The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-04T01:39:18Z PISA TEST RESULTS NOT A “WAKE-UP CALL” 2019-12-04T01:39:18Z pisa-test-results-not-a-wake-up-call Sydney, Australia, 4th December 2019: Australian schools have recorded their worst results in reading, maths, and science, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The results have been described by PISA national project manager Sue Thomson as a “wake-up call”. Cluey Learning argues, however, that the PISA test results are not a wake-up call, rather that alarm bells were missed in the lead up to these shock findings. Chief Learning Officer, at Cluey Learning, Dr. Selina Samuels comments: “These results are certainly alarming. But are they really a wake-up call? Australian students and their parents and teachers have been worried about their academic performance for quite some time. Cluey’s research tells us that 40 per cent of school children have used or are being considered for extra educational support. We speak to students and parents and teachers throughout the country every day. Students tell us that they lack confidence, that they feel under prepared and that they do not know how they are going to compete with others. Parents are worried that their children are getting lost in the system, with their individual learning needs going unmet. They say it again and again: that with the best will in the world, teachers in the conventional classroom are not able to meet all the needs of every student. Teachers lament that they cannot devote the time needed to every student. The Grattan Institute’s report “Targeted Teaching” investigated the decline of Australian students’ achievement in international tests such as PISA, and concluded that, “A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.” That was in 2015. Although it is probably inevitable that blame will be laid in many quarters, these results are not the fault of Australia’s teachers any more than they are of our students and their parents. Indeed, it is the teachers, like the students, who have been warning us about the need to take education and school reform seriously. I do not believe that for many – if not most – of my profession, these results will come as much of a wake-up call at all.” -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS: Dr. Selina Samuels (qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., Med) is available to discuss: Why the PISA test results are not a “wake-up” call The alarm bell warnings Australia missed ahead of the PISA test results Why blaming teachers for the PISA test results is the wrong way forward What Australia needs to be concentrating on to improve student performance What Australia can learn from other countries’ approaches to education For interviews with Selina please contact Hayley Kerrigan | | 0475 586 400 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. Cluey has supported over 5,000 Aussie families, run over 25,00 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. FlipRobot E310 Plus - The First and Only to Offer AIoT Combining Artificial Intelligence with the Internet of Things 2019-12-03T23:12:24Z fliprobot-e310-plus-the-first-and-only-to-offer-aiot-combining-artificial-intelligence-with-the-internet-of-things-1 Sydney, New South Wales – 2019   ·        Local Australian company is the first to offer AIoT revolutionary robotic model. ·        The latest in Artificial Intelligence technology on offer. ·        Company offers the ultimate formula for success.   Local Australian company, Actura has just released its FlipRobot E310 Plus model. The company is the first and only to offer AIoT technology – combining artificial intelligence with the internet of things. The latest in technology is on offer for students to develop their STEAM robotic learning skills. Talent can only grow when the right tools are provided and the latest in Actura’s FlipRobot AIoT technology provides students with the best technology to develop their robotic, coding and technical skills. Local company Actura, with its leading FlipRobot hardware and software is the leading robotics and coding technology solution provider. With the AIoT technology on offer through its FlipRobot robotic models - combining two technologies that dominate the technology industry – the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Actura is a stand-out in the STEAM education field, particularly with the release of is E310 Plus model. The convergence of AI and IoT is set to redefine the future of industrial automation and lead to the industry 4.0 revolution. In context of FlipRobot and its practical applications, the cutting-edge technology of AIoT means an algorithm can be designed that when one robot’s humidity sensor’s reading exceeds a certain value, then four other robots move to their designated locations. In agricultural settings, this enables things like machine-to-machine communication to avoid adverse weather conditions, for example, cyclones. Through robotic sensors, and cloud-based modules, the possibilities are endless – visual recognition and voice recognition all become possibilities. With FlipRobot’s E310 Plus Bluetooth module, students are able to upload code anytime, wirelessly on either their desktop, laptop or ipad (with all FlipRobot products). With many educational learning factors, students will be able to appreciate the considerations that companies must content with. These issues in the near future include latency, power, security and privacy concerns. This will provide students with insight for discussion in the classroom. FlipRobot’s STEAM robotics solution helps students develop the capabilities of creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, cooperation and communication to overcome challenges for the 21st century. IoT and AI are two independent technologies that have a significant impact on multiple industry verticals. While IoT is the digital nervous system, AI becomes the brain that makes decisions which control the overall system. The powerful combination of AI and IoT brings us AIoT – Artificial Intelligence of Things, that delivers intelligent and connected systems that are capable of self-correcting and self-healing themselves. The promise of AIoT involves examining the evolution of connected systems. Cloud computing provides three key aspects to connect systems – connectivity, storage and computing. Apart from machine-to-machine messages to each other, these devices send telemetry data to the cloud that was ingested and stored centrally.   As the leading provider of robotics and coding technology in the STEAM education area, Actura’s release of the FlipRobot E310 Plus model hardware and accompanying software sets the tone for the future of technology and innovation; with cutting-edge technology on offer. Students will be able to be empowered for their future success through utilising this latest technology. Actura is a strong proponent of the belief that talent can only grow when the right tools are provided – and being able to release the latest in AIoT technology makes Actura a stand-out in its field.   “Actura’s formula to help students achieve future success is: success = talent + Attitude + passion + opportunity. Our strategy is working. We continue to provide and release that latest in hardware and robotics technology to facilitate students to harness their talent”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs.     Download Logos, Photos and Videos:   Media File   Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email:      Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: Website Address:     INDIGENOUS YOUTHS DEADLY DANCE MOVES GO VIRAL 2019-12-02T22:31:35Z indigenous-youths-deadly-dance-moves-go-viral An Indigenous boy from Mount Isa has burnt up the local PCYC Youth Zone dance floor to the delight of onlookers, and the video has gone viral. Despite eleven year-old Anton Sambo and his happy feet being newcomers to the Outback mining town, the welcome he received from PCYC has been warming. Youth Engagement Officer Aimee Sewell said the video has been watched over 87 000 times on various Facebook pages and shared more than 150 times. “We put the music on and off he went. He loves to dance and he learned from watching other people and YouTube,” Officer Sewell said. Since Anton’s deadly dance moves aired he was invited as a special guest to watch the Mount Isa School of Dance end of year concert. “He thoroughly enjoyed it and left even more inspired to dance,” Officer Sewell said. The PCYC Youth Zone opened in September 2019 and runs activities on Wednesday and Thursdays from 4-6pm. “Our aim is to break down barriers and build relationships between young people and Police and we do this by providing positive experiences in a fun and supportive environment.” “It’s a very versatile and safe space,” she said. The Youth Zone offers a range of activities such as box fit circuit, handball, soccer, obstacle courses, basketball and team challenges.” After reading about such a lovely and heartwarming article the crew at Cindication would like to wish everyone a Stress-free and Merry Christmas. Cindication is aware that Christmas can be a tough time of year for families however we also recognise the Police Service and other frontline personnel have a tough job as well.  Founder of Cindication CEO Cindy Rochstein said not many people recognise that those in law enforcement work tirelessly during the holiday season to keep communities safe.  “Cindication is committed to continuing to provide awareness around trauma and PTSD and work towards those looking for solutions with events and a symposium due to be held in 2020,” Ms Rochstein said. READ MORE: INDIGENOUS BOXING SENSATION LEAH REUBEN SETS HER SIGHTS ON HONG KONG FOR MORE: If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Coleman - 0409 002 088 or Cindy Rochstein – 0437 094 049. For more on Cindication, email: / -ends- Parents ignoring pool gate safety putting toddlers at risk 2019-12-02T06:28:12Z parents-ignoring-pool-gate-safety-putting-toddlers-at-risk Under-fives are the most at risk for backyard drownings, yet 30% of parents admit to only checking the safety of their pool area, fence and gate once a year or less. This is despite 33% saying a family member had a near drowning experience involving a backyard pool.* There were several excuses parents had for not making a safety check, the number one response being ‘they had no excuse’ (40%). This was followed by not knowing what aspect of safety to check (19%), forgetting to check (18%) and not enough time (10%). Child water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence said he was shocked by the lack of diligence and urged all pool owners to check the safety of their pool gates during ‘National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month’ this December, as faulty pool gates and fences remain a leading cause of drownings in Aussie kids under five**. 12 Aussie children under the age of five lost their lives because of swimming pool drownings in 2018/19 and over the past 12 years, this age group had the highest incidence (42%) of non-fatal drownings throughout Australia.*** “We know that kids who drown most commonly gain access to the pool area through a faulty fence or gate and this is something that should not be happening. Pool owners need to check their fences, gates, latches and hinges regularly, as a gate that is not self-closing and self-latching provides instant and often undetected access for toddlers to the pool area,” Laurie said. “We want to see a reduction in drownings this Summer and it starts at home with safe backyards.” John Clark, Technical Director of Australian company D&D Technologies, the manufacturer of the MagnaLatch® Pool Safety Gate Latch, said the company was a long-time partner of Laurie Lawrence’s KidsAlive™ water safety program, and launched the ‘Check-Your-Pool-Gate’ initiative with Laurie three years ago, to help eliminate childhood drownings caused by faulty pool gates. “Our recent survey of pool owners showed that one in five pool owners with kids under eleven had no idea what elements to check in their pool area to make it safe, and only 55% said they knew their pool gate complied with all Australian Standards. Our aim with ‘National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month’ is to educate pool owners about pool safety and to encourage them to check their pool surrounds not once a year, but regularly.” Mr Clark said it only took a few minutes for pool owners to check that their pool fences and gates, including latches and hinges, were in good working order. This simple routine done regularly could save the life of a child. “Alarmingly, our survey revealed that one in three pool owners don’t check the safety of their pool area because they don’t have small children. All pool owners are responsible for ensuring that no child has access to their pool, as it only takes seconds for a child to wander into a pool area and the consequences can be tragic.” This year, Bunnings is also supporting the initiative hosting educational sessions in select stores around the country on Saturday December 7. They will help pool owners understand how to check the safety of their pool surrounds and how to install the safest pool fence and gate equipment. Locations and times can be found at Safety checklist for pool gates (download at ·       Gate should open outwards, away from the pool ·       Latch release knob should be at least 1500mm above ground level ·       Gate must be self-closing and self-latching ·       Gate hinges should be rust-free and bind-free ·       Gate should carry reliable, tension-adjustable hinges ·       Latch must be adjustable for height and width. ·       Hinges must be adjustable for closing tension. ·       Latch cannot be key locked in the “open” position ·       Latch cannot be disengaged using implements ·       Gate latch cannot be shaken or jolted open ·       Gate will shut securely from any open angle or force ·       Gate complies with all Australian Standards for pool safety   A full safety checklist can be downloaded at . *Survey of 1,002 Australian pool owners conducted by Pure Profile for D&D Technologies, November 2019. **Royal Life Saving Australia - NSW Child Drowning Report: A 15-year analysis of causal factors for drowning of children under 5 years in private swimming pools 2002/03-2016/17  ***Royal Life Saving Australia – National Drowning Report 2019 Sleeping In Fresh Air Makes Babies Happy Nappers 2019-12-02T03:41:41Z sleeping-in-fresh-air-makes-babies-happy-nappers Putting babies and toddlers outside for their daily rest is a well-established routine in many Scandinavian countries - even when temperatures plummet well below zero. It’s said to have significant benefits and while the Scandinavians have long believed that outdoor naps are essential for the health and hearty development of their young children, it seems that Australians are starting to embrace the idea too. The theory behind sleeping outdoors is that exposing young children to fresh air is good for their overall health and wellbeing.  At Nido Early School centres, fresh air naps are standard practice.  Of course, the staff takes safety very seriously and great care is taken to make sure that the conditions are appropriate, that children have the appropriate clothing, bedding and sunscreen if necessary and that they have appropriate supervision. Nido Early School says their motivation for putting the children outside for al fresco naps is huge.  “We believe children get a better sleep and they sleep for longer,” says Nadia Wilson-Ali of Nido Early School.  “Children who sleep outdoors are also healthier.  Because the children spend less time in enclosed spaces, their exposure to germs is decreased which means they have fewer colds and bugs.  Plus they learn to nap anywhere, which is a real life skill as they get older. “Of course, safety is a priority but provided the area is secure, it’s not raining and there’s no risk from animals, there’s no reason why children can’t sleep outdoors especially when the benefits are so significant,” she added. In Norway, Sweden and Finland, it’s common for babies and young children to sleep outside - even in the depths of their freezing, snowy winters.  Most daycare centres there put children to rest outdoors and you see prams on pavements outside shops and cafes everywhere.  It’s part of their culture. The internationally renowned Norwegian obstetrician, Dr Gro Nylander attested in her best-selling book Becoming a Mother that looking at the sky or swaying branches has a calming effect on babies and toddlers when they’re falling asleep.  Dr Nylander is acknowledged around the world as a voice of reason in child-rearing and her book combines modern research with personal experience to give new mothers sensible and practical advice and strategies. Exposure to nature is also a key factor in Nido Early School’s approach to childhood learning and education and it’s one of the reasons behind their move to outdoor nap time.  Their centres are inspired by Reggio Emilia which adheres to the principle of the physical environment being the ‘third teacher’, stimulating the children’s imaginations, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and their sense of wonder.     The rows of sleeping littlies under the watchful and caring eyes of their highly trained professionals at Nido Early School centres speak volumes about the benefits of outdoor napping.  Calm, quiet and peaceful, it’s a restorative atmosphere that benefits both the children and those who watch over them. “The change of season usually means extra bugs going around our centres, but we find that a nap in the fresh air does a lot of good keeping the nasties at bay,” said Wilson-Ali. “The benefits of outdoor naps are so significant and everyone loves them, so there’s every reason to continue the practice - provided parents agree.” For more information about Nido Early School early learning centres, please visit Summer Skin Revival with Lotion M Mist 2019-11-28T03:13:36Z summer-skin-revival-with-lotion-m-mist dermaviduals introduces summer’s must have moisturising mist, Lotion M. Formulated with horsetail extract, known for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, Lotion M strengthens the capillaries, reduces sun damage and can be stored in the fridge for a refreshing spritz throughout the day. Reika Roberts, Managing Director of dermaviduals Australasia says, “The start of the warmer weather is always a great indication on when you should make the change from our ever-popular winter Lotion N to Lotion M for summer skin. Both products in the range provide instant moisturisation to the skin.” Rebecca Miller, Founder of the La Bella Medispa Groups adds, “Lotion M is a fantastic moisturising facial care mist for the whole day. Just a few sprays, around 20 centimetres from the face with eyes closed, will help to tighten and refresh the skin and connective tissue. We update most of our client’s bespoke prescriptions to include Lotion M from November each year, as this is when we really start to notice clients coming in with sun exposure symptoms.” dermaviduals Lotion M key facts: A water-based composition with horsetails and cucumber extract, D-panthenol and moisturisers The product intensely moisturises the skin Cucumber extract has astringent effects to help remove excess oil and dirt from the skin Horsetail extract contains tightening silicic acid, saponines and flavonoids “All dermaviduals products are formulated based on the principles of corneotherapy, which put simply enables their products to treat the skin by penetrating the surface to align and support the foundations, known as the stratum corneum to get technical. That is why these products actually work long term and you end up with the dermaviduals glow. The best part is we can change your personal prescription based on environmental and personal circumstances, to support your skin all year round,” said Rebecca. dermaviduals Lotion M is available now from dermaviduals clinics across Australia at an RRP of $91. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. @dermaviduals #dermaviduals Aspera Mobile sees significant growth in Australian market 2019-11-27T21:40:59Z aspera-mobile-sees-significant-growth-in-australian-market Aspera Mobile has launched two new $99 4G phones in the last few months, the new Jazz 2 smartphone and most recently the new 4G F40 ‘Easy’ flip phone. Both phones have been a huge success for the company who specialises in lower cost, easy to use, fully functioned phones. Commenting on the phones’ success and the company’s future growth in Australia Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “We get important information from our regular customer interactions and use that in defining our new models. In relation to the F40 flip phone we know that there is a sizeable market segment resistant to adopting smartphones. So, with that in mind, our Easy range of phones like the F40 give the best possible experience to these users, through practical and fresh design, simplicity of use and affordability.” Robertson had a slightly different view for why the company’s most recent smartphone had sold so well adding, “For the Jazz 2 we recognised that not everybody can spend $500, $1000 or more on a smartphone, but critically nor should they have to. With the Jazz 2 we put together a product aimed at the entry level and low affordability users. It offers Android Go, Google Play Store with all of its applications, GPS, WiFi, dual 4G SIM cards and much more for just $99. So as we always do at Aspera, we placed significant importance on addressing the needs of certain market segments, rather than competing high-end and high-cost, head to head with the likes of Apple and Samsung.” Aspera Mobile has been going and growing for several years now. A fact that Robertson acknowledges is down to several factors. He continued, “Firstly our customers support the fact we are Australian owned, and they enjoy being taken care of by a local support team. Our products offer something different, with most of the big brands offering ‘me too’ mid to high-spec smartphones. Focusing on customer needs that haven’t been met by other manufacturers and offering cost effective solutions is what we do well.”Aspera Mobile phones are sold in a number of large retailers including Big W, Harvey Norman and Bing Lee as well as in Caltex and Puma service stations, Bay Audio and Retravision. Online options to purchase Aspera Mobile phones include Mobileciti and Amazon. For Robertson he clearly has one main and key focus and that’s his customer. He believes he knows them well adding, “Typically they are not power users or those motivated by the latest and greatest spec. Our customers want a practical solution, based on good functionality, value for money, and local support. I guess it’s fair to say we obsess a little about our customers and how to give them the best value for money. Our product evolution is aimed at giving them progressive choices, for instance moving from an Easy flip phone into a suitable entry level smartphone, or simply moving from 3G to 4G and keeping the Easy phone style. Simple, straightforward, easy to use, low cost, practical and efficient.”Aspera also has a rigorous process in terms of product development as Robertson explained, “We are always assessing the market and trying to address un-met mobile needs. That can mean a rugged smartphone when currently there are few available, or as with the Jazz 2, an entry level smartphone with dual SIM cards. Typically a model may have a 12-15 month lifecycle, so we try to keep the range fresh and in tune with rate of mobile turnover of a typical user.” One aspect of the company Robertson is particularly proud of and invests a great deal of time, money and effort in is Aspera Mobile’s support. He explained, “Our support is a real positive point of difference for us. Our customers love communicating with someone locally, be it via email or on the phone. Most calls are answered on the spot with less than 20% being put on hold. Not only are our customers well taken care of but they are listened to. This has led to our policy of not being like the big brands who market a global model as a one size fits all solution, and instead tailoring our product development to meet the needs of our customers and the Australian market.” Allan Robertson has a real affection for his company and the products it manufactures. In fact he still keeps and uses most of their phones, swapping them over regularly. He concluded, “I have a soft spot for the R5, it was our first rugged smartphone in Australia, launched in 2014, and many are still out there. We got a buzz hearing about R5s churning through cement trucks, getting trampled by cattle or sliding off the dash of cars and out the window - and yes, still working. I do think, though, that the Jazz 2 and F40 are the best value for money phones we’ve produced to date.” Media release: New indie summer family film - A Boy Called Sailboat 2019-11-25T02:25:55Z media-release-new-indie-summer-family-film-a-boy-called-sailboat “… a delightfully original film … “ – Rod Yates, Sydney Morning Herald “Adorable, nearly-perfect modern folktale …” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation “An astonishingly assured debut narrative film …” – Debora Krieger, MovieJawn “…surely, the most impressive calling-card film in recent memory.” – Simon Foster, Screen Space Summer cinema goers looking for an alternative to the holiday blockbusters need look no further than the delightfully offbeat family offering, “A Boy Called Sailboat”, which is set for release in select cinemas around Australia from December 5, with additional locations screening the film throughout January, 2020. From Melbourne-based production team, Cameron Nugent (writer/director) and Andrew Curry (producer) – who will conduct Q&A sessions around the country throughout its theatrical season, “A Boy Called Sailboat” has received accolades during its international festival run and has since been released in cinemas throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Filmed entirely in Silver City, New Mexico, it stars Academy Award ® winner J.K. Simmons, Noel Gugliemi, Elizabeth De Razzo, Jake Busey and astonishing new talent, Julian Atoconi Sanchez as the boy called Sailboat. A heart-warming, whimsical comedy-drama, A Boy Called Sailboat is set in the deep South of America, where, in a slanted home beyond the reaches of a drought-ridden town, a loving Hispanic family accept an impossible blessing and name their only son “Sailboat”. Sailboat brings love and hope to a family who have forged a simple but proud life in the deep South, but one afternoon he brings home something more: a “little guitar”. From this moment, Sailboat and his ukulele are inseparable, and when his ill grandmother requests he write a song for her, Sailboat meanders through adversity to deliver the unimaginable – the greatest song ever written. Will the mysterious song breathe one last miracle, or reveal a hapless twist of fate that will return his family to a house held up by a “stick”; a car without doors; an unchanging wardrobe; and a friend who can’t blink? The charming story of A Boy Called Sailboat is enhanced by the stunning cinematography by John Garrett and the captivating score, composed and performed by ARIA Award winning guitar duo, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan. Along with writer/director Cameron Nugent and producer Andrew Curry, production credits include producer Richard Gray, Executive Producer and Co-Producer Sullivan Stapleton, and Costume Designer Stacey O’Connor. MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Jameson – erin)(at)jamesonandco(dot)com / +61 419 323 663 CONFIRMED CINEMAS: VIC Lorne Theatre (Dec 5) Peninsula Cinemas Rosebud (Dec 19) Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento (Dec 5) Peninsula Cinemas Warragul (Dec 5) Star Cinema Eaglehawk (Dec 19) OLMC Heidelberg (Nov 29 – one screening) NSW Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut (Dec 29) Wallis Cinemas, Wagga Wagga (Dec 5) QLD BIGSCREEN Cinemas Hervey Bay (Dec 5?) @Cinemas Maryborough (Dec 5) SOUTH AUSTRALIA Wallis Cinemas, Mitcham (Dec 5) Wallis Cinemas, Mt Barker (Dec 5) TAS State Cinema, Hobart (Dec 5) NORTHERN TERRITORY Deckchair Cinema, Darwin (Jan 26 and Feb 16) WATCH THE TRAILER Haggus and Stookles’ School Supplies are Designed for Busy Lifestyles 2019-11-21T04:45:17Z haggus-and-stookles-school-supplies-are-designed-for-busy-lifestyles School is an exciting time for children and they can be forgetful when it comes to keeping track of their supplies and possessions. Haggus and Stookles is a leading provider of child-based items that make the lives of parents and children easier and more convenient. Youngsters can be hard on their textbooks without intending to do so. The school book covers offered by Haggus and Stookles are manufactured with non-toxic PVC that are highly durable and reusable for cost savings to parents. The covers simply slip onto the desired textbook and are scrap book size to accommodate books of any dimensions. Any extra material can be easily trimmed for a snug fit. Clear book covers are offered, along with designs that will appeal to boys and girls. Lunch time is a highlight of the day for students when they can visit with friends. For parents, they want lunch bags that are durable, have designs that appeal to their children, and keep youngsters’ lunches fresh. To accomplish that, the company has lunch bags Australia with a myriad of designs ranging from butterflies to dinosaurs for every age group. The lunch bags at Haggus and Stookles encompass traditional and bento lunch bags that can be equipped with eating utensils, cooler packs, and a thermos for beverages or soups for a hearty meal. The food safe lunch bags are easy to clean and some are manufactured with recycled PET materials that are eco-friendly. Youngsters have a variety of things they need to transport from school to home and back again. Kids backpacks Australia makes that task infinitely easier. A vast array of colors and designs are attractive to children and offer an easy-to-clean surface that makes parents happy. The backpacks can also serve double duty as bags for sleep overs or a day at the park. The school book covers, lunch bags and backpacks offered at Haggus and Stookles are all selected for their ability to make life easier on families in their everyday lives. Customers can also receive free shipping on orders over $125 when they use the promo code that can be found on the website. About Haggus and Stookles The primary purpose at Haggus and Stookles is to offer customers a wide range of quality, tried, and tested products that will make life easier with kids. Our range is perfect for babies, kindy and school-age children. We know the need for good quality and functional products to handle situations that we are faced with every day while experiencing the world with our children. We have searched Australia and the world to find the products that make your life easier. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now for The Show Sydney 2019-11-21T00:36:29Z early-bird-tickets-on-sale-now-for-the-show-sydney Tickets are now on sale for Australia’s ultimate professional makeup, hair and beauty event, The Show Sydney. At just $30 plus booking fee, the early bird special will run through until December 2nd (Cyber Monday) and will be the best opportunity to get the best deal that will be offered before tickets go up to full price. Tickets are available online now at Being held at The International Convention Centre on the 8th and 9th of February 2020, ticket holders will have two-day access to world-class makeup, hair and beauty experts, plus have the opportunity to purchase some of the latest and greatest products on the market. The founders and creator of The Show Sydney, Scott Lattimer and Eliza Campagna are expecting over 5000 attendees at the inaugural event. Eliza says, “The line-up of talent, educators and brands that we have secured so far are at the top of their game and there’s more to come. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all thing’s beauty, The Show Sydney is the place to be.” The Show Sydney Event Details: Date: 8th and 9th February 2020 Time: Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm Location: The International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Tickets: Available now at early bird pricing - $30 + Booking Fee – Handles: @theshowsydney Over 38 brands are confirmed to exhibit at The Show Sydney, including: Danessa Myricks Cozzette Beauty Stilazzi TEMPTU Ben Nye Silk Oil of Morocco Senna Cosmetics Ofra Cosmetics Nanshy CanGro The Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (MAGAP) Research Council of Makeup Artists (RCMA) Australian College of Makeup & Special Effects (ACMUSE) Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup (AACM) Melissa Sassine Li-Sa Choi Dose of Colours Beaudazzled Scotty’s Makeup Inglot Cosmetics Crown Brush Australia Bdellium Tools Egyptian Queen Beauty LippieBook – Rachael A. Artistry MODELROCK Lashes Glindawand Cosmetics Real Techniques Formawell Beauty x Kendall Jenner SpaScriptions 1000 HOUR Hakuhodo Bluebird FX SHY Designs Got Flesh dōTERRA Essential Oils Evidence Skin Care (ESK) • Embryolisse Skincare Herman’s Professional Hair Lorna Evans Education Angel Hair Extensions Kitology Glamour Makeup Mirrors For further information, images or to request an interview with Scott Lattimer or Eliza Campagna, contact: Rachel King | 360 PR | E: | P: 02 9571 4448 The Miracle Post-Burn Treatment 2019-11-21T00:07:31Z the-miracle-post-burn-treatment The festive season is almost here, and with that comes summer entertaining and Christmas parties. With all the extra festive cooking of delicious treats for family and friends, combined with getting all dolled up for parties using fancy hair tools, there is an increased risk to accidentally burn yourself while using all of these hot appliances! BodyPlus Skin Oil is the miracle treatment that works when it comes to reducing the appearance of burns and scars. CEO of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes says, “BodyPlus Skin Oil helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin’s natural defence barrier. Ceramide and Vitamin E provide the essential nutrients to lock in moisture and promote hydration in order to protect the skin. It’s great because it doesn’t leave a greasy layer on your skin but rather absorbs into the skin to work its magic, helping in the burn healing process.” Simply massage BodyPlus Skin Oil in a circular motion on the affected burn area. For optimal results, it is recommended to apply BodyPlus Skin Oil twice daily to allow for intense hydration to safely treat burns and delicate, healing skin and to further prevent and reduce the chance of peeling. BodyPlus Skin Oil has numerous other key benefits including: Everyday moisturiser Safely treats stretch marks Treats sunburn Lightens dark spots Heals drying fingernails Reverses premature skin aging Acts as cleansing agent Soothes pain from cold sores Suitable for men and women of all ages Helps to treat eczema BodyPlus Skin Oil is available for RRP $19.95 at selected pharmacies or online: @bodyplusau Party Season Quick Recovery Hacks 2019-11-20T23:57:30Z party-season-quick-recovery-hacks The party season is well and truly here! All you need is the quickest recovery hacks, and L’Action Paris is here with some of the best party season essentials this year. With some instant hacks for daytime relief on struggle street, or less than 15 minutes of ‘me time’, you’ll feel a little more jolly to power through the festive season! Marketing Coordinator of McGloins Supertex, Shima Shahbazi says, “Long work days and late nights with festive end of year celebrations can take a toll on your mood and wellbeing. They say ‘it’s all in the eyes’, and it’s true. When you’re feeling under the weather or tired, most people will notice any change in your eyes. So, it makes sense that the top three recovery saviours from L’Action Paris are all about eye relief.” L’Action Paris – Tired & Puffy Eyes Soothing Mask – RRP $9.95 A beautiful combination of chamomile for decongesting, soothing aloe vera and anti-aging green tea. This mark revitalises the eyes and soothes the eye contour area in a matter of minutes. Practical and works quickly, this mark is ideal for a bit of ‘me time’ relaxation after a long day at work, or the morning after a late night out. How to use: Remove a mask using tweezers and then apply to eyes on clean, dry skin. Leave for 15 minutes before gently peeling off. Firmly reseal the sachet after opening. For extra freshness, put the sachet in the refrigerator half an hour before application. Avoid contact with the eyes. L’Action Paris – Chamomile & Fig Eye Relief – RRP $16.95 Enriched with fig extract, this refreshing stick soothes and tones tired eye contours and helps to relax eyes. Camomile, renowned for its decongestant properties, produces brighter eyes and instantly relaxes the eye contours. Ideal for those days that follow festive celebrations! Keep this one in your handbag. How to use: Apply once or multiple times throughout the day by smoothing the stick over the area around the eyes before applying your usual make-up, or when needed. L’Action Paris – Dark Circle Concealer – RRP $16.95 Based on a universal shade, this concealer stick perfectly matches your colour and complexion, naturally erasing the trace of wrinkles and fatigue. Made with active ingredients castor oil for nourishment and hydration, anti-aging and anti-oxidant Vitamin E, and Kaolin, purifying and softening clay. How to use: Apply a thin layer under the eyes onto clean, dry skin. Smooth by dabbing with your finger. Apply your make-up as usual. Genazzano FCJ College named innovative school 2019-11-20T03:28:10Z genazzano-fcj-college-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (November 20, 2019) - A Kew-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the top schools in Australia. Genazzano FCJ College has been included in The Educator’s fifth annual Innovative Schools report, spotlighting 44 schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australian K-12 education. “The Educator would like to congratulate the winners on making the Innovative Schools 2019 list,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “The inspirational programs and initiatives showcased in the report prove that quality teaching is alive and well in Australian schools,” Henebery said. “It should be noted that the report only offers a small snapshot of the ground-breaking work being done in these schools to improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Australia’s young people.” The Genazzano Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences is a unique and progressive innovation to promote an understanding of brain function and health for improved learning and living. Genazzano Institute has committed to embracing the latest knowledge about the brain to help our community understand the most purposeful, scientifically proven ways to optimise learning. Teachers can use their expertise in teaching to translate and apply these neuroscientific principles to different contexts for enhanced learning outcomes. Genazzano Institute has also partnered with educational and industry bodies to develop this work including Deakin University, The University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Foundation and the Australian College of Educators. In 2019/2020 the College will launch a campaign to promote neurodiversity in education and to develop individual student learning profiles. It is also establishing a Brain technology Centre – a learning hub for employing technology for optimal learning, and a centre for research excellence. To view the full online report and to find out more about Genazzano FCJ College, 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 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 NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. Christmas Styling Guide 2019 2019-11-18T00:09:47Z christmas-styling-guide-2019 Media Release November 2019 As the festive season quickly approaches, now is the time to get your home ready for entertaining family and friends. Christmas decorating should be fun and creative, and 2019 is all about daring to be different and trying new things. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, shares her top tips for getting into the Christmas spirit and styling your home this year thanks to her expertise on the latest trends. Justine says, “Christmas to me is all about shine, snow and sparkle. As we live in the Southern Hemisphere, I choose a snow look tree to bring in some winter magic. This year, my favourite Christmas palette is fairly neutral with mixed metallics. Even my dogs (JJ pictured) were extra excited to get into the Christmas spirit this year!” Justine’s top tips for interior styling this Christmas season include: Mix your metallic ornaments – don’t make the rookie error and stick to one metallic! This season you can be fearless and mix them up! Gold, bronze, silver and rose gold look very pretty together. Use glass ornaments – glass is trending as it helps to enhance the sparkle as fairy lights reflect through the glass for a unique look. There’s plenty of options out there in glass ahead of Christmas this year, more than previous years. Try some glitter ornaments or ornaments with an aged appearance – by using these, it helps to tell a story through your Christmas tree. Try combining old and new ornaments this year for a layered and interesting look. Scaling is key – say goodbye to any Christmas trees with ornaments all the same size and style! Justine loves playing with scale on her tree by using giant baubles in contrast with tiny ones. A spontaneous mixture works well, adds dimension and is expected to be a key element in Christmas tree styling this year. The pro 3D effect – a pro tip for decorating enthusiasts! Ensure you put decorations deep into the tree, not just around the outside. By doing this, your tree will look not only look fuller, but it will also catch the lights more for a ‘3D look’. Add some twinkle lights – use twinkle lights beyond your tree! Twinkle lights always bring Christmas cheer. Battery operated LED lights look great as a table centrepiece, or on bookshelves for extra sparkle. Think of other interesting places around the home where you could add some twinkle! Create a table centrepiece – for a simple table centrepiece, get a glass bowl and fill with baubles to match the tree décor. Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful way. Gleam with theme – once you’ve chosen your theme, carry it across the table and create other vignettes to create unity in your home. Your kitchen bench, console or buffet are good areas to do an Christmas cluster. Try a small tree, and group with candles and loose large ornaments together. Finish with greenery – it always feels Christmassy to have some greenery around the house. Try some deep green or frost green foliage in vases to makee a simple yet impactful display. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. For further information, images or to speak with Justine, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 or