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Winter 2012

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Elliot’s army Rick and Emily Parish, together with the Telethon Adventurers, raise millions for cancer research following the death of their young child.


FlyiNG solo Lisa Fernandez talks about the highs and lows of being a single mum.


WiNtEr WarmErs Gorgeous fashion for children this season


liGht aFtEr darkNEss A Perth mum reveals how she finally ended years domestic abuse and found new happiness.


dad’s Word – Footy FEst Obsession or Addiction? Footymad dad, Gary Ausbruch on why he loves The Game.


thE WholEFood truth: JudE blErEau Wholefood guru, Jude Blereau, gets passionate about proper food.

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FuNNy mummy’s busiNEss – thE ikEa Wars Feel like a trip to Planet Flat Pack? Its all fun and games as Ari Chavez shares her tried and tested IKEA strategy. birth ChoiCEs A local mother discusses why she opted for a home birth. FaCEbook CompEtitioN Join Offspring Magazine on Facebook and win!

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iNtErNEt piCks Our selection of websites offering great products for your kids.


thE pErFECt baby shoWEr Your guide to planning or hosting the perfect baby shower!

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slEEp likE a baby Sleep cycles, resettling and crying – how to help your baby sleep through the night.


surviviNG mENiNGoCoCCal disEasE Why it’s so important to recognise the signs and symptoms: one Perth mum’s experience.

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Child’s play Playgroup WA is turning 40, a great time to reflect on why ‘playing’ is more important than ever.


Our darlings Cute snapshots supplied by our readers!


EduCation SpECial FEaturE 66

WhiCh sChOOl’s in? Melanie Hearse talks about schooling options in Perth.

Food & nutrition 74

lusCiOus lunChes Top tips for packing a delicious, healthy and filling lunchbox.

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Winter getaWays Your next family getaway could be a jaunt down south, a trip to the Australian tropics, or an exotic island adventure.


Calendar Of events Events for WA families this Autumn


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ISSUE 10 WIntEr 2012

Cover photograph of Emily and Rick Parish by Frances Andrijich

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themselves in similar circumstances. One of these families, the Parish’s,

best to date. It’s an opportune time to

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of fighting childhood cancer in Elliot’s

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Karla, shares her traumatic, but hopeful,

you, our readers who support Offspring

story about escaping domestic violence.

and its advertisers. I would also like to extend a special

Rick and Emily Parish have endured the ultimate nightmare for any parent -

thankyou to two families who have

the loss of a child. Their three year old

selflessly shared their personal stories with

son, Elliot, sadly passed away from brain

us, in hope of creating more awareness

cancer last year. This couple, together

and helping other families who find

with the support of a raft of local passionate and dedicated fundraisers form the Telethon Adventurers, an enterprising charity that raises millions of dollars for childhood cancer research. And then there’s Karla who wants to

a holiday guide for escaping the winter doldrums with your family. Places covered

share her story in the hope of encouraging

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other women who are victims of domestic

Coral Coast, Broome, sunny Queensland,

violence to get help. We’ve provided

and Bali, where I’ve reviewed of a couple

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of my favourite hotels, the Legian Beach

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Hotel and Maya Ubud.

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Our contributors ARI CHÁVEZ, COLUMNIST has had work published in Australia, England, Japan and Singapore. She has a delightful toddler, Gabriel, who was born with coffee in his veins. She is currently completing her first novel as part of a PhD project.

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LISA FERNANDEZ, RADIO ANNOUNCER is a Perth girl who is currently doing the breakfast show on 92.9 FM with Basil Zempilas and Sam Mac. As a mother, Lisa wants to “nurture, encourage, teach, inspire and give my love unconditionally... because the reward is so incredibly great”.



and mother of seven and four year old boys, has worked on a range of local and national publications, focusing on parenting, health and lifestyle articles. She worked for 10 years in the public health sector before deciding to follow her passion to be a writer when her first son Max was born.

When she’s not managing the family business (Cafe 58), Tara is busy being a single mum to her beautiful one-year-old son, Jett. She loves working for Offspring, as it allows her to merge her passions for writing, parenting and kids fashion!



is financial controller for a Perthbased mining company. He has had columns published on the challenging subject of the lighter side of accountancy, and has written for SBS TV. He is married to Sue and has two young children, Ella and Sebastian.

Runs and is mum to two young children. Kate has translated her love of all things online to providing expert nutrition coaching online – it works well for anyone who is busy! Kate’s passion lies in making healthy eating simple and enjoyable.



a journalist of five years and a mother of two. “I love a challenge, journalism provides me with a mental challenge and motherhood has the ability to challenge every aspect of my being, and I wouldn’t have life any other way.”

believes her work is most satisfying when she can empower a woman and her partner to birth their baby naturally; and the new little human being thanks his mummy with a squeal!



improvement, bridal and women’s lifestyle publications, but says Offspring enables her to combine writing with her new favourite hobby, being a mum to her beautiful boys Caleb and Baby Jonah.

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worked in print media before welcoming gorgeous baby boy Sam into the world. She is now doing some freelance writing and absolutely loving being a mum. “Sam changes so much every day, so it’s great to be able to keep that passion for writing but not miss a thing.”

earned a BA in Fine Art and worked in the visual arts industry for over 10 years. Miya is the creator of the kids craft blog: She currently cares for her young family by day and writes for her blog by night.

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Emily and Rick Parish with Hudson (6), Harrison (7) and Lachlan (18).



By Melanie Hearse PHotograPHy By frances andrijicH Hair and MakeuP By yvette gray

From great tragedy comes great hope as husband and wife Rick and Emily Parish, with all the Telethon Adventurers, raise millions for cancer research following the death of their son Elliot, who died from Medulloblastoma, the most common form of brain tumor found in children.

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lliot Parish’s eyes are a perfect mix of his mother’s shape and impishness, and his father’s colour and

gravity. In a photograph placed into my hands by Elliot’s father, Rick, he is the typical image of a cheeky three year old, with remnants of the Milo he’d been drinking spread across his cheeks, and a somber frown at having the moment captured. This image has become one of the many that symbolise the charity started in Elliot’s honour, the Telethon Adventurers, which was established by Rick Parish and former AFL star, Peter Wilson. The Adventurers raise money to fund research to find a cure for childhood cancer, which ultimately took Elliot’s life

Elliot has This photo of emark image become a trad Adventurers. of the Telethon

in February of 2011, when he was only four years old. In May 2009, when Elliot was two, he turned quickly from a small boy that ran the house, and considered eating butter from a tub under the kitchen table a favourite feast, into a boy who experienced bouts of continuous vomiting and ‘wobbled’ when he walked. Elliot’s mother, Emily, recalls how she first noticed Elliot wasn’t well. “He just started to go off his food,” she recounts. “He started to vomit at the same time every night three or four nights in a row, and we were concerned he had some kind of stomach problem.” “One day I was talking to a close friend about him and she said she knew a little girl that had the same symptoms and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She asked me if we’d had him checked out for that, so I talked to Elliot’s pediatrician, expecting the idea to be dismissed, but his pediatrician booked him in for scans.” This was the point life took a nightmare turn for the family. “One night, weeks before the appointment we had for his scans, Elliot started to projectile vomit, and hadn’t touched any food all day. He even ignored Freddo

“Some parents are told to take their child home because there is nothing that can be done, so we had plenty of fight.”

“After the CT scan, they asked me how far away Rick was, as they wanted to talk to both of us together, and the hospital room began to spin. When he arrived, they told us. The CT scan showed Elliot had a brain tumour, 4cm in diametre, at the base of his brain. They diagnosed him with Medulloblastoma, the most common form of brain tumour found in children.” At this point, Rick takes over

frogs, Twisties and his favourite,

recounting the night their world

pasta with butter, and Elliot was a

imploded. “At the time, the doctors told

voracious eater,” says Emily.

us if the tumour was localised they

“We knew something was very wrong and drove him

could operate and remove the complete mass, giving him

straight to PMH, and that night they scanned him. They

a better chance of survival,” he recounts. “They inserted a

told me that if the news wasn’t great, they would wait

drain to remove fluid from the base of Elliot’s brain, taking

for my husband to come in before talking to me.”

out 20ml every hour for three days. Then he underwent

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brain surgery, during which most of the tumour was removed.” Then the next piece of bad news. The cancer was advanced, and had metastasized from his brain down into his spine like a stocking, with a bit here and a bit there, and was inoperable. “We were told he had a 30 per cent chance of survival, and we thought this was better than no chance at all and decided go ahead with treatment. Some parents are told to take their child home because there is nothing that can be done, so we had plenty of fight.” After seeking specialist advice, such as that from Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo, about subjecting Elliot to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, they realised Elliot would not survive without it, and went ahead. Elliot had three bouts of chemotherapy, three of megachemotherapy (a more toxic form of chemotherapy) and 30 sessions of radiation treatment. Emily says that Elliot had a catheter during mega therapy because his urine was too toxic, and they had to bathe him four times a day in an oatmeal bath because his sweat was also toxic. Emily’s voice shakes as she recounts the horrific experience of having to use gloves because of the toxin risk, yet watch as they put this highly toxic medicine into the biggest vein above Elliot’s heart. His parent’s distress at the treatment process is still sharp, and both speak passionately about how the chemotherapy affected their baby. The harrowing experience of the treatment has left a brutal mark on their memories and, consequently, exploring less aggressive, but more effective, treatments of childhood cancers is an area of research the Telethon Adventurers funding supports.

“The year Elliot was diagnosed 50 children in Perth had the same illness, the next year there were 75 and the following year there were 100 children with the same disease. This is an alarming increase.”

It was at this point that Rick began asking what he

$20,000 to contribute to the project, and the charity made $960,000 in just ten months. The money purchased a 3D molecular imager that allowed the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

could do to help Elliot and other children like him fight

scientists to monitor a tumour’s growth (taking daily

childhood cancer. With the simple response of ‘we need

snapshots of brain and spinal tumours in mice to

money – for research and tools to help with that research’,

monitor their development) and helps pinpoint the

he and Peter Wilson immediately organised for a group of

genetic differences that lead to the spread of some

20 Perth people to tackle Mont Blanc in France, with the

tumours. The machine also assists with the diagnosis

goal of raising sponsorship money. Climbing the highest

and treatment of young cancer patients. The machine

mountain in the Alps netted each climber more than

was dedicated to Elliot, aptly named “Elliot’s machine”.

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After the aggressive treatment process Elliot had clear

was really important,” Rick says. “I had been feeling a

scans and everyone was ecstatic, and hopeful they were

sense that life was lacking in meaning, and that I was

one of the lucky families. Sadly, six weeks later, they got

taking too much for granted. In that moment I knew

the news that Elliot’s cancer was back, and he had only

family was the most important thing.”

months to live.

Rick, a multi-award winning, international

When Elliot was first diagnosed

businessman, sold his business,

in 2009, Rick and Emily were grateful to be in a position to devote all their time and attention to their family. Shortly before Elliot became sick, Rick had completed a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer, in honour of Emily’s mother who had passed away from the illness. “This is going to sound odd, but in a lot of ways, that moment on the mountain crystallised for me what

deciding to pour all of his time into

“When someone kills your child, you want to avenge that death. Well, we consider cancer to have killed our child and that is our vendetta.”

his family on his return. Five days later Elliot was diagnosed. The Telethon Adventurers was established in 2010 by Rick and Peter, and has the full support of the Telethon Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital. Rick says in the early days Kerry Stokes approached him to team up with Telethon, to which Rick agreed on the proviso they could continue to decide how the money they raised was spent. Mr Stokes continues to match fundraising efforts dollar for dollar up to $500,000 per year.

In 2011, the Telethon Adventurers raised one and a half million dollars, which was then topped up by Kerry Stokes to two million dollars. Through approaching other names and experts, the Telethon Adventurers secured the high profile support needed to keep their message and efforts alive – including that of Hugh Jackman, Ricky Ponting, designer Aurelio Costarella, Ben Elton, Colleen Hewitt and Professor Fiona Stanley. In February 2011, Elliot lost his fight with cancer, falling into his final sleep in his parents’ arms at home. The night Elliot died, Emily and Rick stood in his room and vowed that they would find out why their son had died, and how to prevent other families from

The Telethon Adventurers millions of do raise llars through sponsored events for chil dhood cancer research.

experiencing the same loss and grief. “When someone kills your child, you want to avenge that death. Well, we consider cancer to have killed our child and that is our vendetta. We won’t stop raising funds for the essential research until we find a cure and stamp it out - the rate of cancers in children is on a rapid rise and we need to find out why,” says Rick. “The year Elliot was diagnosed 50 children in Perth had the same illness, the next year there were 75 and the following year there were 100 children with the same disease. This is an alarming increase.” Childhood cancer has not only touched the lives of the Parish’s and those around them. In 2011, Victoria

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O’Neill was named the Telethon Adventurer of the Year

National Safety Council as Officer in Charge of Para-

after raising $150,000 by jumping out of a plane for the

rescue Training, and was a Base Commander for eight

first time. Rick and Victoria met in the cancer ward

years. He’s also the managing director of a successful

at PMH, along with many other Telethon Adventurer

new business, Global Rescue. He was a finalist in the

families, and remain friends and fellow Adventurers.

Australian of the Year Awards 2011 and 2012 and was

Rick’s background

recently nominated for the

before Elliot’s diagnosis has provided him with many of the skills and grit useful in steering the activities and management of the Telethon Adventurers alongside the rest of the team at the organisation. The WA State Finalist for Australia’s Local Hero 2012 is a former SAS soldier who

inaugural West Australian

“We know that the only way we can move forward to beat this terrible disease is through research and strategic collaboration with the world’s leading childhood cancer researchers.”

went on to work for the

of the Year 2012. The work with the Telethon Adventurers is still a major focus of the family though and Rick continues at the helm with Peter and the support of the strong team that they have built. “People want to help,” says Rick. “People want community, want a way to be part of something

special, and the Telethon Adventurers offers that. The people who come along are touched by Elliot’s and others’ stories, and our passion for fighting back at cancer, and they want to be a part of that. The Adventurers can take on all kinds of challenges, such as joining Elliot’s Army at the HBF Run for a Reason or just sponsoring someone that is running. People like that it’s a tangible way to get involved in something meaningful,” says Rick.

esenting the The Parish’s pr ” lliot’s Machine plaque for “E ity. ed by the char which was fund Rick with Ker ry Stokes who is a patron of the Telethon Adventurers.

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On the family front, Emily and Rick have worked hard to minimise how much cancer has robbed their family. “We spoke to the experts at PMH about how to guide our other boys Lachlan (eighteen), Harrison (seven) and Hudson (six) through this awful journey. How do I explain to a (then) four and five year old that their brother is not coming home? We are confronted

The Parish family with some of the fund raising items.

by questions like ‘Mum, can I die from eczema?’. We’ve talked to the experts about what is age appropriate; we want to give them enough information to assuage their fears, but we also want to shelter them from this horrific disease,” Emily says. Emily and Rick also sought advice from counselors for themselves. “I’m so proud to be with a man who can see when extra help and support is required and not be too proud to seek it,” Emily says. “There are going to be times in the journey when you look at each other and all you see is the horror. Getting help can be the difference in keeping your family together, and cancer had robbed us of enough. We heard that, statistically, a high number of couples do break up through experiences like these and we didn’t want to be one of them. We are captains of a bigger ship than just ourselves and we need to keep things on an even keel for our boys,” she explains. The boys take part in fundraising activities that are appropriate for their age. “Shaking tins at the Woolworths drive helps them feel involved. Hearing their father talk to a group about the experience, on the other hand, is too much.” “Our friends and family have been an invaluable

Show you the money

Wondering how the money raised by the Telethon Adventurers is spent? The main beneficiaries are the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR). Funding has been provided for a Cancer Research Fellowship at TICHR and a Cancer Clinical and Research Fellowship at PMH. This is in addition to over $700,000 of equipment purchased by the Adventurers funding at these locations. The funding target for 2012 is $2 million. It will go towards purchasing vital equipment, developing new treatment drugs and establishing necessary fellowships, therefore enabling state-of-the art childhood cancer research that will continue over the next five years. No one in the Telethon Adventurers receives any payment with all money going directly to childhood cancer research and equipment.

support for us, as have the Telethon Adventurers. They have supported us when we’ve struggled, they have been

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Get involved in the fight against childhood cancer with the Telethon Adventurers in 2012

there to help with the boys, and even the boys’ friends have been a part of their healing,” says Emily. On the wall is a gold bell with the name of all the children in Hudson’s class at school, the Lance Holt Community School, with a poem engraved across the front in remembrance of Elliot. Rick mentions that the company in the US that produced the 3D imaging machine have a picture of Elliot on their wall, and that throughout his fight, they talked about his progress at meetings, and still speak of him now. “One of our greatest fears was that Elliot would be forgotten. Thanks to the efforts of every person that has become involved in some way with our fight, we know Elliot’s memory will stay alive,” says Rick. Emily says they are sometimes asked if they need to work so hard, if they don’t need to drop some of the things on their plate. “For us, this is a way of making our loss more bearable and making something meaningful of his

The Telethon Adventurers target for 2012 is to raise $2 million to fund the war on Childhood Cancer. You can get involved in one the adventures below, or hold your own adventure and raise funds. • Asian ‘Spice Cycle’ For A Cure (Vietnam to Cambodia) in June and July • Chamonix Challenge (France to Grand Paradiso Italy) in July • Tour for a Cure Ride USA (California to Nevada) in August • Jump for a Cure (York, Western Australia) in October • Woolworths Ride for Elliot (Esperance to Perth) in November • Tour de Gracetown Bi-Annual Charity Ride (Gracetown, WA) in November If you want to join an adventure, or find out more about hosting your own event, go to, call Rick Parish on 0417 916 368 or email rick.parish@ You can also stay up to date with all the news on Facebook (the Telethon Adventurers) and Twitter @kidscancercure.

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ne question I’m often asked is how I manage to

honest, I have been for awhile.

juggle a full-time breakfast job on 92.9 radio with

And because this fact is met with

a delightful, yet demanding, two and a half year old child,

bewilderment and sometimes

and do it all as a single parent. The answer quite simply

disbelief (cue yesterday’s

is: Some days I do a great job and I marvel at my multi-

conversation): “What! You’re

tasking skills and other days I’m not sure I should even be

single! I can’t believe it! Rubbish!

allowed near small children let alone have one, but isn’t it

You must have a boyfriend

like that for everyone?

hidden away somewhere!!”

Whenever I meet listeners of our 92.9 breakfast show I, in

I am prompted to ask, sans

turn, ask them how they cope as single parents, not realising

guile or political

that I am different from many others in a similar situation

I too independent? Is there

in that I have chosen to remain financially independent and

even such a thing as being too

therefore in control of my household with Isabella.


So for those who are even remotely interested (and I

In my independent life I am

assume there are a few or you wouldn’t be reading), this is

used to making decisions. I

my life in a nutshell. I’m happy, I’m healthy (aside from the

make all kinds of decisions and

odd spot of psoriasis), I have a great career, a beautiful child

I like that I’m always in control

and a dog who can still fetch a stick at 11 years of age.

of what happens in my life and

I’m in the prime of my life and I am totally, absolutely,

when. I decide whether to have chicken or fish for dinner

single. I’m so single I sleep in men’s PJ’s from K-Mart and

and what streets I’ll take to get to work the quickest way. I

don’t care. The last time I remember buying lingerie was

make hard decisions like choosing a Catholic or public school

when I lived in another state and my bathroom shelves are

for Isabella and which insurance company should receive my

chock full of perfumes, deodorants, make-up, tampons and

hard earned wages to protect my house and my car. I decide

tons of other rubbish that would’ve been cleared out years

to which park we’ll take Atticus for a walk and when we go

ago if I weren’t so screamingly and obviously single.

and I decide how long we’ll spend on the swings.

But, make no mistake, I am not whinging about my

I make all the decisions in our small household. I pay all

relationship status or lack thereof, I am merely stating a fact.

the bills and the responsibility of keeping my family fed,

The sky is blue, water is wet and I am single. To be completely

clothed, educated and happy is solely mine. The weight

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of this responsibility rests squarely on my shoulders each and every day and I’ve found it to be both a privilege and a burden depending on how tired I am.

work full-time, part-time, not at all or stay-at-home mums. I don’t wish to alienate myself from those women who are not the main money earners by associating myself more with

The main problem for me in relationships and even

their partners but the fact remains that I play a dominant role

friendships lies in the fact that I find myself

in my household and I am very much the

relating more to the male of the household

mum and dad in many instances. Like when

than to the female. Not always but often. This has saddened me and sometimes even alienated me from my fellow female friends. On the one hand, I love my job and I hope to have a long career in the radio industry but

I’m so single I sleep in men’s PJ’s from K-Mart and don’t care.

it rained heavily on the weekend and my roof started to leak water so I was up on a ladder in the pouring rain pulling wet leaves from gutters that were up really, really high. So where does a relationship fit into all

on the other hand, my job is also mine and

of this? Well I guess I don’t really need one.

my family’s sole means of survival. I can’t on

And that is the biggest problem. Besides

a whim decide to change careers or do something else with

the S-word (which I miss a great deal), I don’t need to have

my life without a great deal of preparation and thought as I

a man around. And please let’s be clear on this. I said need. I

don’t have a partner who is able to help me out financially

don’t need a man. Do I want one? Well, put it this way. I often

until I get back on my feet. My mortgage is mine alone and it’s

reflect on the fact that my delightful and witty personality is

a big one because I’m an I feel the stress many men

showered lovingly upon a child under three and an ageing

feel as sole financial supporters of their families.

Rottweiler, and I’m not sure either quite appreciate my sense of

This is not to insinuate that a woman’s role within a household is less important or valuable or comes with any

humour. I sometimes get lonely and as I pick out the chicken

less stress. For me, this is not a feminist debate. I am a proud

I’m going to cook for dinner, alone, I wonder if I am too

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Denims, checks and florals look wonderfully cute on our littlies this winter

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Light after


After experiencing years of domestic abuse at the hands of her former husband, Karla discovered that happiness can exist after a world of misery. Tara Dryland shares her story. Photos: PhotograPhy by sarah hair & Make-uP: Clare MaC

This article is a raw account of one woman’s domestic abuse experience and may be confronting for some. It contains graphic details and offensive language. Please be aware that the issues presented and some elements within the story may offend.


magine for a moment. You’re in the kitchen, lovingly preparing your children’s dinner. The mood is light as

you set the table and chat candidly with your kids about their day. You sit down with a smile…. it’s been a good day today. The atmosphere changes quickly as your partner enters the room and out of

Karla has piles of legal documents against he r former abuser.

nowhere, you feel a sudden, excruciating pain shoot down your spine. You double over in agony and then look up to the horror on your children’s faces as they realise you have been stabbed. Thick, red blood starts

Lonely and vulnerable, Karla

to pour and pool at your feet. Imagine

was desperate for a new life

the distress as you scream and lunge to

with someone she trusted, but

protect your babies and then turn to see

instead fell for a man who took

your husband standing over you with a

advantage of her weaknesses.

sharpened hunting knife. “If you want to eat

“The abuse started immediately,”

like a pig……,” he says, “….I’ll treat you like

Karla explains.” I was lost and

a pig.”

craved attention. He had me

While it sounds like something out of a

convinced fairly early that I was

horror movie, horrific events like this were an everyday

fat and ugly. That I was lucky he had even looked at me.

occurrence for mother-of-three, Karla (32), who suffered

He said I was used goods and made me feel like he was all

ten years of violent physical, mental and sexual abuse at

that there was for me.”

the hands of her ex-husband before she escaped to find a life of true love and happiness. After suffering molestation by a close family friend,

Scared to leave him, Karla married her abuser six months into the relationship, causing the spiral of violence to spin out of control. “The abuse in the beginning was

Karla moved from Perth to Queensland in 1997, where

nothing compared to that after we got married,” she

she met her soon-to-be husband through mutual friends.

explains. Starting with daily bashings with his fists

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that could be triggered by the slightest annoyance

leave him. He threatened to kill my babies and me if I even

and which resulted in broken ribs, teeth and limbs, the

mentioned anything to my friends or family. I painted a

violence escalated over a decade to include being burnt

happy picture. I thought I could change him.”

with cigarettes, raped and bashed with baseball bats and

Although aware of the violence she was suffering,

rolling pins at any time of the day or night.

Karla’s friends and family were at a loss

So horrific were her injuries that

to establish ways to help her. “I would

Karla suffered nine miscarriages

tell my family I had walked into a door,

throughout her marriage. “There

or fallen down the stairs again. My

was one incident where he actually put a loaded gun inside me whilst I

husband had created a divide between our families. I wasn’t allowed to see

was pregnant and then kicked me

them and he had me convinced that

in the stomach constantly until he

they hated me.”

was sure I had miscarried, she says. Despite the damage to her body, Karla carried two sons to full term

Domestic violence affects everyone,” says Karla. “You can’t help those who won’t help themselves.

during her marriage, and is the

Listening to my family and the

proud mum to Lachlan (13) and

heartache that my trauma was

Hayden (12). Sadly, the boys didn’t escape the abuse and Lachlan was introduced to his father’s violence at age one

causing them was a big wake-up call.” Karla made the decision to leave her husband after

when he was kicked with steel-capped boots and had a beer

he refused her access to her children on Mother’s Day of

bottle smashed over his face.

2007. “Something inside of me just snapped,’ she recalls. “I

Hayden suffered too. “I was home five hours after

waited until he was at work and then packed mine and the

delivering Hayden, as my husband refused to look after Lachy,” Karla recalls. “I had no one to help me. My husband would not acknowledge that Hayden was his, simply because he had blue eyes. He would tie him to his pram and neglect him while he was bashing me.” The boys grew up with domestic violence as an everyday experience. They were present when their mother was bashed and when their drunk father brought random women home to sleep with. They were traumatised as he watched pornography openly in front of them, and then screamed at them for the smallest mistake. “We would hide in the bedroom and cry together, all three of us up against the door so he couldn’t get in.” “It sounds crazy,” says Karla, “but I was too scared to

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boys’ bags and headed for the airport. It was the scariest day of my life.” With flight tickets paid for by a friend and family desperate to save her, Karla knew she would have support back in Perth. “My mum begged me to come home and I’m so thankful I had the support and the courage to finally leave.” Support workers and police intervened quickly, organising restraining orders against her husband for her and the children. Her husband seemingly disappeared though, and is currently being sought by West Australian police. Karla also filed for divorce, something that can’t be finalised until he signs the papers. “Not knowing where he is scares me, but I feel I’m protected and know I have the support to move forward without him.” Miraculously, Karla did move forward, into a life that is a world away

Karla has found true lov e with new partner, Danie l.

from her previous one. Still suffering emotionally after the end of her abuse, finding love was the last thing she expected when she met her

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current partner, Daniel (31) on the internet in 2008. “Starting a new relationship was scary and I was

as her soulmate: “This path led me

surprised it happened so quickly,” she says. “But Daniel is

to Daniel,” she says.

the exact opposite of my ex husband – the most loving,

“We were meant to

caring, gentle, and happiest person I have ever met.” As

find each other.”

if taken straight from a love story, Karla describes Daniel

Karla describes her current life as “perfect”. “Daniel has taken on my boys as his own and they call him ‘Dad’. We have great friends, a beautiful house and he treats me like a princess, despite my scars, which are both mental and physical.” Due to her injuries, Karla had trouble falling pregnant to Daniel and continued to experience miscarriages while trying to conceive. Undeterred by disappointment, Karla fell pregnant with twins in 2009 but suffered another

Karla and Daniel’s commitment ceremony. Pictured with childrenLachlan (13), Faith (2) and Hayden (12).

blow when she lost one twin, Hope, mid-pregnancy. Miraculously she gave birth to a little girl, Faith, in 2010.

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“She’s our miracle. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I just had a rough path to get here. If I hadn’t gone through all that I wouldn’t be where I am today, I wouldn’t have Daniel and I wouldn’t have Faith.” Currently studying for a Bachelor of Psychology, Karla is determined to understand the logic within the criminal mind and to eventually use her qualifications to help others who find themselves in similar situations. “I want

“We have great friends, a beautiful house, and he treats me like a princess, despite my scars, which are both mental and physical.”

to teach people that there is a way out and there is life after domestic violence. There is a lot of help out there, you’re not alone. We need to speak up and make it an approachable subject.” Karla is positive as she reflects on her journey thus far, “I won’t ever forget what happened to me, but if I can help others, then I’m blessed. I’m still alive, I still have my kids. We’re safe now, that’s all that matters.”

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What is domestic and family violence? Domestic and family Violence is when one person intentionally uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to control and manipulate a family member, partner or former partner.

Forms of abuse:

Physical – pushing, slapping, punching, choking, kicking Sexual – forcing someone to do something they do not want to do Financial – controlling the money, taking or limiting money, stealing money from you Social – keeping you from seeing friends and family and going out Verbal – threats, put downs, insults, shouting Emotional – mind games, manipulation, humiliation, making the person feel worthless, stupid Spiritual – keeping you away from places of worship or forcing you to participate in rituals that you do not want to Property damage – smashing objects in the home

Domestic violence is not OK but it is OK to ask for help

There are many specialised services available to help you and your children if you are currently living in, or have been living in an abusive situation. Domestic Violence agencies can offer advice, support and referral in a number of areas including counseling, legal, financial, safety planning, tenancy and referral to women’s refuges.

Domestic violence contact numbers

› Police: 000 (24 hour service) Always call 000 when life or serious injury is threatened. › Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hour service) The helpline is a 24 hour service that provides support and counseling. This includes phone counseling, information and advice, referral to local advocacy and support services, liaison with police if necessary and support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence. This service can refer women to safe accommodation if required. Telephone 9223 1188 Freecall 1800 007 339 › Domestic Violence Advocacy Service: 9227 5852 (business hours) A free confidential service that provides help to access services and supports. This includes applying for a Violence Restraining Order, court support, advocacy, legal advice, referrals and linking children to appropriate counseling and support services.

Additional information:

Visit the Women’s Council website for more detailed information and additional contacts and resources - Working to ensure that all women and children live free of domestic and family violence. Centrecare Provides a range of family and domestic violence services Phone: 9325 6644

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DAD’S WORD with Gary Ausbruch

FOOTY FEST Mad-keen football fanatic Gary shares why his love of The Game is an addiction he’s in no rush to beat


ll nine games live each round on Foxtel. Ad free, siren to siren. In stunning HD. When the AFL

announced its new five-year, $1.25 billion TV rights deal in April last year, it was music to the ears of many a bloke across the country. A no-brainer. All the games live with a 24/7 dedicated footy channel, plus to sweeten the deal, a mountain of cooking/home renovation/Kardashian shows and continuous Dora the Explorer. In my house, a Foxtel subscription was procured immediately; and I was already calculating how many of the nine games I could fit in during a weekend - a difficult proposition in light of the self-imposed, two game limit that previously existed, but I was up for the challenge… The wife calls it an obsession, but I disagree. Rather, it has all the hallmarks of an addiction. Firstly, there are the jitters created by constantly watching the footy with a finger poised on the “channel back” button of the

There’s the rush I get when I have the house to myself on a Saturday afternoon and four quarters of pure unadulterated bliss in front of me.

remote, ready to change the channel in an instant when footsteps are

regularly and thoroughly than over summer, because I get to listen to the footy on the radio, uninterrupted, with a loud whirring

heard or a door handle turned. “Oh, hi Babe. Great umm,

noise blocking everything else out. The cooler months also

documentary this ...”

bring on early Sunday nights for me, as there’s nothing I

There’s the slightly dodgy peer pressure I exert on the

like better than sliding into bed with the iPad at the end

kids by trying to bribe them into watching footy with me

of a round and watching all 18 coaches’ press conferences

rather than letting them watch their shows. There’s the

back-to-back. I also seem to gain a multi-tasking ability,

guilt I feel from devoting my time to watching football

where I can listen to the football through one strategically

rather than undertaking more constructive, but less

placed earphone on the blind side to the person I’m

enjoyable pursuits, such as unblocking garden sprinklers

pretending to carry on a conversation with.

or cleaning the dishwasher filter, or even catching up

The thing is, I just love football. I love it how my mates

on sleep. There’s the rush I get when I have the house to

love it and how my work colleagues love it. I love it how

myself on a Saturday afternoon and four quarters of pure

much football there is in the media - complete and utter

unadulterated bliss in front of me.

over-saturation. I love footy tipping and fantasy footy. I even

And then there’s just the comfort it brings. When I was a boy and couldn’t get to sleep at night, my mum told me to think of nice things, and I used to think of the beach.

love it that the rest of the world doesn’t give a toss about it, as it means there’s all the more for me to gorge on. As any addiction counsellor will say, admitting that

Now the nice things I think of are the trades I’m going to

you have an addiction is the first step to recovery, and

make this week in Dream Team.

that an addict must want to be cured. So, yes, I admit I am

I would contend though, that my addiction has also

completely and hopelessly addicted to football. But there’s

created some positives. Our house gets very clean in

no way I want to be cured. With a pump of the fist, I say

winter. During winter I vacuum the house much more

bring on the rest of the season!

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The wholefood truth

Jude Blereau

West Australian wholefood guru, Jude Blereau, has made it her life’s work to remind people what good food really is and its value, but she’s worried that we’ve lost our way. She talks to Beth Johnston about what constitutes nutritious food.


n her own words, Jude Blereau is a Sagittarian on a mission – she wants to change the world, one dinner

plate at a time. Jude wears many hats, but she’s fundamentally a teacher who’s extremely passionate about getting people in touch with where their food really comes from. She began her career as a fashion designer, but food has always been a big feature in Jude’s life. Her mother is of Italian descent and was a nurse, so Jude says food and healing both played an important role. Jude says when she was little she used to make dresses for her dolls, but also teach other children how to cook. “To me, I think they’re the same thing,” Jude says. “You’re expressing some beauty of life in some way and I would do fashion design again in a heartbeat.” When she was a fashion designer full-time Jude felt she wanted to move into food and started studying nutrition part-time. “I’ve always been drawn to food but studying nutrition wasn’t for me,” she says. “I went to the US in the mid 1980s and came across a book that had just been released, Food and Healing, by Annemarie Colbin. Reading that book was one of those serendipitous moments in life, I just knew then what I wanted to do.” Jude says she knew that she wanted to translate nutrition information into food to help people make the link. She says she made a conscious decision to be in the kitchen. “I came back to Australia and got out of the rag trade and my daughter and I went and lived in Byron Bay for a few years where I ran a cafe,” she says. “We then went and lived in the US for a year, where I learned as much as I could, a lot of which was about macrobiotics. Anybody that has been in the industry for as long as I have, will generally have a macrobiotic base because that’s where it all started in the West.” With a career spanning 20 years dedicated to wholefood, Jude runs cooking classes, food coaching and natural chef training, writes a blog, has published three

cookbooks and is working on her third, due out next

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year, which focuses on the importance of feeding young, growing children whole and real food, preferably organic. “Only when food is real and grown in real soil without chemicals and fertilisers can it actually work in the body,” she says. “That’s a fundamental thing that people really don’t seem to grasp.” “It goes way beyond going to the supermarket and looking at the numbers and not wanting additives, even without additives, that food has already been processed. It’s really about how our parents and grandparents used to live, using the food that grows in soil or from an animal. That is food, not what comes from a supermarket. “There are so many excuses and topics that stem from that, but the reality is, that is the food that is compatible with the body and that is the food that will make you happier, less fatigued and all round healthier.”

Jude believes that it’s the snacking, largely on carbohydraterich foods, that has led to the obesity epidemic.

Jude has fond memories of her

althy, n preparing he Jude first bega s of pe d organic, ty whole food, an sie es r daughter N foods when he ild. was a young ch

the 1950s, when she believes the food

childhood growing up in South Perth in

was far more “normal” than it is now, and the surrounds provided for her and her family. The meals were delicious but simple and the family was happy and healthy. It’s a philosophy she adhered to when raising her own daughter, Nessie, but Jude admits that she was a lot more extreme with her beliefs when Nessie was growing up. She says she used to go out of her way to buy organic food, which wasn’t an easy task in Perth back then. “In the beginning, I was very extreme and more along the macrobiotic, dairy-free line,” says Jude. “When she was 21, I remember Nessie saying to me on Mother’s Day that she used to love going to Nonna’s because she would get meat. I was far too extreme and I’m just glad my mother balanced that out.”

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Images from Wholefood for Children by Jude Blereau, published by Murdoch Books One thing hasn’t changed, points out Jude - our children’s bodies are the ones they will grow up with and have for the rest of their lives - so it’s of the upmost importance we nourish them

“Only when food is real and grown in real soil without chemicals and fertilisers can it actually work in the body.”

accordingly. “What we are doing with

“We’ve forgotten what food is all about, not only for its

things and trying to make time to produce more of your own food and

food these days is not normal and it’s not working,” she says.

lifestyle, Jude recommends re-assessing

cooking from scratch. “Start off simply, don’t worry in the beginning about wholegrains or rapadura sugar, if you just make your own

role in growing and building young children, but also as

biscuits from scratch you’re light years ahead of what they’re

adults, it’s still critical, the role as food as fuel. I think that

selling in the supermarket. Start to get interested in where

has been lost.”

your food is coming from, it will pay enormous dividends.”

With such an intense zest for wholefood, one might expect

“Children should not be having rice crackers or

Jude to live on acreage surrounded by home-grown produce;

carbohydrate-rich snacks and gluten-free does not mean

but she also has a love affair with inner-city living and as

healthy. That’s not what nourishes humans. Have a good

such, every spare patch of soil on her tiny West Perth block is

breakfast, lunch and dinner and use snacks as pit stops.”

taken up by thriving veggie gardens. “We are not all going to go out and be able to have a block to grow produce and run animals,” says Jude. “I seriously love city living, so all of our land goes to veggies

Planting a veggie patch is a great family activity and Jude says it is a fantastic way to put people back in touch with seasonal produce. Once you’re on your way, Jude recommends beginning

and I eat, to a degree, what’s in the garden. I supplement

to look at eating foods closer to their natural state, such as

that with stock from organic and sustainably grown

buying less refined sugars and full-fat milk.

suppliers or farmers’ markets.” Jude makes the most of seasonal produce and prolongs it by preserving, making her own jams and chutneys. She says it’s all about letting the availability of produce drive the recipe, rather than our own impulses. Although she loves her work and teaching people about

“It’s all easy for me to say, but all of those statements have huge ramifications and they all take time,” she says. “But the fact is, having good food makes a profound difference in your life in every way and if you don’t

the value of wholefood, she is concerned about where

give your body the material

things are headed and wants to see people get back to the

that matches it, then it’s no

basics. That can be as simple as eating actual meals - a

surprise when it starts to

good breakfast, lunch and dinner - rather than snacking

break down.

continuously throughout the day; and taking note of

“If food is real, preferably

where your food is coming from. Jude believes that it’s the

not sprayed and grown in

snacking, largely on carbohydrate-rich foods that has led to

a mineral-rich soil, it’s a

the obesity epidemic.

delicious, joyful and sacred

For those families seriously looking to live a healthier

36 Offspring | winter 2012

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FUNNY MUMMY with Ari Chávez

THE IKEA WARS Ari discusses the challenges of shopping with hubby in tow.


here are two types of people in this world - IKEApeople and those who start looking a bit smoky

around the ears at the thought of a trip to Planet Flat Pack. I like a good dose of IKEA every now and then. Juxtaposing a contemporary cushion against a Shabby Chic armchair, while half of Perth shoves past me eating dodgy hotdogs, can be a restful activity when you compare it to toddler taming. My husband, on the other hand, has an aversion to IKEA that borders on the pathological. He goes on High Allen Key Alert whenever I announce a shopping trip, and insists on accompanying me in a supervisory role. He straps our toddler into a knapsack and onto his back so he is unable to do a runner - the toddler not the husband - and

This is not fun. The man doesn’t like to shop. It’s

arranges his jaw into a forbidding position. Then we set off

probably an incurable affliction, gosh knows I’ve tried. He

as he means to go on.

insists on a list - heck, a purpose - and once we step off the escalator and into the store, he starts barking words like “focus” and, well, “focus”. Sometimes he will even spell it out for extra emphasis. F-O-C-U-S. Helpful, that. Anyone who knows anything understands that focus is

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are the IKEA display rooms. It can get tricky. There are

pounces delightedly on the bunk beds. He converses with

manoeuvres that would impress an ASIO recruiter. I’m

great enthusiasm about the benefits of the desk-under-bed

pretty darn good at hanging back and slipping behind a Billy

phenomenon that is an IKEA specialty. If he had his way,

Bookcase before bolting towards my display room of choice,

he’d buy ten of the damn things and display them around our place like post-modern sculptures.

for example. The toddler, however, lets me down every time by yelling, “Bye bye, Mummy,” at top volume. There’s always a lot of pointing and giggling and waving going on up there in the knapsack. I don’t think it’s personal. Not yet, at least. After years of, frankly, gruesome

My husband, on the other hand, has an aversion to IKEA that borders on the pathological.

Before I can say, “just ducking back to look at that chintzy foot stool in that floral bedroom you hated,” he’ll loop across to the stuffed toys and primary-coloured wooden things, and bedroom organisers that look like deranged ducks, and throw each and every one of them into our

shopping trips my husband has

sun-coloured IKEA bag. The toddler,

developed a herding strategy – a bit like a Border Collie patrolling a wayward sheep. Every time

observing from his knapsack mountain, will squawk

I start skittering over to Lounge Rooms, he circles to the

with delight and emit a couple of “quack quacks” as

right and nudges me back onto the path leading to the Exit

encouragement. Now we’re talking kryptonite. More stuff.

via the Kids’ section.

Another crazy animal – a lopsided giraffe, perhaps, or some sort of cat. More squeals. A series of “miaows”. A bit

Ah, the Kids’ section. This is where the game plan changes. My husband morphs from a hyperactive Border

of self-congratulatory dancing from both the boys in my

Collie into a placid old Labrador. He slows down and starts

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By Justine Hyams

um, what position are you

precipitated by a visit to Tom

going to give birth in?” Er,

Price Senior High School

this was getting awkward. So asked number one son when

from Community Midwife WA (CMWA) Midwife Ruth

we were only six weeks away from

McIntosh and Childbirth

welcoming son number two into our

Educator Melanie Gregory.

little family. After a long gap between

It had been an interactive,

babies, I wondered if I had heard right

sometimes hilarious session, and had

– did a 15 year old come up with this

broken down the last shred of resistance

doozy on his own?

he had to being more involved in the

give birth in, but the location. We were happy little Pilbara-ites

‘arrival’ of his sibling. We washed dishes

but, as a resident of Tom Price (a

to engage him in discussing the

and chatted openly about the topic and,

remote community 1700kms north

imminent arrival his new brother. He

thrilled to bits, I was able to answer all of

of Perth), my choices were limited:

was super-keen to meet the little fella,

his questions.

drive seven hours to Karratha or fly to

I had been trying, with little success,

he just didn’t want to discuss the details. The question, so out of the blue, was

For me, however, the pressing issue was not the position I was going to

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my ‘managerial’ personality wanting

hippie (a girlfriend’s description – not

them, just to have a chat – in the Tom

to be able to assert a bit more control

mine). I am the polar opposite. Sure, I

Price pub – over a lemon squash.

than what I could be guaranteed in a

am a Construction Manager in a man’s

hospital setting.

world, but I wear heels, paint my nails,

A bit of background here….My partner and I decided to try for a

do my hair and sport a bright pink

baby in October. We upped our health

hardhat & vest. My crews will tell you

insurance to cover Private Maternity, and threw caution to the wind. Once. I was pregnant by November. (Apparently my 40 year old ovaries had a good memory and knew what

“There were a lot of tears, cups of tea and cuddles.”

I am tough, but fair. I go out with the girls, drink bubbles and enjoy a day at the spa. I am different to many, but I am not what you would identify as an ‘alternative lifestyler’.

to do.) So we were not covered for

We decided that we would embrace

Private Maternity Care, something we now look back upon and rejoice about.

the opportunity to have the best of I called my wonderful Doula,

both worlds. I would get my own

Kristin of Bodywise Birthwise, and

midwife, with her backup team, who

Perth for antenatal checks throughout

with her enthusiastic encouragement

would care for me in the last weeks

my pregnancy, I was delighted to

put in my application to CMP. To my

of pregnancy and labour. And I would

find I could just squeeze in to the

great delight, I was accepted and flew

have the option of having a water

Community Midwifery Program (CMP)

down to Perth.

birth. We had full hospital backup just

Having flown up and down to

as I was not yet 35 weeks pregnant.

To those who have never met me,

around the corner and my partner

please take a moment to rid yourselves

would have the chance to be a more

CMP was, but I was certain that the

of the image of a bra-burning,

active participant in this incredibly

‘standard’ model of care just didn’t

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domain’ really appealed to him. With over an hour per visit, in

you not, dear reader, painless. We spent

my own home, I was able to build a

the first hours of his

relationship of trust with my carers

life just holding him,

and ensure that we fully understood

marvelling at his

everything and were able to provide

perfection and soaking

truly informed consent.

in the love hormones.

My midwife, Emma knew that this

Our wonderful ‘ladies

bub was going to be a quick one. Her

of love’ attended

experience was to prove so, so right.

quietly to paperwork

On the big day I woke at 2:36am

and didn’t even

with gentle contractions, they

separate him from

progressed to three minute intervals

us until we sobered

within half an hour, and I called

up a bit and were ready to find out

Emma and Kristin. They could tell by

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my voice that I was in active labour

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Our internet picks SHOPPING online is fun and convenient. Now there is fantastic range of fashion items and great buys for the family. However, looking for good-quality sites can be overwhelming with such a large number from which to choose. Finding your way around can be daunting! We’ve provided a few good Australian sites, including a couple from WA, which offer a great range of stylish, beautiful and practical items to help point you in the right direction.

Crochet Bambini offers a beautiful collection of handmade products for newborn to 3 years, designed by a Perth-based WAHM. The range celebrates the traditional craft of crochet, but with a contemporary and unique twist! All products are handmade using 100% natural fibres. • Clothing • Soft Toys • Blankets • Shoes • Bath mitts Visit our online store to experience the full range! Join us on Facebook to receive updates. We display at various Perth markets during the year. Contact: or 0448 892 730.

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Little Wooden Toybox sells a delightful range of brightly painted children’s wooden toys, instruments, novelties and educational resources. Lead-free, non-toxic and complies with Australian standards, making them safe and fun for little ones, newborn to 6 years old. See the website for a full list of markets & fetes where you’ll find Little Wooden Toybox. 0424958630

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Baby SHOWER A baby shower is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the impending arrival of a new bundle of joy. But if you have been asked to host this special event for a loved one (or if you are organising your own) where do you start? Our guide offers ideas and inspiration.

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Themes Choosing a theme is a great place to start. Richelle Chapman, owner of The Baby Shower Shop, suggests: Jungle/Animal. “Animal themes such as jungle or zoo animals are a consistent favourite. There are so many colourful options to match in with this theme; making it a fun and easy to decorate theme.” Rubber Duckie. “You can have a lot of fun with this theme. Many often see the blue ‘water’ part of this colour theme as swaying toward a baby shower for boys, but add in some pink ducks and tableware or a mix of neutral colours and it really is suitable for any baby shower.” Owls. “Owls are super popular at the moment and the ‘Happi Tree Owl’ range has proved incredibly popular since the day we started selling it. Part of the reason is the gorgeous design but I think a lot has to do with the main theme being neutral friendly.”

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Narelle Sisley of Smiley Cakes says cupcakes look fantastic on a cupcake stand or on a cake board and limit the mess and time of cutting up a big cake. “Depending on whether the mum-to-be knows if she is having a boy or a girl, pinks, blues, greens and lemon colours are popular in soft pastels,” she says. Novelty cupcakes are also a great talking point, with decorations to suit the baby shower theme. “I can do some really cute designs like baby faces that are crying or sucking a dummy, babies on blankets or nappies hanging on a line – all are great for a baby shower.”

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Games A few games can be great ice-breakers. Richelle says the following are popular choices: ◆ Baby bingo ◆ How big is mummy’s tummy? Guests cut off lengths of tape they believe to be the size of the mum-to-be’s tummy ◆ Ask your guests to bring a copy of a baby photo of themselves – number them and pass them around amongst your guests and ask them to match the baby photo to the baby shower guest. ◆ Obstacle course (pin clothes up, change nappy on baby doll, manoeuvre toy pram around, change baby clothes) ◆ Bottle drinking game (fill with milk, juice or water) ◆ Guess baby food game ◆ Decorate baby clothes. Buy some coloured fabric pens and baby rompers in various sizes to suit the newborn bub for their first year. Split your baby shower guests into small groups and ask them to decorate them.

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Second baby showers

Should a mum-to-be have a baby shower if she is expecting her second or third child? Once it may have been a ‘no-no’ but it is becoming more common for women to hold a small event (or baby ‘sprinkle’) to celebrate their impending arrival with a dinner or afternoon tea with a few close friends. The mum may specify ‘no presents’ and use it purely as an excuse to have some time with friends before the baby is born. However, for people looking for a gift for a second baby shower, remember there are things needed for every baby…nappies, wipes, wash cloths and baby skin care products (and perhaps some small gifts to keep the older siblings occupied when the new baby comes home) will always be used and appreciated.

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Something a bit different Get your baby involved in the baby shower fun! Local business, Window to the Womb, offers a mobile ultrasound service. An ultrasound machine is hooked up to your television so as the scan is performed your guests can watch 3D images of the baby waving, kicking, yawning or smiling. The service is nondiagnostic, so no doctor’s referral is required – it is just an opportunity to see your baby! Amanda DeGasperis from Window to the Womb says they have had an overwhelming response at baby showers as it is a great way for the guests to become interactive as they all see the images of the baby on the TV. “We have had many laughs at the babies’ movements during the showers and lots of sighs when the baby does something cute; it’s really wonderful to see so many people getting involved,” she says. “In my opinion what makes this service so special is that it’s a unique bonding experience that the soon-to-be-mum can share with all her close friends and family she says. We also give the parents images of their baby on a USB that we have taken throughout the ultrasound and also a DVD so they have those memories to keep and cherish forever.”

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omit games and gifts but are more of an opportunity to have a catch up with friends before the baby arrives. ◆ Cooking up a storm. If the soon-tobe mum is a gourmet food lover, organise a cooking class or get everyone together for a cook-up, followed by a lunch or dinner to enjoy your cooking. If everyone cooks a double batch, portions can then be packaged up and frozen for the mum-to-be, so she has a freezer full of easy meals on hand for the first couple of weeks when she is home with the new baby.

Other options For those who don’t want the traditional

◆ ‘Mocktail’ party. This is a great option if the mum-to-be would prefer a last ‘girl’s night’ before baby arrives. This can be a stylish party,

baby shower, other options include:

held at a close friend’s home (not many pregnant ladies

◆ A pampering day. What mum-to-be doesn’t want

will be keen for a night on the town), with canapés and

a bit of pampering? It is easy to set up a pampering

non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’ served. This can be a bit of a

afternoon where guests do each other’s nails or

pampering occasion too; it is a

facials, or for a more luxurious experience, get a

great excuse for the mum-

group together and book treatments at a reputable

to-be to have hair and

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Gifts Of course, gifts are a large part of a baby shower, and there are so many beautiful options available to ensure you make the perfect choice! Nappy cakes, sock bouquets and baby gift boxes are popular (and practical) gift ideas – and some are so spectacular they can be the centrepiece of a baby shower.

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As well as the ‘cute’ factor, mums-to-be will appreciate gifts that are also practical. Cathie Bird, owner and founder of Baby Gift Box, said when designing gifts to celebrate the arrival of a newborn, or as a centrepiece for a baby shower, they focus on the Five ‘P’s: ‘Practical’, ‘Pampering’ (for the baby, mum and dad), ‘Presentation’, ‘Price Point’ and ‘Personal’. “To make the gift just a little extra special we offer a personal touch to each gift, be it the personalised baby gift box with the baby’s name on it or a personalised swing tag,” Cathie says. Bambini Pronto’s Julie DeSilva said nursery items, such as room thermometers and clocks are

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maternity pillows are great gift ideas, and can be used during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Julie says online gift registries are becoming an increasingly popular option, and make choosing gifts easy for guests (including grandparents, who Julie says are becoming much more internet savvy). Additionally, mumsto-be are able to list gifts of various price points, and it also limits gift double-ups. A voucher for a day spa is also a great gift idea for the mum-to-be. “Being pregnant isn’t always as beautiful as what Miranda Kerr made it out to be,” says Amy Mitchell, owner of Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa. “My first pregnancy wasn’t fun at all but I thought I would feel gorgeous, happy and excited the whole time. Instead, I felt stressed out, fat

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need something to ease their discomfort…a massage can ease these aches and pains,” Vicki says.

Other considerations ◆ Timing: Richelle says around the 30 to 36 week mark is usually a good time for the mum to be for the baby shower to be held. “Consider the possibility bub might come a few weeks early and also the weather,” Richelle says. “The last thing most heavily pregnant women want to do at 38 weeks pregnant in the height of summer is play games.

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If it can’t be avoided, consider having a pool party baby shower – a rubber ducky theme goes great with this!” ◆ Decorations: Decorations can be expensive, so why not use decorations that look great but are also practical? One idea is to hang up some string and make a ‘clothes line’ along a wall. Use some pegs (which can be used again by the mumto-be…after all, her washing loads are going to increase once the baby arrives) to hang up a few socks, a beanie and some singlets - they will look adorable and can be kept by the mum-to-be after the shower for the baby to wear. ◆ Food: Be sure to ask the mum-to-be about any food aversions when planning the baby shower menu. (If just the smell of chocolate turns the mum-to-be’s stomach, it might be best to stick to mainly savoury options, for example).

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cards and, of course, everything in between. Alternatively, you can mix and match from their large selection of non-themed tableware to create your own look. The Baby Shower Shop offers gorgeous stationery from companies such as Paper Eskimo, Hipp, Creative Converting and Sambellina. They also source boutique gifts from around the world that you often won’t find elsewhere. If you are looking for baking ware then you will also be happy to know The Baby Shower Shop offers a gorgeous range of baking cups, cupcake wraps , picks, cookie cutters, baking tins, retro paper straws and cupcake stands. They now even offer First Birthday ranges. Owner, Richelle Chapman says, “Our customers love our huge choice of baby shower products and many have asked us to do the same with First Birthdays. Being able to order everything in one place and have it delivered quickly is a fantastic help for busy mums. It’s wonderful knowing we helped with their baby shower and now are able to do so with their little one’s first birthday.”

The range of fully themed First Birthday choices include great party items such as loot bags, blow outs, party hats, invites, plates, cups, decorations, table covers, and high chair decoration kits. The Baby Shower Shop continually looks out for gorgeous new products and ranges with new offerings being added weekly. You can either shop securely online at or visit them at Shop 3, 183 High Road in Willetton Ph: 1300 797 530 Find everything you need for your baby shower at The Baby Shower Shop

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Sleep like

a baby

Understanding your baby’s sleep needs and patterns, and reasons for being unsettled, together with some settling techniques might help you encourage your baby to become a good sleeper.


ome adults are just better

up from a sleep cycle they may or

sleepers than others. The

may not be able to get back to sleep

reality is that babies and children are

unassisted. Resettling is a skill that

really no different. Some children

babies and children have to learn

find learning the skill of sleeping and

with the help of their parents before

resettling easy, some do not.

they can manage it themselves and

We all sleep in cycles

move through to another sleep cycle unassisted. The average length of a

A sleep cycle is from the time you

child’s sleep cycle is 45-60 minutes

go to sleep to the time you wake up

and an adult’s is 60-90 minutes.

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Sleep cycles consist of Non – REM

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(Non rapid eye movement) sleep and REM (Rapid eye movement) sleep. Non – REM sleep is that very restful, deep, restorative sleep. There is little movement, breathing is deep, and heart rate is slow. This accounts for about 25% - 30% of your child’s sleep. REM sleep occurs after the Non – REM sleep and accounts for about 70% - 75% of your child’s sleep. During this sleep the heart rate

Research shows that about 40 per cent of babies are still waking through the night at 12 months of age.

quickens, breathing becomes lighter and quicker, eye movements are rapid and blood flow to the brain is

less frequently. Research shows that

increased. The dream process occurs

about 40% of babies are still waking

here and children form memories

during the night at 12 months of age.

during this sleep. Children rehash

bottom right

the day while sleeping in this stage

How do I help teach my child to resettle after a sleep cycle?

and practice what they are learning

Think about how your child fell asleep.

e.g. to sit up, crawl etc. They are

If they fell asleep being rocked in your

forming crucial neural pathways

arms they will need you to rock them

during this sleep stage.

back to sleep again once they wake.

everything they have learned during

Newborn babies may wake every

Ensure that your child has a

two to three hours for feeding

definite wind down period as this

during the night and may need help

gives them the chance to transition

in resettling. By the time they are

from being awake to falling asleep.

between three and seven months

If you are trying to teach your child

old most babies will wake up at least

to resettle for the first time, do this

once or twice a night, however, some

during the day when you have more

wake more frequently and some

energy and it is less stressful.

Some common reasons why children wake during the night: • Hunger

• Developmental stages

If a child is not getting enough

As children move through

calories or if they are snacking

different stages they wake

and not getting a full feed they

frequently, e.g. around 7-10

may not stay satisfied for long

months of age children may go


through a separation anxiety

• Health If children are sick or in pain they may not sleep well or be able to resettle • Teething

stage and may wake frequently to check if their parents are nearby to console and comfort them • Still learning to resettle If they have never learnt how to

Children can be unsettled for

resettle themselves they may

the period that a tooth is cutting

wake and require intervention,

through the gums

i.e. to rock, pat, sing or be fed

• Individual temperaments

back to sleep.


Be realistic and do not expect them to learn the skill immediately, take small steps. When your child wakes, stop and listen to their cry and try to decide what they are telling you? Are they hungry? Do they sound like their in pain? Are they distressed? (Always attend to your child if they are distressed or in pain). Find your starting point and work from there. If they have never been settled in their cot to sleep, then that’s your starting point. This progression may take a few weeks for them to learn. Give them lots of support by patting, ‘shhhing’ and reassuring until they calm. If it gets too much for baby or you, stop, and try again when you are both ready. Ensure that they are getting the majority of their feeds

Ngala holds regular sleep workshops: • Growing Babies (3-7 months) • Go To Sleep (7 months-2 years)

during the day. If breastfed, encourage them to empty the

• Now in a Bed

breast so they feel full.

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A Second chAnce:

Surviving Meningococcal disease By GeorGia radinGer, education ProGram coordinator, the amanda younG Foundation


hree and a half year old Tay smiles as his mum talks about the upcoming operation on his right leg. “He

loves going to hospital,” says Kate with a sad smile. “He thinks it’s a big adventure but I’m sure he’ll change his mind soon.” Tay is a veteran of hospital stays. Aged 11 months, he contracted meningococcal disease – a deadly bacterial infection that can kill within hours. His parents, Kate and Craig, were faced with the devastating possibility of losing their only child, less than 24 hours after his first symptom. “On the Sunday night he was lethargic and he vomited,” says Kate. “The next morning he slept in and I had to wake him up. He was drowsy with a high temperature, and just seemed floppy and unfocussed. He threw up his bottle of milk straight away. ” Concerned, Kate decided to take Tay to hospital, where she noticed Tay’s body was very warm whilst his hands and feet were cold. Despite this significant sign of meningococcal septicaemia, Tay was diagnosed with a viral infection and sent home. After Tay’s unusually long afternoon nap he was still feverish, lethargic and unfocussed, and Kate noticed that his hands and feet now felt freezing cold. That evening, Kate worried about what to do. “I knew something wasn’t right. My instinct was to take him back to hospital, but I was worried I was overreacting.” She then saw something that rang alarm bells. “I

al meningococc Tay contracted e. ag onths of disease at 11 m

noticed a tiny red dot on his tummy. I remembered a rash was bad and I suddenly knew Tay was in serious trouble.”

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Kate and Craig flew into action and drove straight to hospital. “In the 13 minutes it took to arrive we watched the rash spread up his chest and neck. It was absolutely terrifying.” Hospital staff immediately treated Tay for meningococcal septicaemia. Kate and Craig were warned to expect the worst. “I was numb,” says Kate. “The previous day he was perfectly healthy. How did he get so sick so quickly?” Meningococcal disease is terrifying because of the speed with which it can kill and the difficulty of early diagnosis, even by experienced doctors. Whilst the disease can strike anyone, babies and children up to the age of five are at the most risk due to their immature immune systems. The disease is caused by bacteria that live naturally in the throat, and about 10-20% of people will be carrying the

ny Tay with Dan


bacteria at any time without becoming ill. The bacteria are spread by respiratory droplets through sneezing, coughing, intimate kissing, and perhaps sharing food and drinks. There are two types of meningococcal disease: meningitis

He had to relearn everything - eating, making sounds, crawling. He was as helpless as a newborn.”

which attacks the lining of the spinal cord and brain, and the more deadly septicaemia which causes blood poisoning. Recognising the disease in the early stages is critical, but this can be difficult because early symptoms resemble common ailments such as gastro or the flu. As in Tay’s case, even medical professionals can make mistakes in diagnosis so it’s vital that family members closely monitor patients

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when they are unwell. Parents and carers need to trust their instincts if they feel “something isn’t right”. Symptoms for meningococcal septicaemia can include sudden, severe pain in arms, legs, joints or stomach, shivering, chills, cold hands and/or feet, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, fever and a rash that can start off looking like a pimple or faint pinpricks, and develop into purple blotches over time. Symptoms for meningococcal meningitis can include a severe headache, sensitivity to light, a painful neck, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Symptoms can differ and only a few symptoms may appear. A child with meningococcal disease will get ill quickly and deteriorate fast and if a rash appears the situation is critical. There is an average of 400 cases in Australia per year and approximately 70 per cent of patients make a full recovery, whilst 20 per cent have health issues or disabilities and 10 per cent will die. Tay survived, but with a long road to recovery ahead of him. “He had to relearn everything,” says Kate, “eating, making sounds, crawling. He was as helpless as a newborn.” Thanks to his parents’ tireless efforts and support from

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family and friends, Tay is now thriving. He is an active boy

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Tay suffered a brain injury which resulted in mild cerebral palsy, causing language difficulties. The septicaemic blood attacked the growth plates in his right leg meaning it is now unable to grow. Every two to three years until adulthood, Tay will need surgery to have his tibia and femur broken, realigned and lengthened. This year Tay is having the surgery for the first time. He will be in a wheelchair for six weeks and Kate worries about keeping her bundle of energy still for that long. “He’s looking forward to being in hospital because he enjoys the attention, but of course he doesn’t understand the seriousness of the surgery”. She watches Tay as he plays on a wheelchair as part of the physical and emotional preparation for his surgery. “Tay’s a survivor. We’re just so lucky to have him.”

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early Childhood BaBies




ortieth birthdays are often a time

as Playgroup Wa turns 40, the organisation’s Ceo David Zarb reminds us why now, perhaps more than ever, we need to remember the importance of play, family and community for raising healthy children.

or movie soundtracks.

playgroup were doing better on a range

Along the way we have discovered

of measures than similar families that

out the way we expected? Am I now

just how critical the first few years of

didn’t go. The playgroup attenders had

officially middle aged? What will the

life are to healthy child development.

more children’s books in the home,

rest of life be like? This year Playgroup

In many ways the advances in our

more and longer lasting support

WA celebrates 40 years of supporting

scientific understanding of child

networks, were more likely to access

local playgroups across the state. So

development simply confirms that

child health services and more likely

now is the perfect time to think about

children and families need what we

to use community facilities such as

what playgroup means to children,

have always known, and certainly

swimming pools and museums. The

families and communities when family

what those playgroup pioneers knew:

children from disadvantaged families

life has changed more than in any other

it is good for children to play with

were also doing better than those that

time in human history.

other children; it is good for parents

didn’t go to playgroup. Boys’ cognitive

of reflection. Is our life panning

to spend time talking and playing

development was higher and girls social

there were no computers, no DVDs

with children; it is good for families

– emotional development was higher .

and no mobile phones . Houses were

and children to meet and spend time

much smaller (but had more people

with other families and children.

When Playgroup WA was ‘born’

in them) and backyards much bigger.

Thanks to analysis of the

For example, we now know that positive infant attachments are essential to adult mental health. We

Children played outside and walked

Longitudinal Study of Australian

also know that literacy and numeracy

to school. Children spent most of their

Children by the Telethon Institute

are closely linked to stimulating family

free time with other children and were

for Child Health Research we also

interactions and home environments

looked after by their parents or other

now know that children and families

before children go to school.

family members who lived close by.

that participate in playgroups also

No one had heard the term ‘Fly In -

experience a range of benefits. The

learnt about the important role of

Fly Out’. Children and families knew

analysis found that disadvantaged

families, our society has seen a steady

nursery rhymes better than TV themes

families, in particular, that went to

decline in the time that families

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It is ironic that whilst we have

research tells us that children are spending less time playing, less time outside and more time in front of TV and computer screens. At the same time, families are bombarded with special ‘classes’ for young children which promise to prepare them for all sorts of success (at a fee of course), as well as toys, computer games and other resources which are marketed as being specially designed to assist with child development.

aren’t worried about having a teacher

Research tells us that children are spending less time playing, less time outside and more time in front of TV and computer screens.

For all the conversations we have

for their one year old, they can organise some fruit without accreditation or regulations, they can let their children play and argue and learn without being worried about having a ‘programme’. Even if they haven’t kept up with the latest research in neuroscience they know that play, family and community are important to healthy children. Perhaps most importantly in this age of ‘experts on everything to do with children’ they have retained some faith in their ability to do things for

about young children having more fun

importance of secure attachments

with the wrapping paper and boxes

to social and emotional wellbeing,

when they get presents how many of

including the ability to form healthy

think about what lies ahead and having

us still cram our houses full of plastic

adult relationships.

been through such major changes to

toys branded with the latest movie or TV

early Childhood BaBies

spend with children. Similarly,

As a parent of two young children

themselves. Fortieth birthdays are also a time to

the way we raise our children, now is

show? This has been happening in an

and someone who has worked with

the perfect time to ask some questions

economic culture where many families

children and families for 25 years, it is

about what we want for the future. I

with young children require two full

very comforting to know that so many

sincerely hope that making the time to

time working parents just to make ends

families still see and enjoy the benefits

have fun and make friends at playgroup

meet, despite what we know about the

of going to their local playgroup. They

continues to be part of that story.

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Special Feature

SCHOOL'S IN? When it comes time to select a suitable school for your child (and if you have any leaning towards private schools, this time may come even before your child turns one!), there are plenty of options. Before you run screaming from the schools directories, Melanie Hearse walks you gently through educational choices available to perth parents.


chools are like houses – we have our personal taste, requirements and budget - and what

works for some is not always a good fit for others. A short commute and the opportunity for your kids to make mates in their local area can encourage some parents to lean towards public schools, while religious or philosophical beliefs will sway others. Some families will find their children’s individual needs are so different, they choose different types of schools for each of their children. It’s important to gain an understanding of the different types of school on offer, as well as enrolment processes, costs and teaching philosophies.

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Special Feature There are 770 public schools in WA, which are all coeducational (meaning a mix of boys and girls). Public schools are run by the Government and, as such, every child is guaranteed a place in a school located in their intake area in Year One and above. You can apply to a public school outside your intake area, though you’re not guaranteed a place. It’s worth noting that even if one of your children is accepted into a high demand school outside your zone, siblings are not always guaranteed a place. Sharyn O’Neill, Director General of the Department of Education says schools are providing services for families from the time their children are born, as well as during their school years. “From July, we will have 10 Child and Parent Centres

Private schools teach a similar curriculum to public

in our schools so local families have just one place to go

schools, though, as with any school, how it is taught, as

for all the health, education and parenting services and

well as extra curricular activities, special programs and

support they need,” she says.

resources will vary. Unlike public schools, private schools

“Public school teachers individually assess each

are not obliged to offer a place to students in their local

child’s literacy and numeracy skills at the beginning of Pre-Primary, and from this, teachers can tailor learning programs to meet the needs of that child.” When enrolling, you’ll need your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address. There is a voluntary contribution set by the Department of Education, which usually ranges from $50-$100 depending on the age of your child. Other costs will include books and uniforms (around $200 to $500 per year) and occasional


optional excursion costs.

What you say...

WA mum of three, Rhona Sinclair, chose an outof-area public school for her boys, Rory (8) and Ethan (12) because she wanted a larger school, with a mix of students, good resources and experience with special needs. “It works for us because it’s reasonably close, the school accommodates our suggestions for Ethan well, the staff are very approachable and the student group is a diverse mix of ethnicities and backgrounds, which we think is important for the boys,” says Rhona.

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area, and can offer places based on academic and other standards. Many private schools also follow a religious ethos, Catholic being the most common, and affiliation with a church may form part of the selection process. Ms Valerie Gould, Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association WA, says there is a wide range of schools in the independent sector, ranging from the large, well-established single sex schools, to small remote community Aboriginal schools. She says the coeducational, low fee private schools make up the biggest proportion of the independent sector. “While many schools in the sector have a Christian background, there are a number of community schools, and schools with a philosophical basis such as Montessori and Steiner schools,” Ms Gould says. There are 158 Catholic schools in WA. Director of the Catholic Education Office, Ron Dullard, says, “Catholic schools provide caring and nurturing learning environments aligned with the words and example of Jesus Christ. Our key objectives are to help students to develop a hunger for learning; to challenge each other to seek truth

What you say...

Perth mum Shayne McCormick wants her children to attend a private, co-ed, Catholic or Christian school. “I have nothing against public schools, I went to a fantastic one. However my husband and I are Christian, and we want our kids being brought up in a place where their Christianity is nurtured and they can openly talk about God without being teased.”

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There are 21 Montessori schools, childcare centres and playgroups in WA. Principal of the Perth Montessori School, Dr Gary Pears says the best way to describe a Montessori school is to say that it is a scientifically proven method of education, a system of education in which children naturally flourish as it delivers to

Choosing the type of school you want to enroll your child in can be tricky business. You might want to start by narrowing down what is in your area (and what schools out of your area you may be interested in for other reasons) and then make visits to assess: Facilities; including computers, library, sports grounds and classrooms

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them in a way in which their brains naturally develop. “At a recent presentation, Dr Steve Hughes, assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said that Montessori is a brainbased approach to education, and that the Montessori is ‘like education designed by a gifted paediatric neuropsychologist’. I feel that sums it up well,” Dr Pears agrees. Montessori schools are individually run and set their

• • • • • • •

Size of classes Location Connection to local community The school’s values The school’s curriculum Religious affiliations What level of parental involvement is expected?

own enrolment process and fee structures. You’ll need to attend a tour of the school and a family interview with the principal. You can find your local Montessori by visiting the Montessori Australia website

What you say...

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Nichol de Saxe has chosen Montessori education for her four children because she feels children thrive on learning, and Montessori encourages a genuine interest in learning from an early age. “My eldest started school at three, after we found she was becoming bored at home and decided to try Montessori,” she says. “Now all four of our children go to her school and they love it, despite being very different, with different needs and strengths, because their educational programs are customised to suit them individually. I also like that kids are left to work out tasks rather than be told how to do everything, so they’ve become very independent little people, which prepares them for adulthood.”




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Special Feature John Forman, the Chairperson of Steiner Education Australia, explains that the Steiner-Waldorf approach imbeds the Arts and creativity into children’s learning experiences. “Activities that are sometimes considered extras to core learning areas are central to the Steiner-Waldorf approach,” he says. “Activities such as art, music, gardening and foreign language are integrated into the learning experience. In the younger grades, all subjects are introduced through artistic media. We believe that an artistic and experiential teaching approach, which stimulates children’s imaginations helps not only to develop skills, but also lays a strong groundwork for intellectual learning.”

children or their parents. Upper grades may

John comments there is little use of textbooks, rather the children produce their own main lesson books, in which they record and illustrate their experiences and

use textbooks to supplement their main lesson work. Mr Forman explains that during the

what they have learned. This helps to further deepen

primary school years the class teacher stays

children’s knowledge and assists with retention. These

with the same class for (ideally) the entire

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activity. Although the government requirements relating to reporting and assessment must be met, verbal and written reports to parents usually include comprehensive accounts of the individual child’s activity and development, written by each teacher.

Kirsty McDonald, a committee member of the Quest Life Learning Foundation, an organisation that runs programs for home-based learners and provides educational resources for students, parents and teachers, says the reasons why parents choose to home school are varied.

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“Some parent’s home school for religious reasons, some find their children are failing to thrive in the school environment - there may be issues with bullying, or perhaps learning disabilities.” Kirsty adds that some parents choose to home school for a year, a couple of years, while others home school from years one to 12. She says the benefits of home schooling are numerous. “Parents have more control over what and how their children are taught, and they can individualise learning to suit their child. Some parents will provide all the educational experiences themselves, while others will have tutors for certain subjects.” If you decide to home school your children and they fall into the current compulsory education period, you’ll need to register with the Department of Education and undertake a home assessment, where moderators will assess the educational program you are providing. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Education at or by calling 08 9264 5077.

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montessori early childhood Program Kids thrive at community Kindys There are lots of school years, but there is only one kindy year. Choosing the right kindy is so important. It’s a child’s first experience of “school” and can help develop a life-long love of learning. Going to a community kindy (CK) is like being part of a family. Teachers follow the curriculum, but there are extras you might not find elsewhere. CKs encourage parental involvement which helps the children feel comfortable, and when they’re happy they learn more. Community Kindys are well resourced and provide a natural environment in which children thrive. Research shows that playbased learning produces better memories, language and social skills. CKs allow children to be themselves. It’s a wonderful experience for children and parents. For more information call 0448 546 397 or visit

Children start at Riverlands Montessori School from three years of age. Many attend the playgroup prior to starting school and find the transition to be very smooth. The children are not forced into activities but are free to follow their own instincts in accordance with their stages of development. Learning in this way encourages a love of learning which equips them for the higher order concepts in the primary years. These children love to come to school! Classes are multi-age which has a positive effect - the younger children learn from the older children and the older children are mentors and provide leadership. The Montessori philosophy and ethos of this school helps children to develop their character through self-discipline, independence and responsibility. Bookings can be made for classroom observations and school tours through the office on 9250 6444 or visit our website

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A trAdition of quAlity educAtion At guildford grAmmAr Guildford Grammar School is centrally located, just 15 kilometres from the city of Perth, with transportation links on its doorstep. East Guildford Train Station adjoins the campus, providing a direct link to the city and western suburbs, while the main highways to the state’s north and east pass its boundary. Guildford Grammar School is a thriving independent school of some 1200 students. Over the past century it has forged an enviable reputation for providing a well-rounded education and instilling traditional values. It is an Anglican school that welcomes students from all backgrounds, religious or otherwise. All students attend Chapel, where services that are challenging, dramatic, innovative and traditional all have their place. The preparatory school caters for boys and girls from kindergarten to year six, offering a rich curriculum and a full suite of support and co-curricular programs. The boys-only senior school strives to maximise the potential of each and every student. To support students and staff in this endeavour, the school provides outstanding educational facilities, in a disciplined yet caring environment. Since 1896, Guildford Grammar School has had a proud tradition of boarding. The school’s long history has enabled it to develop the philosophy, custom, practice and principles that allow it to provide a high level of care and support for each boarder. The school’s aim is to provide a

safe, caring and happy environment, where boys forge friendships in work, sport and activities. It aims to make boarding as much like home as possible, to nurture those in the school’s care as they grow. Boarding is available for students in Years 7-12 in two separate boarding houses. Boarding places at the school are full until 2015; any parents interested in boarding after this time should contact the school soon. The House system in the senior school provides a high level of pastoral care and support for the students and fosters community responsibility, camaraderie and

independence and opportunities for leadership. Each boy is also allocated a mentor, who is responsible for their development, academic progress and general welfare. Preparatory school students receive a high level of pastoral care from their class teacher and attend regular chapel services lead by the school’s chaplain. Guildford Grammar School has developed its own junior secondary curriculum for boys in Years seven, eight and nine; one that is specifically “built for boys”. The Catalyst program offers young men the opportunity to participate in a three year program of courses and projects with a foundation of numeracy and literacy, as well as providing the flexibility and opportunity for boys to pursue areas of individual interest. Guildford Grammar School students are involved in the extensive PSA sports program, from preparatory school through to senior school. The programs are well resourced with experienced coaches and comprehensive training schedules. Students can select from a wide range of sports including cricket, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, athletics, crosscountry, swimming, water polo, rowing, tennis, rugby and golf. Further information is available from the school’s website at www.ggs. or interested parents can contact the Registrar on (08) 9377 9222 or email

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food & nutrition

s u o i c s u L BY KATE BULLEN


s the weather starts to cool down, my mind is turning to packed lunch options for my daughter

who is now in pre-primary. School aged children eat around one third of their food each day while they are at school – so what we pack for our children is important to make sure they are growing and developing as much as possible. The food a child eats at school plays a big part in how they concentrate, behave and learn. It can be hard to ensure your child is getting the right quantity and quality of nutrients so I have created a five step lunchbox checklist, that I use, to ensure all the key food groups are included:

Some filling carbohydrate • Choose wholegrain foods wherever possible to provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and to keep tummies full for longer. Carbohydrate foods are a great source of energy and kids have high energy needs! • There are so many carbohydrate options to choose from including bread, bread rolls, pita bread, bagels, mountain bread, English muffins, pasta, rice, homemade vegetable muffins, vegetable fritters, corn thins, rice cakes and cooked potato.

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Fruit • A good serve of fresh fruit is an easy addition to the lunchbox. It’s a good idea to keep some tubs of tinned fruit on hand as a backup in case you run out of fresh fruit but avoid juice because it is high in sugar. • Choose in-season fruit – bananas, apples, pears, mandarins, oranges and kiwifruit are in season over winter.

Vegetables • Chopped vegetables such as carrot, tomato, cucumber, capsicum, mushrooms are great to include – add some dip to increase interest. • Vegetable soup is a great one to add in during the winter months. Trial soup in a thermos on the weekend to see how your child goes.

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Protein • Cheese (grated, chopped or slices), frozen yoghurt or frozen milk are great protein additions to lunchboxes and provide a good source of calcium for growing bones. • Baked beans, tinned fish, hommus or leftover casserole in a thermos are other great lunchbox protein options

Food satety tips ✓

Watch cold meat, eggs and dairy food in packed lunches unless you are sure they will remain chilled to avoid food poisoning

Always wash and dry lunchboxes after every use to keep a clean food environment

Choose a well insulated lunchbox or bag and always include an ice pack

Be aware of food allergies. Many schools have a ‘no nuts’ policy – you need to watch any packaged food that you might include in lunches.

to provide good energy for active kids.

A drink • Stick with plain water or even plain milk. Juices and soft drinks are best avoided as they really only provide a sugar hit and can fill up little tummies so they won’t eat the healthy food. Every lunchbox needs something to keep the food cool, as room temperature food is not very appealing and can be a breeding ground for food bugs. I tackle the chill factor on a few fronts with an ice brick, a frozen yoghurt and usually a frozen sandwich. The freezer has become a new best friend in organising school lunches. Whenever I buy a fresh loaf of bread I will make up batches of cheese and vegemite sandwiches (my daughter’s favourite) and freeze them in lunch containers, already pre-cut. It makes school mornings a lot easier to grab a frozen sandwich, yoghurt and ice brick and then I just add some fruit, chopped vegetables and her water bottle. Communication is the key to getting kids on board with eating a healthy lunch. I always tell my daughter what is in her lunchbox so she knows what to expect. If lunch is coming home uneaten, here are a couple of questions you might like to consider: • Does your child like what is in their lunchbox? Have a trial run on weekends at home to see what they will eat. • Involve your child in creating a lunch menu plan so they know what is on offer each day. Getting your child to help prepare their lunch can be another way for them to take ownership and enjoy their packed lunches, or take your child shopping and give them a few lunch options to choose from.

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Lunch ideas other than sandwiches

• Are they finding lunch boring? Every now and then I get out my cookie cutters and make some different shapes with the bread. Huge novelty factor – but guess what – the added grated

• Leftover homemade pizza

• Soup in a thermos with a bread roll

carrot in the sandwich gets eaten!

• Sushi

• Leftover casserole in a thermos

• Is there too much in their lunchbox?

• Rice paper wraps

Sometimes I put one round of sandwiches in my

• Pasta salad

• Zucchini slice

daughter’s lunchbox and sometimes I put one and a half rounds. I judge my daughters appetite on how hungry she has been the last few days, and how much she has been eating at breakfast time. What about treats in the lunchbox? A treat can be ok as an occasional food – but any more than once a week and it is no longer a treat but a regular food. Homemade fruit or vegetable muffins can be a good treat to add into the lunchbox and can be made and frozen ahead of time. Other snacks might include air-popped corn with some dried fruit. Many of the packaged snacks from the supermarket contain excess sugar, salt, additives and preservatives so my advice is to check the labels. Kate Bullen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Mum to a five year old and 2 year old. More information can be found at

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f you’re suffering from the winter blues and the kids are climbing the walls from being stuck inside, it may

be time to take a little break!

Dolphins at Monkey Mia . Photo courte sy Tourism W A.

I figure you’ve got two choices. The first is to embrace winter – pack the kids’ wellies and head somewhere cosy, stay somewhere with a nice, toasty fireplace (preferably one that has a child-safe fireguard). If that idea doesn’t grab you, I suggest running away from the chill factor and heading north to chase the sun! There are some fantastic options, locally, nationally and internationally, to help you and your family have an unforgettable holiday. Let’s take a look at some family-friendly winter getaways guaranteed to help brighten the winter doldrums.

WA If you’re going to keep it local, which of course we encourage, a great place to start is the Tourism WA website. It’s packed with information on both places to go and activities to do once you get there. Visit

❱❱ Heading south Margaret River and its surrounds have a lot to offer even when sunbathing isn’t an option. The kids can indulge in the huge range of delicious produce on offer including ice cream, cheese, chocolate, fudge, honeycomb and much more.

ret River. cks in Marga Feeding the du ar sy of www.m te ur co o ot Ph

Travel Tip pack plenty of warm

clothing but minimise the number of toys, let the kids explore their surroundings .

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If you enjoy a drink, and let’s be honest many of us do, Margaret River has got you covered with more than 220 wine producers in the region, as well as a number of breweries. Many of these are equipped with playgrounds

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and offer children’s meals, so you won’t be wine tasting with the risk of the kids playing bull in a China shop. The area is also perfect for some animal fun, with numerous farm yards and attractions providing a hands-on experience. You could take an underground cave tour, watch birds of prey in flight at the Eagles Heritage Raptor Centre or take a hike through the beautiful Boranup Karri forests. Visit

❱❱ Mixing it with the giants Driving further south to Walpole, which is about three and a half hours from Perth, you’ll find the spectacular Tree Top Walk, which soars 40 metres into the canopy of the rare red tingle forest. The amazing walk now offers a night time option, with the new Forest by Night experience. This unique guided tour teaches visitors the finer points of spotlighting - searching for the brightly shining eyes of a range of marsupials including woylies, quokkas, quendas and brush tail possums, which come out at night to forage for food.

❱❱ A camping adventure If you’ve got a family of little adventurers, then how about heading to beautiful Esperance for a camping trip? Be prepared for a big road trip or take a quick flight, as the coastal beauty is situated a one and a half hour flight or a nine hour drive from Perth. Once you’re there, you can explore the squeaky-white beaches, go fishing, or get off the beaten track and bunk down under the stars. Four National Parks take you up close to pristine nature with beautiful seasonal wildflowers, granite headlands, rugged coastal scenery and views over the islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

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❱❱ Chasing the sun Ahh, sunny Broome. What winter?! Broome’s unique mix of pearling history and culture, white sandy beaches and exquisite natural scenery make for an exciting combination of activities to keep the whole family entertained. There’s world famous Cable Beach, perfect for a stroll or a sunset camel ride and the natural phenomenon

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of Staircase to the Moon. The kids are sure to love the amazing dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point and the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. The easiest way to get to Broome is by plane, which takes about two and a half hours. Fares start at around $230pp one way. There are plenty of accommodation options to suit a

Since the devastating floods of 2010/2011, Queensland Snorkelling in the Waters of the has been working hard to rebuild and regain its valuable Coral Cay, Queensland. Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland. tourist industry. Subsequently, there are some fantastic specials to be had, making Queensland a spectacular and affordable destination for a family holiday. You could be sunning yourself by the pool of a 4.5 star resort for as little as $655 per person, for five nights

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Pack up the car and drive north with a five day itinerary to nicely break up the journey. The first stop is Cervantes, before you follow the coastline north taking in the beauty

Selamat Pagi: good morning from exotic Bali. You wouldn’t be a true West Aussie if you hadn’t at least

on your way to Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. Kids

contemplated going to Bali for a holiday, and with prices

can get nearer to nature with one of the activities provided

making it a cheaper destination than some local spots,

by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).

who can blame us?

There are so many natural wonders for kids to learn about

There’s much more to offer than cheap DVDs and

in the Shark Bay region and the DEC maximises the fun

Bintang singlets, Bali has a rich culture and landscape, with

with activities such as “Meet the Bilby” and “Turtle Hour”.

vibrant and friendly locals. There is a large array of family-


friendly resorts to pick from, which have plenty of activities


for the kids while you relax with a massage or facial. Kuta is the main tourist area and can be quite bustling and noisy. If you’re after somewhere a little quieter, Legian

Boasting 300 warm and sunny days a year as the norm,

or Seminyak may be your best bet. They have still got

Queensland has 14 unique regions, each distinctive and

great beaches and plenty of restaurants to chose from, as

captivating in its own way and offering plenty to see and do.

well as great shopping. Hotel-wise, there are a number of

You could be snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef,

beautiful beach-front resorts that are family friendly, with

listening to the many sounds of the rainforest, exploring

many featuring kids clubs, games centres, kids menus

the islands or having a crazy time at one of the many

and babysitting services, as well as a day spas. Ubud is a

theme parks on the Gold Coast. Dad can even do a tour of

favourite for those who like the mountains and natural

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wilderness, while Nusa Dua is very quiet and renowned for

Australia Zoo is also well worth a look, especially if the kids are fans of the Irwins or even if you just like the idea

its high-end resorts. If you’re after a great package, check out Motive Travel for

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The Sebel Mandurah Located just 50 minutes from Perth, overlooking the sparkling Mandurah Estuary, The Sebel Mandurah offers a waterfront location, 4.5-star accommodation and exemplary ‘Sebel’ service… all moments away from Mandurah’s family attractions. Offering beautifully appointed studios and large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom fully self-contained apartments, the hotel is perfect for fun family getaways. It further caters for families with a heated outdoor swimming pool and complimentary BBQ facilities. Stroll down to the boardwalk for an array of cafes and restaurants. Children will love visiting Mandurah’s family-friendly attractions including the vibrant marina, Dolphin Quay markets, Port Bouvard dolphin and crabbing tours, Peel Zoo, Just 4 Fun Aqua Park, Abingdon Miniature Village and Mandurah’s stunning beaches… just to name a few! Enchanting Quay West Resort Bunker Bay is a 5-star beachfront For bookings call 08 9512 8300 or visit retreat 3 hours from Perth in the Margaret River wine region. Luxurious studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas are set amongst landscaped gardens and bordered by Cape Naturaliste National Park and tranquil Bunker Bay… the perfect backdrop for family breaks. Explore Bunker Bay beach, take a dip in the heated infinity-edge pool, indulge at the award-winning day spa or treat your taste buds to superb South-West produce at ‘Other Side of the Moon’ Restaurant with children’s menus available. Enjoy an array of family attractions including Ngilgi Cave, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, bush walks, mazes, animal farms, mini golf, horse riding and seasonal whale-watching. For bookings call 08 9756 9100 or visit

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In Balinese ‘Legian’ means anything sweet, pleasant and delightful to the senses and we found this to be true when we stayed at the Legian Beach Hotel (LBH) in Bali recently. It is family friendly, has attractive accommodation, great service and that special, relaxing ‘feel’ so typical of the traditional island paradise for which Bali is renowned. The hotel has modern facilities including newly refurbished rooms, beautiful bathrooms, plasma TVs, 24 hour room service and comfortable furnishings coupled with traditional Balinese style architecture and styling. Unlike other hotels that have become ultra modern, ‘concrete jungles’, the Legian Beach Hotel still has the characteristic Balinese feel with family-sized, traditional Balinese bungalows set amongst lush, tropical gardens, winding paths and Frangipani trees. The staff are also great ambassadors of the island and a reflection of why Australians love the Balinese people; their staff are gentle, warm, friendly and always so helpful. One of the most appealing things about the hotel is its location, arguably situated in Bali’s most prime real estate. The beachfront hotel


The lure of Legian has privacy, yet is only a short stroll to shops, bars and restaurants, and a nice distance away from the noisy hubbub of Kuta. Continually working to further improve the experience for its guests, management has recently made several upgrades to the hotel, including a new pool (LBH has two pools), refurbished rooms and an impressive new bale banjar restaurant (LBH has five restaurants). The new restaurant is located in a two storey, open-air building which offers magnificent views to the ocean, as well as being home to the hotel’s special new day spa, ‘Usadha Spa’. The day spa, located on the top floor of the new building, was inspired by the ancient Balinese healing practices, Bali Usadha. The spa therapists perform a daily ritual of Tai-chi-fu and yoga to energise themselves and transfer the positive energy to the clients being treated. We have found the hotel ticks all of our boxes for a relaxing, enjoyable, family holiday with the kids. It provides the ideal balance of quality accommodation, modern facilities and easily accessible services, yet has all the lure and ambience of a tropical, island paradise.

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Mountain serenity at Maya Ubud

By Kate DuracK

Featured in The World’s Top 100 Hotels, Maya Ubud Resort and Spa is comparable with the most exclusive and luxurious hotels from around the world, and the best part? It’s only four and a half hours from Perth. Set in the mountainous region of Ubud between a lush river valley and fertile rice fields, Maya Ubud, is a secluded, five-star resort and spa hidden away on ten hectares of unspoilt forest.

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It’s the ultimate romantic escape. We happened to be there for our wedding anniversary recently and indulged in some ‘couple time’ to mark the occasion. We hired a babysitter who came to our villa and watched our two children, while we wandered down to the ‘adults only’ section of the hotel, enjoyed a massage at the luxurious spa followed by a poolside meal and drink. (The spa is outstanding with private cabins overlooking the river.) We were also treated to a special anniversary cake at breakfast and a bouquet of fresh flowers delivered to our villa. We stayed in a Pool Villa which had its own private enclosure, garden and plunge pool which looks out onto unspoilt views of the natural tropical forests. We would lie on the huge bed, open the French doors and look out into the forest, able to hear birdlife and the river tinkling below. Bliss. The accommodation itself is meticulous. Each villa is well appointed with a tasteful mix of traditional and modern architecture and decor, including native timber furniture, attractive, soft furnishings and a spectacular bathroom, including a huge tin bathtub that

overlooks the mountain views. The breakfasts were fantastic. They comprised a (very large) smorgasbord of European and oriental cuisine ranging from fresh fruit and pastries, to eggs and bacon, chicken curry and everything in between. The hotel provided free high tea each afternoon in the open-air restaurant, with views out over the jungle slopes. One of the unexpected delights of this hidden oasis was the presence of so many interesting and varied animal life. We came across frogs, lizards, countless types of butterflies and insects, a fire flies at night - a testament to the untouched state of the resort’s surrounds.

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TueSday 3 July NaidOC OPeN day NAIDOC Open Day will feature dancing, local bands, cultural performances, exhibits and stalls, children’s rides, arts & crafts by local artists, sporting clinics, workshops and a treasure hunt. This year’s theme is Tent Embassy-40 years on. • COst: Free • tiMe: 10-2pm • veNUe: Champion Centre, 76 Champion Drive, Seville Grove • CONtaCt: Champion Centre, Ph. 9399 0820

July 5-15 revelatiON PertH iNterNatiONal FilM Festival The Perth International Film Festival is jam packed with films from around the world, from narrative features to documentaries, and experimental and short films. The year the event has more than 100 works and features a Super 8 film competition, live music, an international showcase, moving image-related visual arts exhibitions, and industry panels, seminars and master classes. • COst: $17 full, $14 concession • veNUe: Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley • CONtaCt: or

WedneSday 18 July rHytHM Fix drUMMiNg Children can enjoy drumming using djembe and bass drums, hand held shakers, bells and blocks. There will be traditional African dance moves and an ‘animals around the waterhole’ dance off, finishing with fun Rhythm games. • COst: Free • tiMe: 2.30-3.30pm • veNUe: Armadale Library – Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop 64/10 Orchard Ave, Armadale WA 6112 • CONtaCt: Armadale Library 9399 0125

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calendar of events COmmUNiTy plANTiNg DAy AT sTriNgFellOW pArk You are invited to a Community Planting Day to help revegetate an area of Stringfellow Park to low-growing native vegetation. Equipment and morning tea is provided and no experience is necessary. • COsT: Free • Time: 9am – 1pm • veNUe: Stringfellow Park, Hayes Terrace, Mosman Park • CONTACT: Town of Mosman Park, Sustainability Officer, 9384 1633,

Friday 3 auguSt NATiONAl ABOrigiNAl AND islANDer ChilDreN’s DAy (NAiCD) Come along to the Champion Centre and meet the Kangaroo Creek Gang Show and have a try at doing some fun activities! Meet Ranger Red as well, who will be here with all his cuddly friends. Lunch and coffee provided. • COsT: Free • Time: 9.30am - 1pm • veNUe: Champion

Centre, 76 Champion Drive Seville Grove WA 6112 • CONTACT: Champion Centre, 9399 0820

Friday 3 auguSt BeTTer BegiNNiNg pAreNT WOrkshOp: mANAgiNg A BABy AND TODDler This workshop explores the transition and possible effects in the family of a new baby arriving, from a toddler’s perspective. Common challenges that families experience are discussed as are practical ideas to manage change. • COST: Free • TIME: 10-11.30am • VENUE: Seville Grove

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Sunday 5 auguSt CiTy OF BelmONT AvON DesCeNT FAmily FUN DAy Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Act-Belong-Commit Avon Descent. Free children’s activities, discounted helicopter rides, watch the race up close to the action, marquee with seat and live race commentary, free Mix 94.5 Gourmet Grill, information stalls and giveaways. City of Belmont residents - bring your Opportunity Card for FREE food & beverage offers • COsT: Free • Time: 11:30am- 3:30pm • veNUe: Garvey Park,

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Sunday 5 auguSt 2012 ACT-BelONg-COmmiT AvON DesCeNT Free family fun and a picturesque race viewing point make this the spot to be at to celebrate the 40th Avon Descent. Traditional dance, music and story telling by The Wadumbah Dance Group, cuddly animal farm, rowing machine competition, kid’s craft, roving performers, six face painters, bouncy castles and much more. • COsT: Free • Time: 11am - 3pm • veNUe: Fishmarket Reserve, Swan Street (western end) Guildford • CONTACT: 9267 9267

Sunday 5 auguSt AvON DesCeNT FiNish liNe Free FAmily FUN DAy Nothing beats an exciting finish! Join support crews and spectators to welcome competitors over the finish line for the City of Bayswater’s Avon Descent Finish Line. Bouncy castles, face painting, roving entertainment - Pack a picnic. • COST: Free • TIME: 11am - 5pm • VENUE: Riverside Gardens, Bayswater • CONTACT: City of Bayswater Events Team on 9272 0622 or

Friday 10 auguSt AmpFesT WANNerOO heAT AmpFest is a live music competition open to original unsigned acts from WA aged 12-25. This Wanneroo AmpFest heat will have a host of youth activities, entertainment and a number of giveaways on the day. • COsT: Free • Time: 7pm – 10pm • veNUe: Brampton Park, Butler • CONTACT:

Friday 17 auguSt QUiT TArgA WesT rAlly See all the action of the rally cars on Haynes Street, in Kalamunda. • COsT: Free • Time: 11am- 3pm • veNUe: Shires of Kalamunda & Toodyay, City of Perth • CONTACT:

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