbix out of her mouth, without hesitation

a disgusted face, and it came straight back

I scooped it up and ate it!! I realised what I had

out again. It was funny to watch her try and

done a moment later and thought “what has

figure out what this bland white substance was

happened to me?”.

doing in her mouth, and what exactly was she supposed to do with it? I don’t blame her for not wanting to eat it, I tried a bit and had the same reaction!

ending up on her bib than in her stomach we

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So the lesson I have learnt this month is - when it comes to your own kids and how you THINK you will handle things, never say never!

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