The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-01T00:45:05Z DDLS partners with CertNexus to offer affordable cybersecurity training 2020-07-01T00:45:05Z ddls-partners-with-certnexus-to-offer-affordable-cybersecurity-training DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, today announced a new partnership with CertNexus, a vendor-neutral certification body providing emerging technology certifications for IT and Security professionals.The first course that will be offered as part of the new partnership is the CyberSAFE certification. The course enables employees to identify the most common risks involved in using conventional, mobile, and cloud technologies, and to protect themselves and their organisation from cyber threats.Designed for non-technical end users of computers, mobile devices, and internet networks, the CyberSAFE course enables employees to use technology more securely and minimise digital risks.With data breaches in Australian organisations steadily rising in recent years, and human error accounting for a large percent of these incidents, the Office of Australian Information Officer (OAIC) is urging organisations to undertake more cybersecurity training. Studies by the Aberdeen Group show that implementing a company-wide cyber awareness training program can reduce incidents by up to 70%.“As always, DDLS strives to deliver the most in-demand training to the market. Cyber awareness training is now becoming a must-have for organisations, so we thought it made perfect sense to expand our offerings to include an accessible and affordable course on this topic” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS. “We find CertNexus’ certifications are a great option for those organisations who are looking for a company-wide affordable solution, rather than highly technical training for specific employees, and want to create a healthy cybersecurity culture in their organisations”.Jeff Felice, President of CertNexus said, “We’re thrilled to have DDLS as our newest Authorised Training Partner. DDLS recognised the necessity of offering certification in the cyber security space, so we are excited to join forces and support their ability to deliver this training to the businesses they serve.”The CyberSAFE course will be offered by DDLS as a self-paced virtual training course depending on the customer’s requirements. The course delivers expertise in four key domains; Understanding security compliance needs and requirements; Recognising and avoiding phishing and other social engineering; Recognising and avoiding viruses, ransomware, and other malware; and Ensuring data security on computers, mobile devices, networks, the Internet, and in the cloud.Full details on the CertNexus CyberSAFE course can be found here. - END - About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We provide extensive training options tailored to organisations’ needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity we offer the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos), and CompTIA. In all specialisations DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of technology, process and people.About CertNexusCertNexus is a vendor-neutral certification body, providing emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials for Business, Data, Development, IT, and Security professionals. CertNexus’ mission is to assist in closing the emerging tech global skills gap while providing individuals with a path towards establishing rewarding careers in Cybersecurity, Data Science, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning. New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. 2020-06-30T04:00:10Z new-book-the-gallipoli-evacuation-by-peter-hart-published-by-mat-mclachlan-s-living-history-reveals-the-untold-story-of-the-anzacs-amp-allies-escape-from-the-gallipoli-peninsula New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart – published by Mat McLachlan’s Living History – reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. View the video teaser: https://youtu.be/H9kqxvJU1w4 Pre-order now to receive the exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including recorded interviews with Gallipoli veterans – only available for orders made by 31 July 2020. Visit www.livinghistoryTV.com   The Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915 are perhaps the most legendary wartime event in Australia’s history. Less spoken about, is the 9-month campaign that followed, in which the Anzacs and their Allies on the Peninsula – which included British, French, Canadian and Indian troops – faced battles against not only the enemy forces of the Turks (later supported by the Germans), but also against the impassable and unprotective terrain and the elements. This is the story of the final days of this long and treacherous campaign.   Narrated by acclaimed historian Peter Hart, who spent 39 years as the oral historian at the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum in London interviewing thousands of veterans about their experiences, this incredible true story is told in the words of the soldiers who served at Gallipoli themselves.   “After nine months on Gallipoli, the Allies’ greatest achievement was the way they left” Mat McLachlan, Battlefield Historian and Founder of Living History.   Published by Living History, The Gallipoli Evacuation is available now for pre-order (soft-cover book $35.99+postage and handling, e-book $16.99), with all orders made by 31 July 2020 receiving an exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including interview recordings with the Gallipoli veterans involved. Both soft-cover and e-books are expected to arrive by 1 September 2020.   The evacuation of Gallipoli was a life or death gamble. The expedition to wrest the Narrows from the Turks had failed, Constantinople remained an impossible dream. Now in December 1915, some 135,000 men, nearly 400 guns and 15,000 horses/mules were collectively trapped in the bridgeheads at Anzac, Suvla and Helles. The invaders found themselves caught in a nightmare scenario: they could not advance, but how was it possible to retreat from trenches overlooked by the Turks? Who would take the responsibility for the hard decisions to be taken? The soldiers? Or the vacillating politicians busy ‘passing the buck’ back home in London? With every day that passed the Turks moved up more guns, threatening to blast to pieces the flimsy piers, breakwaters and blockships that acted as makeshift harbours to feed and supply tens of thousands of men. And winter was coming. But the evacuation plans were brilliant, especially the early introduction of ‘silent periods’ to confuse the Turks. But it was still a damn close-run thing. A spell of bad weather in the final days might have destroyed the flimsy piers, leaving thousands trapped helpless should the Turkish guns open up and their infantry swarm over No Man’s Land. This then is the story of how the Gallipoli garrison escaped to fight another day.   Bringing the story to life, Peter Hart weaves in quotes from his interviews with the soldiers who served at Gallipoli until the very end:   Major-General Sir Charles Caldwell, Director of Military Operations, War Office We have four enemies to contend with - the Bosches, the Turks, the Bulgars and His Majesty’s Government - and the last is the most deadly. It is deplorable that it should be so. Corporal Harry Askin, Portsmouth Battalion Great big howitzer shells that came down on us at an angle of about 60 degrees and which made a noise similar to an express train dashing at full speed through a station. Every other noise was swallowed up in that great terrifying roar. ‘Whizz-bangs’ kept bursting on the parapet, but we never heard them and then, when these big ones burst, it was more like an earthquake and an eruption at the same time. The earth would tremble and shake and where the shell had burst a great column of earth and smoke would shoot up a hundred feet into the air. Long after they had burst, huge lumps of earth and iron casing kept whizzing down to earth at a terrific speed.   Private George Scott, 4th (New South Wales) Battalion We were resting in Victoria Gully, till then untouched by Turkish shellfire, when I was called away to watch a 'Two-Up' game and maybe hoping to try my luck as well! Suddenly a newly arrived howitzer battery dropped one amongst the five or six I had just left. All died.   Lance Corporal William Scurry of the 7th (Victoria) Battalion It occurred to me that if we could leave our rifles firing, we might get away more surely. The sand of the hourglass was the first germ of the idea. If the sand could be made to trickle from above into a container attached to the trigger, the increased weight would finally release it. Next day I started on the idea, but it wouldn’t work. The sand wouldn’t run, and the trigger wanted a jerk to pull it. The jerk was easily got over by the cartridge box full of dirt, but water was the only thing that I could think of to replace the sand. Education Perfect launches new online resource community for teachers to help close education equity gap 2020-06-30T00:57:22Z education-perfect-launches-new-online-resource-community-for-teachers-to-help-close-education-equity-gap EP Studio allows teachers to create a wide variety of resources using intuitive authoring tools. CEO of EP, Alex Burke, said the platform provides teachers with the opportunity to share their lessons with colleagues on a national, or even global stage. “EP is always free for teachers, as we understand that there is a need for openness and collaboration in education, especially to start closing the education equity gap,” he said.  Research based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,100 primary and secondary teachers representing more than 10% of schools in Australia by Pivot Professional Learning and EP, found strong evidence that the gap between advantage and disadvantage in Australian education widened during the shift to distance learning in April and May due to COVID-19. “This has come at an ideal time when teachers around the world are under pressure with the recent school closures due to COVID-19,” Burke said “With EP Studio, the amount of open and free content for teachers will continue to grow, and create a high quality collection of lessons, helping to bridge the gap for disadvantaged schools. “Not only can teachers from schools already in the EP ecosystem benefit, but all teachers can get free access to lessons they can take into their classrooms,” he explained. To encourage the creation of further teacher resources and celebrate the launch of EP Studio, EP have announced a competition. Both schools and teachers are set to benefit from the competition, with the judged winner having a $10,000 tech package awarded to their school, plus a $1000 voucher for the teacher.  Second prize is a $5000 tech package, plus $500 voucher, and a $2500 tech package and $250 voucher for the third placed entrant. “EP Studio is going to give teachers the ideal forum for an exchange of ideas, and the contest is the best way to encourage participation from teachers in schools across Australia and New Zealand,” Burke said. With multiple entries welcomed from participating teachers, this gives educators from across Australia and New Zealand the chance to share their expertise and the tools which have made their classes successful over the years. The competition closes 18 September, with winners announced shortly after. About Education Perfect EP is a leading digital education platform, providing transformative online teaching and learning experiences for more than 1.2 million students in over 4000 schools across 80 different countries.  The EP platform contains a rich bank of over 35,000 curriculum-aligned lessons in a range of subjects including Languages, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health and PE, and Digital technologies.  EP’s technology also facilitates intuitive authoring tools through the Studio to create engaging and effective lessons for students, a range of assessment for learning tools to power measurable learning growth and sophisticated real-time insights providing teachers and school leaders with a deep understanding of learning progression at a student, class and cohort level. For more information, visit https://epforschool.com.  To read a full version of the survey report and analysis, visit https://insightsfor.education. BALLARAT BOOKS, WARRNAMBOOL BOOKS AND LINK EDUCATIONAL REBRAND AS CAMPION EDUCATION 2020-06-29T04:30:10Z ballarat-books-warrnambool-books-and-link-educational-rebrand-as-campion-education The Campion Group continues to focus its strategy on growth, increasing its presence across Australia significantly over the last 5 years. Campion Education continues to focus on its core purpose of partnering with schools to help simplify the back-to-school process for their teachers, parents, and students each year, with substantial growth in digital and eBook services over time. It will be business as usual with Campion Education continuing to serve Ballarat Books, Warrnambool Books and Link Educational customers from four retail locations across Victoria including; Sebastopol, Federation University Ballarat, Warrnambool and Glen Waverley. The store in Armstrong St, Ballarat will be relocated to the Sebastopol location. Managing Director James Cathro said Campion Education was “excited to join forces with these three Victorian businesses and work towards uniting our strengths, learning from their successes and incorporating some of Campion Education’s market leading technology and 23 years’ experience in the education industry”. “We are pleased to have such a large number of excellent people joining us from these businesses who will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience in these markets, and assist us to merge our businesses, while continuing to support and serve our customers in the best way we can,” he said. Business changes will include the introduction of Campion Education’s market leading suite of digital services, assisting schools and students in determining and fulfilling their educational needs each year, combined seamlessly with their required physical books and stationery.   Campion Education An Australian family-owned business, Campion Education is the largest supplier of education resources to secondary schools in Australia.  We continuously seek to provide innovative educational resources, solutions and services which enable schools to focus on providing the best learning outcomes for their students. Drawing on 23 years of experience, Campion Education supplies nearly 3,000 schools and 800,000 students with printed and digital resources from Australia’s widest range of publishers, as well as all forms of stationery and art supplies. ### Rockingham Montessori School Offers Alternatives to In-Person Instruction 2020-06-25T03:39:41Z rockingham-montessori-school-offers-alternatives-to-in-person-instruction Rockingham Montessori School is among the learning institutions that are open after weeks of lockdown protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tony Gillespie, adolescent program deputy principal at the school, wants parents to know that hygiene is a priority and alternatives to in-class instruction are available. The school’s administrators understand the reluctance of students to potentially expose themselves to the COVID-19 virus and online classes are available for students that don’t want to visit the school in-person. Elevated hygiene measures are a priority and all rules and recommendations are being observed, including social distancing. The school is maintaining close contact with parents on safety measures. The pandemic has made many parents wary of sending their children back to school, even though the number of new COVID-19 cases has declined. The Montessori school Perth has always been on the cutting edge of technology and learning, offering students multiple alternatives to obtain a quality education with methods that best fit the students’ individual needs. Operated by Our Place OSHC & Pre-Kindly, options are offered for before and after school, along with holiday care during out-of-school and in-school hours. A number of special events have been planned to which parents and students are looking forward. However, each event is subject to government restrictions, dependent on the evolving conditions of the pandemic. The independent school Perth offers an Infant and Toddler program for ages 1-3 years; the Children’s House program for 3-6 year olds; a Primary Program for ages 6-12, and the Adolescent Program for students 12-18 years of age. The school is cognizant that not all students are on the same trajectory and has established alternative pathways for individuals to begin their lives in the larger world. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted learning for many students. The Rockingham school is open and parents can be assured that hygiene and all government recommendations are being followed to maintain a safe environment in which students can learn, including online classes for those that want an alternative. About Rockingham Montessori School Rockingham Montessori School is an independent school near the ocean in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are committed to Montessori philosophy and practice, providing Montessori education experiences for children from 12 months to 18 years of age. Media Contact Rockingham Montessori School Phone: (08) 9528 2118 Email – Primary School: reception@rms.wa.edu.au Email – Adolescent Program: apadmin@rms.wa.edu.au Website: www.rms.wa.edu.au RURAL AID AND EVOLUTION MINING BRINGING THE JOY OF MUSIC TO GAYNDAH SCHOOLS 2020-06-22T08:57:23Z rural-aid-and-evolution-mining-bringing-the-joy-of-music-to-gayndah-schools WHAT: RURAL AID AND EVOLUTION MINING BRINGING THE JOY OF MUSIC TO GAYNDAH SCHOOLS WHERE: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (10.30am) – 38 Meson Street, Gayndah QLD 4625 WHERE: Burnett State College (1pm) – 65 Pineapple Street, Gayndah QLD 4625   DATE: Tuesday. 23 June 2020 TIME: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – 10.30am and Burnett State College - 1pm CONTACT: Rural Aid Media – 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au SPOKESPERSON: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 ON-SITE CONTACT: Jen Curnow-Trotter – Rural Aid Community Support – 0416 765 678   Rural Aid is delighted to announce the Community Support team is delivering musical instruments to Burnett State College and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Gayndah, tomorrow. Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said Burnett State College and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School are part of a generous $120,000 donation of musical instruments from Evolution Mining to eight schools around their Mt Rowden and Cracow mining operations. "I would like to thank Evolution Mining for their generous donation, which is part of a $1.5 million donation to help support Aussie farmers with disaster assistance and their communities," John Warlters said. “In the past, we’ve been well known for our disaster assistance program: providing hay, drinking water, financial and counselling assistance to farmers, rural and regional communities. Building sustainable, stronger futures for primary producers and rural communities underpins everything we do.” “We’re pleased to announce a new remit for community focused support, including schools. All community initiatives, from July 2020, will fall under the auspice of Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures Program. “Schools are a key element of all rural communities and we will continue supporting them as part of our focus on community sustainability. This was evidenced recently with our ‘technology’ for schools initiative to assist rural schools with at-home-learning. “We’ve had some challenges thrown our way with Covid-19 in having to place Rural Aid’s ‘Our Town’ and Farm Rescue Programs in hibernation. And, our volunteers are readying themselves for the recommencement of community support activities. “I’m please to say we’ve been working in the background to deliver fodder and drinking water during Covid-19 and planning for when schools return and, our workforce can make their way safely back out in the field. “We’re helping schools prepare for the commencement of Term 3 music programs with deliveries underway this week. “Our thanks go to Rural Aid sponsor, Evolution Mining, a large employer of local communities backing local communities. They have made this and many other opportunities possible for farmers and rural and regional communities," John Warlters said. Other schools also receiving musical instruments in the Gayndah region, thanks to Evolution Mining's generosity, are listed below.   Some of the schools receiving musical instruments: Date Time School Tuesday 23 June 2020 8.30am Coalstoun Lakes State School Tuesday 23 June 2020 10.30am St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Tuesday 23 June 2020 1.00pm Burnett State College Tuesday 23 June 2020 2.00pm Gayndah State School Wednesday 24 June 2020 10.00am Eidsvold State School  Wednesday 24 June 2020 11.15am Mundubbera State School Wednesday 24 June 2020 12.15pm Boynewood State School About Rural Aid Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. Media: 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au Spokesperson: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 Follow Rural Aid for updates on: ·        Rural Aid – FB: @ruralaidaustralia | IG: @ruralaid |IN: Rural Aid Ltd | TW: @ruralaidaust ·        Buy A Bale – FB: @buyabaleofhay | IG: @buyabale | TW: @buyabale ENDS DDLS resumes classroom training with revamped virtual offerings 2020-06-22T04:08:18Z ddls-resumes-classroom-training-with-revamped-virtual-offerings DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate ICT and cybersecurity training has upgraded its DDLS Anywhere instructor-led training platform to include new options. The move coincides with the resumption of face-to-face classroom training as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. DDLS’s award-winning public classroom training will be made available at 60 fully equipped classrooms across the company’s six campuses under a COVID-19 Safety Plan that adheres to social distancing and hygiene regulations. Alternatively, if needed customers can avoid employee travel and leverage flexible instructor-led training options that include Virtual Classroom Training, Virtual Remote Training, and On-Site Group Training. Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS commented, “In response to the constraints imposed by COVID-19, we successfully transitioned all classes to our virtual instructor-led telepresence offering. Now, with some relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions we feel the time is right to make a limited return to classroom training with appropriate safeguards. Our aim is to deliver training wherever and however our customers require it and we remain committed to delivering training virtually, on-campus or at their place of work.” DDLS Anywhere Virtual Classroom Training allows students to get the DDLS on-campus experience by physically attending one of our six national campuses, gaining access to interstate or global vendor certified instructors via our live, interactive telepresence offering. This ensures that customers receive the same industry-respected content and hands-on labs as the corresponding classroom-based courses. DDLS Anywhere Virtual Remote Training enables students to connect from anywhere on any device to join a host classroom or a course dedicated to remote delivery. DDLS Anywhere also offers On-Site Group Training which allows for a more tailored, contextualised learning solution, where trainers deliver the training on customer premises. Jon Lang commented, “The ‘DDLS Anywhere you need us to be’ program gives millions of workers and organisations access to affordable, online training courses aligned with real jobs. With DDLS Anywhere, we can ensure that businesses maintain momentum by providing training in the skills that their workforce needs right now, delivered on-campus, to an employee’s home or to an organisation’s office. These courses will help employees and job seekers develop relevant, essential skills for various industries by giving them the credentials in demand right now.” DDLS has been successfully delivering virtual instructor-led training to thousands of students for over six years via its market-leading telepresence technology. The DDLS team has maximised the full capacity of its telepresence offering, with a majority of publicly scheduled courses available via virtual instructor-led training. Over the past three months, the company has successfully transitioned all classes to telepresence and despite some relaxation of regulations, will continue to adapt to cater to businesses needs whether virtually, on-campus or at their place of work. For more information on the DDLS Anywhere Virtual Classroom and Virtual Remote instructor-led training schedule visit https://www.ddls.com.au/ddls-schedule/?showall=true&city=66607 - END - About DDLS DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate ICT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. DDLS provides extensive training options tailored to organisations’ needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity DDLS offers the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos), and CompTIA. In all specialisations DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of cybersecurity, technology, process and people. SYSPRO gives back to the manufacturing & distribution sectors in Asia Pacific 2020-06-16T22:25:03Z syspro-gives-back-to-themanufacturing-amp-distribution-sectors-in-asia-pacific SYSPRO, a global provider of industry-built ERP software is stepping up to support the Asia Pacific manufacturing and distribution sector through the global pandemic and is showing its appreciation through a number of skills development initiatives. Supporting our customers through the pandemic To support customers, for a limited time, SYSPRO is offering the opportunity to have free access to courses on the SYSPRO Learning Channel Plus platform. The SYSPRO Learning Channel Plus offers an extensive and comprehensive list of courses for all SYSPRO users regardless of their role within an organisation. As further support for its customers, SYSPRO staff and partners will promote customer products through SYSPRO owned channels in APAC. Bolstering the industry in preparation for the upturn In order to bolster industry resilience, SYSPRO has kicked off an initiative to provide 500 recently unemployed individuals in the manufacturing and distribution sector with unlimited access to the online SYSPRO Learning Channel at no cost until the end of October. This initiative aims to increase a candidate’s chance of being successful in today’s exceptionally competitive market adversely impacted by COVID-19.  S & P Global estimates that unemployment rates across Asia-Pacific could rise by well over three per cent, twice as large as the average recession. By applying, candidates will learn new skills and improve their knowledge of ERP and increase their chances of becoming more marketable. Rob Stummer, Chief Executive Officer at SYSPRO APAC, said: “The impact of the pandemic has been felt by all sectors and industries globally. SYSPRO would like to take this opportunity to thank manufacturers and distributors around the region for continuing to work and support the economy. We hope that by offering skills development opportunities to the industry at large that we will bolster industry resilience in preparation for the upturn.” How to apply for the SYSPRO ‘gives-back’ initiative As a global initiative, the SYSPRO ‘gives-back’ initiative for unemployed individuals is aimed at all of SYSPRO’s operating regions including the US, Canada, Africa, UK, Asia and Australasia. To qualify for this opportunity - The candidate must be currently unemployed and have recently lost their employment due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The candidate must have work experience in the Manufacturing sector. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in one of SYSPRO’s Target Market industries ( please refer to below link for further details) Preference will be given to candidates who have ERP experience. To learn more and apply for this opportunity, please view the links below: Australia - https://jobs.jobvite.com/syspro/job/o02FcfwD Singapore - https://jobs.jobvite.com/syspro/job/oX2FcfwA Please do note that applying for this opportunity does not guarantee employment. About SYSPRO SYSPRO is a global, independent provider of industry-built ERP software designed to simplify business complexity for manufacturers and distributors. Focused on delivering optimized performance and complete business visibility, the SYSPRO solution is highly scalable, and can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or accessed via a mobile device. SYSPRO’s strengths lie in a simplified approach to technology, expertise in a range of industries, and a commitment to future-proofing customer and partner success. Five Bees Media launch Student Job Board 2020-06-15T02:23:52Z five-bees-media-launch-student-job-board Five Bees Media have announced the launch of a new platform aimed exclusively at job-hunting students in Australia. The team behind Backpacker Job Board, Australia’s number one backpacker employment marketplace, have launched Student Job Board. Student Job Board is an Australian-based employment site for students in secondary and tertiary education. Specialising in casual and holiday work options, Student Job Board grants students the ability to search for curated, relevant and exclusive employment opportunities.  Australia is home to some of the world’s finest universities, and has one of the highest rates of tertiary education attainment in the world. With 1.5 million secondary students and 1.5 million tertiary students, approximately one in eight Australians is a student of employment age. Internationals alone numbered no less than 430,000 in 2017, making the education of international students Australia’s 3rd largest export, behind only iron ore and coal. Such a large slice of the population forms an understandably vital cog in the Australian economy. Balancing their studies with temporary, casual or part time employment, students are the lifeblood of a number of industries. Restaurants, cafes, accommodation providers, tour operators, primary producers and charities are just a handful of businesses who are ultimately reliant on the student workforce. International students in particular support a large number of Australian businesses across a wealth of sectors. With the ability to work 20 hours a week in-term and an unlimited amount when school is not in session, this employment resource benefits seasonal industries in particular. Australian universities understand this value and play their part, working hard to make it possible for students to study part-time around work and family responsibilities. Like Backpacker Job Board before it, Student Job Board looks set to become a comprehensive portal for students looking to fit employment around their studies.  “Backpacker Job Board demonstrated that the Australian market had a real appetite for a worker-specific job board,” says Student Job Board Founder Matthew Heyes. “The success of Backpacker Job Board encouraged us to create a portal for the thousands of businesses that depend on student workers, and the millions of students looking to fit casual and part time employment around their education. “The aim is to make it as simple as possible for employers to connect with the right type of student worker, and vice versa. As we’ve seen with Backpacker Job Board, when it’s done right, it’s a win-win-win - for the employer, the student, and the Australian economy.” Paediatric Nutritionist Launches Starting Solids Online Course to Help Parents Give their Babies the Best Nutritional Start 2020-06-15T00:42:16Z paediatric-nutritionist-launches-starting-solids-online-course-to-help-parents-give-their-babies-the-best-nutritional-start Paediatric Nutritionist and mum of two Mandy Sacher cuts through the noise and guides parents through this milestone with her debut course Starting Solids the Wholesome Way.  “A baby’s first experiences with food can influence their long term taste preferences and relationship with food for life – it is an important journey and I’m so excited to support parents through this no matter where they live or what schedule they’re on with my new online course”, says Sacher. Sacher developed Starting Solids the Wholesome Way to not only provide parents with the knowledge and tools they need to comfortably and confidently transition their babies onto solid food, but to also help families enjoy the experience and strengthen their baby’s lifelong relationship with food.   “Many parents seek support from their mothers groups, maternal health nurses, GPs and paediatricians when it comes to introducing solids, but in a time of social distancing and reduced trips to see medical professionals this isn’t always possible – I’m so glad to have this course online for parents starting solids at this time in our world”.   The comprehensive course provides all the expert guidance parents need to start solids, including 37 detailed lessons, 6 Customisable Meal Plans separated by age and stage, over one hundred recipes, a smart recipe tool to filter by key ingredient, age and stage, allergen and more as well as an automated shopping list to save precious time.  Starting Solids sits within The Wholesome Child Academy, a new education platform for parents that is geared to help with key nutrition milestones and challenges including Fussy Eating Strategies and Solutions, Boosting Immunity and Wholesome Shopping.  For more information, visit www.wholesomechild.com.au/shop or academy.wholesomechild.com.  Mandy Sacher launches The Wholesome Child Academy to help Parents Nourish their Children and Set them up for a Healthy Life 2020-06-15T00:30:32Z mandy-sacher-launches-the-wholesome-child-academy-to-help-parents-nourish-their-children-and-set-them-up-for-a-healthy-life After launching the Nourish Program to revolutionise nutritional offerings in child care facilities, Sacher is fulfilling her vision to impact childhood nutrition in the key site where food preferences and eating behaviours are formed – the home. “It takes a village to feed children right – and this starts with parents, but extends to grandparents, child care facilities and friends. With some simple adjustments and by being better informed, we can make a big impact to our children’s long term health outcomes,” says Sacher. The Wholesome Child Academy courses are geared to help time-poor parents with key nutrition milestones and challenges including Starting Solids the Wholesome Way, Fussy Eating Strategies & Solutions, Boosting Immunity and Wholesome Shopping. While Starting Solids and Fussy Eating are Sacher’s sweet spots, she’s had overwhelming demand from her followers for support on how to shop better with weekly staples at the grocery store and how to boost health and immunity as we enter winter in the context of a pandemic. While Sacher focuses on the child, advice and recipes are relevant to the whole family. For the first time, parents can access Sacher’s expert guidance as a highly experienced Paediatric Nutritionist internationally, from the comfort of their homes.  Underpinned by the 8 step methodology first shared in Sacher’s debut Wholesome Child Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, the courses provide succinct insights with practical step-by-step advice, sharing tried and tested strategies and recipes that have brought success to the thousands of families she’s touched through her clinic, workshops and book.  In addition to a series of detailed lessons which you can navigate at your own pace, each course includes supporting resources such as customisable meal plans, a smart recipe tool where you can swap ingredients and scale serving sizes as well as an automated shopping list to save time.  “As families have a renewed focus on health and wellness, and more opportunities for family meals at home with reduced commute times and in some cases more days working from home, the time to invest in how we feed our families and establish preference for healthy, immune boosting foods and recipes is now.” according to Sacher. *Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare New 120-Hour Online TEFL Course Released 2020-06-12T06:38:50Z new-120-hour-online-tefl-course-released With a unique curriculum designed by qualified Australian teachers, the new 120-hour online TEFL course released by Teach Me TEFL is the perfect resource for individuals seeking a career as an English teacher either online or abroad. With an innovative mix of practical lessons, the revolutionary online course provides students with a diverse mix of useful skills and industry knowledge to thrive in their new career. Explore the benefits of undertaking a course with the Teach Me TEFL team by visiting the company website today! Teach Me TEFL Address: PO Box 3202, Tuggerah NSW 2259, Australia Phone: (02) 8003 4548 Website: https://teachmetefl.com.au/ Melbourne Girls Grammar Still Teaching New Tricks 2020-06-11T02:52:37Z melbourne-girls-grammar-still-teaching-new-tricks Today Melbourne Girls Grammar launched their first all digital biannual publication. Produced in the time of isolation and physical distancing, the publication looks at every area of the School’s community and how they adapted and came together. Just as the School asked its staff and students to embrace technologies, Melbourne Girls Grammar now takes that lesson to the broader community with a truly innovative approach to a publication more than 125 years old.   From Early Learning to Senior Year students, parents, alumnae, council, everyone contributed truly remarkable stories of how they overcame obstacles to focus on what was important as everyone stayed close to family and moved to online and remote solutions.    Presenting the first semester of curriculum delivery and connection digitally rather than in print, has enabled the School to truly demonstrate how we all embraced the change and found new and creative ways to connect.   As Principal Dr Toni Meach said: “This edition of IE captures the creative ways our community has lived through this pandemic, including a spotlight on our remote learning and how we dealt individually and collectively with isolation. It is a treasure trove of narrative, images and recordings and I am sure will be an important keepsake for our archives.”  This isn’t the only measure the School has taken to encourage current and future community members to take a peek behind the red brick walls. The School’s tour webinars were well attended with prospective families near and far enjoying the live Q & A with key members of the School’s executive team. The Student Executive Council made the most of their collective talents to produce videos, newsletters, morale boosting challenges and supportive encouragement for all year levels.   While working parents might have previously struggled to attend meetings they wished they could attend in person, COVID-19 gave us the perfect reason to present and record the meetings to share with our parents and caregivers, and is something Melbourne Girls Grammar would like to continue.   For their valued alumnae, Young and Old Grammarians, the OG Book Club gave everyone something to discuss and suggestions for new novels to get stuck into. The Student Pen Pal Club was particularly well received by members young and old as Middle Years students started making fast friends with women who had walked the same halls as themselves.   Our Grammarians were at the heart of everything and as remote learning now looks to be settling into our shared history, Melbourne Girls Grammar is eager to take these lessons with them into the future and adopt innovative solutions as part of the ‘new normal’.   ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site 2020-05-31T22:00:15Z eset-marks-international-children-s-day-with-launch-of-safer-kids-online-resource-site ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site  Sydney, June 1, 2020 – ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has chosen International Children’s Day to launch Safer Kids Online – a resource site dedicated to building a safer online environment for children. Including videos, articles and expert insight, the website offers resources for children, parents and schools with the aim to enable children to enjoy the full potential of the internet in a secure digital world. Every third person on the internet is a child, yet there can be significant dangers facing children when they surf the web. According to the eSafety Commissioner, one in five Australian kids are socially excluded, threatened or abused online while 90% of Australian kids and teens have had a negative online experience. Despite this high occurrence of negative experiences, recent research by the eSafety Commissioner found parents were unconfident about how to deal with their children’s negative experiences, with just 36% searching for or receiving online safety information and only 46% saying they knew where to go to get help in relation to their child’s online safety issues. ESET Australia Country Manager Kelly Johnson says, “Navigating the online world is tricky for both children and their parents. Parents who are fully confident to help their children with the day-to-day challenges of life can suddenly find themselves on unfamiliar ground when it comes to their childrens’ experiences online. At ESET, we’ve been helping families have safer online experiences for 30 years and the Safer Kids Online website brings this experience together with specialist input from child psychologists to create a go-to resource for families.” Resources for children, parents and teachers The Safer Kids Online website includes resources suitable for younger children, teenagers and their parents, developed in consultation with a child psychologist and ESET’s cybersecurity experts. The resources provide guidance and advice for children and adults around how to stay safe online geared around key monthly topics such as how to build your child’s awareness of the risks in posting online selfies, looking out for signs of cyberbullying and protecting children from online predators. Each of these monthly topics will include targeted resources for different ages such as:   ·       A video series for kids aimed at ages 8+ ·       Comics for older children aged 11+ ·       An in-depth explanation in the form of expert articles and vlogs for parents and schools   Monthly quizzes and prize contests will also be available in which children can win funny and educational tech gadgets.   The Safer Kids Online site will also provide advice on software, such as ESET Parental Control for Android, which allows parents to look after their children’s online well-being. ESET Parental Control includes the possibility of controlling inappropriate web content and managing the amount of time kids spend on certain devices, as well as the suitability of the applications they’re using. This allows parents to limit their child’s use of certain sites and receive reports on his or her online activities, hopefully becoming aware of any issues before they become entrenched. saferkidsonline.eset.com/au About ESET For more than 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D centers worldwide, ESET is the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information, visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. What Remote Learning Taught Us 2020-05-26T23:21:23Z what-remote-learning-taught-us While some predicted the effect COVID-19 would have on our everyday lives, the adjustment to remote learning, working from home and physical distancing still required a steep learning curve. Melbourne Girls Grammar benefitted from a strong technological infrastructure and were able to make a swift change to the delivery of curriculum. In the background, there was a lot of work to be done to support both students and staff in their move online.   The decision to move to remote learning did not happen overnight, although it might have appeared as though it did, due primarily to the preparedness of our staff to support our students in their delivery of curriculum online. As an independent school, Melbourne Girls Grammar was able to consider all the pros and cons of an early move to remote learning.   While the government debated what was safe and in the best interests of children in schools across the country, Principal Dr Toni E. Meath, with the full support of School Council and the Executive team decided that on 18 March 2020, Melbourne Girls Grammar would commence remote learning. This decision was what was best for our school, as one who boasts an incredible digital infrastructure with the tools and resources to launch remote learning swiftly, reducing disruption to our Grammarians’ learning.   From this week, Melbourne Girls Grammar started to welcome students back to campus. This offers us the opportunity to reflect on where we started with this remote learning journey, and what we’ve accomplished in that time.  This infographic gives just a glimpse of what remote learning looked like from the outside. It doesn’t, however, take into account everything that went into making the Remote Learning Program the innovative learning experience it was for our Grammarians.   As the Director of Professional Practice, Ashley Pratt’s role changed during this time to support the delivery of our teaching and learning program. Ashley’s skillset in the area of digital pedagogy served us well and his insights to the logistics of remote learning show just how far we came in such a short time.   “The move to remote learning was careful and considered. We were lucky enough to have been making contingency plans from quite early on and as the situation became clearer, we moved rapidly to enact these plans with relatively little disruption,” said Ashley.   With just one planning day in between face to face teaching and remote learning, the quality of our teaching staff became more evident than ever as we moved online using our Learning Management System, Zoom, Seesaw, Office 365 and every other system in our toolbox. Students were prepared for what was to come and reassured that their teachers would be readily available to assist them.  “The most surprising aspect was how cleanly the move to Remote Learning occurred. It required a huge amount of work by teachers but we were able to get the whole transition complete over 36 hours, a significant achievement by anyone’s measurement,“ said Ashley.   Fellow staff member Stephanie Walton agreed that due to the collaborative and supportive nature of colleagues, the transition was much cleaner than expected.   “What was so reassuring, and something that I am extremely grateful for, is how all staff members helped and supported each other in the preparation for remote learning. We shared tasks and played to each other’s strengths by knowing who is best at organisation, who is the best at making videos and who to call on for IT help,” said Stephanie. “Teachers are usually a pretty collaborative and helpful bunch of people, but the sharing of resources has been exceptional, both within our school community and beyond. Both our colleagues and our students have shown great patience and generosity with their time, their opinions and support.”  As an organisation, Melbourne Girls Grammar has always fostered independence and resilience in our Grammarians. When we moved to remote learning, the foundational skills we layered at each year level were put to the test, and our Grammarians were thriving. With our current Year 12 cohort the first to have completed our innovative Senior Years Program, the preparedness of our students was one we could be proud of, especially at the senior level.   Providing a blend of synchronous (to be completed together as a class, e.g. a Zoom lesson) and asynchronous tasks (to be completed in their own time, e.g a report) allowed students the freedom to manage their time to the best of their abilities and make the most of the resources and support when necessary.   “As a whole community I felt that we were really well prepared for the transition. Through the use of our Learning Management System, we already had the majority of our resources online,” said Stephanie. “Students were already used to accessing work online, both at school and at home, but they have shown great flexibility in their coping. They have developed effective context specific strategies with the help of teachers, coordinators and coaches. As we settled into remote learning it became less surreal and I found myself thinking what will it be like when we return.”  Indeed, as the end of remote learning approaches, we start to reflect on everything that has come from it; improved technological use, lessons in self awareness, and improved hand hygiene. Now we look to assess what elements of remote learning should stay with us long after the period of necessity ends.   Ashley had his own thoughts about what he’d like to see in the future. “I think I would like to see a new appreciation for the bonds of friendship and familial connection. I hope everyone will learn to appreciate the time we spend in each other’s company a little more. I was particularly moved by the message of Her Majesty, The Queen: “We should take comfort that, while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”