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elcome to our October issue! In this issue, read the community features Kew Junction Business Association’s photography contest and the 38th De Castella Run. Don’t miss our regular Ask A Vet With Dr Suze and four great book reviews by Dymocks Camberwell & Tooronga.This month’s Five Minutes With features Marta Olak of Aussie Ashburton. Looking at Term 4 music activities for your child? Check out these music schools Latitude Music Studios, Charteris Music School and Musical Keys. For 2019 school and childcare options, contact Ruyton Girls’ School, Erasmus Primary, Belle Vue Primary, Playstation or Lively Learning to find out more about the opportunities. Shop online at Oeteo Australia for unique baby apparel and enjoy 20% off, only in October. Gorgeous Walnut Baby Summer range have arrived at Rustic Heart!. Windmill has a massive range of educational toys and equipment to keep your child busy this school holidays. Read about the Giftwell app, the new way of gifting that is getting popular. With school holidays around the corner, book an eye check for your child at these paediatric optometrists Ashburton Eyecare, In2Eyes or The Optometrists. Family-run Willsmere Dental delivers quality dental care for the whole family. New Pathways Wellbeing Circles offers a unique small group community session to help explore deeper topics that help with wellbeing and a sense of purposeful connection.Two free community forums coming up on 10 October and 14 November. As part of RSPCAVic fundraising event, Kiddy Kats Photography is looking for kids and their pets to be photographed and featured in a unique coffee table book. Contact Michelle to book your spot. We hope you enjoy reading this issue, and have a great month!

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The GiftWell app - A new way of managing gifts for Is your playroom overflowing with toys? Never know what to buy kids who seem to have everything? You're not alone, and the answer is here: the GiftWell app. GiftWell is an electronic means by which to give gifts of money to family and friends via PayPal or Stripe. GiftWell founder, Marta Barbayannis, says she created GiftWell to bring the well-established practice of giving monetary gifts for special occasions up to date with the way we do life.

kids and special events Just like early “wishing well” wedding couples forged the way with asking for gifts of money for weddings, we are seeing early-adopter parents to do the same for their kids' birthdays. The app is already getting a great response and brings with it two major benefits: the first is to shift people's focus to a more minimalist approach, and away from excess toys and "stuff", and the second is to get those allimportant savings started for our kids now. For people attending events and birthday parties, GiftWell is a dream. Bypassing the whole gift and card buying process makes the whole experience fast, easy, satisfying, secure and stress-free. Cash is the most versatile gift, and more appealing than gift vouchers. For more information about GiftWell and to see how easy it is to use the free app to set up a c a m p a i g n fo r yo u r n e x t eve n t , v i s i t www.giftwell.com.au or @giftwellapp on Instagram.

She also hopes the app will drive a change in the culture surrounding kids' birthdays. Her market research has shown that a lot of mums and dads feel overwhelmed by stuff and that their kids have too many toys. Most parents admit that when it comes to presents, they would prefer gifts of birthday money for their children, but not many people feel comfortable enough to ask for it. “GiftWell is a really nice way of asking for birthday money, especially if the request is accompanied by a note about what the child is saving for,” says Barbayannis. “People love the idea of contributing to a larger present, for example, a new bike for a child.”

Readers may also be interested in viewing our recent news interview on Channel 9 via the link available on our FaceBook page. Marta Barbayannis Founder

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Over the years I have had the privilege of assessing and assisting many of the local primary school children in Burwood & Ashburton. Having two children in primary school myself, I understand from a parent's perspective just how much there is to juggle in a child's life, with respect to health and well-being. We all need to understand that children rarely complain to adults about difficulties with their vision, so routine checks are important. When I examine children, I always keep in mind the concept of “clear, comfor table vision”. Sometimes a child may see quite well, however may have great strain or effort in maintaining that vision. This reduction in reliable vision (visual efficiency) can be an inhibitor to effective learning, concentration, reading and writing. Sometimes visual inefficiency may manifest as b e h av i o u r a l d i f fi c u l t i e s i n t h e s c h o o l environment or lead to a decrease in the child's willingness to engage in the school setting. Symptoms that a child exhibiting visual inefficiency may present with could include: · Headaches · Tired eyes · Inability to concentrate · Excessive blinking · Variable vision

The visual system is quite complex. It starts with the eyes and finishes in the brain. It would be more accurate to say that we see with our brains, not our eyes, although of course we need both! Once clear and comfortable vision is achieved, this opens the door for effective visual data collection, which the brain can then process. We call this aspect of the visual system “Visual Information Processing (VIP)”. VIP can also be a sticking point for many children, especially whilst learning to read & write. Reading is a complicated endeavour for a young child and requires many things to work together: clear vision, good visual efficiency and good visual information processing. Children will spend the early years of primary school learning to read and write. They will then spend the rest of their school and working lives using those skills to learn about the world around them.To make this basic transition, your child needs their visual system to be working and co-ordinating optimally.


First we learn to read, then we read to learn. If your child has reduced visual efďŹ ciency or eye co-ordination, it is often possible to strengthen eye muscles using very speciďŹ c exercises which allow your child to train themselves out of the problem. Exercises are recommended based on their value for each different condition. A paediatric Optometrist can provide comprehensive VIP assessments. Where approriate, a vision report can be provided to

aid teachers or other health professionals who may be involved in the care of your child. Remember, your child often won't tell you if they are experiencing difďŹ culties with their vision - it's up to parents to take the initiative and have their children assessed with an Optometrist who understands a child's visual system.


This month's FIVE MINUTES WITH feature is with Marta Olak from Aussie in Ashburton. Aussie Ashburton opened its doors in 2017 and provides mortgage broking services within the local area. q What is a Mortgage Broker? A mortgage broker works closely with a panel of lenders, including the big banks and smaller lenders you may not have heard of. We search through the range of available loans and guide you through the application process. We also stay on top of the changing lender requirements, so you don't have to. We have up to date knowledge of the home loan market – the different types of lenders and deals, any strings attached to a particularly low rate loan and more. This means that we can find a competitive deal that is right for your needs and prevent you from potentially choosing a more expensive or unsuitable loan by showing you what else is available.

q Why did you decide you become a mortgage broker? My journey started in 2004 when my husband and I were looking for a home loan ourselves. We visited many banks and sat through countless appointments and when we walked out of each appointment we were even more confused than before. Having to compare all the information and to find the most suitable loan was just too time consuming and too confusing. I decided to research the industry and found that there was a better and easier way to find the right home loan and called a mortgage broker. I found the process so much easier and decided that I too wanted to help others throughout their home loan journey.

q What kind of experience do you have? I have been working in the finance industry for over 14 years. I am fully accredited by the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and hold a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking. As an Aussie Mortgage broker, I understand that your needs and situation is like no one else's. A home loan deal that saves your neighbor money might not be the most appropriate deal for you. This is why I take a personalised approach and focus on your unique situation to help find the right loan for you. I work with a panel of over 20 lenders^, ranging from the big banks through to smaller lenders and my aim is to match the right loan to your needs. I can search through thousands of available loans^ and guide you through the application process.

q What can you expect at a meeting with you? We will discuss your lifestyle and property goals and I can calculate what you can afford to borrow. Next I will compare thousand of loans^ and explain the features, costs and conditions of your loan. I will then take care of all the paperwork, liaise with your lender and keep you up to date on the progress of your application all the way to settlement. ^Not all lenders are available through all brokers

Marta Olak 9885 2525 marta.olak@aussie.com.au

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KEW HIGH STREET TURNed INTO ART GALLERY, FOLLOWING 'WHAT I LOVE ABOUT KEW' PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION All around Kew, budding photographers had been getting busy, capturing what they love about the suburb in a bid to win the inaugural 'What I Love About Kew' photography competition.

The competition also encouraged young and old to step away from their screens and into the natural and urban spaces of Kew, where they can engage with a local and thriving community. The Kew High Street turned into an informal art gallery, showcasing the work of the finalists in shop windows, following the announcement of winners on September 1.

With three categories and $3000 in prizes up for grabs, photographers as young as 8 were using their talents to showcase Kew in the local community.

18 & Over Winner: Mayelin Do Santos (above) ‘Q Art Gallery’ 12 & Under Winner: Ella Schwarz (right) ‘Beautiful Alexandra Gardens’ 13 - 18 Winner: Iris Elgar (not in photo) ‘Old Dance Hall’ The competition was open to all amateur photographers, across three age categories: 12 and under, 13 to 18 and 18 and over. Entrants did not have to be residents of Kew but must submit a photograph that showed what they love about Kew. The competition was created by the Kew Junction Business Association to highlight and promote the local area, and bring people back to the local shopping precinct. Con Barbayannis, President of the Kew Junction Business Association said “This competition gives us a chance to highlight our local precinct, and to give credit to all the wonderful people and places that make up Kew.”

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ASK A VET with Dr Suze Is it true dogs can only see in black and white? To answer this question fully it is important to quickly review how the mammalian eye works. Light enters the eye through the pupil (the black spot you see in the centre of someone's eye when you look at them) and onto a layer of light sensitive cells at the back of the eye called the retina. The retina then sends light signals via the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the brain for interpretation, allowing us to see. The retina contains two main types of light receptor cells: 1. Rods - which detect light and dark 2. Cones – which are able to detect colour Dogs have 20% less cone receptor cells than humans. Human cone cells can register blue, green and red, allowing us to see 1 million shades of colour. Dog cone receptor cells can only register blue and yellow so they can only see around 10,000 shades of colour within this range, lacking the ability to see in the green and red range. Interestingly, the most popular colour dog toy is red, so if your dog runs right past the red toy that you threw for him/her at the dog park, they may not be having a “special moment” but simply having a hard time discriminating between the red toy and the green grass as to a dog, this would all look the same. So dogs can see in colour but their range is limited to shades of yellow, blue, and grey. Do not despair at your pooch's visual colour limitations, dogs have more rod receptors than humans, this and a few other ocular adaptations allow dogs to see better in the dark. Also, let us not forget their amazing ability to hear and their superior sense of smell!

How do I check my pet for fleas? Using a fine toothed comb, brush the fur around the base of your pet's tail ensuring to include the base of the hair shaft near the skin. Place any debris collected with your comb onto a damp white paper towel. If the debris leaves brown or red smears on the damp towel your pet is positive for “flea dirt”. Fun animal fact: Cats can't taste sweet things! Dr. Susanna Gamage BVSc MRCVS has over a decade of international veterinary experience and is the founding director of Dr. Suze - My Visiting Vet. If you have general pet question you would like answered by Dr. Suze please email susanna@drsuzemyvisitingvet.com.au. Please note the information in this article is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional healthcare advice. If you have specific concerns about your pet, you should always seek advice directly from your veterinary healthcare practitioner. 20 14 22

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KIDS AT THE DE CASTELLA RUN

The 38th de Castella Run was held on a clear crisp Sunday morning along the Boulevard in Kew at the end of August.While the adults, teenagers and older children were enjoying the views of the Yarra River and City in the distance, the younger children also had an opportunity to have fun and do some physical activity.

The event is hosted by the Old Xaverians' Athletic Club and raises money for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. Rob de Castella set the world marathon record in 1981 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, and won the World Marathon Championship in Helsinki in 1983. He won gold medals in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 in Brisbane, and in 1991 in Edinburgh, and he competed in four Olympic Games. Rob established the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2009 to train Australian indigenous people to run in the New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon. The Foundation evolved from this when he realized that the discipline and hard worked involved in training for a marathon could be extended beyond running. The IMF supports these indigenous marathon runners to develop health and l e a d e r s h i p p ro g r a m m e s i n t h e i r l o c a l communities.

Nick Bowden and his crew from Run Ready had a series of activities to teach the children various physical skills and show them that being active can be fun. They were held on the tennis courts at the Xavier junior school in Kew, Burke Hall. The kids then finished off their session with the Kids' Dash down the finishing straight of the main event. This gave them the grand feeling of being a part of the whole occasion.

At the de Castella Run, Rob congratulated all participants, whether elite athletes, Sunday morning walkers or young children, for becoming involved. He emphasized the importance of physical activity to improve overall health, not just of the body, but the mind as well. Rewards are greater when trying something that is a little difficult, rather than easy. Christopher Worsnop

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Help Around the House by Morris Gleitzman Ludo helps other people. It's how he was brought up. When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place. But he soon discovers it's not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help - it's the rich and powerful. The funny and moving story of a boy and his friends managing not to lose heart in a sometimes heartless world. A wonderful new novel by Morris Gleitzman (current Children's Laureate) for the 8-12 age.

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KIDS CORNER Density - Oil/Syrup/Water What to do * Half fill a clear glass with water * Add a drop of blue food dye * Add a squirt of vegetable oil * Add a drizzle of golden syrup or honey Different liquids have different densities, so you will find that the yellow oil layer sits on top, and the syrup layer sinks to the bottom. You can add further layers like baby oil, strawberry syrup, cream etc and see what happens. If you drop a grape into the glass, it will sit on top of the syrup layer. A cork will sit on top of the oil layer and a lego will sit on top of the water (fake lego will sit on the oil layer) Even after shaking, the layers return to their order. This is because of the relevant densities of the liquids. 26

Denise Mitchell holds a Diploma of Children's Services, and a Diploma of Applied Chemistry and has successfully combined the two in her role as Childcare Manager at KewNLC. She has been helping children to experiment for many years, and is passionate in introducing science to children in the preschool years in a practical, fun way using common household materials. She often conducts School Holiday programs, and both cooking and Science form an important part of the Shoestring Plus programs for 3-5 year olds held at KewNLC on Weekday afternoons.

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