Category Archives: Family

A great interview. Pass on to all Australian parents and teachers and principals

Why placing literacy professionals in schools is vital.

The Hub

Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future, interview with Holly Godfree, T/L, and Kinderling Kids Radio host, Shevonne Hunt.

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Driving Our Children to Life Long Reading by Meg Leventhal

A really important reminder to integrate reading into our lives

Nerdy Book Club

As part of our district’s reading workshop program, my fifth grade students are required to read a self-chosen book for thirty minutes each night for homework.  As a teacher, I know how vital this reading is to each student’s journey to the place where reading becomes like breathing.  As a parent, however, with two children of my own who have this same homework requirement, I know how easy it is to let nightly independent reading fall through the cracks.

Allowing our children to skip independent reading homework is easy, mostly because nobody will know that we skipped it.  It’s not like we’re skipping it because we don’t value reading or because we don’t care about our kids.  We skip it because we’re busy feeding them, keeping them clean, taking them to soccer practice, watching The Voice with them, and making them empty the dishwasher.  It’s because life goes a mile…

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Garage Sale Trail – Weekend




Garage Sale Trail, the multi-award winning sustainability & community campaign powered by local councils is back again as a weekend long event on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, 2017.


Households, community groups, charities, local businesses and schools across Australia are set to join an estimated 350,000+ Australians as a part of the seventh annual national Garage Sale Trail.


Aimed at bringing communities together and promoting reuse Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 150 local councils and in 2017 has set two major national goals:

  • To see 2 million items listed for reuse on one big weekend of garage sales across the country
  • And enable 120,000 new neighbourly connections Australia-wide over the weekend long event


“Garage Sale Trail helps people to think about how we can all take responsibility for the waste we create. Items that are reused don’t end up in council collections or in landfill. It’s also a simple way for people to meet and talk to people in their community as well as fundraise” Andrew Valder, Garage Sale Trail CoFounder said.


“We love the creative spirit & colour that sellers bring to their sale names and the unexpected items on offer. Past examples include a vintage tractor, miniature goats, a beachside apartment and even a couple of grandpas, it’s all part of the fun!” said Darryl Nichols, CoFounder
The initiative is run by Australian not-for-profit Garage Sale Trail Foundation. The event exists to create positive social and environmental change in communities across Australia. An idea born in Bondi Beach in 2010 and which has since grown into a truly national movement. Good for the planet and good for community too!


Registration is free and open from 10 August 2017 via



  • Registration is free at
  • Host your sale on Saturday 21 October, Sunday 22 October or do both!
  • 10,000+ forecast garage sales & stalls nationally
  • 350 000+ participants expected nationally
  • 2-million items projected to be listed nationally
  • 120,000 new neighbourly connections forged across Australia
  • $3-million+ changing hands




For interviews please contact:

Andrew Valder

Garage Sale Trail | CoFounder


Garage Sale Trail


Literacy 2017 Report

2017 | INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION report identified the following significant unmet needs at both community and country levels. These gaps are:
1. Parent Engagement
2. Access to Books and Content
3. Literacy in Resource-Limited Settings
4. Teacher Professional Learning and Development
5. Early Literacy

Musicals in Primary Schools

The Lion King – Canadian Lead

My child is fortunate enough to attend a school that holds a major school production every second year.  It was amazing watching the transformation of my child into the character he was to play. Opening night and closing night were the same night, and I was there in the very highest seat crying with pride when he came on stage looking strong, and confident.

I was so proud of the entire school that night, all the performers were incredibly talented and passionate. To engage an entire school takes a lot of effort and inspiration (and hard work) and so I send out a huge thank you to the entire teaching staff who helped make it a magical night. One that me and my son will cherish for a very long time.

I think the Arts, especially the Performing Arts, are essential to producing children who are resilient and confident. It takes them out of their own heads and worlds and introduces them to the magic of make believe.



Why reading is essential to a child’s success at school…..

Imagine how many words you’ve read!

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