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 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. 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. Haggus and Stookles: Providing Practical Solutions for Parents and Children 2019-10-21T04:27:23Z haggus-and-stookles-providing-practical-solutions-for-parents-and-children It’s a fact of life – children can be messy. Haggus and Stookles products are designed to make life easier by minimizing messes and facilitating clean-up. It’s an especially important aspect in busy lives that can involve potty training, school, and any type of travel. Toilet training is a milestone for children and Haggus and Stookles has a variety of toilet training products Australia to accommodate any lifestyle, facilitate the process and make clean-up a breeze without changing daily routines. The company offers training seats and portable potties, along with waterproof bedding and wet/dry bags for comfort and convenience. Daytime training pants are also available. For older children attending school, the company’s insulated lunch boxes feature bright and colorful designs that make lunch fun and clean-up easy. The lunch boxes Australia are available in multiple styles and are equally appropriate for a visit to the park. They’re insulated, lead free and have no BPAs or phthalates for safety. School books receive a lot of wear and tear as they’re transported back and forth between school and home. The school book covers at Haggus and Stookles are scrap book size and can be trimmed to accommodate multiple sizes. Created from non-toxic PVC, they’re highly durable and slip easily on any book. A thermos has become an essential in every parent’s must-have take-along items. They offer safety, hygiene, and convenience but even the best made device can experience problems, but there’s no need to purchase an entirely new thermos. Haggus and Stookles offer an extensive range of thermos replacement parts Australia encompassing lids, straws, and gaskets to maintain them in ideal working condition. It can be difficult for parents to find the affordable high-quality children’s products they desire. Haggus and Stookles specializes in a wide range of items specifically designed to help make life easier whether individuals are at home, traveling, or just relaxing and enjoying the day. ### 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. Media Contact Haggus and Stookles Cedric Chester - Owner Phone: 1300 020 000 15-17 Hutton Court, Stawell, VIC 3380 Website: Mundipharma baby boom follows 18 week parental leave policy 2019-10-20T22:40:09Z mundipharma-baby-boom-follows-18-week-parental-leave-policy Mundipharma has welcomed a wave of colleagues choosing to start or grow their families following the implementation of our new Paid Parental Leave Policy. The policy was introduced in January 2018 and offers 18 weeks of paid parental leave on full pay for primary carers, regardless of gender, and two weeks paid partner leave. This is independent of, and in addition to, any Government-provided leave, and can be taken any time up to three years after birth or adoption. In 2018, 10 female colleagues benefitted from the new policy, with half choosing to take 18 weeks leave at full pay, and half opting for 36 weeks leave at half pay. Two male colleagues also accessed their two weeks of paid partner leave. So far in 2019-2020 Mundipharma has 11 female and two male colleagues who have either started or are planning to start their 18 weeks of paid parental leave as a primary carer, and three male colleagues who have taken or are planning to take two weeks paid partner leave. With just under 200 employees across Australia, about 25 per cent of Mundipharma’s female field force will have benefited from the policy during 2018 and 2019. Before the policy was implemented, only five employees began parental leave in 2016 and no colleagues took parental leave in 2017. “I am thrilled that our male colleagues are beginning to feel empowered to take on the role of primary carer,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “This means our policy could be helping the female partners of our employees return to work and help drive the societal change necessary to redress gender imbalances associated with child care.” The Paid Parental Leave policy was introduced alongside a range of employee benefits and flexibility options including education grants, study assistance, generous insurance coverage, a transition to retirement policy, and support leave for care givers. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 95 per cent of primary parental leave outside the public sector is taken by women, and twice as many women provide primary care to a person with a disability compared to men[i]. “All of these polices were designed to support healthy and happy homes for our employees and their families, while helping confront gender disparity,” Ms Orr said. “Many of us could not contribute to our full potential at work without the love and support of the families we go home to. Congratulations again to all the new, and soon to be, Mundipharma mums and dads, we look forward to seeing many more beautiful baby arrival announcements.” [i] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Table 10.1: Total number of hours and minutes per day spent on work (employment related and unpaid) (September 2017). The Genius Sunburn Hack 2019-10-17T21:17:57Z the-genius-sunburn-hack With the warmer weather fast approaching, more time is being spent outdoors in the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can lead to sunburn. With BodyPlus Skin Oil you can help to relieve burns, prevent and reduce peeling and redness with the use of one genius body oil. BodyPlus Skin Oil is the ultimate sunburn hack; it helps repair and rejuvenate the skin’s natural defence barrier to protect the skin and increase moisture retention. CEO of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes says, “BodyPlus Skin Oil is formulated with Ceramide and Vitamin E, the essential nutrients when it comes to preventing and treating sunburn. BodyPlus Skin Oil will help relieve the burning sensation from sunburn and can prevent your skin from peeling if applied regularly in the healing process.” Ceramide and Vitamin E provide the essential nutrients to lock in moisture and promote hydration for a smoother complexion which is vital in the skin’s rejuvenation after damaging sun exposure. BodyPlus Skin Oil doesn’t leave a greasy layer on your skin but rather absorbs into the skin, allowing for deeper nourishment and hydration. Simply massage BodyPlus Skin Oil in a circular motion on the affected sunburnt 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 High in Vitamin E and Ceramides, use BodyPlus Skin Oil as an intensive face and body moisturiser, bath oil or after sun treatment. BodyPlus Skin Oil is available for RRP $19.95 at selected pharmacies or online: @bodyplusau JURA celebrates 25 years of expertise in automatic coffee machines 2019-10-16T21:40:36Z jura-celebrates-25-years-of-expertise-in-automatic-coffee-machines X Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles & Unicef Australia release a 'Handwashing Song' & video to celebrate #GlobalHandwashingDay ! 2019-10-14T22:01:25Z wash-your-hands-the-wiggles-amp-unicef-australia-release-a-handwashing-song-amp-video-to-celebrate-globalhandwashingday   Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia release a ‘Handwashing Song’ and video to help children stay healthy   SYDNEY, 15 October 2019: The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia have released a new song, ‘Handwashing Song’, and accompanying video to teach children how to wash their hands – view it here:   Written and sung by The Wiggles, the song seeks to motivate millions of children around the world to make washing their hands with soap a simple and enjoyable habit before eating food and after touching animals or going to the toilet. The new song is being released for Global Handwashing Day, today, for which the theme is “Clean Hands for All”.   As Ambassadors for UNICEF Australia, The Wiggles want to help raise awareness that handwashing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent illness and diseases, and save lives.   Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins said, "Music can make early life lessons enjoyable whilst being educational at the same time. We hope our ‘Handwashing Song’ will help to make handwashing fun for children and those caring for them and stop germs spreading to keep everyone healthy.”   Every day, around 800 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. Washing hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet can help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases, which are a major killer of children in developing countries, by almost 50 per cent.   CEO of UNICEF Australia Tony Stuart said, “Teaching children the importance of handwashing is a critical building block in good hygiene practice that can not only create healthier futures, it can save lives.   “We love that children have participated in the ‘Handwashing Song’ video to demonstrate how to wash your hands and know that they will inspire other children to do the same.”    UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation, and to ensure that children practice basic hygiene including handwashing. Last year, UNICEF’s programmes helped provide 18.6 million people with access to safe drinking water and 10.8 million people with access to basic sanitation.     #####   Note to editors: To watch the ‘Handwashing Song’ video, please visit:   You can listen to the ‘Handwashing Song’ online, wherever you get your music:   A printable copy of the lyrics is available via the following link:     For more information, please contact: Kylie Martin, The Wiggles, 0418 314 088, Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, 0419 748 324,   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 1,098,300 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 13 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   About UNICEF UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit   Follow UNICEF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook