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FEATURE with Amanda Sheehan

If these walls could talk Recognising the historical value of Brisbane’s retro homes


ueenslander-style homes built in the early 1900s are highly regarded and there’s nothing we love more than preserving them and seeing them restored to their original glory. But what about post-war homes and their one-of-a-kind architecture and layouts? According to Historian and House Detective Marianne Taylor, homes built in Brisbane from the 1940s to the 1970s hold a wealth of important historical information, which needs to be preserved and recorded.

was as Marianne intended. “It’s not about the age of a place, or how it looks – it’s about the evidence it contains. These homes are worthy of being appreciated,� she says.

The kitchen evolution Marianne has visited hundreds of homes as part of her project, but it is the kitchens and bathrooms that she feels most passionate about, and which stand out as the rooms that have

Preserving Brisbane Retro history As the successful recipient of the Brisbane City Council’s Helen Taylor Research Award for local history, for the past 18 months Marianne has immersed herself in the stories behind these homes and their occupants, aiming to “raise the appreciation and conservation of this often undervalued class of Brisbane houses.� Through her efforts, Marianne hopes to ensure that the important historical legacy of these homes is preserved. “In fifty or one hundred years’ time I want there to be some kind of record for people

who can’t see these homes first hand because they have been demolished or renovated,� she explains. Last month, Marianne’s labours culminated in a Brisbane Retro Exhibition which saw hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds clamouring to take in the fruits of her research. On display were photos and commentary of a variety of post-war homes and building trends, but the everyday, average residence featured most prominently. This

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It’s been a busy month for all things fashion following the diary of our fashion editor Carly Vidal-Wallace. Have a look at what events we’ve been part of this month!

The who’s who of Brisbane fashionistas were all out dressed to impress to hear from world-renowned Sunshine Coast based blogger Amanda Shadforth (Oracle Fox) who shared some insights to her path to success.

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Fashion Editor/Stylist: Carly Vidal-Wallace

Carly with “Oracle Fox” blogger Amanda Shadforth

In support of ethical/sustainable choices in fashion, Carly was part of a Q&A series showcasing Brisbane’s top labels such as George Wu, Tengdahl, Maiocchi, Gail Sorronda, Nico underwear and Black Milk. Carly at Fashion Revolution with models from Black Milk and Tengdahl

Photography: David Alexander - Vogue Image Models: Tayla and Allira - Mystique Model Management

Comme des Garcons Launch Melbourne

Outfits: Urban Prima Hair & Make Up: Kylie Eustace - Kylie’s Professional

First glimpse of Australia’s only Comme des Garcons store in Melbourne

Carly was invited to the prestigious opening in Melbourne of Australia’s first ever standalone flagship store of French brand-Japanese designs Comme des Garcons, along with many VIP invitees from around the country. Brisbane is extremely lucky to have the only other outlet to buy this iconic brand available at GOMA gift store.

Busy times for Brisbane fashion!



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FASHION with Carly Vidal-Wallace


Getting a LBD that you can dress up or down as your staple garment is a definite must. I really love the Bead Detail Maxi Dress for sizes 36–48. It has a beautiful drape and looks stunning on lots of shapes. For a less dressy event try Mr K’s Black dress with cape by Flirt from sizes 14 – 24.

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his month we are promoting getting out on the town. Why not pop on some makeup, grab a girlfriend and celebrate something. For some of us this raises questions about what to wear to suit our shape and size, especially if our body shape has changed or we are naturally curvy! This month here are some tips and top buys so that no matter your fi gure, you will look fantastic, feel great and have a fun night out. Firstly, know your body shape and make sure you are showing off your assets. There are some great websites that talk you through your body shape with style suggestions and sizing guidelines. See for example. If your body shape is hourglass you must flaunt that little waist. Or if pear shape, you need to really accentuate the slim top of your body and bone structure. There is an easy science to it, and everyone can look stunning. If you are having trouble, it costs very little to have a stylist work with you and teach you your assets and the best colours to wear to make sure you shine!

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Start with the first layer. There are now some stunning undergarments, for example from Nancy Ganz, that hold you in just a bit tighter and don’t look like something your grandmother would wear.

Once you have the perfect staple dress my tip is to not be scared of colours. This flowing Sacha Drake dress suits all body sizes, is reversible and you can pull it in with the tie. Available up to size 18. Just use the colours to bring out your best. Fidelio Reversible Kaftan Dress $399


For those looking for some wow factor brands, the DVF wrap dresses hide any imperfections and the prints are just stunning. They stop at a size 14, but there is a lot of stretch and I think you could possibly push to a small 16. Diane von Furstenberg Jewel Dress $797.85



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SKIN HEALTH with Claire Mason

Inflammation and your skin When you have a physical injury, the whole area usually becomes inflamed. This is a positive sign that your body is sending in reinforcements to fight bacteria and microorganisms that are trying to get into your body. However, long-term inflammation, internal and external, can take its toll on your skin and lead to a variety of skin issues.

on the outside take their toll on your skin, accelerating the breakdown of collagen and weakening the skin barrier. This leads to dry, sensitive skin that gets irritated easily due to the loss of moisture. This damages the aesthetical look of the skin, making it age faster than it should, and it can also give rise to dermatitis and eczema. But it doesn’t’ stop there. Inflammation starts damaging the immune system before it starts affecting the skin and its look. This means that, instead of being able to battle the free radicals that come from the sun, the skin is barely going to be able to repair the damage they cause, let alone fight them. This puts the individual at risk of skin cancer. If you have red, inflamed skin, contact a paramedical skin practitioner at Integrity Skin to discuss possible solutions.

What causes skin inflammation? • Your skin is an active organ and is affected by stress hormones. Long-term stress can cause inflammation. • If you don’t eat healthfully and control the amount of refined sugar and saturated fats you consume, you are at risk.

How is the skin affected? Inflammation on the inside and multiple hazards


health and medicine as we can now precisely treat the cause of the problem, rather than treating symptoms alone.

De-sensitisation of brainstem

Ground-breaking discovery on migraines A breakthrough has been achieved in discovering a common cause in those suffering with headaches and migraines. What does this mean for headache and migraine sufferers? If you suffer from migraines, you are one of the 2 million sufferers in Australia with this condition. Migraines can be crippling to the point that sufferers cannot maintain work due to the amount of sick days taken. This can lead to relationship and marital breakdowns due to the negative impact the condition creates. The psychological and emotional consequences can be far-reaching.

Currently headache and migraine sufferers are either taking medication or having treatment such as botox injections, massage or manipulations of the spine, which only give short-term relief. With this new understanding of the cause of many migraines, at Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic we have devised a new treatment in order to de-sensitise the brainstem. This is exciting news as this new approach is giving hope for sufferers to live a life free from headaches and migraines, without the need of invasive surgery or ongoing medication. Contact the clinic for more information on this unique treatment.

Sensitised brainstem at cause

• Certain types of skin inflammation can be triggered externally by alcohol-based skin products, topical creams and allergens. • The most problematic cause of skin inflammation is the sun. Ultra-violet rays create molecules known as “free radicals”which cause inflammation often seen as sunburn.

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With the latest research, a common link has been found with those suffering from all forms of headaches and migraines. This discovery may mean that those suffering from these attacks may now be able to live a life free from headaches and migraines, and no longer require taking ongoing medication. They may be able to throw away their pills that only give temporary relief, and experience a dramatically better quality of life. The common link is a sensitised brainstem, which many migraine sufferers present with. This discovery has brought about a breakthrough in

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Step 4: Sort your clothes, shoes and bags

Retirement R etirement living wi with Chiou See Anderson

The art of downsizing and decluttering

Easy rule here. Hang all your clothes with the hangers facing one way. When you have worn something and laundered it, turn the hanger the other way when placing it in your wardrobe. In 3 or 6 or 12 months’ time, you would have worked out which clothes you haven’t worn, and guess what? The charity shops would love you for it! Do the same with your shoes, bags, jumpers and jeans. Decide the default direction and let your own usage pattern do the rest.

Step 5: Memories and photos Do you know you can create private albums within Facebook that you can share just with friends you nominate as family? So, as you look nostalgically at that mountain of photos and falter at the memories and where to keep the albums, whip out your phone and photograph them all. Then keep them online in your private albums. Your family from near and far will have a ball going through your online albums.


ike many of us, you may have been thinking of downsizing for a while but the sheer thought of cleaning out your family home sends shivers down your spine. You remember the “stuff” that you have been saving for the children for when they set up their own homes. They are still sitting in the garage with more “stuff” added to the pile as your children move between rentals and relationships. Before you know it, there is so much gear in the garage that you can hardly get in and out of your car. Where does one start? I am personally going through this process right now, so I am going to share with you all the tips I have received and researched. Then maybe in a couple of months, we can all compare notes and give ourselves a pat on the back.

Step 1: Take it one day, one room and one drawer at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to overdo it. But don’t procrastinate either. Look sensibly at | May 2016

the size of the job and allocate a realistic amount of time (set a timer!) and stick to it. Whatever you do, do not start and stop.

Step 2: Purge the duplicates We all have it. We have 28 bath towels, 15 beach towels, 43 pillow cases and 6 sets of sheets for each bed in the room. We also have 7 party platters, 5 casserole dishes and 4 sets of cutlery. Do we really need it all? Be practical about what you really need and give the rest to charity.

Step 3: Pick your furniture Imagine your new home and decide what goes where and tag these chosen ones with a yellow sticker. Then tag the leftover pieces you really love with a blue sticker. Lastly tag the remainder with red stickers. In your new home, place all yellows in the home, blues in the garage and donate the reds to charity or donate/sell them on If there is any blue left in the garage after one month, treat them as a red and move them along.

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Shannon Harvey Senior Sales Agent

Place Estate Agents Bulimba 140 Oxford Street, Bulimba QLD 4171 P: 0438 114 056

hannon Harvey has been a Sales Agent with Place Estate Agents in Bulimba since its inception, after five years of experience in marketing and promotions with Devine. Having lived in Bulimba her whole life, the area holds a special place in Shannon’s heart. “The opportunity to sell homes in my favourite place was my dream job!” For 10 of the years she has been with Place, Shannon has been one of the Top 3 sales agents in the company and is now Senior Sales Agent. She has always been known for her personal service and innovative ideas. Shannon now works in a team and together they offer expertise in all areas of the sales process, rapid response times and important connections to help achieve outstanding results. “I have developed a great network of suppliers and service providers who can do everything from styling your home to carrying out those last few home maintenance jobs before you list your property, all at competitive rates,” says Shannon. Top 3 Tips for Sellers • Befriend your agent. You are on the same team. Your agent will work harder when they know they are being appreciated for their efforts. • Clean your home twice. Many people have different standards. Having another set of eyes (and hands) go over your property will always reward you at sale time. • Have a good mortgage broker on your side who can provide a complimentary home valuation to assist in better decision making. If they can get you the right rate to make your next move easier, you’ll have more options when negotiating with buyers.

Andrea Ross Senior Licenced Sales Consultant

McGrath Estate Agents - Springwood 2/4 Allamanda Drive, Daisy Hill QLD 4127 P: 0422 983 216

ndrea Ross has been in sales since she was 13 years old. She has come from owning hairdressing franchises and being a hairdresser herself, where she was able to gain the skills and knowledge of how to not only build a great rapport with clients, but to also gain their trust. Andrea moved into the real estate world via a serendipitous experience with agents when considering selling her family home. Her experience with three agents who came to her home to conduct appraisals was “a disastrous experience”. However, one agent suggested she should sell real estate. “So the next day I went down to Ray White Springwood and got a job. This was in 2002 and as they say the rest is history!” says Andrea. The real estate services Andrea offers are marked by a great attention to detail and she has a reputation for exceeding expectations of both vendors and purchasers in terms of marketing and communication. “I will listen to not only what my clients need but what they want,” says Andrea Top 3 Tips for Selling Your Home

• Presentation is important: First impressions do count.

• The agent should become involved in the sale alongside the sellers so all parties are on the same page. • Build trust: Always trust your agent and your agent will trust you.

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D Deeba Ehsan Sales Consultant

LJ Hooker Logan City Logan City Centre, 9-10/2 Wembley Road, Logan Central QLD 4114 P: 0477 287 489

eeba Ehsan began her career in Real Estate in 2014 while in her final year at Griffith University completing a Bachelor of Business/Real Estate and Property Development. She is currently near completion of a Bachelor of Commerce and has aspirations to one day own her own business. “I have always had this passion to become a business woman in my own business one day. I have a strong passion for real estate and property development and have been very successful so far. That spurs me on to work even harder to achieve my goals,” says Deeba. Deeba specialises in real estate in the Logan area with LJ Hooker Logan City and mainly deals with individual investors. “One thing I love about my job is that I meet different people every day. Helping individuals achieve their goals makes me happy.” Deeba’s Tips for Success Self-promotion: Right from the start, let everybody know you’re in the industry. You’ll be surprised how many leads you receive from family and friends. Exceptional Customer Service: Buyers and sellers remember if you failed to keep a promise to contact them. Buyers will be future sellers and will recall the service you provided. Know Your Worth: You need to prove you’re worthy of the task you’re being asked to complete. That’s why I always show evidence of my past successes to potential home sellers. Owners engage agents that they both feel comfortable with and who can show they achieve results. Be modest but never conceal your talents or ability.


he main bonus of participating in a travel fi lm night over a travel expo is that you are not overwhelmed with multiple suppliers for your preferred destination, holiday or tour. By coming along to a fi lm night, you will be able to speak with tour suppliers ‘one-on one’ and ‘face-to-face’ which allows you the opportunity to speak in-depth with them, utilising their firsthand knowledge and experience. The supplier is able to assist you directly with your questions or concerns. Film nights do not attract the masses of crowds that travel expos do – usually a maximum of 50 guests. Film nights are designed for unique products or a specific destination such as European River Cruising or Canada / Alaskan Touring. You often receive special savings by attending the films nights, which usually exceed those discounts received at Travel Expos. In some cases you can save up to $1000 on your next holiday. Deborah McKenzie Senior Travel Consultant Helloworld Capalaba

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HEALTH & FITNESS with Cameron Corish

HOLIDAY ESCAPES with Phillip Zornig


Good posture

Expect magnificent sights and a great welcome What can you expect when you go to China? Magnificent sights, clean cities, amazing infrastructure and natural beauty.

Why the position you hold your body in is so important


ood posture can be one of the most important exercise goals to achieve and one of the most underestimated in priority. Someone with great posture looks good and confident, but what most people do not realise is that poor posture is the catalyst for many health complaints. The benefits of good posture are: • muscles and joints work most effectively • reduced injuries and pain • increased energy and vitality • less physical and nervous system stress on the body


improved breathing

• improved circulation and lymphatic drainage • improved muscle fibre recruitment. One of the most common postural problems today is forward head posture. In Fig. 1, on the left is good posture where you can see a line running through the ear and middle of the shoulder and extending through the hip and ankle. On the right, the head has moved forward and the ear lobe is not in line.

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How to improve your posture Postural imbalances get worse as we age. So it is important to prioritise this as a part of your daily life. The best way to improve your posture is not just an exercise and stretching program but an individual and holistic plan. The starting point should always be a biomechanical assessment to identify the tight muscles to stretch and lengthen and the weaker muscles to strengthen. This will go a long way to correcting the dysfunction, but further investigation is needed to understand the underlying causes such as poor sitting or walking, lifting habits, excessive computer/tablet usage, sporting demands or structural issues. Given these postural dysfunctions impact the whole body, we should also address the other holistic impacts. In the case of the forward head posture, these could be breathing patterns and exercises, nervous system support and other lifestyle adjustments. Working towards good posture should be a critical part of everyone’s overall health plan and will reap many health benefits, even if just avoiding ongoing health complaints and pain. | May 2016

Great infrastructure Whilst China’s cities are large and very populated (some have the whole population of Australia!) you do not feel crowded. The cities are amazingly clean and are a cultural delight that is often a mix of the West and the East. Some of China’s freeways even outdo LAs’ but there is only one way to describe the Chinese traffic system, with its endless cars and motor scooters: Organised Chaos. But it works. An amazing railway network


allows you to travel between cities. Shanghai’s Maglev train (Magnetic Levitation) is one of the fastest in the world, travelling at 431 KPH.

Awe-inspiring natural beauty China has some of the most amazing natural landscapes and scenery I have ever seen with mountains, gorges, rivers and much more. For example, stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Li and Yangtze Rivers, The Stone Forest and Reed Flute Cave.

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Impact of forward head posture If your head is forward it increases the load on the spinal column where the head and neck join the back (Fig 1 No. 1 & 2). According to Kapandji from Physiology of Joints, for every 2.5 centimetres your head is forward, it increases the load by 4–5 kilos. “This can add up to 15 kilograms of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine and pull the entire spine out of alignment” says famous medical author and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Rene Cailliet. It changes the centre of gravity in the body and as a result the upper back drifts backwards to compensate and then the hips tilt forward. So although the health concern is the forward head position, pain can be experienced in the upper neck as well as the mid back and lower back. Another subsequent health concern is the angle of the first rib. This is depressed, which then compresses all the major organs, restricting their proper function such as breathing. Dr Cailliet explains that we lose up to 30% of our lung capacity. There are also impacts on the nervous system. The additional pressure on the spine, which houses the spinal cord, increases the stress on the body, organs and muscles as well as reduces their effectiveness.

I have found that the Chinese are a wonderfully polite and friendly people, who are often excited to see a foreigner. You may be the first they’ve met and a photo with you is a must. The photo often comes with a big smile, a handshake and even a hug. You can fly to China from only $2349 per person twin share for 14 days, and be met by your friendly guide on arrival who will stay with you until you are bid a fond farewell on departure.

Winner of multiple awards, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors is a cult classic all over the world. When Seymour stumbles across a peculiar new plant species, he and his vulnerable colleague Audrey must battle the perilous plant – not just for their lives, but for the future of earth! Starring Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, Tyler Coppin, Scott Johnson, Angelique Cassimatis, Josie Lane and Chloe Zuel. The score combines 1960s rock and roll with soul. “A near flawless revival of cult musical classic” Sydney Morning Herald

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Audi Springwood embracing diversity

Stone Forest

Tiger Leaping Gorge At Tiger Leaping Gorge, enjoy a 2 mile walk along the gorge embankment and through limestone tunnels and caves before taking in the magnificent view of the tiger leaping the gorge. Li River Cruise provides a five hour 83 Kilometre cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, which allows you to see the marvellous panorama that includes Elephant Trunk Hill, Forest of Odd Shaped Peaks, Wangfu Rock and Crown Cave. Watch local fishermen and their cormorants diving underwater in search of fish.

Stunning Stone Forest near Kunming is a set of limestone formations that together forms a “forest”. Not only do you experience the various pathways and rock climbing within the “forest”, but you also meet the local people and learn of their lifestyle and culture. This is only a glimpse of what China has to offer. Other sites to visit: The Great Wall, The Yangtze River, the pandas, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Warriors and Forbidden City. Premier Cruise & Travel P 3290 5355

As Queensland’s population becomes ever more diverse, the smartest businesses are those which talk their customers’ language. That’s why James Frizelle’s Automotive Group is staying connected to its communities by attracting staff who speak Asian languages as fluently as they speak English. The company’s determination to appeal to consumers from all backgrounds and nationalities is reaping rewards, with 40 per cent of purchases at its new Audi and Jaguar Land Rover dealerships at Springwood made by Asian-Australian customers. Frizelle’s employs Mandarin, Cantonese, Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) and Malay-speaking employees at its Springwood showrooms and service centres – and the list is growing. Daniah Medallada, 28, is the senior customer care consultant at Audi Centre Springwood and puts her Cantonese to use every day. “A very high proportion of our customers are

Asian and it’s increasing all the time,” Ms Medallada said. “Younger people from China usually speak excellent English, but the older people are not as fluent and are more comfortable speaking their first language. “I think they also like dealing with someone who understands their culture as well as speaking their language.” The Asian population in south-east Queensland is booming and is one of the reasons Frizelle’s chose to expand its Gold Coast-based business into Logan, according to Group Operations Manager Rebecca Frizelle. “Logan is becoming more vibrant and prosperous and much of that is down to its growing Asian community,” Ms Frizelle said. “Our Chinese customers love quality cars and they love a great deal. So does Frizelle’s – that’s why we get along so well.”

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Attention girls: Science needs you!


ustralian educators have described the trend for female high school students to steer away from maths and science subjects as alarming. In 2013 only 6.6% of girls across Australia studied advanced maths, a drop of 23% since 2004. Not only is this trend resulting in many girls seriously limiting their career options, it has created an industry shortage of women in professions such as engineering. Why are so many girls leaving maths and science behind? University of Sydney Educator Rachel Wilson suggests that making maths a noncompulsory high school subject in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia is a contributor. Other experts believe students view maths and science irrelevant for their intended course of study after they leave high school.

primary and high school students participate in hands-on problem solving. They also provide support to university-aged women while they study and assist in placing graduates in companies that value a gender inclusive workplace.

How parents can help Diversity drives innovation Robogals UQ is part of a global, student-run notfor-profit organisation, which focuses on encouraging girls to pursue a career in science. Spokesperson Wilson Kong explains that it is important for girls to get on board with occupations such as engineering because “more ideas can be produced with a wide range of viewpoints, which can only come from a diverse team. Diversity drives innovation.” The voluntary group runs free engineering workshops where

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According to an international study of gender equality in schools undertaken by the OECD, girls lack self-confidence in Maths and Science, despite results showing that they out-perform boys overall. The study suggests that girls’ performance in these subject areas could be vastly improved if they received encouragement from parents to study maths and science and pursue careers in these areas. Visit for tips on how parents can encourage their girls to study maths and science.

You may wonder what the fuss is all about. Food scraps and organic waste decompose naturally and are harmless to the environment, right? “It is unfortunately not true when waste is transported to landfills,” said Eric Love, Chairman of the Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE). The not-for-profit has been running the International Composting Awareness Week campaign in Australia for 11 years in an effort to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. “In landfills, waste is compacted to save space and decomposes without air (anaerobically), which produces methane, a gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting or sorting organic waste correctly is a simple thing Australians can do to help fight climate change, which is the biggest threat of our time,” he said.

Pride, Excellence, Success at Runcorn State High School


feel privileged to lead the teaching team of Runcorn State High School where our motto of “Pride, Success, Excellence” is a reality. Our continued focus on knowing every student and how they learn is continuing to yield great results. Through individualised goal setting, tracking learning progress and explicit teaching we are seeing accelerated learning in our students, and our 2015 NAPLAN, OP and QCE results showed significant improvement. In 2016, we are also upskilling our teaching team in teaching techniques to further improve students’ reading and writing. It is a winning combination of caring teachers who are skilled in contemporary pedagogy that are making a positive difference. The Year 7 Camp was recently held at Mt Tamborine. The camp program across the school is a significant part of our welfare program aimed at increasing student’s resilience. Students also have the opportunity to recognition through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. In 2015, 95% of students in Years 7and 8 received the Bridge Award. Recently, a number of our students have been recognised for their outstanding achievements. Year 12 student and 2016 community school captain Yasmin Atwani recently competed in the Lions Youth of the Year competition and won both the local and district rounds of the competition. Irshaad Ali, one of our Year 10 Beacon Ambassadors, has secured a place as a representative of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Year 7 students Maia Tonga-Puata and Myah Cresswell-Tino have been accepted as performers in the Creative Generation State Schools Onstage 2016 showcase. Maia will be singing in the massed choir and Myah will be dancing in four items. The commitment to this production is significant with many rehearsals in school time and on weekends, culminating in televised performances at the Brisbane Exhibition and

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Convention Centre on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July. On May 16, 17 and 19, Runcorn State High School will host the 2016 Karawatha District Instrumental Music workshop series. Over 300 students from Acacia Ridge, Algester, Coopers Plains, Eight Mile Plains, Kuraby, Robertson, Runcorn, Runcorn Heights, Salisbury, Serviceton South, Sunnybank and Watson Road State Schools as well as Calamvale Community College will participate in beginner and intermediate workshops over three days, culminating in a gala concert at 6:30 pm, Thursday 19 May. The workshops will provide students in the Karawatha District with the opportunity to meet like-minded students and be involved in activities that will intensively improve musicianship and develop skills at the individual and group level. A highlight will be a performance by Australian premier band Brisbane Excelsior. Entry is gold coin donation and a BBQ will be held for guests from 5:30 pm. The school’s Open Day is coming up on Saturday 21 May. Come along and see our great facilities and talk to staff about the wide range of opportunities available for your child at our school. Jo Soothill / Principal

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Laminex and fibro ruled supreme According to Marianne, few people realise or remember what an exciting, innovative period the ‘40s through to the ‘80s was for building. Some largely unknown facts about the era include:

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1 Post war, there were building restrictions on floor areas for new houses to save on timber and materials. But by the ‘70s and ‘80s, houses had become huge. “They progressed from having no carports to double garages.� The ‘Brick Box’ became increasingly popular in the post-war period. As families got bigger, more room was needed, and these homes featured multiple bathrooms and double garages. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the number of brick homes in Brisbane increased from 3% to 30%. 2 It wasn’t until after the war that corrugated iron roofs became less popular, and roof tiles took over, with the most popular style of the 1940s being the ‘hip’ roof. Largely influenced by trends in Europe and America, Brisbane also welcomed flat roofs, skillion roofs and butterfly roofs. These were considered to be very new and revolutionary at the time.


4 Fibro revolutionised the post-war building era. Marianne explains that it was “readily available, quick to put up by unskilled labour. It revolutionised who could build a house as well as how it could be built. Asbestos was a very important part of the post-war housing construction industry and was advertised as a ‘wonder product’ of the era.� 5 When poured concrete houses were built at Inala post war, this building technique was virtually unheard of. The concrete was “hand shovelled out of a concrete truck, into a wheelbarrow and then winched into place. It was very labour intensive. Houses were built in as little as six hours.�

12 3 After the war the shortage in housing was so significant that people camped in tents and squatted in old army barracks. The Housing Commission was established in 1945 to assist by loaning money at affordable interest rates and providing housing post haste. Prefabricated houses, such as the Dutch Houses from Coopers Plains, were an imported concrete block house that could be built quickly.



The response to Marianne’s work has been so overwhelming that she has declared a book will most certainly follow. She also plans to catch up on her work as a House Detective, a role which sees her called upon to research the history of Brisbane homes. Whatever she is doing, there is no doubt that Marianne will be indulging her curiosity and passion for everything retro. Whilst Brisbane homes have certainly evolved since the 1940’s, Marianne believes that there is certainly one thing that has stayed the same. “No matter how plain or simple, people see their homes as their castle.�

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s any mum will tell you, the process of organising a day out with her friends is usually undertaken with all the precision and secrecy of a covert military operation. Despite my best efforts, the extra zing in my step on the morning of my last highly anticipated catch up with three close friends immediately aroused my children’s suspicions. They quickly ascertained that Mum was up to something. I knew things were off to a shaky start when my son complained of a sore tummy, but as he does this regularly on the off-chance that he’ll get a day off from school, I didn’t pay it much mind. Just half an hour after I farewelled him and his sisters at the school gate, I was greeting my friends at our favourite shopping centre. Giddy with anticipation, we agreed on a plan of shopping first, followed by lunch and then as much catching up as we could fit in until school pick up time. Ten minutes into our expedition, my phone rang. It was the school. “Hello,� I answered with trepidation. It was my son’s teacher. “I just wanted to let you know he’s feeling a little unwell,� she said. I swallowed hard and asked to speak to him. “Hi Mum,� he said brightly. After speaking to him for a minute, I was not convinced that he needed to come home, and I spoke again to his teacher. “Look, the situation is that I am at the shops. With friends. I don’t think he sounds that bad; in fact, I think a big part of his tummy pains is his suspicion that I am out and about.� I must have appealed to her sense of compassion because she insisted that I carry on with my day out and she would keep an eye on my son. All was well for a while, until we got to the restaurant and my phone rang again. As the school’s

number flashed at me, my first thought was to plunge the phone into the jug of water on our table. Maybe, I reasoned, I could pretend that it had caught on fire while no one was looking ‌ But everyone was looking. So I answered. It was Thomas’ teacher. It seemed he was feeling much worse and was now in sick bay. The jig was up. As I walked dejectedly back to the car, the phone rang again. Apparently, Thomas had now vomited. I chastised myself for not taking him seriously that morning when he had complained of a sore tummy. How was I to know that of the 285 school days a year that he complains of being unwell, this one would be real? As I pulled into the school carpark, you guessed it – my phone rang again. This time it was my middle daughter’s teacher, letting me know that she too had vomited – in the middle of the classroom. That was three months ago. A vomiting bug reigned in our household for a week. But my friends and I won’t be deterred. For our next catch up, we will get together in the evening and our mobile phones – and our kids – will stay at home with our husbands. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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or aspiring students, getting into the desired university and studying the right subjects is a crucial milestone. Every year, however, many students are left puzzled about how their preferred university takes in students. The Group of Eight (Go8), a network of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, is now taking the lead in university entry transparency. Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Go8, says member universities are committed to transparency for prospective students and their families. “We are also committed to the Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) as the best available method of assisting students and our universities gauge if a prospective students has the capacity to complete their chosen course of study,” she said. “Our commitment goes far beyond entry - it goes absolutely to completion. We owe that to the taxpayer and our students.” At Go8 institutions, the high ATAR attained by a student is a very good predictor of a successful outcome in their degree program. Ensuring member institutes are clear and open with their prospective students and their families on the requirements for entry is a fundamental part of ensuring their have the best, and the right, students. Go8 members agree that while transparency would be absolute, and ATAR the main entry determinant, consideration of past educational disadvantaged must be paramount. There are three pathways of entry to G08 institutions and the methods for enhancing transparency for each can be found at


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The basic premise is quite simple: your goal is to destroy your opponent’s base located at the other end of a small rectangular playing field before your opponent destroys yours. To do so, you must strategically select minions to march from your half of the field towards your opponent’s base, destroying anything in their path, whilst your opponent does the same. Each minion has unique statistics with their own tactical pros and cons that contribute to a ‘scissors, paper, rock’ level of gameplay depth, so the real strategy lies in knowing which minion to play in a specific scenario.

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lash Royale is a new multiplayer mobile game from Supercell, the creators of one of the most popular mobile games of all time, Clash of Clans. If you’ve ever played Clash of Clans, many elements from Clash Royale may look and feel quite familiar. But make no mistake; this is a whole new mobile experience that will have you hooked after a few minutes of playtime.

Winning matches will earn you chests, which can be unlocked after waiting a number of hours to reward new minions and coins that can be used to level-up your existing minions. There is a complex matchmaking system in place to ensure that you are always battling players of the same skill level, and you can also join a clan of up to fifty other people to chat, trade minions and organise unranked skirmishes. The game is free to play with the option of purchasing coins or gems for real-world money that can be used to reduce the time it takes for chests to open – yet I have been feverishly enjoying the game for the past few weeks without paying a cent. Visit for more information on Clash Royale and to see my personal tips and tricks to climbing the ranks.


Biggest Morning Tea in May


ore than 5800 morning tea hosts from around Queensland will celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and raise more than $2.8 million for cancer research, education programs and patient support services in 2016. May 26 is the official tea party date, but events can be held anytime throughout May or June. In 2015, Australians helped raise $13.6 million with Queenslander Elisa Knowlman’s Blackheath Rd Team topping the national chart with $43 639. It will take a huge feat to top this incredible total in 2016!

In Queensland alone, Cancer Council funded research totalled $6.75m in 2015, including $2.33m in new research programs. Patient support is another service Cancer Council provides. An estimated 128 000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. Providing support for cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families and carers is a key activity of Cancer Councils around Australia. Furthermore, Cancer Council provides evidence-based, up-to-date information about all aspects of cancer to doctors and other health professionals, as well as cancer patients and the general community, to help improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. So this year, jump in and help! You can either register to host a Morning Tea here, or attend one of the local parties.

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In brief, Cancer Council undertakes a broad range of activities including research, patient support and education programs. Cancer Council is the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia. In 2015. Research grants through Cancer Councils totalled more than $70.5 million, with Cancer Councils directly funded $48.1 million, and a further $22.4 million contributed by its research funding partners.

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Are you finding it difficult to forgive someone?


rom the many life experiences we have, forgiveness is probably the most challenging. To forgive is to pardon or excuse an action, experience or circumstance. So, to have forgiveness is to have mercy, compassion and understanding for that action, experience or circumstance. It sounds easy, but there is a little more to it. Many of us have incurred painful experiences such as relationship break-ups, business loss or death of a special person. That pain may still be within you. For many, the idea of forgiving a person feels like they have let them off ‘scot free’. To make it easier to forgive someone, step back from the situation and try to see it from a compassionate side. This may help in giving you a little more understanding and eases any pain. Ask yourself the following questions: 1. What do I think was going on for them at the time? 2. Why would they do such a thing? 3. What were they thinking? 4. Were they supported or did they feel desperate or in need? Always remember that the main objective of forgiveness is to make you feel better so that the situation does not continue to upset your life in the future.

Tips for forgiveness • Allow yourself to feel the pain of the ‘hurt’ and know that it is okay to feel it as there is a grieving process with forgiveness. • Know that to forgive does not mean you have to forget. It is more about healing your own pain and having compassion. • To forgive someone is not making yourself wrong and them right. It is allowing you to move on and have compassion for you. • Review the actions and situation of what occurred. Do this with an open mind to see the bigger picture.

• Put yourself in the other person’s shoes to gain more understanding. • Imagine that person in front of you and say in your mind, “I love you; I forgive you” at least 6 times. Do this for at least seven days. • Surround yourself with uplifting and nurturing people. • Stimulate the mind with positive or likeminded people/things. • Ensure you have a plan for the day, which is focused on you, your gifts and what you are great at. • Get enough sleep.

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What’s On in May How to Have a Cancer Conversation with Kids Cancer affects many families directly or indirectly. How to break the news to kids about the diagnosis of a family member can be a huge challenge to many people for various reasons. Cancer Council has released a handbook, Talking to Kids About Cancer, which provides a detailed guideline on how to handle this sensitive issue. Find out more on

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Support Group The next meeting of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Support Group will be held on Thursday, 19th May at the Hyperdome Library, Mandew Street, Shailer Park from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Tea and coffee provided. Please no perfume as people are chemically sensitive. Please contact Judy on 3806 5601 for further information.

Brisbane Cake Expo The sweetest time of year is once again upon us. Come join the decadence of the Brisbane Cake Expo and everything from lessons to decorating and more cake to try than ever before. When: 14 and 15 May th


Where: Eagles Sports Complex Cost: $12 early bird, $15 general admission, $18 at the gate and kids are free under 12. Event Info: 0411 409 100

Linedancing Beginners Course Beginners line dancing starting now!! Free lessons for novice beginners Learn to linedance for fun, relaxation & exercise All ages, don’t need a partnerday and evening classes available in all areas Dallas Linedancers 3341 8059 / 0403 225 313

Mother’s Day Classic Walk Take a walk or a run for Breast Cancer research at the Mothers Day Classic. Come join thousands who strap on their sneakers as they participate in a 4.5 or 8 km walk or run along the Brisbane River, Southbank and West End. When: 8th May, 7am Where: Cultural Forecourt Event Info: (07) 3139 0398

Darkness to Daylight Challenge Run Come support those impacted by the devastation of domestic violence when people flock to take on the 110km relay that goes overnight or the 10km run or the 3km walk. When: 4th and 5th May Where: Southbank Cultural Forecourt Cost: $48.00 runner or $38.00 walker Event Info: or 07 3119 6347

Comedy Club Saturday Comedy Club @ Studio 188 is an event not to be missed if you call Brisbane home. When:7th May 8.00pm and 10.00pm

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Inspiring Logan Leadership Features special guest speakers Eric Bailey (Activational Speaker), Maria Brady (Kinesiologist), David Laws (The Flower Man) and former Logan Mayor Pam Parker. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon of Inspiration as we weave our way through personal stories of challenge, hilarity and remarkable experiences. Special auction and raffle of life empowering products and services generously contributed by speakers and sponsors. All in support of The Life 2 Project! Retreats and Workshops for Women Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence When: Sunday May 22 12:00-3.30 pm Where: Fitzys Loganholme, Cnr Bryants Rd & Pacific Highway, Loganholme Ticket available: Contact: Jane Sleight-Leach

Children’s Book Launch - Jo-Kin Vs Lord Terra Join the Fun at Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Book Launch, Interactive story-telling, Interview with author Karen Tyrrell & illustrator Trevor Salter. PRIZES: Best space hero, super hero, Robot or alien. Free crafty activities. When: Saturday 14 May 10.30 am Where: Logan North Library, 2-4 Sports Drive, Underwood Cost: FREE Bookings: 3412 4140

Rudimental Frontier touring presents Rudimental on their Australian tour. The band that took the charts and the stage by storm will return to Brisbane to showcase their latest album. When: 7th May 530pm and 10.00pm Where: Riverstage Cost: Tickets can be purchased through Event Info:

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