The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-20T06:31:37Z AUSSIE SISTERS TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCES 2019-05-20T06:31:37Z sisters-to-speak-at-national-and-international-suicide-prevention-conferences Aussie suicide prevention sisters Alyse Price-Tobler (MCAP) and Kylie Crnek Georgeson (Phd candidate) have been invited to present their current work in suicide prevention at the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Conference (Melbourne) and the International Suicide Research Summit Conferences (Miami). Alyse is a Clinical Psychotherapist and CEO of Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy Center in Mittagong and will present the ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ at the Australian National Suicide Prevention Conference in Melbourne in July. The SEMPI model asks general community members, “What happens if you ask someone Are You O.K, and they answer NO?” The ‘SEMPI’ model teaches THE NEXT STEP to the “ARE YOU OK?” question, if this feels too hard to sit with, is confusing, or just doesn't feel right. Kylie Crnek Georgeson is a post graduate teaching fellow and researcher from the Macarthur area, in the final year of her PhD with the Ageing Work and Health Research Unit, Sydney University. Her thesis is titled "Retirement Pathways, mental well-being and suicidal behaviour in older rural Australians." Kylie will be presenting the findings of her latest research, helping to prevent suicide among our Aussie farmers, at the International Suicide Research Summit in Miami in October 2019. AIIA calls on re-elected Coalition Government to focus on Australia’s digital skills shortage 2019-05-20T03:17:20Z aiia-calls-on-re-elected-coalition-government-to-focus-on-australias-digital-skills-shortage Canberra, Australia – 20 May 2019 - The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, congratulates the Liberal–National Coalition on their federal election win. Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA said, “On behalf of the AIIA, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Liberal–National Coalition on being elected on Saturday. The AIIA looks forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison’s government and incoming ministers to help them deliver on commitments made in their pre-election campaigns. “It’s imperative that industry, government and research institutes collaborate closely to foster a vibrant and innovative digital and technology sector, supported by a regulatory framework that encourages the economic growth, productivity and sustainability of our nation.” Reflecting on the past few months of regulatory activities, Mr Gauci said, “We are looking for a commitment that changes to the Assistance and Access Act, proposed by Labor in February, be passed through parliament in the first 100 days of the new government. “It is time to execute these amendments so that industry and users of encrypted services have certainty over these new laws. The AIIA has made significant contributions and recommendations with respect to these amendments - but has yet to see the recommendations considered or adopted leaving industry unclear on the operational requirements.” AIIA members are also concerned about the lack of consultation and the reach of the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material Bill passed in April this year. “We look forward to greater two-way dialogue between government and industry to address the concerns that have been raised by our members about these pieces of legislation,” said Mr Gauci. It is well recognised that there is a significant shortfall of available digital skills and expertise in the Australian workforce. “The industry looks forward to contributing to the skills programs announced by the Coalition government. $41.7 million will be provided for two pilot Skills Organisations, in the areas of digital technologies, cyber security, and human services care. AIIA members are delighted that the Government also intends to establish the National Skills Commission to oversee the $2.8 billion annual investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET),” said Mr Gauci. “Some of our members have successfully led and are rolling out alternative pathways to developing digital skills in school children. These programs have seen collaboration between government departments, Universities, research institutes and industry. Our members would be delighted to share their success stories and learnings from these programs with the new government to further provide the crucial evidence of the success of these initiatives.” For a summary of the Coalition’s Digital Skills policy, visit AIIA’s website for the analysis undertaken by AIIA. “We look forward to working with the incoming government and fostering collaboration between industry, government and research institutes to ensure that Australia realises its economic potential in the fourth industrial revolution,” concluded Mr Gauci. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 Aruba helps Presbyterian Ladies College prepare for top marks ahead of 2020 NAPLAN tests 2019-05-20T01:07:26Z aruba-helps-presbyterian-ladies-college-prepare-for-top-marks-ahead-of-2020-naplan-tests SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. MAY 20, 2019 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that leading Australian school, Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Melbourne has chosen to work with the company to provide greater visibility into its network performance with Aruba User Experience Insight. Launched into the Australian market in November 2018, the solution enables IT teams responsible for managing networks, such as office spaces, healthcare facilities and schools, to simulate real-world network usage experiences. User Experience Insight is comprised of a sensor and an online dashboard that allows businesses to test and continually monitor the end-user experience of a network to guarantee reliable performance when users need it most. The partnership comes at a critical time for PLC, as they along with thousands of K-12 institutions in Australia prepare to take part in the NAPLAN testing online in 2020. To prepare for this, PLC has been undergoing a digital transformation project with Aruba over the past 12 months to diagnose, address and verify its systems to support Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students through digital NAPLAN tests well ahead of the 2020 deadline. “Our Junior School’s ICT and AV infrastructure has recently been rebuilt to incorporate a range of Aruba solutions including User Experience Insight, and it has been performing exceptionally well since the install,” said Brenton Harty, Director of ICT from PLC. “We took the network rebuild as an opportunity to upgrade to a solution that would give us the coverage and capacity we needed to support our wireless network now and for many years to come. The developments will continue, and our goal is to be 100% Aruba wireless across our campus in 2019 to ensure that our systems are optimised and future-proofed in an era of online NAPLAN tests, IoT and BYOD.” PLC utilised the pre-prepared NAPLAN tests available on its User Experience Insight dashboard. The simulation of students using the network to do the online NAPLAN test examined if the existing PLC infrastructure could manage the extra burden of so many students online at one time, in the physical location where students would connect, and identify any weak links in the network. After running the simulated NAPLAN tests, PLC were presented with a detailed report about the state of their network. The report identified any applications or infrastructure that were struggling to perform due to the increased network demands, and were then prompted on how to address the problem. To prepare for online NAPLAN tests in 2020, PLC have tested and assessed their network in advance, and in the future have the capability to monitor performance during the examination as it happens to easily identify and troubleshoot issues in real-time if needed. “For schools, being able to ensure network stability during testing periods such as online NAPLAN tests, is absolutely vital,” explains Anthony Smith, Director, Aruba South Pacific. “If the network isn’t stable and drops out during testing, it could have a direct impact on the student’s results and could ultimately affect the school’s overall grading. We’re delighted to be working with PLC to ensure they have a secure and reliable network to support them on their journey to online NAPLAN testing.” Since its availability in the local market, schools have been eager to take advantage of the benefits of User Experience Insight. Forty Australian customers, including PLC Melbourne and Donvale Christian College in Victoria have rolled out technology since Q4 2018, continuing Aruba’s momentum and growth in the local education sector. User Experience Insight provides in-built tests, such as the NAPLAN test, and also allows users to create their own based on the needs of their network and end users. By investigating network performance ahead of any critical usage times, users can troubleshoot any future IT issues immediately, and get back to doing business faster. “Aruba offers a number of tools that can show how a network is behaving, but User Experience Insight goes one step further to truly represent what the customer is experiencing as an end user,” said Smith. “This solution delivers valuable insights into how users are accessing applications, as well as their experience of actually getting on to the network and delivers a holistic view of the network’s performance”. A vendor agnostic solution, User Experience Insight is designed to work across any environment, aiming to give customers piece of mind that the entire network pathway is optimised, and capable of supporting any increased demand. For more information on Aruba User Experience Insight, visit ENDS About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. 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For more information, please contact: Duyen Nguyen or Jenna Woods at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Kids connect online for reconciliation! 2019-05-18T06:58:18Z kids-connect-online-for-reconciliation Across Australia children in early learning centres, primary and high schools, can simultaneously join the reconciliation movement and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices via a new exciting online platform developed by Wingaru Education and Reconciliation NSW. All Together Now for Reconciliation is a simultaneous classroom experience specially created to provide easy and accessible cultural content and is a great way to engage kids in Reconciliation for National Reconciliation Week. Children as young as three can explore the 2019 Schools Reconciliation Challenge theme, Speaking and Listening from the Heart, by learning a song in language. The learning experiences for school students involve watching a video and participating in digital learning activities that investigate truth telling and what it takes to walk alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with courage and pride.   The online resources provide an opportunity for many teachers and early childhood educators to get involved during National Reconciliation Week. “Education is at the core of reconciliation and bringing schools across the state together to explore reconciliation has the potential to make a powerful contribution to reconciliation in Australia.” said Professor Lindon Coombes, Chair of Reconciliation NSW.  ‘A shared understanding about Aboriginal people and history is key to reconciliation and supporting the development of this knowledge is the aim of all Wingaru resources. We are proud to partner with Reconciliation NSW on All Together Now for Reconciliation’ states Lesley Woodhouse, Director of Wingaru Education.  Each teaching module meets curriculum objectives across six stages of learning – from Early Learning up to year 10 in High School. All Together Now for Reconciliation is an easy and enjoyable way for teachers to connect with culturally inclusive content that will enhance their classrooms and ensure that all students are involved in reconciliation. Join us online to participate in a simultaneous learning experience for National Reconciliation Week 2019 -  27 May – 3 June at These resources are only available for a limited time from May 20 to June 30. Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship established to encourage and support law students pursuing a career in criminal defence. 2019-05-16T14:24:23Z sydney-criminal-lawyers-criminal-law-scholarship-established-to-encourage-and-support-law-students-pursuing-a-career-in-criminal-defence The Scholarship, is open now, and is valued at $5,000. The successful applicant may also be offered Practical Legal Training placement with Sydney Criminal Lawyers.Investing in the future."We want to do more than just encourage those students with an interest in pursuing careers in criminal law, we want support them to actively get their career off the ground and a scholarship is an ideal way to do that," says Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Mr Ugur Nedim."As a firm, Sydney Criminal Lawyers has a strong interest in nurturing young talent. We know that our team benefits greatly from the freshness and enthusiasm of graduates who accept jobs with us, or partake in work experience. But more than that, over the long term, enabling young lawyers to pursue a career in criminal law simply ensures that the profession overall continues to thrive.""We see the scholarship as a way of not just giving back to the profession that has given us all very rewarding careers, but also as a way of investing in its future in a meaningful way - attracting the best, most talented people and facilitating their career pathway, along with seeking to continually improve and evolve what we do and how we do it, for the benefit of our clients and the wider community."About the scholarship.The Sydney Criminal Lawyers Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit - especially in criminal law-related subjects and applicants will also be judged on the quality of their overall application, including resume, covering letter and interview with the firm's principal."Criminal law is a demanding, but gratifying career," says Mr Nedim. "It tends to suit people who have strong advocacy, listening and communication skills, as well as a keen interest in the way the law impacts our lives," says Mr Nedim.How to Apply.Applicants must have Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency and enrolled in their penultimate or final year in an LL.B, Juris Doctor or Legal Practitioners Admission Board course, or undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, in New South Wales or the ACT.To apply, email a covering letter, resume and academic record to Mr Ugur Nedim at Include all contact information. Applications close at 11.59pm, 30 November 2019.Contact Sydney Criminal Lawyers: Ugur Nedim, Principal Lawyer, Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Museum Towers, Suite 503, 267 Castlereagh St., Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia. Phone: +61 (0)2 9261 8884 Fax: +61 (0)2 9264 0880 E-mail: Source: Sisters of Charity Foundation to visit Campsie community kitchen 2019-05-14T23:39:10Z sisters-of-charity-foundation-to-visit-campsie-community-kitchen Prosper (Project Australia) is a multi-award-winning small community organisation that aims to support disadvantaged children and their families. Its community kitchen program gives those experiencing poverty and homelessness access to a free kitchen facility, cooking equipment, storage containers and fresh ingredients to prepare healthy meals for their families. It’s not just healthy food the program is providing, however – the community kitchen helps participants build a sense of community togetherness and belonging. “We’ve seen 97 community members coming along to at least one kitchen day,” says Prosper’s Karen Craigie. “When you take into account other members of their household the program has already benefited 720 people since its opening in February.” Foundation donors will get the chance to hear directly from community kitchen participants, and also sample some of their favourite recipes at lunch. “We’re thrilled to be able to show our donors, in person, what their generosity is helping build,” says Sisters of Charity Foundation CEO Reba Meagher. “Prosper is a fantastic organisation doing vital work within the community and we’re proud to be a supporter.” “We’re looking forward to hosting the Sisters of Charity Foundation and showcasing the value of the community kitchen,” says Karen. “It has been a marvellous platform for community-building and increasing the dignity of those who are isolated or disadvantaged.”   About the Sisters of Charity Foundation Every year the Sisters of Charity Foundation is able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that receive little or no funding from other sources, that benefit the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community, no matter their gender, ethnicity, age or ability. SharpDrive Say ‘Bring Your Own Flavour, We Provide the Course 2019-05-13T23:34:50Z sharpdrive-say-bring-your-own-flavour-we-provide-the-course With SharpDrive’s customised branding option you are provided with the opportunity to brand the e-learning portal with your own company logo, as well as your very own customised welcome video which will be a central feature staff will see as soon as they login. Pricing for this option is $1,500 +GST* (*client to provide own video).  Video Message for YOUR Staff As an example of it's use the video message for your staff could be a video of your CEO or Health & Safety Manager advocating your organisation’s Health & Safety polices, as well as any other information you wish to share with staff prior to their starting the driver training course. (nb: client to provide own video;  alternatively SharpDrive can arrange this video on your behalf - POA). You might have a specific Health & Safety topic you'd like included with the course and SharpDrive can create a tailor-made training module catering to your organisation's specific need, i.e. towing trailers, weight limits for trade vehicles, safe practices with roof racks, and extra considerations for operators of large vehicles.  If you're interested in learning more about having SharpDrive 'bring your flavour' to their courses, drop them a line through their online form. SharpDrive offer custom welcome videos, custom branding and custom training modules to meet your fleet’s specific training and branding needs, so for more information on  driver safety online courses,  online driving courses Melbourne and online safety driving courses please go to . World-Leading Trading Educator Announces New Openings for Renowned Mentoring Program 2019-05-12T23:54:10Z world-leading-trading-educator-announces-new-openings-for-renowned-mentoring-program SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 13 May, 2019 – Learn to Trade, the world-leading forex trading education provider, has announced that its renowned forex trader mentoring program is once again accepting applications from new traders in Australia.   According to the company, applications for the trader mentoring program will be considered on an individual basis, and only the most promising candidates will be selected. All training will take place at Learn to Trade’s state-of-the-art training centre in Sydney, starting this spring.   New traders and ordinary people from all walks of life are strongly encouraged to apply, the company said. In the past, Learn to Trade has successfully trained both nurses, teachers, semi-retired, and others to become independent forex traders.   Foreign exchange (forex) trading has become increasingly popular in the online trading community over the past years, and Learn to Trade is considered one of the pioneers in educating ordinary people about the opportunities that exist in this market.   The company, which is headquartered in London, but also has a heavy presence in Sydney, Australia, is now finally accepting new applicants for its Australian mentoring program. In this program, new traders are coached one-on-one by successful industry veterans with experience from the largest trading floors around the world.   “It’s a pleasure once again to open up spots to new traders in our popular mentoring program. We have been fortunate to get to know so many wonderful traders over the years, and it always amazes me to see their progress as traders,” said Adam Truelove, Global Trading Director at Learn to Trade.   Mr. Truelove also explained that there is a desperate need for more professional education in the online trading community, and that many new traders fail because they make beginner mistakes that could easily have been avoided with proper guidance.   “We know that there is a huge need for quality education for new traders out there, so we are therefore looking very much forward to welcoming the new group of students here at our training centre in Sydney,” he said.   Learn to Trade was founded by in 2003 by legendary British millionaire forex trader Greg Secker, after retiring from his job as a Vice President at Mellon Financial. The company today maintains offices in Australia, the UK, the Philippines, Spain, and South Africa.   Learn to Trade has received a large number of awards for its trader education program, including’s Most Transformative Forex Education Program Award for the second consecutive year. The company is now widely regarded as the leading forex trading educator in the world, offering services that range from free forex trading workshops, to one-on-one mentoring and coaching programs.   To learn more about Learn to Trade’s offering or sign up for one of their mentoring program, visit Learn to Trade online or contact one of their staff members via email at or by phone on (02) 8412 6000.   Investors put $20m behind the Cluey Method 2019-05-10T06:43:00Z investors-put-20m-behind-the-cluey-method Our belief in the power of adaptive learning might well be a lofty, ambitious goal, but it’s one that is fast becoming a reality. Today we’re thrilled to announce $20 million in Series A funding, putting our total investment at $31 million to date. This raise is a substantial vote of confidence in our vision for the future of school education. It also verifies what market research has told us: in Australia, more students and their parents are seeking tutoring support for improved academic performance and increased confidence. Above all else, parents and students are looking for quality learning at a time when state education budgets are increasingly political, resulting in higher than average class sizes and under-resourced schools across the country.    We match students with expert private tutors who conduct sessions using an online platform. Utilising technological features such as video and audio, a virtual whiteboard and digital content means that we can achieve a truly personalised learning experience for every student, aligning with their school curriculum and immediately responding to their individual learning needs. “My experience as a head of department and school administrator is that timetables and curricula are packed, with teachers expected to take on more and more administrative and management tasks, leaving them with less time to work one-on-one with their students,” says Cluey Chief Learning Officer Dr Selina Samuels. “Children are restricted geographically to the schools and the facilities they can access. And although everyone talks about integrating technology, there’s a widespread concern (amongst teachers as much as parents) that the tools deployed in many classrooms are a form of babysitting, rather than an opportunity to really use technology to learn.” The vision behind Cluey An entrepreneur with a passion for technology and learning, Mark Rohald founded Cluey in 2018. With a solid track record of building education businesses across four continents, for Cluey, Mark Rohald pursued a traditional learning format and sought to build on it using cutting edge technology, quality lesson content created by leaders in teaching and curriculum planning, and expert tutors from around Australia (because an online approach naturally breaks down time and location barriers). “The school classroom concept is over 100 years old – it’s a factory model,” says Rohald, who also acts as the company’s chief executive. “It’s very hard for one teacher to tailor learning to every child’s specific needs, prior knowledge, and interests. Cluey enhances and complements school-based learning – we partner with parents and students to support each individual child’s learning journey.”Analytics form a large part of our ability to offer personalised learning and quickly respond when a particular approach isn’t working for individual students. “Our analytics provide a “lesson map” that tells us exactly what content was covered in every lesson, how far each student has progressed through their tutoring program, the pace of learning and levels of mastery.” says Samuels. “Every morning, I review sessions from the previous day with our education faculty, including feedback from students and tutors,” says Samuels. “Our analytics provide a “lesson map” that tells us exactly what content was covered in every lesson, how far each student has progressed through their tutoring program, the pace of learning, and levels of mastery. Our review may also involve watching the lessons (all of which are recorded) to provide feedback for tutors, guidance to parents, and, most importantly, make sure students have the support they need in order to move forward.” “Although I’ve been an educator in one way or another for over 30 years and have held leadership roles that have required me to observe other teachers and their students, I’ve never before had this degree of insight into learning.”   What’s next for Cluey? This investment recognises the role of tutoring and, more broadly, the role educational technology plays in the success and confidence of Australian students. Mark Rohald concludes, “The funding will go towards further developing our learning platform and analytics capabilities so that we can better understand the ways in which children learn, and how we can personalise the process for each student. “We will continue to expand our curriculum to provide richer, more interactive, and more exciting lesson content. We are also working with universities to access greater opportunities for educational research. “Above all, this investment is an unprecedented opportunity for us to ensure that all Australian students have access to high-quality tutoring support when they need it and how they need it.” Major Training Group Celebrates 20 Years with New Logo 2019-05-09T04:26:09Z major-training-group-celebrates-20-years-with-new-logo Founded by Alex Tenkate in 1998, Major Training continues to be proudly family owned and operated. Alex’s son Matthew Tenkate has worked alongside Alex for 15 years, taking the reins as General Manager in 2013. The Queensland-based company has revealed an updated logo design intended to reflect a new era. The logo has kept the classic Major Training Group colour-palette of blue and red, but has opted for a more modern, round-case font than the past logo’s block font. It has also moved away from the focus on trucks and machinery to make way for a new brand identity that communicates quality, innovation, and flexibility. Matthew hopes the modernised logo reflects the progression of Major Training and its innovation of service offerings, as well as the company’s core values. “A lot of people know us for trucks and machinery,” he states. “But for a very long time, we have done so much more.” The business has evolved from a plant hire/transport business into one of Queensland’s largest RTOs, and a diverse and broad-scope educational business delivering nationally recognised qualifications. Major Training Group has adapted to changes in industry legislations and market demands to maintain its place as an industry leader. “We strategise regularly with our professional advisors to ensure we are continuously improving and seeking better ways to do things,” says Matthew. Major Training Group’s future direction focuses on further expanding service offerings and innovative delivery methods. Matthew states he’d like to see the organisation having a national active footprint, with training hubs accessible to everyone, while finding a balance of digital and hands-on offerings. Major Training aims to expand its marketing share across Queensland and interstate while staying true to its values: “Be proud of what we do. Be remembered by leaving an impact. Be moral by doing the right thing, always.” The company owners would like to take this opportunity to thank past and present students, employers, and staff for their support. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at, John Wanna at or Stacey Toskas at +61 029415 4528 Enhance Family Day Care celebrates one year of supporting the Bundaberg community 2019-05-08T04:42:02Z enhance-family-day-care-celebrates-one-year-of-supporting-the-bundaberg-community Enhance Family Day Care will celebrate one year of supporting local families at a dinner for educators and staff at 7pm Friday 10 May at Rowers on the River Restaurant and Function Centre, Bundaberg. In May 2018, educators and staff from the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care scheme joined Enhance Family Day Care after the scheme ceased operations due to Federal Government funding changes. The Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care scheme had provided quality care to families in Bundaberg for over 35 years. The move helped ensure local families could continue to access quality family day care. The dinner will also celebrate National Family Day Care Week. National Family Day Care Week recognises the important contribution family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of more than 131,000 children across Australia. Enhance Family Day Care is operated by Approved Provider, Family Day Care Association of Queensland, a not for profit organisation and the peak body for family day care in Queensland. The Association has more than 40 years’ experience in home-based quality early learning. Family Day Care Association of Queensland CEO, Jason de Bakker said Enhance is proud to have worked with these educators and staff over the past year and they continue to be an invaluable asset to the Bundaberg community. The service has continued to grow and be an important part of the community, holding events and play dates in local parks for Bundaberg families. Mr de Bakker said, ‘Enhance Family Day Care aims to ensure our services are high quality and work with the National Quality Standards. Our focus is ensuring the best possible outcomes for children, families and the local community.’ Enhance Family Day Care offers services throughout Queensland.  They offer quality, regulated, legally compliant and flexible day care, before and after school, and vacation care services in the home of an qualified educator. They honour children and childhood by nurturing and guiding and emphasise children’s competency and child directed learning. Fun, safety and inclusion are key priorities. Families seeking family day care in Bundaberg are advised to contact Enhance Family Day Care at 14 Fitzgerald St, Norville, QLD, 4670, 07 4152 9233, / Rockingham Montessori School Fosters High School Alternative Pathways 2019-05-07T08:20:13Z rockingham-montessori-school-fosters-high-school-alternative-pathways Children can achieve success in many ways and Rockingham Montessori School provides children with multiple opportunities that prepare them for college and careers. The school encourages self-discipline, fosters independence, and respect for self and others. Tony Gillespie, Adolescent Program Deputy Principal, oversees a comprehensive learning program for students age 12-18. The Adolescent Program launched in Jan. 2012 in conjunction with Murdoch University. The program has proven to be highly successful and the first students received WACE in 2015. Rockingham Montessori School provides a fully-rounded educational program and offers students opportunities through Murdoch University to bridge the gap between the completion of high school and higher education studies. The school understands that there’s no single best path to higher education and seeks to offer students as many options as possible. Students graduating from the independent school Perth have gone on to pursue careers in law, commerce and teaching. Some have opted for vocational studies where they learn the skills and training employers value most in employees, while others have chosen to enter directly into the workforce. Students also have access to internships and can utilise portfolio entry for university studies. Success comes in many forms and Rockingham Montessori School allows students to discover their innate talents, what they’re passionate about, and enables them to follow the pathway that best suits their future plans and aspirations. The high school alternative pathways were developed in conjunction with Murdoch University and Big Picture Education Australia, a non-profit organization that’s on the cutting edge of education in a rapidly changing educational landscape. As one of the best schools Rockingham for high school alternative pathways, the educational institution has partnered with Murdoch University and Big Picture Education Australia to provide students with the most comprehensive array of educational opportunities available. Learning takes place in many ways and Rockingham Montessori School ensures that each student has the ability to follow their passion and their own unique pathway to success. 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) 9500 7660 Email – 7 Atwood Way, Rockingham WA 6168 Website: Mainfreight extends its sponsorship and launches Student Excellence Award and Best Book Giving Assembly Competition 2019-05-06T05:32:46Z mainfreight-extends-its-sponsorship-and-launches-student-excellence-award-and-best-book-giving-assembly-competition Mainfreight has extended its support of the Books in Homes Program from seven to nine primary schools across Australia and has launched two new initiatives—the Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude and the Best Book Giving Assembly Competition. During 2019 alone, Mainfreight will deliver almost 20,000 books to 5905 students participating on the Program. This means each child will receive nine brand new quality books-of-choice a year to build a home library and to share with their family, and the schools will receive 2270 additional books to be integrated into their libraries and also awarded to children who are “Caught Being Good”.   The Books in Homes and Mainfreight partnership first began in Australia in 2005 and has translated into distributing over 135,000 books from 2005 to 2018 to children, living in low socio-economic circumstances or in remote or Indigenous communities across Australia. The Program has helped young people value reading as a necessary but also fun and exciting skill and has also introduced these youngsters to stories from many Australian authors and illustrators. Moreover, 25% of the Program includes content from Indigenous creators.   Mainfreight is passionate about helping disadvantaged children discover the joys of reading and help shine a bright light onto pathways leading to future learning and achievement. As a consequence, Mainfreight has generously launched the new Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude at each of the nine schools it sponsors (NSW: Matraville Soldier’s Settlement Public School, Doonside Public School, Woodberry Public School, Hume Public School; Vic: Broadmeadows Primary School, Noble Park Primary School; Qld: Carole Park State School; SA: Elizabeth South Primary School; and WA: Majella Catholic Primary School).   The Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude will be awarded to one senior student at each school who has shown a positive attitude in all areas of school life. Alternatively, the Award can also recognise students who have accomplished a major goal, or put in an exceptional effort at their school.   Books in Homes is also launching the Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition during Term 2, 2019 across the country, which will celebrate the strong connection Mainfreight has forged with its sponsored schools at the end of term celebration when the books are handed out to the students. One school will win this Award at the end of the year, culminating in a special trophy presentation.   Peter Large, CEO from Books in Homes Australia, spoke about the value of Mainfreight’s ongoing 14-year association with Books in Homes and the sponsored schools:   “Mainfreight is to be congratulated in its support of early education opportunities for Australian children. Books in Homes Australia, as well as Mainfreight’s sponsored schools across the country, greatly appreciate the dedication of Mainfreight to helping improve the future of Australian children participating in the Program. As a company, Mainfreight’s contribution to its regional communities reflects the company’s corporate culture and looks to develop special people and future leaders. Thousands of children Australia wide have experienced the benefits of Mainfreight’s contribution through Books in Homes, and we look forward to thousands more with Mainfreight’s ongoing commitment to improving childhood literacy.”   These initiatives only signify a slice of Mainfreight’s ongoing support and generosity to Books in Homes, which also includes having their office located at the Mainfreight Banksmeadow premises, fruit pick-up and delivery for a Melbourne primary school, as well as fund-raising efforts for small remote schools located in the Northern Territory.   Mainfreight, as an international company, also supports children’s education through Books in Homes in New Zealand and USA.   ENDS Media Contact: Julie Ditrich, Communications Coordinator                             Phone: 0412 445 511                                                                                  Email:       Tasmanian Catholic school Internet speeds go to top of the class 2019-05-06T01:17:55Z tasmanian-catholic-school-internet-speeds-go-to-top-of-the-class HOBART, May 6. More Tasmanian students will enjoy some of the best internet and network connectivity in Australia thanks to a partnership between Hobart-based digital services provider TasmaNet and Catholic Education Tasmania. TasmaNet will connect 27 Catholic schools and all Catholic education offices in the state using nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet technology, offering superfast symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps delivered over dedicated fibre installed to each site. Many of the schools are upgrading from existing Fibre to the Node or legacy microwave connections incapable of achieving the data transfer rates made possible by dedicated optical fibre. TasmaNet Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Aris, said that connecting 29 locations throughout the state for a single customer is another milestone for the company, and is the largest Enterprise Ethernet order yet placed by any nbnTM Retail Service Provider. “TasmaNet connected the first nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia earlier this year after being amongst the first providers accredited to sell the new product, and scaling up to 29 locations around the island was a logical next step for our service delivery team and account manager Brendan Cooper,” said Ms Aris. “We’ve developed robust systems that allow us to deliver multiple upgraded connections quickly, and our direct relationship with nbn Co as a wholesale provider means we can manage complex projects like this with minimal service interruption to our customer.” Executive Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania John Mula, said the new deal with TasmaNet offers significant benefits to students and the wider community. “Catholic schools in Tasmania have previously negotiated on an individual basis with different providers on the provision of internet services. I’m delighted Catholic Education is in partnership with TasmaNet, who will deliver improved internet services to thousands of students attending Catholic schools across the state, using the same superfast ethernet technology. “The capability of delivering 1 Gbps speed over dedicated fibre to each school site offers a platform that will enhance learning and teaching opportunities for students irrespective of the geographical location of our schools.” Mr Mula said the new deal was particularly pleasing as it supports a local Tasmanian company. The new partnership forms part of Catholic Education Tasmania’s three-year ICT strategy. Ms Aris said that dedicated fibre unlocked cloud-based learning opportunities for schools, demonstrating the benefits offered to regional communities by improved connectivity. “TasmaNet can deliver high-speed Enterprise Ethernet anywhere in Australia, and we’re proud to provide the same advantage to students so that they too can take on the world from Tasmania.” About TasmaNet TasmaNet has been delivering specialised internet, networking, cloud, and data protection services to education, business, and government since 2004. Based at the Tasmanian Technopark in Hobart, the company employs more than 50 highly skilled ICT professionals at three locations around the state. Contact Elizabeth Aris Chief Executive Officer, TasmaNet +61 477 443 703