The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-21T04:27:23Z Haggus and Stookles: Providing Practical Solutions for Parents and Children 2019-10-21T04:27:23Z haggus-and-stookles-providing-practical-solutions-for-parents-and-children It’s a fact of life – children can be messy. Haggus and Stookles products are designed to make life easier by minimizing messes and facilitating clean-up. It’s an especially important aspect in busy lives that can involve potty training, school, and any type of travel. Toilet training is a milestone for children and Haggus and Stookles has a variety of toilet training products Australia to accommodate any lifestyle, facilitate the process and make clean-up a breeze without changing daily routines. The company offers training seats and portable potties, along with waterproof bedding and wet/dry bags for comfort and convenience. Daytime training pants are also available. For older children attending school, the company’s insulated lunch boxes feature bright and colorful designs that make lunch fun and clean-up easy. The lunch boxes Australia are available in multiple styles and are equally appropriate for a visit to the park. They’re insulated, lead free and have no BPAs or phthalates for safety. School books receive a lot of wear and tear as they’re transported back and forth between school and home. The school book covers at Haggus and Stookles are scrap book size and can be trimmed to accommodate multiple sizes. Created from non-toxic PVC, they’re highly durable and slip easily on any book. A thermos has become an essential in every parent’s must-have take-along items. They offer safety, hygiene, and convenience but even the best made device can experience problems, but there’s no need to purchase an entirely new thermos. Haggus and Stookles offer an extensive range of thermos replacement parts Australia encompassing lids, straws, and gaskets to maintain them in ideal working condition. It can be difficult for parents to find the affordable high-quality children’s products they desire. Haggus and Stookles specializes in a wide range of items specifically designed to help make life easier whether individuals are at home, traveling, or just relaxing and enjoying the day. ### About Haggus and Stookles The primary purpose at Haggus and Stookles is to offer customers a wide range of quality, tried, and tested products that will make life easier with kids. Our range is perfect for babies, kindy and school-age children. We know the need for good quality and functional products to handle situations that we are faced with every day while experiencing the world with our children. We have searched Australia and the world to find the products that make your life easier. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Media Contact Haggus and Stookles Cedric Chester - Owner Phone: 1300 020 000 15-17 Hutton Court, Stawell, VIC 3380 Website: Mundipharma baby boom follows 18 week parental leave policy 2019-10-20T22:40:09Z mundipharma-baby-boom-follows-18-week-parental-leave-policy Mundipharma has welcomed a wave of colleagues choosing to start or grow their families following the implementation of our new Paid Parental Leave Policy. The policy was introduced in January 2018 and offers 18 weeks of paid parental leave on full pay for primary carers, regardless of gender, and two weeks paid partner leave. This is independent of, and in addition to, any Government-provided leave, and can be taken any time up to three years after birth or adoption. In 2018, 10 female colleagues benefitted from the new policy, with half choosing to take 18 weeks leave at full pay, and half opting for 36 weeks leave at half pay. Two male colleagues also accessed their two weeks of paid partner leave. So far in 2019-2020 Mundipharma has 11 female and two male colleagues who have either started or are planning to start their 18 weeks of paid parental leave as a primary carer, and three male colleagues who have taken or are planning to take two weeks paid partner leave. With just under 200 employees across Australia, about 25 per cent of Mundipharma’s female field force will have benefited from the policy during 2018 and 2019. Before the policy was implemented, only five employees began parental leave in 2016 and no colleagues took parental leave in 2017. “I am thrilled that our male colleagues are beginning to feel empowered to take on the role of primary carer,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “This means our policy could be helping the female partners of our employees return to work and help drive the societal change necessary to redress gender imbalances associated with child care.” The Paid Parental Leave policy was introduced alongside a range of employee benefits and flexibility options including education grants, study assistance, generous insurance coverage, a transition to retirement policy, and support leave for care givers. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 95 per cent of primary parental leave outside the public sector is taken by women, and twice as many women provide primary care to a person with a disability compared to men[i]. “All of these polices were designed to support healthy and happy homes for our employees and their families, while helping confront gender disparity,” Ms Orr said. “Many of us could not contribute to our full potential at work without the love and support of the families we go home to. Congratulations again to all the new, and soon to be, Mundipharma mums and dads, we look forward to seeing many more beautiful baby arrival announcements.” [i] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Table 10.1: Total number of hours and minutes per day spent on work (employment related and unpaid) (September 2017). JURA celebrates 25 years of expertise in automatic coffee machines 2019-10-16T21:40:36Z jura-celebrates-25-years-of-expertise-in-automatic-coffee-machines X Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles & Unicef Australia release a 'Handwashing Song' & video to celebrate #GlobalHandwashingDay ! 2019-10-14T22:01:25Z wash-your-hands-the-wiggles-amp-unicef-australia-release-a-handwashing-song-amp-video-to-celebrate-globalhandwashingday   Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia release a ‘Handwashing Song’ and video to help children stay healthy   SYDNEY, 15 October 2019: The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia have released a new song, ‘Handwashing Song’, and accompanying video to teach children how to wash their hands – view it here:   Written and sung by The Wiggles, the song seeks to motivate millions of children around the world to make washing their hands with soap a simple and enjoyable habit before eating food and after touching animals or going to the toilet. The new song is being released for Global Handwashing Day, today, for which the theme is “Clean Hands for All”.   As Ambassadors for UNICEF Australia, The Wiggles want to help raise awareness that handwashing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent illness and diseases, and save lives.   Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins said, "Music can make early life lessons enjoyable whilst being educational at the same time. We hope our ‘Handwashing Song’ will help to make handwashing fun for children and those caring for them and stop germs spreading to keep everyone healthy.”   Every day, around 800 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. Washing hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet can help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases, which are a major killer of children in developing countries, by almost 50 per cent.   CEO of UNICEF Australia Tony Stuart said, “Teaching children the importance of handwashing is a critical building block in good hygiene practice that can not only create healthier futures, it can save lives.   “We love that children have participated in the ‘Handwashing Song’ video to demonstrate how to wash your hands and know that they will inspire other children to do the same.”    UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation, and to ensure that children practice basic hygiene including handwashing. Last year, UNICEF’s programmes helped provide 18.6 million people with access to safe drinking water and 10.8 million people with access to basic sanitation.     #####   Note to editors: To watch the ‘Handwashing Song’ video, please visit:   You can listen to the ‘Handwashing Song’ online, wherever you get your music:   A printable copy of the lyrics is available via the following link:     For more information, please contact: Kylie Martin, The Wiggles, 0418 314 088, Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, 0419 748 324,   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 1,098,300 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 13 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   About UNICEF UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit   Follow UNICEF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook     THREE IN FOUR SENIOR STUDENTS FACE ATAR ANXIETY 2019-10-09T23:36:26Z three-in-four-senior-students-face-atar-anxiety Sydney, Australia, 10th October 2019: Seventy-five per cent of Australian senior students are experiencing or have experienced ATAR anxiety, according to new research from Cluey Learning. Surprisingly, over half of these students consider their parents’ ATAR anxiety to be worse than their own. The release of the research coincides with the start of Term 4, a critical time for Australian senior students. The term marks final high school exams, the transition of Year 11 students into Year 12, and the last chance for Year 10 pupils to select senior subjects, which can determine their final ATAR score. The nationwide survey of senior students* reveals that a specific ATAR score is “extremely important” to 57 per cent of pupils. More than half have a particular ATAR score they wish to achieve, with 55 per cent aiming for an ATAR of 90 or above. Despite this, more than half of students believe an ATAR over 90 is “impossible”. When it comes to an ATAR under 60, over 80 per cent of students agree this score would be detrimental to their life and/or career. According to the research from Cluey Learning, over 75 per cent of students believe their ATAR will impact the rest of their life. What’s more, 25 per cent of students who are aiming for a specific ATAR score agree they are unsure what they will do if they miss out on the rank they hope for. Founder of Youth of Sydney, Ryde Young Citizen of the Year and Year 12 student Tasnia Ahmad recognises the impact of ATAR anxiety on the minds of students her age: “Your ATAR can decide your whole career so it’s a regular point of discussion for students; we share our ATAR goals with each other and even talk about the ATAR goals parents have for kids. At times it can feel like the ATAR constricts you. All your work boils down to a number which can be stressful to think about.” In response to emphasis on the admission rank, Cluey Learning has launched #ATARanxiety, a campaign encouraging students to shift focus from their final number to what can be done today. The brand will release expert tips via their blog and social channels throughout Term 4. Chief Learning Officer Dr. Selina Samuels comments: “At critical moments in education, students can feel like nothing else in the world matters except that final year or result. It’s easy to become fixated on the end and its enormity instead of the small steps to take today to allow effective learning to continue. Rather than finding ways to remove the pressure, it’s better to find ways to manage it. Learning how to best deal with stress and expectations can help build resilience. The challenge is learning how to distinguish between reasonable levels of stress and disproportionate anxiety”. When it comes to getting on top of ATAR anxiety, students expressed a number of tactics. Study was the top choice for managing ATAR anxiety followed by “ignoring it”, exercise and meditation. Over 85 per cent agreed that last minute study and help is an important part of the prep process. Despite this, over 85 per cent of students agreed that when studying alone they often have questions which they need support with. “The last few weeks before the ATAR exams can feel very lonely,” says Samuels. “Many students feel that all they can do is go over and over their notes on their own. But that kind of repetition of familiar material makes students passive learners and breeds boredom. The trick to this final study stretch is to maintain your interest and to keep finding new ways to approach the same content. A tutor can help keep your study more lively in the final stretch and ensure no question goes unanswered.” Cluey Learning is extending office hours to provide session support from 6am until 10pm (and up until midnight for eastern states) across Term 4. Cluey is ready to support the early risers and night owls, helping students’ study from wherever suits them. Free subscriptions to sleep and mindfulness app Calm will also be available as part of the #ATARanxiety campaign. Cluey matches students with expert private tutors who conduct sessions using an online platform. Features like video and audio, a virtual whiteboard and digital content results in a personalised learning experience for each student. Visit for more information on ATAR anxiety and senior student packages. -ENDS- Additional research findings, according to Cluey Learning: 88 per cent of students will be disappointed if they don’t achieve their desired ATAR 84 per cent of students feel like the ATAR is the most important thing they will do at school The main reason for a desired ATAR is: To get into the course I want (46 per cent) It’s important for a successful career (18 per cent) I want to know I did my best (15 per cent) To make my parents / school proud (13 per cent) Bragging rights (6 per cent) Student plans for after school: Tertiary education (51 per cent) Travel (19 per cent) Learn a trade (18 per cent) Unsure (6 per cent) Other (6 per cent) NOTES TO EDITORS: *Student Edge supplied the sample for this survey conducted by Cluey Learning with 420 Year 11 and 12 students across Australia in October 2019. For interviews with Selina, a senior student or for research raw data please contact: Candice Meisels | | 0481 369 484 About Cluey Learning: Cluey Learning offers online tutoring mapped to the Australian curriculum. Expert tutors are matched to each student. Students can follow customised lesson plans or upload their own notes and questions. Cluey Learning has helped over 3,000 students and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. How to introduce a greenwall to any space in your home 2019-10-09T02:28:54Z how-to-introduce-a-greenwall-to-any-space-in-your-home Indoors or out, a greenwall in the home not only beautifies the space, it also improves the air quality, provides insulation and improves the mood of each member of the household. Mark Paul, Founder of The Greenwall Company and former Horticulturist of the Year shares his tips for greening any space in the home. “There are a few things you need to take into consideration prior to installing a greenwall in your home, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. The first is, do you currently have access to water, light and airflow. If not, is it going to be an extra cost to install plumbing, lighting or fans? Secondly, will the plants you like thrive in the space that you’ve chosen. Plant selection is key, and every space will require a different pallet design.” Mark shares his tips for each room he’s installed greenwalls and greenroofs: Outdoor Room: An outdoor greenwall can be a great way to not only hide tired/old fencing or an ugly wall, but also provide privacy from your neighbours. If planted correctly with high reaching plants in the top section of the wall, you’ll be able to create extra height and privacy without council approval. Living Room: Get back to nature indoors. Greenwalls applied to internal walls, particularly in living spaces, offer a surprisingly high level of insulation. In winter they keep the warm air in and in summer they keep the hot air out. Kitchens: The important thing about plant selection when it comes to kitchens is to opt for plants which are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Bathroom: Greenwalls in bathrooms are great for improved air quality and the removal of toxins. They are becoming more and more popular following recent TV series showing them. The Roof: A forgotten space for many. Applying a greenroof, or in our case EcoPillows to your roof will capture stormwater in addition to other benefits including, softening a hard roof surface, improved air quality and insulation. “No matter what area you’re working with, our new and improved greenwall and greenroof systems can be easily customised to fit any space, large or small,” said Mark. About The Greenwall Company: 
 The Greenwall Company is the premier producer of modular and custom designed greenwalls in Australia. An unequalled product, Greenwall can be used like cladding to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out. The system developed by Mark Paul at The Greenwall Company over approximately 30 years, presents an innovative system based on inorganic media and adjustable substrate depth that retains moisture and simulates conditions resembling natural soil. In addition, by using plants adapted to impoverished environments and seasonal drought, The Greenwall Company achieves water efficient planting that is resilient to inevitable short-term human and mechanical failures. dermaviduals release Christmas Duos for the whole family 2019-10-08T21:51:04Z dermaviduals-release-christmas-duos-for-the-whole-family dermaviduals’ popular Christmas Duos are back and these pamper packs will help to tick every loved one off the present list this holiday season. With a great saving off normal prices plus a complimentary cosmetic bag, you’ll love giving the gift of great skin! Nourish Duo | RRP $130 The Nourish Duo is perfect for your mum/aunt/grandma to help them to continue to age gracefully. As the name suggests, these products love the skin and provide luxurious nourishment for dry or ageing skin. This powerhouse duo contains a Cleansing Milk with DMS 150ml and a DMS Base Cream High Classic Plus to strengthen and revitalise skin for a luminous glow. Protect Duo | RRP $115 For your friend that is always on outdoor adventures, the Protect Duo will keep their environmental damage down to a minimum! This duo contains an SPF 50ml to protect and a DMS Mask with Vitamins 50ml to repair existing damage & prevent further oxidative stress. Clear Duo | RRP $120 The Clear Duo is for the guys in your life, its perfect as it contains our multi-tasking Total Cleansing Cream 150ml. This can be used as a shaving cream, face cleanser, body wash and even a shampoo! Accompanying this amazing do-it-all cleanser is the PlutioDerm Plus, which is an anti-inflammatory moisturiser, making it great to use post-shaving. Rebalance Duo | RRP $127 It’s never too early to start looking after your skin and creating good habits. The Rebalance Duo is perfect for the teens on your list. This duo contains our refreshing and calming Cleansing Gel 150ml and DMS Base Cream Classic 50ml to visibly restore & clarify skin, as well as prevent blemishes. Repair Duo | RRP $130 The Repair Duo will rebuild and nurture skin for a healthy, even complexion. This duo is great for most skins, including sensitive and contains a Cleansing Milk with DMS 150ml and a DMS Base Cream High Classic. Renew Duo | RRP $96 The Renew Duo is perfect for anyone on your list! It contains a Lip Balm 4.8g and DMS Peeling Cream 50ml, which are an essential duo to polish and nourish for picture perfect skin and lips. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. Why you shouldn’t be scared to buy an apartment in 2019 2019-10-08T02:59:16Z why-you-shouldnt-be-scared-to-buy-an-apartment-in-2019-2 Contrary to recent reports on apartment building defects and faults creating fear amongst prospective apartment investors, Adrian Wilson, Founder of Ayre Real Estate, shares his expert advice to bring back confidence in the market. Adrian Wilson says, "We are sympathetic to the recent issues a number of investors and homeowners have had and are continuing to face. It is a real tragedy that anybody should have to go through the scenarios reported in the media. However, we are of the view that these issues are isolated to a faction of the country’s apartment buildings. The vast majority of new buildings offer profitable, low risk investments. In particular, there have been some fantastic, high quality buildings in Sydney that have recently been completed. “When purchasing in a completed development we encourage investors to do their due diligence and use some readily available tools to ensure they are confident in their purchase decision. Just like you would instruct a building inspection prior to purchasing a house, the process is the same for apartments by way of a strata search. Unfortunately, it seems many people are unsure of the potential red flags to look out for, or they completely neglect this process. “When it comes to off-the-plan purchasers, there is obviously more inherent risk as the building is yet to be constructed. However, buying anything before you can see, touch and feel it on a ‘sight-unseen basis carries a degree of risk. Stick to a reputable developer and builder and ensure you have appropriate legal advice. I’ve seen thousands of people over my career do incredibly well from buying off-the-plan. In most cases, the risk has paid off with sound capital growth. Buyers should not be deterred from considering apartment investments but should do their homework to ensure they are comfortable with both the risks and opportunities that buying off-the-plan provides,” adds Adrian. Adrian’s top five tips for those looking to purchase an apartment with confidence in 2019 include: Conduct a Strata Search If the property is very old, consider also conducting a Building Inspection Do some research on the developer Due diligence on the builder Homework and research the area for recent sales, rental rates and what buildings are popular or close to amenities and transport “When you look at the number of apartments built in comparison to the number of complaints reported, it is an incredibly small number that have been affected beyond normal warranty and defects. Building is a complex art form and issues can occur. Luckily in most cases, they are easily fixable.” said Adrian. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists, delivers apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. Prize opportunity for Children’s Week 2019-10-02T06:33:29Z prize-opportunity-for-childrens-week It is Children’s Week from 18-27 October.If you are looking for a prize for a competition or giveaway please consider Barbara Murray’s new Sound Stories boxed set of 4 illustrated books that help children learn to speak, read and spell.They are primarily designed for kindy, pre-school and Year 1 students.Barbara Murray is a leading authority on the phonemic approach to the 43 sounds of Australian English and synthetic phonics.The Australian National Curriculum strongly recommends that all Australian primary schools include phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics in their literacy program. More details of the series are in the attached media release and here: you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact me.RegardsWendy How to get rid of the bowl of crap 2019-09-30T22:37:23Z how-to-get-rid-of-the-bowl-of-crap How to get rid of the bowl of crap! A how-to guide from interiors expert Justine Wilson Media Release - October 2019 Any household who claims they don’t have a bowl of crap or drop zone, deserves a medal. Daily items such as mail, keys and phone chargers alone can create unsightly clutter around the home. Thankfully, Property Stylist Justine Wilson has some functional, yet stylish ways to tackle the problem. “When decluttering our homes, a great place to start is by looking at the everyday items we surround ourselves with. We all have that one bowl, on our hallway console, or on our kitchen island, that always seems to be constantly overflowing with a mish-mash of personal items such as mail, keys, phone chargers, hair ties and the like. It’s this collection of random, yet essential everyday items that poses as a real eyesore, and is perhaps in my belief, more in need of sorting than those big-ticket items such as garages and wardrobes,” says Justine. Justine’s top organisation and storage tips include: Storage Boxes: While originally designed to store your laundry, Kmart’s woven basket range will work wonders for organisation, especially if you have earthy-style, natural interiors. Following the recommendations of expert organiser Marie Kondo herself, you can put smaller boxes inside to further organise your items. The lids will also come in handy for keeping any unsightly mess hidden away! Multi-purpose Storage Tins: Perfect for a modern-feel home, look for white multi-pack tin sets with clean lines and built-in dividers, Kmart, Target and IKEA have good options. Use them to organise your belongings into categories, then pop the lid on and slide it under the counter, and you won’t even notice that it’s there. Baskets: You can’t go wrong with a nice basket. Pile your items in and hide them away under the kitchen counter or kitchen table – no one will ever know. Lids will come in handy to disguise your items, or you can even cover it with a nice cushion or throw on top. Freedom has a great selection. Move it: A really simple solution. Move your daily items off the countertop and into a hallway console or kitchen drawer, removing any visible clutter from your view. If you choose this option, drawer dividers are a must and will certainly help stow away all your messy items, try the Skubb compartment box from IKEA. “Don’t let clutter cause you stress! Find a practical and attractive solution that’s suitable for your space and keep it compact. Remember, the more space you have, the more tempted you’ll be to fill it!” adds Justine. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. Haggus and Stookles Announces New Management, Same Quality Products 2019-09-24T01:14:54Z haggus-and-stookles-announces-new-management-same-quality-products Haggus and Stookles is under new management since July 2019 and will continue to provide the same popular products for children that parents have come to rely on to make their lives easier. The company now offers free shipping on orders over $125 when shoppers use promo code FRESHP125 at check-out. The company’s select line of items encompasses insulated lunch bags for older children and ride-on toys for inside and outdoor use, along with USB-powered bottle warmers and sheet protectors. Customers can also choose from infant play gyms that stimulate the imagination and motor skill development and kids sleeping mats. Sleep nests that help babies adjust to life after birth are available to limit the risk of “flat head” syndrome and gastric reflux. A myriad of biodegradable, eco-friendly wipes and nappies, make clean up quick and easy. Organization is always tough with little ones and individuals will find reusable wet/dry bags and kids backpacks Australia. Insulated stainless steel water bottles, sippy cups, and water bottle pouches make hydration fun and convenient. Totes, freezer panels, insulated food containers, and eating utensils make dining at home or on the go easy for children and parents. It can be a difficult endeavor to keep children occupied and entertained at home or while traveling. For the budding artist, Haggus and Stookles offer a wide range of pencils, blocks, and colouring sets to amuse any child, along with child harness backpack Australia, bags and accessories to ensure safety. Allergy, skincare, and first aid products are available to protect little ones from the sun and other dangers. To encourage a love of nature and gardening, parents will find outdoor tool sets and accessories to aid little ones on their journey of exploration. Haggus and Stookles provides an extensive range of toys and gifts ranging from bath toys, kids toiletry bags, craft and activity sets to beach toys, games, magnetic toys, and books. A selection of baby shower gifts enables friends and family to give a truly unique surprise. Haggus and Stookles provide one of the widest selections of high-quality baby products available for fun, convenience, safety, and learning. Multiple types of free activity pages can be downloaded for home or travel and the company maintains an informative blog filled with timely tips and advice. About Haggus and Stookles The primary purpose at Haggus and Stookles is to offer customers a wide range of quality, tried, and tested products that will make life easier with kids. Our range is perfect for babies, kindy and school-age children. We know the need for good quality and functional products to handle situations that we are faced with every day while experiencing the world with our children. We have searched Australia and the world to find the products that make your life easier. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) presents a new YouTube Series: The Mum Drum. 2019-09-19T03:48:44Z the-centre-of-perinatal-excellence-cope-presents-a-new-youtube-series-the-mum-drum-2 Introducing The Mum Drum, a new YouTube series designed to help mums navigate the beautiful chaos of pregnancy and motherhood. Brought to you by the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), The Mum Drum is presented by Clinical Psychologist and podcaster Amy Felman and Dr Nicole Highet, Founder and Executive Director of COPE. COPE recently conducted a survey on over 1000 mums who had struggled with depression and anxiety in pregnancy and early parenthood. The study revealed that a staggering 84% feel there is a lot of pressure to be the perfect mum. The Mum Drum looks to normalise motherhood by including real-talk on infertility, body image, juggling work and motherhood, as well as coping with loneliness, breastfeeding and changes to your relationships. Through interviews with experts and mothers, including Rachel Watts of Seven’s Yummy Mummies, The Mum Drum aims to shine a light on the hidden and unexpected realities of becoming a parent, what mums and dads wish they’d known before embarking on their journeys - and the advice they’d give to others. Amy Felman says, "Chatting to these mum’s and mad’s was like being invited into a cosy living room late at night, where the level of comfort enables a willingness for intimate conversations. As a mum, hearing these stories was both normalising and at times inspiring!  As a psychologist - I have no doubt our viewers will find them therapeutic! Such a gift to mums and dads." There’s also a focus on the emotional and mental challenges of pregnancy and early motherhood – what’s normal, what’s not and how you can seek help if you’re concerned. Hear the stories of some incredible people who share their own experiences of depression and anxiety with courage, candour and humour. Dr Nicole Highet says, “The Mum provides a powerful platform to facilitate open, honest discussion between mums, dads and experts. By unveiling many hidden truths about becoming a parent, we endeavour to remind parents that they are not alone in their struggles, and, through reflection and supportive advice, the series will serve to be of great benefit to others.”  ENDS For more information, or to interview Dr Nicole Highet and Amy Felman, please contact: Megan Chambers |       About Nicole Highet Nicole is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence: COPE. Following her extensive research and consultation with women, men and health professionals about their needs and experiences at this critical time of life, Nicole established COPE in 2013 to provide much needed information and support. Her work at COPE includes the development of Australia’s Clinical Practice Guideline and equipping health professionals with the knowledge and skills to support women at risk of or experiencing emotional and mental health problems. About Amy Felman Amy is a Clinical Psychologist, working with expectant and new parents across a range of settings. She is also the creator, producer and host of a podcast for early career psychologists called We All Wear it Differently (WAWID). Watch The Mum Drum trailer here: Barbara Murray wins two prestigious EPAA awards 2019-09-12T11:28:06Z barbara-murray-wins-two-prestigious-epaa-awards Barbara Murray, author of the new four bookset Sound Stories, which helps children learn to speak, read and spell, has won two awards at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). The EPAAs recognises the best of the best in educational resources with 2019 producing outstanding resources for student learning across the country. Twenty vital learning tools produced by local publishers and used in primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms were awarded. At the awards ceremony held recently, Sound Waves Foundation, authored by Barbara Murray and Terri Watson and published by Firefly Education, won two awards: Best Primary Teaching Resource: Sound Waves Foundation (Teacher Book, Online & Student Book) Outstanding Primary Resource: Sound Waves Foundation (Teacher Book, Online & Student Book) Barbara Murray and Terri Watson’s Sound Waves was also a winner in 2017 with its Sound Waves Online version of the program. Judges of the awards said Sound Waves Foundation was awarded the most outstanding primary resource because it was innovative in harnessing sound searches and bespoke images to help students use sound for literacy development. Last year's revamp of the Sound Waves Foundation program included explicit teaching lesson plans, engaging teaching tools, full-colour illustrations and more. Nicole Forrest, Firefly Education’s Literacy Specialist, advocates that, "all schools need systematic, evidence-based approaches to spelling and reading instruction. The last few years have propelled change, and we are in the middle of an exciting and productive time for literacy teaching." The Sound Waves Foundation is a systematic synthetic phonics and word study program that aligns with research on the best practices in early reading and spelling instruction. The Foundation program has a two-phase structure that reflects the highly specialised nature of instruction required when teaching students to spell and read in their first year of school. New Sound Stories from Barbara Murray Following on from producing this phonics program, Barbara Murray recently launched Sound Stories, an illustrated boxed set of four beautifully illustrated books that provide 43 stories to introduce the 43 sounds to young children. The Australian National Curriculum strongly recommends that all Australian primary schools include phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics in their literary program. The new Sound Stories series is perfect for parents and grandparents to introduce the sounds to early childhood aged children, and, importantly, as a teacher’s resource in schools and early childhood centres. The books have an RRP of $24.95 (discount for schools/teachers and libraries) and can be purchased from The four books in the set are: Book 1: An Introduction to Consonant Sounds, Part 1. The Bolton Boys' Balloon Adventure and other stories Book 2: An Introduction to Consonant Sounds, Part 2. Robbie Robot to the Rescue and other stories Book 3: An Introduction to Vowel Sounds, Part 1. Anna Ant's Antics and other stories Book 4: An Introduction to Vowel Sounds, Part 2. Bertie Bird and the Earthworm and other stories Each set of four books comes with a colourful box for easy storage and safe-keeping. ends About Barbara Murray: Barbara Murray is the co-author of award-winning Sound Waves phonemic spelling resources, which are used throughout Australia's primary schools and overseas. In 2017 Sound Waves was crowned the Best in Literacy at the Educational Publishing Awards winning Best Primary Student Resource - English. Following this success, Barbara self-published Sound Stories, a boxed set of four picture books that contain 43 stories to introduce the 43 sounds that form our spoken words. Barbara grew up in Rockhampton, QLD and had a teaching career that spanned three decades, teaching at all year levels in various Queensland private and state schools. With her husband, Barbara then moved to Perth, where she currently lives. She has two children and four grandchildren. Issued on behalf of Barbara Murray by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588/0421 364 665 E: High res photos of the following images are available by contacting Wendy or some can be downloaded from caption for photo: Firefly Education’s Nicole Forrest, Curriculum Content Manager (Literacy), and Peter Stannard, Director with the awards for Sound Waves Foundation. The Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider 2019-09-11T05:54:34Z the-number-one-robotics-steam-education-solution-provider HONG KONG, CHINA – 2019   ·       Local Australian company, the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider is nominated on APAC Business Headlines Magazine’s list of the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics  Solution Providers to Watch in 2019”. ·        Company specialises in delivering STEAM learning solutions for students to learn both inside and outside the classroom environment. Local Australian company Actura is the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider. APAC Business Headlines Magazine recently released its list of the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics Solution Providers to Watch in 2019”, with Actura being nominated on this prestigious list. Actura specialises in delivering high-quality in-classroom and out-of-classroom STEAM learning solutions that set it apart as the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider. As an innovative company, Actura provides international study programs with prestigious organisations like NASA and CASE (California Association for STEAM Education). It also provides a comprehensive in-classroom Robotics Learning Solution. APAC Business Headlines Magazine profiles the most promising technology and business applications and the heads behind them. The magazine documents the opinions and expectations of the global technology community, shedding light on how robotics companies have evolved to mature firms. Being nominated in the category of Robotic Solution for Education & Learning has further acknowledged the company’s success in the small business technology world. Actura’s FlipRobot in-class solution consists of five pivotal areas: construct, control, interact, kinetic energy and artificial intelligence. As a package, the FlipRobot learning kits in conjunction with the CASE robotic curriculum are designed to provide students with essential STEAM skills for their future careers. The curriculum is mapped with national standards and is a University of California 5.0 GPA approved college preparatory course. Actura’s FlipRobot Solution is complimented by FlipCloud, Actura’s function and resource-rich coding and programming support environment. FlipRobot is uniquely positioned to be the only robotic learning solution that focuses heavily on the curriculum. Charles Chung, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Actura has remarked: “FlipRobot facilitates schools so that educators can adopt STEAM learning with ease. It starts with the CASE FlipRobot curriculum, spanning from K to 12. FlipRobot is an innovative framework that provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment”. Mark Tong, Editor-in-Chief at APAC Business Headlines Magazine has commented: “Actura Australia has been on our radar for quite a long time, and this year it became clear that enterprises of all sizes alike trust the company for its incredible innovations and services in the industry”. Mark Tong, Editor-in-Chief at APAC Business Headlines Magazine also commented: “It was a great pleasure reviewing these companies, as they all had inspiring as well as thought-provoking stories to share”. Rin Kachui, Senior Editor at APAC Business Headlines Magazine further added: “Our editorial team has not only selected the companies on account of their services, but also on their abilities to transform the user-experience of customers”. Actura’s FlipRobot Solution as acknowledged in APAC Business Headlines Magazine signals its significance in the robotics technology market. Being nominated on the “Ten Fastest Growing Robotics Solution Providers to Watch for 2019” list is significant as it signifies a list of companies that will provide valuable insights by these industry leaders to assist customers to achieve their business goals efficiently. As the Number One Robotics STEAM Education Solution Provider, Actura’s status has been further elevated in its field. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale. Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media Resources Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email:       Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: Website Address: See How Local Company Creatively Engages Students in STEAM Effectively 2019-09-11T05:53:53Z see-how-local-company-creatively-engages-students-in-steam-effectively HOUSTON, TEXAS Local company delivers creative Space School STEAM program. Students are stimulated and inspired through the program's immersive experiential activities. Unique Space School program empowers youth to pursue STEAM for the future. ·      Students from schools around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, China and Taiwan recently took part in local company Actura’s CASE Space School program. Over 390 students participated in the fourteen-day expedition at NASA’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. The students have recently returned home engaged, invigorated and inspired by the Space School program which focuses on critical STEAM skills. Through the program’s creative design – a combination of practical and theoretical STEAM-based elements, the students have been empowered for their future success. The fourteen-day CASE Space School program includes Junior and Senior elements for students in Years 7-9 and Years 10-12. For the Juniors, among the activities, students explore NASA’s latest technologies and learn about astronaut training. They participate in practical laboratory activities and perform shark dissections and cellular analysis to understand how the human body survives in space. The Senior program focuses on leadership and management skills and gives students the opportunity to manage a $600 million Mission to Mars Project and to participate in the ChallengeX project to solve real space industry problems. Both programs include presentations from inspirational guest speakers from within the space industry and NASA. The specifically-developed STEAM program aims to broaden the mind, cultivate drive and instill curiosity and the spirit of exploration in the students. The program’s foundation of key learning outcomes is the basis for its success. The program is based on Dr Tony Wagner’s (Harvard University) Seven Survival Skills - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence; Agility and Adaptability; Initiative and Entrepreneurialism; Effective Oral and Written Communication; Accessing and Analyzing Information and Curiosity and Imagination. Detailed post-tour reviews for all participating schools are currently being conducted, with the aim of ensuring the program’s quality. Surveys and results have been overwhelmingly positive so far. For example, one hundred percent of parents and students from Pittwater School responded to and recommended the Space School program. “We are again astounded by the phenomenal success of the CASE Space School and the way that the expeditions have continued to inspire our students”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura “I really enjoyed my experience at Space School. Everyone who talked to us inspired me and motivated me. I feel like I have come out of this experience with a more positive mindset. I also gained a lot of interest in STEAM subjects on the trip. Hearing so many incredible people tell me to follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, was really reassuring and powerful. Overall, I learned so much about STEAM and myself as a person”. Charlotte Walsh, Student, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School “Space School was a very interesting experience for me in which I learnt many ‘firsts’ about space. Doing activities so closely related to what people at NASA or other people involved in space do, as well as meeting those sorts of people, has inspired me to pursue a STEAM career, particularly one which could allow me to work in the space industry later in life”.   Timothy Hugh Barrett, Student, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) “The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has given my daughter the knowledge and confidence that she is capable of doing anything that she puts her mind to”.   Tania Thompson, Parent, Senior Space School “Wow! Just again a big thank you to all those involved in taking, caring for, and safely bringing back our now highly inspired, creative and more confident daughter, Lucy. Myself and my husband will never forget this trip. Oh! And just so you know, Lucy has been wearing the NASA & Space Camp T-shirts nearly every day since she’s been back! Love it!!”. Susan Barber, Parent, Junior Space School Local company Actura has unlocked the key to inspiring our youth to reach their potential. CASE Space School’s high-impact experiential study program has resulted in students returning from the program enlivened and inspired for their future. Offering enriched STEAM activities, inspiring leadership and personal development that is not possible in an in-class learning environment, the CASE Space School is truly a unique experience. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs. 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