The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-02-03T06:19:36Z Granny Hilary’s Got 7 Grandchildren and a Whole Lot of Rhythm 2014-02-03T06:19:36Z granny-hilary-s-got-7-grandchildren-and-a-whole-lot-of-rhythm Hilary Newman, or “Granny Hilary” as she is affectionately known, has been coming along to The Rhythm Tree family music classes at CERES East Brunswick since 2010, joining her 3 children and 6 grandchildren, while fast becoming 'Granny' to the community of families who attend. Granny Hilary a Wedding Celebrant from Northcote first came to The Rhythm Tree with daughter Julia and her grandson Isaac and granddaughter Phoebe, now 8 and 4, soon they were joined by daughter Helen with grandson Kai, now 5 ½ and it wasn’t long until Hilary’s son Martin was taking a day off work each week to come along with her grandsons Kees and Joost, now 3 and 2. “Granny Hilary has become adopted mum and gran to many families who have been lucky enough to have her in their class” says Gillian Lee founder of The Rhythm Tree Family Music Classes. “It's people like Hilary that help to create that wonderful sense of community which is what The Rhythm Tree is all about.” Granny Hilary is planning to start back in 2014 with Kees, Joost and Anton, and soon Helen’s new baby x.  “So few activities for children give the opportunity to involve grannies like me, and if they do we are usually on the sidelines clapping and taking photos. Gillian has created a magical space where families can come together and develop a love for music” said Hilary “All through the week the children are still singing songs from class, and I can join in with them, it is such a special bond.” Gillian adds “She is a great role model not only for the children but also for the other mums and dads and grandparents in class. She's happy to boogie on down to all genres of music, bark like a dog and waddle around the room like a duck as well as being involved in 3 part harmonies and drumming circles. We just love her!” With over 20 years experience in education Gillian’s passion for music led her to become one of only a handful of Music Together® teachers in Australia. She launched her Melbourne based Music Together® school, The Rhythm Tree in 2010, which now operates out of CERES in East Brunswick. Classes run Monday – Saturday starting early February. For more information on Rhythm Tree visit www.therhythmtree.com.au. ENDS Crowdfunding to Boost French Immersion Program in Victoria 2014-02-03T06:17:28Z crowdfunding-to-boost-french-immersion-program-in-victoria Last week the Guardian reported that in 2013, Crowdfunding website Kickstarter raised $480m, up 50% on the previous year, with the funds pledged by over 3m people. Aussie family run business French4Family, are hoping to capture some of this Crowdfunding enthusiasm and raise over $5k to expand their French Rocks Program, using Australian Crowdfunding site Pozible. French Rocksis an innovative French immersion method for under 6’s that aims to enrich children’s intellectual development and ability to be open-minded to other languages and cultures. Developed by native French speakers and educators Myriam Bourdon and Sabrina Babiel, the French Rocks Program immerses children in new sounds, words, expressions, and in the richness of French culture. Research carried out during the last few years has shown that learning a second language, can enhance children’s overall mental development, with benefits including increased language skills, self-esteem, thinking and reasoning skills and maths ability plus a greater self confidence. “My partner and I moved to Australia in 2007, we started this business in 2010 to bring our passion for the French language into the homes and hearts of Australian families,” says Founder Myriam Bourdon, “The benefits of learning a second language are significant, and we know the best time is when children are under 6. We launched French Rocks to teach children along with their families our language and immerse them in our culture” Sharynne McLeod, Professor in Speech and Language Acquisition at Charles Sturt University, says that there are both cognitive and social benefits of learning multiple languages in early childhood. The benefits include increased attention, increased working memory and a better awareness of how language works. The French Rocks method is designed with a set of songs, flashcards and activities. In complete immersion, the child will build essential vocabulary with confidence accompanied by a parent. The program so far has been well received with families, but now the syllabus needs to expand to meet the needs of language development. “We have completed the materials for the first term and we need support to provide high quality materials for terms 2, 3 and 4 and keep the program affordable to all families.” Says Myriam, “We are hoping parents will get behind us, we need to raise at least $5,820 to keep our dream of bringing the French language and culture into the homes of children across Australia alive.” The campaign launches on February 3rd and all pledges over $5 will receive a thank you gift, for example a $5 pledge receives a digital download of French Rocks song. To get involved visit www.pozible.com/frenchrocks or follow www.facebook.com/French4Family. ENDS Source: The Guardian & Sharynne McLeod Samantha Brennan launches new free online food and lifestyle magazine 2013-06-18T00:00:52Z samantha-brennan-launches-new-free-online-food-and-lifestyle-magazine New media start-up TheFamilyKitchen.com.au, an online food and lifestyle blog-style magazine,is fast finding its feet in an exciting digital landscape. Launched in February 2013 and the brainchild of magazine journalist Samantha Brennan, TheFamilyKitchen.com.au now has more than1,400 Facebook followers, and monthly visitors to the website has grown from 1,400 at launch to close to 6,000 (+328%), less than four months later. Founder and editor Samantha Brennan, with 10 years’ experience as a writer and editor for some of the best-known Australian magazines including Australian Good Food, Australian House & Garden andCLEO, dedicates her time to curating food and lifestyle content for families across Australia, delivering glossy-quality recipes and features designed to educate and entertain busy mums. “TheFamilyKitchen.com.au exists for many reasons, not least of which is I simply love what I do.But essentially, I saw that while there are lots of big players in the online food media market, and many digital communities for Australian mums, there was perhaps space for a more intimate, premium blog-style editorial product built purely around food and lifestyle content. TheFamilyKitchen.com.au encourages dialogue between our readers and editorial team, and offersan attractive professional platform for advertisers to make a quality connection with that lucrative target market – the household grocery buyer.” TheFamilyKitchen.com.au has experienced rapid growth among women aged 25-541, who areincreasingly going online for information, support and entertainment. With 98.9% of mums using Facebook2 and 73% reading blogs3, the internet is fast becoming their leading source of “me-time”.Women are finding online content that they enjoy, and it’s replacing the need to buy traditional glossies. The move from magazines to online is evident, with many popular national titles experiencing decline in the six months to December 20124. Renowned ex-ACP Magazines editor Mia Freedman hascommented5, “The magazines, which I loved madly as a reader, and then as a writer and editor, areproduced monthly or weekly… We live our lives in increments of half-hours, sometimes minutes – and if you’re the mother of a child under two, best make that seconds. We don’t wait for magazines anymore. We have information coming to us from the internet and social media much faster than we can consume it. For free.” And it’s this shift that underlies the business model for TheFamilyKitchen.com.au. “The idea is toinvert the traditional interpretation of a print-and-digital media relationship. We’re building our brand online; that’s our primary product. Moving forward, we’ll support our online content with special print editions and one-shot cookbooks, but we’ll lead with our digital offering.” Future plans for this promising start-up see more big-name celebrity interviews, exciting contributors continuing to come on board and a special celebration print edition before the year is out. “We have big plans for TheFamilyKitchen.com.au, and it’s very exciting to see it all come together. I’m lookingforward to the next six months and watching our community grow.” ENDS Contact: Mary-Anne Amies, Wise Up Marketing Solutionsmaryanne@wiseupmarketing.com.au 0402 248 930 ### 1Facebook Page Insights. 2MumsNow “Mums in 2012” Survey. 3MumsNow “Mums in 2012” Survey.4http://www.bandt.com.au/news/media/abcs-beauty-and-lifestyle-dives-health-and-home-hi5http://www.bandt.com.au/news/media/mia-freedman-flipping-through-a-women-s-magazine-i More Australian mums going online for “me-time” 2013-06-17T23:54:15Z more-australian-mums-going-online-for-me-time Since its launch in February 2013, TheFamilyKitchen.com.au has experienced rapid growth amongwomen aged 25-541, who are increasingly going online for information, support and entertainment.With 98.9% of mums using Facebook2 and 73% reading blogs3, the internet is fast becoming theirleading source of “me-time”. And now Australian mums are discovering TheFamilyKitchen.com.au, an exciting new free onlinefood and lifestyle blog-style magazine, featuring everything mums need to create happier, healthier family kitchens: simple recipes, practical nutrition advice, style inspiration, celebrity interviews and great competitions, which are all delivered daily in delicious bite-size morsels. TheFamilyKitchen.com.au founder and editor Samantha Brennan, with 10 years’ experience as awriter and editor for some of the best-known Australian magazines including Australian Good Food,Australian House & Garden and CLEO, now dedicates her time to curating food and lifestyle contentfor families across Australia, delivering glossy-quality recipes and features designed to educate and entertain busy mums. Although there are plenty of online recipe databases, Samantha noticed a space was missing where women could come together to share and learn about family food and nutrition, as well as fun things like new kitchenware and tableware, and famous foodies’ kitchens. “I saw that while there are lots of big players in the online food media market, there was perhaps space for a more intimate and friendlier blog-style magazine that offers connection with the editorial team and among our readers,” she said. The response from women has been overwhelming. TheFamilyKitchen.com.au now has more than1,400 Facebook followers, and monthly visitors to the website has grown from 1,400 at launch to close to 6,000 (+328%), just four months later. TheFamilyKitchen.com.au is a free Australian online food and lifestyle magazine. All recipes fromthe editorial team are developed and tested especially for TheFamilyKitchen.com.au. With simplerecipes, easy ideas and everyday inspiration for happy, healthy family kitchens, women who love cooking and family food should log on to TheFamilyKitchen.com.au.ENDS Contact: Mary-Anne Amies, Wise Up Marketing Solutionsmaryanne@wiseupmarketing.com.au 0402 248 930 ### 1Facebook Page Insights2MumsNow “Mums in 2012” Survey3MumsNow “Mums in 2012” Survey Finalist - Telstra NSW Business Awards Medium Business Award category 2013-06-17T23:51:48Z finalist-telstra-nsw-business-awards-medium-business-award-category Sydney, NSW, 17 June 2013 Australian Careers Business College has been selected as a Finalist in the Telstra New South Wales Business Awards in the Medium Business Award category, standing out amongst close to 1,000 entrants in the state. “To be a finalist for such a prestigious award is an honour. It’s a testament to our dedicated Career Advisors, Trainers and Support Staff, who work with over 700 students each year, transforming them from high school graduates to career ready professionals or second year university entrants” said CEO and founder Ann Elisha. Australian Careers Business College has been delivering vocational qualifications since 1996 when Ann saw a market opportunity to create a student-focused vocational education institute, launching in Liverpool offering three courses to just over 40 students. 17 years later the college is thriving, with campuses in Liverpool, Parramatta and Wollongong, delivering nationally recognised qualifications to over 700 students in Marketing, Accounting, Childcare, Tourism, Legal Studies, Business Administration and IT. Following award submission in April, the stringent judging process included a site visit, management interview and presentation to members of the judging panel, all of which were seen by the business as a good opportunity to reflect on the business to date. The business has enjoyed year on year growth for the last five years, with double digit turnover and enrolment growth versus 2012 and is still delivering a student-focussed education experience with a commitment to providing pathways to a rewarding career or university entry to high school graduates. “Winning this award would be the ‘icing on the cake’ for our 17 years of commitment to Australia’s VET system. With such an award on our shelf, we would have the courage and mandate to aim for new benchmark in educational excellence, exceeding today’s best-practice models and empowering more students to achieve through education and training” added Ann. The winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner on July 9th at the Hilton Sydney. ENDS Contact:Mary-Anne AmiesWise Up Marketing maryanne@wiseupmarketing.com.au 0402 248 930 ###