The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-24T03:55:40Z NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT AUSTRALIAN PARENTS ARE PERSONALISING ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR FAMILIES LIVES, APART FROM THIS 2021-01-24T03:55:40Z new-research-reveals-that-australian-parents-are-personalising-almost-everything-in-their-families-lives-apart-from-this Online school tutoring service, Cluey Learning, has released new research that explores the extent Australian parents ensure family life is personalised to individual tastes and personalities but identified a clear discrepancy when it comes to approach to learning and education. Of the parents surveyed, 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners.”Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit them Based on these findings, Cluey have launched a campaign designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences by offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. The first 1000 applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.”School children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr Selina SamuelsDr Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, PhD, MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ FREE PERSONALISED BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS COURTESY OF ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE, CLUEY LEARNING 2021-01-17T07:56:13Z free-personalised-back-to-school-haircuts-courtesy-of-online-tutoring-service-cluey-learning Online tutoring service Cluey Learning is offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. Applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.The initiative – just in time for the new school term – is designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences, whether that’s something as routine as a haircut, or as fundamental as how children learn. Research released today shows that 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning offers school children live, face-to-face tutoring support in a 1-to-1 and small group setting. Kids can learn at their own pace, in their own way,in addition to school. Its online adaptive platform delivers a personalised experience like no other, with over 790 tutors, bespoke tutor and student matching and an array of digital technologies to aid performance and delivery of the Australian National Curriculum. Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Selina Samuels says, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners. Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.” Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit themSchool children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr. Selina SamuelsDr. Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first-come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ Australian Smart Tech Brand, G-mee, Partners with Australia Post 2021-01-12T22:52:49Z australian-smart-tech-brand-g-mee-partners-with-australia-post-1 Images available here.Australian smart tech start-up, G-mee, has secured Australia Post as a national retail partner for the brand’s G-mee Connect smartphone. The G-mee range, consisting of the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone, is an Australian innovation created to support the safe exploration of smart technology by young users. G-mee offers all the features desired for on-the-go-entertainment and removes digital temptations. With no digital camera and a built-in G-mee App Lock, G-mee is already being recognised as the smart device to satisfy both parent and child needs. The G-mee Connect is the smartphone model of the range and offers access to Google mobile services such as Google Play and YouTube, as well as 4G cellular connectivity. This device facilitates phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime. Like all G-mee devices, the G-mee Connect comes with a built-in App Lock to ensure users only access age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers at specific times of the day. G-mee creator, Australian tech expert and father of three daughters, Charlie Brown, says the partnership with Australia Post will make safe smart technology accessible to more users. “One of the key things we’ve learned from the events of 2020, is that smart devices are now a necessity. So too is having an awareness of keeping safe online,” Mr Brown explains. “We launched G-mee online last year and our online sales show great promise. Parents are seeing the benefits of G-mee for their kids’ digital use and are telling their friends. Now it’s time to take G-mee to another level.” “We’re excited to offer G-mee Connect smartphones through participating Australia Post outlets nationally. Aussie families will now be able to find a smartphone option to help keep kids safe online at participating Australia Post outlets so they can stay connected once they return to school in 2021.” “Australia Post outlets across the country have evolved to become more than just a place to send letters and packages. Now they are also regarded as a source for quality technology and gadgets at a reasonable price point.” “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable device option that prioritises online safety for young users. Our products give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future.” The G-mee Connect is available at participating Australia Post outlets nationally for $149. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their three young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was appropriate. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. Back to school: G-mee smartphone satisfies tech wish lists of teens and parents 2021-01-11T23:09:58Z back-to-school-g-mee-smartphone-satisfies-tech-wish-lists-of-teens-and-parents Images available here. Music, Google Apps, audiobooks, calls and text are among the features that top the wish lists of young smartphone users. For parents, reducing exposure to online risks is paramount when considering a first smartphone purchase for their child. The ideal mobile for first time users, the G-mee Connect smartphone facilitates on-the-go entertainment and social connections but has no camera and integrates in-built parental controls to quickly adjust device functionality to create a safe online experience for young users. Created by Aussie father and tech expert, Charlie Brown, the G-mee Connect smartphone is designed to help kids develop their online readiness to become technologically informed and confident users into the future. In 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(1). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(2). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(3). A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(4). To support a positive online experience for young users, the G-mee Connect smartphone comes with an in-built App Lock to ensure users only access and engage with age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers and phone use at specific times of the day. “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable first phone option that prioritises online safety for young users. G-mee smart devices give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future,” said G-mee creator, Charlie Brown.The G-mee Connect has a RRP of $149.95 and is available for purchase via www.g-mee.com and at participating Australia Post outlets nationally. G-mee Connect smartphone - Key Features:No digital camera – reduces the temptation to overshare online.Access to apps via Google Play Store. Comes with pre-loaded Google Apps.G-mee App Lock: ability to lock apps with pin code.4G cellular connectivity to facilitate phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime.Facilitates mobile network calls and SMS and blocking of unwanted calls and SMS.Free Call Manager App - parents can allow and disallow calls from specific numbers and specific times of the day.In-built G-mee App Lock so that parents can restrict and free up device functionality to suit the digital readiness of the user.Android 9.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.8GB in-built memory storage.Micro SD: to to 32GB.5-inch plastic touch screen.3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS G-mee product and lifestyle imagery available here. Sources:ACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016Office of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital Age Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their two young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was safe. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. OPEN SESAME! SESAME STREET’S CIRCUS SPECTACULAR TOUR RETURNS TO VICTORIA AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA! 2020-12-19T23:53:00Z open-sesame-sesame-street-s-circus-spectacular-tour-returns-to-victoria-and-south-australia The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is back!  With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will return to thrill audiences in 2021! The tour will kick off in Mornington, Victoria from 6th January, before heading to South Australia from April!   This 90-minute spectacular features all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird, along with incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Morocco and more!   In a spectacular circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their place in the circus - from clowns to daredevils to picking the circus’ new Ring Master!   Almost every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.   “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this incredible show back to Australian families in 2021, and can’t wait for the beloved Sesame Street characters to bring some much-needed smiles to little ones faces,” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions.   The shows dates are:   Mornington, Victoria: Wednesday 6th January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021 Waurn Ponds, Victoria: Thursday 28th January 2021 – Sunday 14th February 2021 Adelaide, South Australia: Thursday 1st April – Sunday 2nd May 2021 Elizabeth, South Australia: Thursday 6th May – Sunday 23rd May 2021   All current & future tour dates can be found at: https://www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au/dates    Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at:  https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678   Press enquiries:Tamara Jenkins, Sesame Street PREsencia Communications Ph: 0400 525 996 / E: tamara@esenciacommunications.com.au Nothing dovetails personal and professional experience about birth trauma together in a way that’s hopeful, holistic and even humorous quite like Author, Dr Erin Bowe’s new book, More Than a Healthy Baby does. 2020-12-07T23:22:08Z nothing-dovetails-personal-and-professional-experience-about-birth-trauma-together-in-a-way-that-s-hopeful-holistic-and-even-humorous-quite-like-author-dr-erin-bowe-s-new-book-more-than-a-healthy-baby-does The Kind Press is proud to announce the release of More Than a Healthy Baby: Finding Strength and Growth After Birth Trauma by Dr Erin Bowe. Not only will the reader feel validated and supported but encouraged in this heartfelt call to action written by clinical and perinatal psychologist, Dr Erin Bowe, who seamlessly delivers her passion and advocacy for post traumatic growth through these pages. Often, how you felt during a birth can be so easily dismissed and the birthing parents gaslighted. A healthy baby is all that matters, right? Not so. There’s room for serious reconsideration to what health means, particularly when it comes to birth trauma. Experiencing and recovering from birth trauma is hard but it doesn’t have to be all darkness and shadow, as this book shows. A delightfully unexpected book, you’ll come away feeling lighter having being offered wisdom, coupled with a stack of practical coping strategies. This book will show you the way to really discover self-compassion and the confidence to celebrate your growth. Where you will feel acknowledged and understood and your trauma can be accounted for. Plus, it offers tips for breastfeeding trauma, sourcing holistic support, vicarious trauma in partners as well as strategies to help with overwhelm and difficult emotions and thoughts.  It’s also the inspiration for parents to become the guardians of change for the next generation. “So much love drips from these pages. It's hard to imagine that a book about trauma could contain so much compassion, coupled with holistic strategies. Dr Erin Bowe takes apart the oft repeated phrase, "All that matters is a healthy baby". She turns around the language that would blame the birthing parent for the trauma they suffer, and gently guides them to a place of peace and/or restoration. She gives no arbitrary timelines for when healing may come. This is a beautiful book, dealing with an 'ugly' subject, written by a woman who cares deeply for those who suffer trauma in the perinatal period.” — Mars Lord “Here is an important voice in the scope of birth trauma. Dr Erin Bowe is speaking to all mothers. An inspiring tool for mamas to help reclaim power that was unfairly taken from them in the birth space and beyond. The teachings in this book are revolutionary.” — Amberley Harris   -ENDS-   More Than a Healthy Baby by Dr Erin Bowe ISBN: 9780648870678 ISBN-10: 0648870677 Language: English Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 8th December 2020 Publisher: the kind press Country of Publication: AU To request a copy of the book or to arrange a giveaway, please get in touch. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr Erin Bowe is a clinical and perinatal psychologist and coach in Victoria, Australia. Erin had two traumatic births which led her to follow her purpose and passion of encouraging people to find strength and growth after trauma. She is fervent about empowering women and their families through pregnancy and parenthood through birth debriefing, perinatal counselling, birth trauma training and clinical supervision and a former provider of Australia's leading childbirth education course with Hypnobirthing Australia. New 3-in-1 non-contact thermometer with guidance light 2020-11-24T11:06:27Z new-3-in-1-non-contact-thermometer-with-guidance-light The MedSense TFE02 infrared thermometer is a clinically proven device that provides fast results of three temperature tests: forehead, ear and objects, such as milk bottles, bath water and even air.It’s the ideal non-invasive thermometer for families and especially those with newborns, babies and young children with the results delivered in one second. Available from Andatech, the MedSense TFE02 stores nine test results and has a handy LED positioning light to help ensure the user aims in the middle of the forehead for an accurate measurement.The precision instrument is also suitable for health professionals as it is a Class IIa Medical Device and is entered in the ARTG (TGA ARTG No 333214) and also has CE registration. Because it is so fast and easy to use, it is especially useful when testing multiple people.When used as an ear thermometer, the user simply removes the probe cover and presses the button to change modes.While an audio alert provides additional confirmation of the readings, this can be disabled for silent temperature screening, which is perfect to avoid waking a sleeping child.The MedSense TFE02 provides clear readings, both day and night, thanks to its clear colour-coded backlit display screen and large text and icons. It can show at a glance if the body temperature is normal (green), needs attention (orange) or if the person has a fever (red).Parents will appreciate the ability to measure the temperature of objects, liquids and ambient air. The thermometer can be used on feeding bottles, baby food, bath water and even the temperature of a child’s nursery to make sure it’s always optimal for the baby’s comfort.It operates with two 1.5V AAA batteries (provided) and to conserve battery life, it automatically switches off after 30 seconds of inactivity. The MedSense TFE02 comes with a two-year warranty and has an RRP of $139. It is available from www.andatechdistribution.com.auendsAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medicaldevices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available: What would happen if Apple had a baby? Meet Pronto. 2020-10-19T03:07:56Z what-would-happen-if-apple-had-a-baby-meet-pronto Sophisticated, sleek, sexy… Not words you’d associate with a baby bottle. This Australian tech company is challenging the norm though with the world's first self sterilising baby bottle and turning heads at the same time. Pronto was developed after three years of research and development, into current products on the market and how parents are forced to use these outdated and ugly methods, and is about to disrupt the market with this high tech baby bottle solution. The company behind Pronto, which was founded by Shannon Gilleland, is revolutionising the baby bottle market by focusing on the latest generation of parents who are tech savvy and convenience driven. Shannon says “Pronto Bottle is liberating parents globally from the hassle, inconvenience, uncertainty and general sense of compromise associated with bottle feeding rituals today.” This innovative baby bottle uses UVC tech neatly concealed in the bottle, to sterilise the bottle and the water at the same time, completely removing the need to sterilise and pre-prepare multiple bottles, and allowing parents to do so while they’re out and about. This frees parents to focus their energies elsewhere, giving back valuable time to their busy schedule and allowing them to do so with style. Sick of the boring, outdated products on the market that were visually and physically designed for babies but didn’t take into account the modern day parents' needs or aesthetics, Pronto’s founder set about solving the problem. “I hated that my sense of taste and style was dumbed down when it came time to choose a baby bottle for my child.” Shannon said. “In a day and age when mobile phones are statement pieces and provide convenience at the same time as functionality, why haven’t parenting products being designed with the same considerations?” Shannons right. After all, convenience culture has given rise to an expectation of immediacy in which a fifteen minute wait for a cab is no longer acceptable but spending hours binge watching your favourite series on Netflix is. The latest generation of parents are defining new rituals where there is a fluid relationship with technology that removes barriers to every day requirements and the same should be said for feeding a baby.  Especially now when parents are juggling working and schooling their kids from home. They certainly don’t have the time to waste on the bottle washing and sanitising process! Plus who wants to see the pile of bottles and sterilising equipment cluttering your benchtop in the background of a zoom meeting? Which is why Pronto is revolutionising the parenting / baby tech industry and working on a way to remove all of the unnecessary parts of bottle feeding and giving freedom back to parents globally. After interviewing other fathers and mothers on how they were travelling with their kids, Shannon found that there weren’t any simple, convenient, or sleek, options on the market. Everything that existed relied on big, bulky, ugly sterilisation systems that parents were forced to use at home and gordy outdated bottles that looked like the ones our grandparents had used and you’d rather leave hidden in your bag. Thinking beyond the impressive Apple style aesthetics, that could slip just as easily into your back pocket unnoticed, this bottle packs a punch of features. USB-C Rechargeable. Can be carried empty. Only 1 bottle to deal with. The only baby bottle that can be sterilised on a plane… seems like a mute point at the moment considering we can’t travel, but parents desire to keep their babies safe while out and about, whether COVID is still here or not, won’t change.  That's why Pronto’s self-sterilisation feature is such a winner. Whether you’re home or out, the bottle sterilises itself and the water that's added to it (if you’re formula feeding) directly before a baby feeds from it, making it a safer bottle feeding option no matter where you are. To find out more about the genius of how Pronto was developed and how it works, as well as the values behind the company, head to the company's equity crowdfunding campaign on Birchal. Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to be a part of disrupting the way we parent forever. www.birchal.com/company/prontobottle Pronto video here - https://youtu.be/MjjLXrKiUU Our Story – how it all started 2020-09-10T13:47:03Z our-story-how-it-all-started Education has always been part of my life. As a 5 years old child I dreamed of becoming first a teacher and then a school leader who would take care of her own creation. I wanted to make space for the wonder of learning and knowledge, for the beauty of each single individual – something that deeply inside me felt like being the most important purpose of life: finding her/his own potential and making it available to oneself and society as a whole. My life story took me on this journey. I became an expert in education, knowledge management and leadership. As a teacher, university lecturer, trainer, adult educator and executive in international educational institutions, I have always been and continue to be committed to helping each person realize their uniqueness and bring it to the world. I worked internationally and I see education and personal development as the vehicle for real change. After having worked and researched in the education field (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor in Business Administration in Higher Education Management, Master in Giftedness) for over 30 years I used to write a number of articles and books – among others I wrote the book ‘Tacit knowledge sharing at Higher Education Institutions’ which became a source for academics in the field of knowledge transfer. Finally, after an additional move to a new place and in the mids of doing research on the topic ‘A comparison of diverse education systems’ I met Katharina Ferster, the co-founder of School Beyond Limitations. One day she called me (I was a participant of one of her marketing coaching courses), by asking me: ‘Martina, where does your heart belong to?’ Promptly I answered that it beats for education and giving young students the opportunity to live their full potential.Katharina, being a mother of two daughters, then said: ‘Wouldn’t it be possible to create an online school?’
That was the starting point for the creation and the design of School Beyond Limitations: A school that would see the student as a whole human being – a school that would go beyond limitations. I am proud for having designed this school concept and grateful to Katharina for having pushed me in this direction. We were meant to meet in order to bring School Beyond Limitations alive! And this is exactly what I was dreaming about when I was a 5 years old child. Katharina Ferster, Co-Founder School Beyond Limitations 2020-09-10T13:23:51Z katharina-ferster-co-founder-school-beyond-limitations It was always a fixed idea of mine to found a school. I don’t know where this came from and when I sensed this innate desire. I was always too fast and stubborn for school, for my teachers and my peers. That is why I always felt bored throughout my school years and throughout my studies in Mathematics at university – and still was one of the best students. “I know that I know” – I said over and over again. Only when my own two children were born and started to attend school I started to look for alternatives: for a school concept that would focus on the individual development of each child’s creativity and that would aim to guide the students to their own innate knowing: I know that I know. I was not successful. My children attended a Rudolf Steiner school. I trained myself in personal development, coaching and business creation. The more I developed in that direction and the more I built a successful business the less I could support the outdated traditional education concept. I was looking for freedom for my family. I wanted to take my children with me while traveling without being tied to school holidays. I wanted my children to spend their time with their father whenever they wanted as their father did not live with them anymore. I wanted my children to learn freely by being able to pursue their projects based on their interests and skills according to their pace without being pushed into a standardised system.During our world journey I tried out worldschooling and homeschooling. However, it was not enough. And then I met Martina Geromin, the co-founder of School Beyond Limitations. As our move to Cyprus was coming closer the idea was born to set up an online school. We wanted students to learn in a social steady environment that would never change, even if they were to move or travel again; with teacher-mentors who would take them by their hands until completion of their goals; an environment that is not based on judgement or grades, instead it was meant to be an environment with a strong emphasis on personal development in which each individual learns at her/his pace; an environment that acknowledges that children are in their knowing and as such they are allowed to think and act freely, beyond any limitations. That was the starting point for School Beyond Limitations. I wholeheartedly thank Martina and all parents who bravely undertook the first steps with us. Now, School Beyond Limitations is an internationally recognised school which increasingly captures interest and appreciation. It is a place that allows students to blossom as they understand that they are unique, that everything is possible and that they alone can choose responsibly about their life choices. Yes, I’d say that we are about to change the education system and, furthermore, we offer our students an unforgettable experience that will shape their adult lives considerably. Online Schooling - 2020-09-10T11:20:13Z online-schooling Although I have been working in the education field for over 30 years I used to be very sceptical regarding the quality and impact online learning may have on students. I was convinced that, in order to learn well, students have to be in a physical setting where they could mingle with both their peers and their teachers. I held the belief that online learning would not allow students nor teachers to form a community. At the age of 54 I decided to undertake an online course myself – after having gone through formal education in a traditional way (two doctoral degrees, one master degree). During this particular online course – that was not only based on lecturing, but also on valuable live sessions where participants got engaged in debates, discussions and collaborative learning – I realised that I established a strong bond with the participants that resulted in further gatherings online and offline.As, at that time, I was working towards becoming less location-dependent as a professional, I was looking into options that allowed me to live my mission differently in comparison to how I was doing it up until then. After many years of teaching, lecturing, coaching and leading international schools in different countries and experiencing the need to start from scratch again after each move (I moved due to family reasons), I was fascinated by creating something that would allow me and my job to work from anywhere.Synchronicity is often at play and, indeed, the mentor of the online course that I subscribed to one day phoned me and asked me whether it would be possible to create an online school? You can imagine that my former beliefs were at a deviation. We brainstormed on the basis of our common experience and knowledge in different fields (mine in education, giftedness and personal development and Katharina’s (my business partner) in Marketing and coaching) what would be the best way to bring a holistic education offering into reality: School Beyond Limitations was born.School Beyond Limitations is not only based on online schooling, but it also integrates the opportunity of experiential learning weeks in different countries in Europe. Students learn to see themselves as unique human beings who are invited to pursue their own interests through the lenses of academic, social, emotional, personal and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.The experience has now given us enough evidence that online learning has a number of huge advantages (although it may not be the right solution for everybody). Students who love to engage online and gain inspiration by connecting with people from different countries forget that they are not in the same physical room. Surprisingly, students say that they seem to bond more with their classmates in a contained online context (at School Beyond Limitations there are only maximum 8 students in each class) than they ever did before in traditional classes with over 20 students being present. They keep connected after lessons and communicate and collaborate beyond their school hours. As such, the online approach gives them the understanding how much value they gain through collaboration with one another and furthermore, they realise that they belong to a steady, friendly, caring and open learning community – an environment that promotes the notion that learning takes place at any time and anywhere.Online learning allows students to connect with their peers and teachers also in times of change, such as during the COVID 19 pandemic throughout which the majority of countries have closed their schools and were not ready to phase an efficient solution for their students’ learning. Often teachers just sent assignments out to their students by expecting the assignments to be handed in at the end of the week. Students, from one moment to the next, needed to learn everything independently whereas before there was never any focus on self-directed learning in school. There was no or very little interaction with the students. No wonder that students who experienced such an approach started to feel left alone and demotivated about their learning experience.The online lessons at School Beyond Limitations allowed students to continue their learning journey. It never interrupted. Students are involved in their learning. It allows them to see the purpose of their learning by being seen in their individual uniqueness. They learn out of curiosity based on their interests, talents, experiences and competencies. Their learning takes place through inquiry and projects based on a trans-disciplinary approach. That allows them to integrate their learning holistically as it is relevant to their own lives. On top of supporting students’ personal development, they are encouraged, through the exposure to experts in various fields, to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial ventures. Such powerful online classes allow them to learn how much value there is to connect with entrepreneurs and to be exposed to their expertise. Online classes offer infinite possibilities for such learning experiences. Students connect easily with relevant people who may have an impact on their own professional career. Another positive aspect of online learning is that students encounter less stress. There is no need to get up so early if school starts at 9 am from home. Students mention this aspect all the time: how much freer and more relaxed they feel about school by connecting from home. There is no need of commuting to school on a daily basis and that helps them to introduce a daily routine based on more freedom and choice. In addition, the peer pressure that usually makes students suffer so much in traditional settings is something that online students do encounter much less. First of all because their environment is so different. Nobody can hide in the classroom. Everyone is seen and also the interaction between the students is taking place openly. If their learning environment puts an emphasis on the whole human being – including their emotional and social wellbeing – then there is no space for such risks to take place. So, is online learning an alternative to traditional schooling? For sure it is (not for all); especially if the online learning is based on the uniqueness of the learning journey of each single student and takes them on an interactive journey that ignites their passion for learning and their interest in creating value for themselves and the world they live in. Author Dr Martina Geromin DBA, PhD Synthetic Phonics with Phonemic Awareness explained - in the context of a complete Literacy Program 2020-08-26T00:24:21Z synthetic-phonics-with-phonemic-awareness-explained-in-the-context-of-a-complete-literacy-program Synthetic phonics is based on well-developed phonemic awareness of all 43 sounds we use in our spoken English. A working knowledge of phonemic awareness MUST be achieved before synthetic phonics can be successfully introduced.However, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are just skills. They do not form a literacy program. Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills are to literacy as counting and recognising and writing numbers are to maths. Nobody would say that they form a complete maths program.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are the skills students need to quickly and efficiently decode words when reading and encode words when writing. The alphabet letters form the code for encoding and decoding words.Students need to understand that spoken words are formed with various sounds and those sounds are represented with various letter combinations when writing. Once they can readily use this knowledge for decoding and encoding, they become free to develop word recognition, fluency when reading and to move on to higher level literacy skills and thinking patterns for comprehending and composing spoken and written English.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics play a central part of a literacy program in the early childhood years until the students are proficient with the decoding and encoding skills that lead to reading fluently with meaning and writing accurately also with meaning.Further up the educational path, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills are very useful when decoding and encoding words that contain more sounds and more complex letter combinations [graphemes] to represent the sounds.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are skills for life as more complex and less familiar words are encountered when reading, writing, comprehending and composing.Throughout primary school practising the phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills is a worthwhile activity as recognised by educators around the world. Schools that report success with the literacy aspects of the NAPLAN assessment usually have a well-organised and well taught whole school phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics component in their literacy program.However, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are basic skills. They are just a small part of a complete literacy program. People who think phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are the program are mistaken. All the tried and true valuable teaching methods from the past cannot be replaced with phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics.Just the same, to create a literacy program without including phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics is like teaching maths without teaching numeration.I wonder how much experience people who argue that phonics is unnecessary, have in teaching a literacy program using phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics in primary school classrooms. If you have used direct teaching of synthetic phonics with a phonemic awareness approach, you would know how quickly students attain the skills to read and write successfully which allow them to move on to the higher-level thinking activities.People who properly include synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness in their teaching have nothing but praise for the results.However, the amazing success that can be achieved by including synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness in a literacy program, depends on teacher expertise with direct teaching methods and a full understanding of synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness themselves. Sadly, this is not always part of teacher education. To read more information on phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics visit https://www.barbaramurray-author.com.au/blog-news Three new inspirational story books aim to end the Coward Punch 2020-08-25T03:50:40Z three-new-inspirational-story-books-aim-to-end-the-coward-punch To view a video of the book launch with the Cronin's, Matthew Richardson, Ben Crowe and author Maureen Hyland, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szr4gjX9FcThe legacy of Coward Punch victim, Pat Cronin, has taken another important step to help educate young people in feeling empowered to ‘Be Wise’ and never use violence.The Pat Cronin Foundation has launched three inspirational and touching story books written for primary school-aged children that it hopes will be shared with every young student in Australia. Each book includes teacher notes and classroom activities.Matt Cronin, Pat’s father and founding director of the Pat Cronin Foundation, said it is very important that from the earliest possible age, children are taught and learn to understand that physical aggression is never okay and that that they need to think carefully and act kindly.The three books are written by Maureen Hyland who taught at Pat’s primary school and was inspired by Pat in creating the characters, colours and commentary. They feature wonderfully expressive illustrations by educational illustrator, Bruce Rankin.All profit from sales of the books will go to the Pat Cronin Foundation, which honours Pat by providing an optimistic voice to awareness, education and research about the Coward Punch. Each book includes a story around Patch, a boy who goes to Searchers Road Primary School, starting with him in early primary, mid primary and upper primary. Teacher notes and activities that are age specific are included at the back of each book and via a website link.The first book called The New Playground revolves around children desperately wanting to get into the new school playground and how one child makes a wrong choice in pushing a playmate off the slide because he wanted to be first. The second book called The Four Square Challenge centres on children playing a ball game, which leads up to a challenge that takes an unexpected turn in the final practice game and leaves one girl learning an important lesson.The third book called Footy Fever covers an important Aussie Rules football match in which Patch is captain of the Rockets and Maya is captain of the Sharks, both players in year 6. While everyone on the ground was well behaved, one player wanted to make a name for himself at all costs and soon learnt a valuable lesson about teamwork.The story books form a critical part of the Foundation’s Be Wise Education program by introducing children to its important messages of ‘Be wise, think carefully and act kindly’.“The books were specifically written to help reinforce that we all need to Be Wise when interacting with others and we need to think carefully before we act,” said Matt Cronin.“The sooner children learn our Be Wise message then the sooner we will achieve our mission to ‘End the Coward Punch’. Cultural change starts at a young age.”General manager of the Foundation, Geoff Smith, applauded Matt and Robyn Cronin who are determined that Pat’s life be honoured and that no other family should face the devastation of losing their son in such a senseless way.“Pat was a normal kid brought up in a normal family living in a normal suburb. If this tragedy can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.“While we have an active secondary school program that informs students about Pat and his story, these story books are designed to reach out to primary school students to help them reflect on attitudes and behaviours around anger and aggression. The aim is for students to feel empowered to develop their own action plan to ‘Be Wise' and to never use violence.”The books can be purchased from patcroninfoundation.org.au and are priced at $20 each or $50 for the set of three. A 20 per cent discount applies for schools. endsBackground:On Saturday the 16th of April 2016, 19-year-old Pat Cronin went out for a quiet night. He was punched from behind whilst assisting a mate. Pat was later taken to hospital and two days later his family made the agonising decision to turn off his life support system.Quietly spoken and gentle natured but with a fierce determination, Pat was enormously popular and had a deep love for his family and friends. His death left a gaping hole in his family’s lives and caused devastation amongst not only family but also his friends and the broader communities in which the Cronin’s have been involved.Matt and Robyn Cronin are determined that Pat's life be honoured and that no other family should face the devastation we now face as a result of his senseless death.Since the Foundation was established in 2016, it has raised more than $1 million with funds directly being used to help people feel empowered to make change through wise decisions. Visit: https://patcroninfoundation.org.au/Author’s Note: A boy with little spikes of blonde hair, eyes that sparkled with curiosity and the cheekiest of smiles—that’s the image of Pat that warms me; that breaks me; that inspires me. Pat was 5 years old when he started attending the school where I taught. I first met him in the playground, dressed in his blue and yellow uniform; this happy, caring, fun-filled little boy seemed ready to take every day of life in his stride—and he did. While this story is fictional, I have drawn on my knowledge of Pat, his personality and his life, and included some features that reflect the young man being honoured in these books. Throughout the series of books, I have used the name Patch for the main character as this was one of Pat’s nicknames. Another of Pat’s nicknames, bestowed upon him by his football coach, is Skipper. The owl in the story, a creation of Pat’s, has been honoured with the same nickname. The colours of the school and football uniforms were worn by Pat. Every word in these books is dedicated primarily to Pat, but also to his parents Matt and Robyn, his sister Emma and brother Lucas who have vowed to ensure Pat will always be remembered. Inspired by a beautiful image every day—what a privilege this has been for me. Maureen HylandMedia enquiries:WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTERVIEW MATT CRONIN? IF SO, PLEASE CONTACT WENDY.Issued on behalf of the Pat Cronin Foundation by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au or Matt Cronin, Director, Pat Cronin Foundation. Tel: 0419 508 858. E: mcronin@patcroninfoundation.org.auTo view a video of the launch visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szr4gjX9FcThe books and a selection of high-resolution images are available upon request-refer to media release. Dash cam for Dad a perfect Father’s Day gift 2020-08-12T04:41:14Z dash-cam-for-dad-a-perfect-fathers-day-gift For Dad’s who love their car and auto gadgets (surely that’s all Dad’s?), the perfect gift for them this Father’s Day is a DriveSense dash cam from Andatech.Dash cams — or car dashboard cameras — are increasingly popular, not just to view and share the bizarre antics that others get up to on the roads, but more seriously, to provide insurance against road accidents where the driver isn’t at fault.Insurance companies love getting footage from a car crash as it usually proves who was at fault and is liable for the repair costs. It not only saves the driver having to pay an excess, but is also is a big time-saver. The three models in the DriveSense range produce crisp clear video recordings, and audio if desired, including other information such as location, date, time and speed.Ensuring the video footage is protected when needed is crucial so a built-in gravity sensor detects vibrations and sudden jolting motions that alert the user to protect the recorded file if they wish so it cannot be deleted or overwritten.Andatech’s dash cam models comprise DriveSense Spotter ($149) with High Dynamic Range video that balances dark and light areas automatically to give an ideal image even under difficult lighting conditions, so the driver is more likely to capture fine details such as licence plate details.DriveSense Ranger ($249) with integrated WiFi, built-in GPS and it records in high resolution super HD 1080p at 30 frames per second.DriveSense Ranger Duo ($299), which has both a front and rear dash cam with GPS, a 2-inch LCD colour screen for the front windscreen. The front camera offers a wide 150-degree field of view that provides an excellent view of large intersections or road crossings and up to 5 lanes of traffic. Its rear cam offers a wide 135-degree wide angle view.Following the easy installation, it can connect directly to a smartphone for viewing and downloading files using the free DriveSense app.For more information visit:https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/collections/dash-camAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech’s distribution channel offers consumer safety and air quality products including dash cams, FIR heater, dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSELECTION OF HIGH RES IMAGES AVAILABLE-refer to release (available in dropbox, provide email so the file can be shared or send email request to Wendy). Latest technology delivers dynamic air purification in new, home air purifier 2020-08-05T04:27:50Z latest-technology-delivers-dynamic-air-purification-in-new-home-air-purifier With a clean air delivery rate of a fast 6.3m3 per minute and a coverage area of 49.5m2, the Coway Storm Air Purifier is the perfect unit for a large family living area.The Coway Storm has a powerful four-tier filtration system, including a HEPA filter, that removes 99.9 per cent of fine particles to 0.02 microns# in size including bacteria and viruses.Unlike most air purifiers, the Coway Storm offers multi-directional air flow modes for fast air circulation: forwards, upwards (90 degree) and a combination of both. While having an extremely powerful circulator to extend the airflow range up to six metres, the unit boasts a power consumption of only 65W so is economical to operate.Using the Coway Storm will allow family members to enjoy clean and deodorised air that is free from fine dust, mould, pollen, bacteria, viruses, dander, pet hair, odours and VOCs (volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde and other harmful fumes and gases).This makes it perfect for families who want to protect a children’s play area, for example, remove pollutants that enter homes from outside, such as dust contamination and car exhaust, and environments with poor air circulation.Allergy sufferers can be confident that the Coway Storm has been ECARF Certified* to meet the highest international standards of allergy-friendly products.Coloured Air Quality IndicatorTo check indoor air quality in real time, the Coway Storm air purifier has a built-in circular LED light on the front of the unit that shows the current indoor air pollution level. Four colours indicate different levels of air pollution: good (blue), moderate (green), unhealthy (yellow) and very unhealthy (red).The sleek design includes detachable outlet grilles that enable more effective cleaning than other models with fixed covers. This model has won design awards including a prestigious iF Design Award.Andatech’s Coway Storm 1516D model has an RRP of $1399. The Coway range includes the Coway Classic 1018F model, which has the same four-tier filtration system but has a smaller coverage area of 33.9 m2 and is recommended for living rooms and bedrooms. The Coway Classic has an RRP of $999. Both air purifiers come with a two-year warranty and are available from andatechdistribution.com.auAndatech’s air purifiers include the Ionmax and Marvel ranges, with prices for room air purifiers starting from $199.ends* ECARF: European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation The products and services ECARF certifies have been fully adapted to the needs of allergy sufferers. An independent advisory panel of 15 leading international scientists and technicians has developed the criteria they use to evaluate different product groups. The criteria are regularly updated to reflect the latest scientific findings. A product receives the Seal when it can be proved through audits or studies that the criteria have been fulfilled. https://www.ecarf.org/en/# As tested by KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials) for the fine particles to 20 nanometres. NOTE: The air purifiers have not been tested with coronovirus.About Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/Media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available (refer to media release).