The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-08T02:56:29Z Empowering Children with One Simple Act of Kindness 2021-04-08T02:56:29Z empowering-children-with-one-simple-act-of-kindness-1 Twice published author, Andrew Holt, has done it again! A Shooting Star is the Sunshine Coast local’s newest children’s book that encourages the core value of kindness in giving and receiving. This is no ordinary book, as the illustrations will be supplied by child illustrators from all over the globe and will the basis for educational programs to enhance feelings of self-worth, self and social awareness, and provide an antidote to bullying behaviour. Using the books to kickstart The Shooting Star Movement, a mental health and wellbeing concept for our youth created by Andrew, whose twenty-five-year career as a teacher has seen him interact with students in over four- hundred schools, spanning many cultural backgrounds. His simple but effective program uses applied positive psychology and strength-based learning to encourage each individual (child or adult) to give and receive a Shooting Star to aid in developing and acknowledging positive character traits in themselves and others. This program has been trialled in schools over the last five years and was already fully integrated into one school in 2019, with other teachers expressing their eagerness to implement the program in 2020. Andrew sees the classroom as the ideal environment for what he now calls a movement, which aims to build mental wellbeing and resilience; key factors in preventing self-harm and suicide in young people. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians aged 15-24. In 2018, 22 children under the age of 14 committed suicide. Andrew will launch A Shooting Star on Tuesday 17 th April with eight of the eighteen child illustrators in person, and the remainder joining via video link. The event will be held at the Ginger Factory in Yandina, Qld, after which, Andrew will follow a brief tour across the following week, acknowleding the students who participated at their own schools. This is Andrew Holt’s third book on empowering children, following on from the first two releases from his Wise Kids Series: A Wise Water World Inspires Me and A Wise Apple Tree Helps Me. You can find more about Andrew and A Shooting Star, register your interest, or purchase a pre-sale copy at the link below:https://www.andrewgholt.com Tech Device Offers Entertainment Without the Screen Dramas: G-mee Play delivers balanced road trip entertainment these holidays 2021-03-29T21:31:51Z tech-device-offers-entertainment-without-the-screen-dramas-g-mee-play-delivers-balanced-road-trip-entertainment-these-holidays 55% of Australians are planning a road trip this year and with the Easter school holidays beginning soon, experts in child focussed technology and behaviour are warning parents of the dangers of screen time during travel and suggesting a change in the device they offer their kids. Aussie developed G-mee Play is one device that allows kids of today to enjoy the portable entertainment experiences their parents once enjoyed, without the dangers of excess screen time. Meet two Aussie dads working together and using their expertise to help families find the balance for meaningful screen time, just in time for the holidays. Brad Marshall is The Unplugged Psychologist who says that COVID-19 has changed the relationship that young children (4-14 years) have with technology. He also says that school holidays can be one of the most difficult times to manage screen use in a family, especially when there are long stretches of travel or a road trip involved. “In my experience parents set out with an ideal plan in their head around limiting kids screen use so they can reconnect with each other, but when the stress of travel hits, that all flies out the window,” Mr Marshall explains. “I’m sure there are plenty of parents who thought they would just use the tablet or phone for small bursts in the car, and before you know it it’s a screaming match in the hotel foyer or restaurant as your kids are glued to the screen.” “The G-mee Play allows kids to downtime through music or audio books without the visual rabbit hole that can detract from the human experiences of the quintessential Aussie family holiday,” Mr Marshall commented. Charlie Brown is the tech expert and father behind the Aussie innovation, G-mee Play – a smart device that was created with young users – and their parents - in mind. For families with young digital users (5-14 years), G-mee Play encourages auditory forms of entertainment so that young eyes can see more of the world around them to enjoy a more balanced relationship with technology on the road and in life. “Parents all remember their portable cassette and CD players, and how they were entertained on family trips. G-mee Play offers kids these entertainment experiences but delivers them via apps that are approved by their parents, like streaming music, podcasts, audio books and mindfulness exercises” said Mr Brown. “There’s so much to see on a road trip, and the G-mee Play encourages kids to use their ears for entertainment, and while doing so, they are also seeing nature, different towns and landmarks as they travel with their family.” “With the G-mee Play, kids can have a personal entertainment experience and parents can allow or not allow the apps accessed on the journey by using the built in pin lock parental controls. This creates a managed adventure for the kids within the approved apps accessible on the device. By selecting audio entertainment apps only, the whole family can be entertained, but their eyes will be free to look elsewhere.” The G-mee Play smart player RRP is $99.95 and available via g-mee.com, Amazon.com.au, ebay.com.au, catch.com.au. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Charlie Brown, G-mee Play creator and father, discusses how parents can take back the power of kids’ technology use on road trips for a more meaningful journey. Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, discusses the technology pitfalls parents may fall into during holiday road trips and how to avoid arguing with kids about technology use. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: Interview Opportunity: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request.High quality imagery availableB-Roll footage available For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au More information: Kids and cyber safetyIn 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(4). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(5). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(2).A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(3). Sources:Tourism Australia researchOffice of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital AgeACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 SESAME WORKSHOP CONTINUES MAJOR COMMITMENT TO RACIAL JUSTICE WITH NEW “ABCS OF RACIAL LITERACY” CONTENT TO HELP FAMILIES TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND IDENTITY 2021-03-24T04:27:54Z sesame-workshop-continues-major-commitment-to-racial-justice-with-new-abcs-of-racial-literacy-content-to-help-families-talk-to-children-about-race-and-identity Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, is releasing new resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism. The “ABCs of Racial Literacy” is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice.   Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content on SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.   Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. Like the science-based whole-child model that Sesame Street is known for, this framework will help guide and inform the creation of new Sesame Workshop content going forward—including future seasons of Sesame Street.    “At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colourblind—not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop.    “’The ABCs of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others."   The new ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ resources launching today are designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism.   In one video featuring two new Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, Elmo wants to know why Wes’s skin is brown. Elijah explains the concept of melanin and that the colour of our skin is an important part of who we are. In a new music video, the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their own unique identities; the song, “Giant,” is available on all major platforms through Warner Music Group’s Arts Music. In another video coming soon, Rosita’s mom and her friend Sofia help Rosita cope with a racist incident in the grocery store, while also celebrating speaking Spanish. Additional resources include videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, activities for families to do together, and talking points and conversation starters for families.   The new Coming Together: The ABCs of Racial Literacy resources launching today are available at no cost to families at SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.    "Sesame Workshop has always stood for diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness. As a trusted source for families, we have a responsibility to speak out for racial justice and empower families to have conversations about race and identity with their children at a young age,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Executive Vice President of Creative and Production, Sesame Workshop.    “The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and impacts people. Sadly, today’s announcement comes at a time of racial and social discord when many families are in need of support in talking to their children about racism. We’re proud to reaffirm our Coming Together commitment to racial justice, which will be woven into new Sesame Workshop content for years to come.”   According to a recent Children and Racism study commissioned by Sesame Workshop to capture and elevate the voices of children ages 6-11 and their parents, racism was top of mind for nearly half the children surveyed with racism more prevalent in responses of Black children. The majority of parents were comfortable with children learning about race and racism through media, books, or school, yet only 23% of parents report that specific resources helped them prepare for discussions with their children. The new ABCs of Racial Literacy resources seek to fill a gap for parents and caregivers as they embark on conversations with their children about race and racism. A full report of the study findings will be released this spring.   More to read, listen, and play is coming soon from across the Workshop to continue the conversation as part of Coming Together. In the coming year, Sesame Workshop will release additional Sesame Street in Communities resources made possible by the generous support of donors including PNC Foundation, USAA, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether will be regularly updated with new content for children and families promoting racial justice.   About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.   Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle celebrates 50th anniversary with special new edition 2021-03-18T23:40:58Z mr-men-mr-tickle-celebrates-50th-anniversary-with-special-new-edition Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle - enjoy the story that first introduced Mr. Men to the world in this gold-foil 50th anniversary edition. The late Roger Hargreaves founded Mr. Men in 1971, when his then 8-year-old son, Adam Hargreaves, asked ‘What does a tickle look like?’ In response, Roger drew a figure with a round orange body and extraordinary long arms and Mr. Tickle was born. Mr. Tickle then went on to sell a million copies in just three years. Now, 50 years later you can enjoy this special upsized edition of the classic story with a bonus backstory about how it all began. The perfect gift for fans of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. With a cast of over 90 characters, Mr. Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and hilarious stories make any Mr. Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up. Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle is available now. RRP $16.99. To celebrate the anniversary, the brand has invited consumers to vote for two new characters, in order to shape the next 50 years of the brand. Characters to vote on include Mr. Calm, Little Miss Brilliant, Little Miss Brave, Little Miss Energy, and Mr. Brilliant, and the two who receive the most votes will be turned into classic Mr. Men Little Miss books. Fans can vote for their favourite at www.mrmen.com: Voting closes on the 31st March, with the winners announced later in the year. Whether you have an inner sense of zen like Mr. Calm, are always putting others first like Little Miss Kind, have the heart of a lion like Little Miss Brave, have a can-do attitude like Mr. Brilliant or are full of zest like little Miss Energy, there's a part of a character inside everyone, so head online to Discover You and vote for your favourites. Adam Hargreaves, son of the original creator says: ‘It’s amazing to see people are still connecting to the books after 50 years, they have always been about getting people to relate with the unique characters and identify the different traits of their own personalities, so it’s great to involve the fans and let them help shape the next 50 years of Mr. Men.’ Born in 1935, Charles Roger Hargreaves followed a career in advertising before becoming an author and illustrator. He is Britain’s third best-selling author of all time having sold more than 100 million books, including all the familiar Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. For further information, please contact:Tamara Jenkins, Esencia Communications E: tamara@esenciacommunications.com.au Media release: Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs 2021-03-17T23:03:40Z media-release-too-peas-in-a-podcast-at-yarraville-laughs-2 Annabel Crab from the ABC and Chat10Looks3: “I started listening as I was running around, catching trains, doing stuff and before I knew it I had listened to about four episodes… Every single podcast I cried... The way they laugh together is so wonderful, you can’t help bursting into laughter... I love the opportunity to hear their voices... I love hanging out with them...Their capacity to find joy in things… is wonderful.” Mia Freedman on Mama Mia Out Loud: “The happiest thing I’ve listened to in a long time and it really shouldn’t be... Their laughter is like balm for my soul. I can’t even explain how much I love listening to it.” On Mothers Day Eve - Saturday, May 8 - Too Peas In A Podcast will finally make its way to the Yarraville Laughs stage, with Kate and Mandy giving their honest, down-to-earth take on life’s trials and tribulations that have earned tham an international following. It’s been a full year since Yarraville Laughs - like every other venue and promoter in the country - had to reluctantly announce the cancellation of its shows which were close to being sold out. One of those shows was to be the live debut for two of the funniest mums on the planet, Kate Jones and Mandy Hose, who were to record their breakout podcast, Too Peas In A Podcast.Fast forward to 2021 and these hilarious women were Victoria’s nominee for Australian Of The Year, have signed a book deal with Penguin Books and tripled their audience throughout the pandemic lockdowns - uplifting their audience with their irreverent banter about raising their respective additional-needs children, both mothers of twins! They also managed to squeeze in a sold out show at Sydney’s Comedy Store.The audience will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster of tears one minute, laughter the next (and often at the same time), as the two chat about parenting twins with disabilities and additional needs. While indeed, the topics they delve are not necessarily laughing matters, Mandy and Kate’s natural ability to cut through the crap and let the audience see the funny side of their emotional ups and downs is contagious.As challenging as 2020 was for so many, Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs promises hilarious anecdotes which are totally relatable, such as drinking gin out of teacups in the afternoons, accidental swearing during remote learning classes, playing remote tricks on teachers - all while wearing pyjamas day in, day out.As Kate says, ‘I think we provided a bit of a lifeline - not only for ourselves, but for our listeners.‘During the pandemic, no one was talking about educating kids remotely with additional needs - only us.’And for the grammar geeks amongst us, it’s well worth a listen to hear their explanation of the almost unforgivable spelling in the title, Too Peas in a Podcast.This is a rare opportunity to be part of the recording of one of this country’s true podcast sensations, so come and see them live, find out what is so a-pea-ling!Listen to Too Peas In A Podcast HERELISTINGS INFO:Too Peas In A PodcastSaturday, May 8The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville.18+ EventBookings: www.yarravillelive.comPh: 03 9689 6033Doors open: 6pm (dining); 7.15pm (show only)Show time: 8.00pmTicket Options:Supper & Show $99.00 + bfReserved Seating Section A $59.00 +bfReserved Seating Section B $49.00 +bfGeneral Admission (standing) $39.00 +bf MEDIA CONTACT:Jameson & CoErin Jameson - 0419 323 663 / erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com Rotary DG Family Project – Books for Kids Campaign Sponsors 25 Victorian Primary Schools 2021-02-01T02:22:18Z rotary-dg-family-project-books-for-kids-campaign-sponsors-25-victorian-primary-schools With the commencement of Term 1, 2021, Books in Homes Australia is excited to embark on a special project in partnership with Rotary District 9810 and supported by Ansvar Insurance that will see around 4,000 new and high-quality books distributed to some 1,830 children in 25 primary schools in Melbourne and surrounds1. Rotary District 9810 has raised an incredible $35,000 on the DG Family Project – Book for Kids Campaign, which aimed to identify and fund primary schools in the Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs that would benefit from being on the Book in Homes Program. Local Rotary Clubs in the district and individuals contributed over $25,000 with an additional $10,000 coming in via the Ansvar Insurance Community Education Program Grant. Each child will get to choose two new and quality books during Term 1, 2021. In addition, each participating school will receive a Preview Pack of 48 books to integrate into the school library for all current and future students to access. Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. The Program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent and resources are often scarce. In doing so, the Program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education thereby opening up options, choices and potential in later life. To date, Books in Homes has distributed over 2.7 million new books to children through schools and communities around Australia, which moves closer to its vision… to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books in the home. Basic education and literacy are focus areas for Rotary International. Partnering with Books in Homes to encourage the development of reading and to give primary school children, living in the local area of Rotary District 9810, their own books to keep was a fantastic project that drew the full support of Rotarians across South East Melbourne. Over 30 primary schools were identified as potential recipients2. The $35,000 raised will fund 25 primary schools, which is an amazing result. The geographical area covered by the different Rotary Clubs is “from the Bays to the Hills”, covering Sandringham across to Templestowe and up to Upper Yarra and Healesville. Says Shia Smart, the District 9810 Governor (2019-2020) about the fund-raising campaign, “I didn’t realise how easy it would be to raise the funds. Asking Rotarians to support better education and literacy by giving local primary school children quality books-of-choice was a straightforward proposition, which Rotarians completely embraced. We are all looking forward to the Book Giving Assemblies and seeing the smiles of pleasure when the children receive their new books.” Says Peter Large, CEO of Books in Homes about this extraordinary fund-raising effort, “Books in Homes has enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with Rotary Clubs across Australia over the past 20 years. The upcoming Term 1, 2021 Rotary District 9810 Governor’s Books for Kids project will celebrate the largest single fundraising campaign Rotary has conducted with Books in Homes. Congratulations to Shia Smart for this wonderful initiative and thanks to Ansvar Insurance for their tremendous support and generosity. We look forward to Rotary District 9810 and Ansvar Insurance sharing the joy of Books in Homes with the children and families of the schools of Rotary District 9810 during Term 1, 2021.” Thank you, Rotary District 9810, Ansvar Insurance, and Campaign Coordinator Shia Smart, along with husband Duncan and son Flynn for your outstanding contribution to the Victorian community by helping to create a better reading future for primary school students. ENDS   Media Contacts: Peter Large, CEO                                                           Phone: 02 9434 2488 or 0411 405 405 Email: peterlarge@booksinhomes.com.au                           Julie Ditrich, Communications CoordinatorPhone: 0412 445 511Email: julieditrich@booksinhomes.com.au    1 Rotary District 9810 Sponsored Schools Athol Road Primary School, Badger Creek Primary School, Bayswater Primary School, Boronia K-12 College, Boronia West Primary School, Carwatha College P-12, Chandler Park Primary School, Croydon Primary School, Don Valley Primary School, Gladysdale Primary School, Harrisfield Primary School, Healesville Primary School, Heatherhill Primary School, Hoddles Creek Primary School, Keysborough Primary School, Launching Place Primary School, Seville Primary School, Springfield Rise Primary School, Spring Parks Primary School, Wallarano Primary School, Wandin Yallock Primary School, Wattle View Primary School, Westall Primary School, Woori Yallock Primary School, and Yarraman Oaks Primary School. 2 Participation numbers at each school were determined by Rotary and Books in Homes based on total enrolments, local Rotary contribution, and the school Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT AUSTRALIAN PARENTS ARE PERSONALISING ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR FAMILIES LIVES, APART FROM THIS 2021-01-24T04:55:40Z new-research-reveals-that-australian-parents-are-personalising-almost-everything-in-their-families-lives-apart-from-this Online school tutoring service, Cluey Learning, has released new research that explores the extent Australian parents ensure family life is personalised to individual tastes and personalities but identified a clear discrepancy when it comes to approach to learning and education. Of the parents surveyed, 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners.”Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit them Based on these findings, Cluey have launched a campaign designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences by offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. The first 1000 applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.”School children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr Selina SamuelsDr Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, PhD, MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ FREE PERSONALISED BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS COURTESY OF ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE, CLUEY LEARNING 2021-01-17T08:56:13Z free-personalised-back-to-school-haircuts-courtesy-of-online-tutoring-service-cluey-learning Online tutoring service Cluey Learning is offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. Applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.The initiative – just in time for the new school term – is designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences, whether that’s something as routine as a haircut, or as fundamental as how children learn. Research released today shows that 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning offers school children live, face-to-face tutoring support in a 1-to-1 and small group setting. Kids can learn at their own pace, in their own way,in addition to school. Its online adaptive platform delivers a personalised experience like no other, with over 790 tutors, bespoke tutor and student matching and an array of digital technologies to aid performance and delivery of the Australian National Curriculum. Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Selina Samuels says, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners. Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.” Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit themSchool children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr. Selina SamuelsDr. Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first-come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ Fight Child Hunger Down-Under This World Children’s Day 2021-01-13T14:06:08Z fight-child-hunger-down-under-this-world-children-s-day As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in Queensland, local kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to support Australian child hunger relief charity, Feed the little Children.   Gold Coast, QLD (November 10, 2020) — To celebrate its launch, Gold Coast kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to raise proceeds for Australian child-hunger relief charity, Feed the Little Children.   What: World Children’s Day Treasure Hunt When: Saturday, November 21 – 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport Host: Sprout Organic Event Details: Participate via gold coin donation to Feed the Little Children. All participants will receive a prize and there will be three major prizes. All families welcome. Participants must have adult supervision. Best suited for kids aged 4-12. Among the founders of the new kids nutrition start-up are two well-known Gold Coast entrepreneurs, Sel Berdie, former Gold Coast Titans player, and INBA Mr. Universe winner, Billy Simmonds.   “We’re thrilled to be hosting a fun family event for a good cause”, said Berdie. “Ensuring that kids have access to nutritious food is a cause which aligns very deeply with our mission and we admire the work that Feed the Little Children does to provide emergency hunger relief for kids in Australia”.   “100% of raised funds from this event will be donated to Feed the Little Children, and we’ll also be donating some boxes of our new healthy snack bars to kids in need” Berdie added. “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to enjoy a fun community event like this and we’re excited to bring some well-needed smiles to kids’ faces and get them out in the fresh air to make a happy memory in honour of World Children’s Day”.   Sprout Organic is the first plant-based kid’s nutrition company to launch in Australia. Advised by leading paediatricians, dietitians, and food technology experts, its first commercial product will be a healthy kids snack bar range launching this November, followed closely by a plant-based toddler, infant, and follow-on formula in 2021. The forecast for Australia’s plant-based food industry shows tremendous growth, with the CSIRO estimating the plant-based foods market to be worth more than $6 billion by 2030 positioning Australia as the third fastest growing market in the world.   Contact: Nadia Schilling, nadia@sproutorganic.com.au, 0469 545 424 Ends ### About Sprout Organic Sprout Organic is an Australian plant-based kids nutrition company based in the Gold Coast, Australia. Its vision is to provide children and their families with access to nourishing plant-based food products across the globe, starting right here in Australia.     About World Children’s Day World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November* each year to promote international togetherness and improve children's welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. NOTE: Sprout Organic’s Treasure hunt event will be held one day after the official World Children’s Day on Saturday, November 21st, so more Gold Coast families can enjoy the event.   About Feed the Little Children Feed The Little Children is an Australian charity which cooks and delivers over 600 hot, healthy meals a week to highly disadvantaged children in Australia, while also employing measurable, outcomes based, self-capacity building projects that bring change to intergenerational cycles of poverty and neglect. Hunger destroys hope, and Feed the Little Children is seeing new confidence, joy, and optimism in the children they support. Australian Smart Tech Brand, G-mee, Partners with Australia Post 2021-01-12T23:52:49Z australian-smart-tech-brand-g-mee-partners-with-australia-post-1 Images available here.Australian smart tech start-up, G-mee, has secured Australia Post as a national retail partner for the brand’s G-mee Connect smartphone. The G-mee range, consisting of the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone, is an Australian innovation created to support the safe exploration of smart technology by young users. G-mee offers all the features desired for on-the-go-entertainment and removes digital temptations. With no digital camera and a built-in G-mee App Lock, G-mee is already being recognised as the smart device to satisfy both parent and child needs. The G-mee Connect is the smartphone model of the range and offers access to Google mobile services such as Google Play and YouTube, as well as 4G cellular connectivity. This device facilitates phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime. Like all G-mee devices, the G-mee Connect comes with a built-in App Lock to ensure users only access age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers at specific times of the day. G-mee creator, Australian tech expert and father of three daughters, Charlie Brown, says the partnership with Australia Post will make safe smart technology accessible to more users. “One of the key things we’ve learned from the events of 2020, is that smart devices are now a necessity. So too is having an awareness of keeping safe online,” Mr Brown explains. “We launched G-mee online last year and our online sales show great promise. Parents are seeing the benefits of G-mee for their kids’ digital use and are telling their friends. Now it’s time to take G-mee to another level.” “We’re excited to offer G-mee Connect smartphones through participating Australia Post outlets nationally. Aussie families will now be able to find a smartphone option to help keep kids safe online at participating Australia Post outlets so they can stay connected once they return to school in 2021.” “Australia Post outlets across the country have evolved to become more than just a place to send letters and packages. Now they are also regarded as a source for quality technology and gadgets at a reasonable price point.” “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable device option that prioritises online safety for young users. Our products give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future.” The G-mee Connect is available at participating Australia Post outlets nationally for $149. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their three young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was appropriate. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. SESAME STREET RETURNS TO NEW ZEALAND SCREENS WITH 48th SEASON AND A NEW SPECIAL ON TVNZ 2020-12-11T03:00:40Z sesame-street-returns-to-new-zealand-screens-with-48th-season-and-a-new-special-on-tvnz Sesame Street will return to New Zealand screens with a brand-new season and a new special, to premiere on TVNZ.   Sesame Street’s Season 48 will premiere on Monday 14th December on TVNZ OnDemand at 8am, as well as on TVNZ 2 on 19th January, 2021 with a kindness curriculum focusing on respect and understanding and featuring celebrity guests Kate McKinnon, John Legend, Lucy Liu, and Josh Groban.   ‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ will premiere on Friday 8th January on TVNZ OnDemand.   “We’re delighted to see Sesame Street return to New Zealand television screens to delight another generation of children, and we’re thrilled that TVNZ will join us in helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop.   Season 48 - December 14th, TVNZ OnDemand, and January 19th TVNZ 2 Sesame Street’s 48th season features its powerful kindness curriculum, and an all-new Cookie Monster segment that teaches pre-schoolers where different foods come from.   Sesame Street will focus on mutual respect and understanding, helping kids recognise similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. With its diverse cast of humans and lovable monsters living side-by-side, the show has long helped kids and families navigate this space, and this season is no exception.   “The stories this season focus on cultivating cultural competencies, which are important prosocial skills for school readiness and for life – and they’re more vital now than ever,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “By modelling constructive ways to experience difference and show compassion, we hope to give kids the tools they need to develop empathy by taking on the perspectives of others, appreciating differences while recognising fundamental similarities.”   Also new this season is the “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment. In each five-minute installment, Cookie Monster and his new pal Gonger receive a video call from a child who orders something special from their food truck. Partway through each recipe, Cookie and Gonger jump behind the wheel to gather a key ingredient straight from the source, visiting a cranberry bog, a pasta factory, an avocado farm, and more. Farmers and artisans show Cookie and Gonger how their star ingredient is grown or produced before restocking the truck and sending the chefs home to get cooking. It’s an engaging way for kids to learn where food comes from.   As always, this season of Sesame Street features an incredible celebrity line-up, including: Lucy Liu as a reluctant Cinderella who wants to ditch her glass slippers; Tony Award-winner Josh Groban with a new song called “Hey Friend”; Kate McKinnon as Mother Goose, helping the friends create a new rhyme about Elmo; Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi visiting an international street food fair on Sesame Street; John Legend singing a new song called “Come Together”; and Ellie Goulding learning all about clouds.   The Not Too Late Show with Elmo – January 8th, TVNZ OnDemand The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, hosted by a certain furry red monster, is a star-studded talk show for the whole family that highlights a different part of kids’ bedtime routines and is the perfect way for kids and parents to wind down together at the end of the day.   Elmo welcomes an exciting line-up of guests to The Not-Too-Late Show to entertain families with music, games, and fun - with Cookie Monster as his sidekick, other Sesame Street pals as backstage crew, and even his very own house band!   Performers like Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., and the Jonas Brothers put their own spin on beloved Sesame Street songs; John Mulaney and Olivia Wilde get competitive with tricycle races and teddy bear dress-up contests, while Jonathan Van Ness gives Alan a “monster makeover”; Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, John Oliver, and Andy Cohen stop by to give Elmo some hosting advice, and much more—all before Elmo’s bedtime!   With a little help from these famous visitors, The Not-Too-Late Show gives familiar night-time activities like brushing teeth, choosing a bedtime story, and putting on pyjamas a fresh and fun twist that only Elmo could deliver.   ************ About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org   About TVNZ TVNZ is New Zealand’s state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster. TVNZ’s all about sharing the moments that matter - whether it’s breaking news, following adventures, sharing stories or putting smiles on faces. Each day, TVNZ reaches more than 2 million New Zealanders through channels TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE and online platform TVNZ OnDemand. Leading news site 1news.co.nz and socially-driven online news brand Re: connect Kiwis to the important issues throughout the day, however they chose to engage. How to keep mentally healthy this festive season. 2020-12-10T01:53:40Z how-to-keep-mentally-healthy-this-festive-season The festive season can be both exciting and daunting. For some it can be a time of stress, anxiety and loneliness. This year, more than ever, it’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Mentally Healthy WA, through the Act Belong Commit mental health promotion campaign, is encouraging Western Australians to reach out and support one another this Christmas. Here are 10 tips to help you and your loved ones to keep mentally healthy: ·        This festive season, especially, is a time to focus on KINDNESS.  Small things matter: write a kind note for someone to show them you care, stay calm and patient on the road. ·        Try to reconnect with family and friends, even though some of us may not be able to meet in person. Call someone you haven’t seen in ages. Reach out to someone who will be alone this Christmas. ·        Start a new tradition this festive season. Connect with your neighbours for a game of cricket or join the family for a picnic with Christmas leftovers.  ·        Sleeping ok? Rushing around to meet deadlines can be exhausting. Make sure you are getting a good nights’ sleep whenever you can. ·        Remember to stay active at this time of year. Take time to go for a walk. It’s important for your mental health and can make you feel good. ·        Giving feels good. Make a difference this festive season by organising a charity collection with your family or workplace. Contact a local charity to find out what’s needed by them. ·        Enjoy solitude. Don’t forget to make time to reconnect with yourself during the busy holiday period. Do something relaxing - get outside, try some yoga or indulge in an afternoon nap.  ·        Reflect on the past, plan for the future. Think about how you can prioritise your mental health in 2021. ·        Learn something new this festive season. Look online for a card or other game that you can learn with your family or friends. ·        Make Act Belong Commit your family motto for 2021. Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to good mental health. “Whilst the festive season can present many challenges for people around connecting with others, it also draws attention to the importance of having a sense of belonging – whether that’s with family or friends,” says Associate Professor, Christina Pollard, Director of Mentally Healthy WA. Yogazeit Ltd is a partner of the Act Belong Commit campaign helping to promote positive mental health strategies at the individual and community level. “We’re passionate about empowering mentally healthy communities through accessible Yoga and Mindfulness for the Young and Young at Heart.  Taking a deep breath this festive season and taking a moment to being ‘present’ can bring a welcoming change to overwhelming situations or busy Christmas schedules. We’re looking forward to supporting the Act Belong Commit Message in 2021 and we’re hoping to seeing you at one of our inclusive Yoga and Mindfulness Programs: At School – at Aged Care – or in the Community,” says Regina Cruickshank, Executive Director of Yogazeit Ltd.   About Act Belong Commit: Act Belong Commit is directed from Curtin University’s Mentally Healthy WA. Funded by Healthway and the Mental Health Commission, the Act Belong Commit campaign promotes mental health by reminding us to regularly: ·       ACT: Do something to keep mentally, physically, socially, spiritually and culturally active. ·       BELONG: Do something with someone to keep connected to friends, family, community and culture. ·       COMMIT: Do something meaningful – get involved in activities that provide meaning and purpose. At www.actbelongcommit.org.au you’ll find helpful information including hundreds of simple, do-able and achievable activities you can do to improve your mental health.   CONTACT: Meg Clarey 0438417566 PARTNER ORGANISATION CONTACT: Yogazeit Ltd Regina Cruickshank 0405 551 635 Ingleburn Public School named innovative school 2020-12-02T03:35:00Z ingleburn-public-school-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (2 December 2020) - A south-western Sydney school has been recognised in a prestigious list of the best schools in Australia. Ingleburn Public School has been included in The Educator’s sixth annual Innovative Schools report, showcasing the fifty schools making the most profound and exciting impact in K-12 education.  “The Educator Innovative Schools report seeks to showcase those schools at the forefront of change and innovation,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Australian schools to implement massive changes to their existing models as face-to-face classes shifted online. While this no doubt posed enormous challenges across all areas of teaching, parental engagement and student wellbeing, some schools saw some unique and exciting opportunities to innovative and improve the way they deliver teaching and learning, not just in 2020 but well beyond the pandemic.” In an entrepreneurial partnership with UNSW, Ingleburn Public School has established the world’s first school-based clinic for managing disruptive behaviour disorders (DBDs) in young children. Under the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program, parents receive real-time live coaching from a certified therapist, who observes the parent/child playing from behind a one-way mirror. The therapist then coaches the parent to apply evidence-based parental strategies by speaking into a microphone that connects to the wireless earpiece worn by the parent. For teachers with a student participating in the program, they are given access to informational and in-class support services, to enhance their capacity building and to better manage problematic behaviours within the classroom. The PCIT program, provided to at-risk students and families free of charge since June 2019, runs from Ingleburn Public School across six schools and preschool in South Western Sydney. It was awarded a Secretary's Award for School Achievement in the 2020 NSW Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence. To view the full online report and to find out more about Ingleburn Public School, click HERE. -ENDS-  The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Aspera Mobile launches new, low-cost AS6 4G dual-SIM smartphone and new F42 4G flip phone 2020-12-01T23:46:37Z aspera-mobile-launches-new-low-cost-as6-4g-dual-sim-smartphone-and-new-f42-4g-flip-phone Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of full featured and cost effective mobiles - the feature-packed, 5.99” large screen AS6 smartphone which features face recognition, a fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM and 4G for just $149 and the F42, 4G flip phone with pre-loaded social media apps and easy to use large buttons at only $99. Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “In the AS6 Aspera has kept its brand promise to bring a great value, budget-priced smartphone to consumers and we have specifically designed it to suit anyone looking for a large screen, full Android phone that won’t break the bank. Also, to get face recognition and a fingerprint sensor in a full-featured smartphone for $149 is exceptional value and very rare indeed.” Robertson takes his and Aspera Mobile’s commitment to Australian consumers very seriously and the company has continued to forge ahead in a very competitive market for close to a decade with local Australian-based customer service backing up its range of high quality, unlocked, reliable, and budget conscience phones. He continued, “In an age where the price of some mobile phones is running into thousands of dollars despite them being locked to a network, our success over the last ten years has proven that there is an increasing demand for high quality, low-cost alternatives. The AS6 gives you that in a smartphone and the F42 is ideal for the young or elderly, budget-conscious user wanting a simple phone with easy-to-read large buttons and the most commonly used social media apps – including WhatsApp™ and Facebook™ - already installed.” As all Australian telcos continue to wind down their 3G networks, having a new 4G phone is not only critical but makes good and practical sense. At just $149 the Aspera AS6 offers consumers a surprising number of features including the fact that its large 5.99” screen is also an 18:9 IPS 550 cd/m² extra bright display that is FWVGA+ with 2.5D glass. It also has a fast Mediatek Quad core 1.5GHz MT6739WW processor that easily runs Android 10 and despite the phone already having 2GB RAM plus 32GB ROM, you can also expand the memory using an SD card up to a maximum of 64GB. There’s two good 8MP and 0.8MP rear cameras and a 5MP front camera, a large 3000mAh battery, plenty of connectivity via USB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and VOLTE, support for 1/3/5/7/8/28a+b 4G bands and 850/900/2100Mhz 3G bands and even a free bonus gel protective case. All of this in a phone which measures just 159.5 x 78.5 x 9.3mm. The Aspera Mobile F42 flip phone again perfectly embodies the company’s ethos of providing high quality phones with as many features as possible and it is ideal for anyone who wants a simple and easy to use phone. First off, as a flip phone, the F42 is compact at just 105 x 56 x 19mm when closed and enjoys a satisfying “flip” action as well as large, soft touch keys. It’s also a fully unlocked 4G phone that connects via Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi hotspot or VoLTE. Also, as a flip phone it has two screens, a 2.8” main display and a 1.8” external screen for notifications and messages. Then the F42 has GPS built in and features social media apps including WhatsApp and Facebook already installed. The 1350mAh Li-ion battery gives F42 users good usage time as it powers its 512MB RAM plus 4GB ROM memory (expandable via SD card to 64GB) via its fast Mediatek 6731 quad core 1.1GHz processor. The F42 also features a 2MP rear and 0.3MP front camera, High Definition (HD) voice, programmable speed dials, a USB charge port and a 3.5mm earphone jack. You can find both the new $149 AS6 smartphone and $99 F42 flip phone in Australia Post, Harvey Norman and Big W stores and in petrol stations, service stations and convenience stores all across Australia. For more information on the new Aspera AS6 smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-as6/ For more information on the new Aspera F42 flip phone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/easy-phones/aspera-f42-edits/ Margaret Hendry School named innovative school 2020-11-26T05:28:52Z margaret-hendry-school-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW - A Taylor-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the best schools in Australia. Margaret Hendry School has been included in The Educator’s sixth annual Innovative Schools report, showcasing the fifty schools making the most profound and exciting impact in K-12 education. “The Educator Innovative Schools report seeks to showcase those schools at the forefront of change and innovation,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Australian schools to implement massive changes to their existing models as face-to-face classes shifted online. While this no doubt posed enormous challenges across all areas of teaching, parental engagement and student wellbeing, some schools saw some unique and exciting opportunities to innovative and improve the way they deliver teaching and learning, not just in 2020 but well beyond the pandemic.” Margaret Hendry School, the first ACT government school built to address the Future of Education Strategy, empowers children to become autonomous change agents within their own learning and community. Children are organised in multi-age, multi-stage learning neighbourhoods (K-2 and Y3-6), with learning needs, not age, determining content and curriculum. To view the full online report and to find out more about Margaret Hendry School, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com.