Aussie Mum Network
With 352 showbags on offer every member of the family is sure to find something for them in the showbag pavillion at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
It's almost SHOWTIME! Hooves, Horsepower and Heritage are some of the main themes as the Sydney Royal Easter Show returns in 2017.
The Sydney Comedy Festival is coming this April and during the school holidays Comedy For Kids! will be at Sydney Town Hall from 19 to 24 April.
Late summer visitors to Mount Annan Botanic Garden can hear the sounds of loud thuds as the Bunya Pine drop their cones.
“This year the Bunya pines are producing some of the largest cones I’ve ever seen – and they certainly make a solid ‘thunk’ when they land,” said John Siemon, Curator Manager, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
“The cones are so big at times that for public safety we have to fence off around the trees.”
Bunya Pine's (Araucaria bidwillii) are a native of the subtropical rainforests in the mountains in south-east and northern Queensland.
“The Bunya pine can grow up to 35-40 metres in height. Historically conifer was commonly planted around homesteads in the Macarthur area (south-western Sydney). Over the years gardens have reduced in size and it is no longer possible for most people to grow their own tree,” said Mr Siemon.
“At the Australian Botanic Garden we decided to plant a number of these trees to ensure that it continues to be a signature planting for the area. We hope that in years to come you’ll be able to see them marching along the ridge as you drive down the motorway that passes by the Garden.”
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is Australia’s largest botanic garden, spread over 416 hectares. The Garden is a native species native garden and features an amazing living collection of flora from around Australia.
“The living collection is just the tip of the science and conservation role we play here. We are at the forefront of plant research, being home to Australian PlantBank and the Seedbank – the Noah’s Ark of the seed world, if you may. The Garden is a bit of a hidden gem – but absolutely worth the visit.”
To find out what's on at the garden visit www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au
The Garden is open every day of the year.
Autumn, Winter and Spring: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Summer: 8.00 am - 7.00 pm
Dr Sue Cartwright Scientific Affairs Manager at Colgate shares some tips on caring for your child's teeth.
We talked to Kate Crocker founder of Gluten free Lunchboxes and talked about her journey creating a recipe resource for those who live with Coeliac disease.
Best-selling study skills author and former teacher, Nina Sunday teamed up with pen brand Stabilo to offer tips to parents on how to make studying more effective for your child.
- Music - Encourage your child to learn a musical instrument. There is a lot of research showing the connection between learning an instrument and how that helps people to learn at school. Sound is a very primal thing and is great for brainpower. If parents can find a way to encourage their students to learn an instrument that’s my number one tip.
- Reading - Encourage them to be a reader. Research was conducted looking at 16 year olds who were avid readers versus those that were not. They were followed into their 20s and the avid readers had better paying jobs. Another important thing to realize is that if you child is good at STEM subjects but struggles with English subjects the may not get a high score if they don’t get a good mark in English. Grade 12 final exam English is vital to marks. Students who are readers are exposed to creative writing. They are exposed by osmosis to lots of different ways of expressing ideas. English isn’t something you can bone up on quickly. Critical essays where you can extract yourself and analyze and go beyond the story and see what is different about this novel as opposed to others.
- Colour Coding - Encourage your children when doing notes for homework to colour code their notes. So they start to associate a topic with that colour, it is what we call a memory hook which helps them to visualize what the notes said
- Visual Design - Another way to create a memory hook is to add a visual design element. It could be as simple as drawing a big star on the page and putting the notes inside and outside the star. Using the geography of the page. Rather than doing left to right. You then create memory by association. You could use a diamond, a circle, a square a pyramid. It gets away from a page being a sea of words. Chunk the information down, chunk sections by colour. One chapter in one colour. Or each subject in a different colour. Using a colour coded approach. But don’t make every page multi coloured because then you get no effect whatsoever.
- Breaks - Frequent short breaks. Max 15 mins per study session. You have to stretch and send blood and oxygen to the brain. PET scans of someone who has been sitting for an hour have shown that brain activity has decreased significantly after sitting for that length of time. You need to get up to get the brain going again. I recommend doing something physical for 5 to 10 minutes and then study for another 50 minutes.
- Sleep - Uninterrupted sleep is really important. Students are taking devices to bed, and waking up to check social media. It’s awful for memory. Body can end up getting into a habit of waking up. I really recommend when students go to sleep they put devices on silent mode and have the device outside the bedroom. Bed is for sleeping. Teach them early. If you have no chance to check social media you will go back to sleep.
- Preview - Preview the big picture: Preview for a minute or so, skimming through the manageable chunk you have chosen to pick up the gist of what it’s all about (30 seconds – 1 minute)
- Outline - Notes outline using key headings: Make an outline for your notes or memory map, dividing your page into segments and leaving space to add the detail later. Keep your headings short; key words or short phrases only. (30 seconds – 2 minutes)
- Understanding - Read for understanding: Read your manageable chunk for good understanding, to acquire and absorb the information. For any important keyword or key idea that sums up what the sentence or paragraph is about place a tick in the margin next to the line you are reading or highlight the key word. Remember the 80/20 rule: 80% of the ideas come from around 20% of the work (3 - 5 minutes)
- Reread - Reread a little faster: Reread to check you’ve absorbed everything truly important. Tick and highlight if there is anything important you’ve missed before (2.5 - 4.5 minutes)
- Postview - Perform a postview, scanning only those lines you have ticked or highlighted as important. You are reading only the important parts of the manageable chunk of information. This is your final ‘cram’ before starting to make your notes for immediate recall (30 seconds – 1 minute)
- Start notes – first from memory: As soon as you have finished the postview, cover your reading material and add to your notes whatever you can immediately recall. Use the headings in your outline as memory triggers for the detail you’re adding. (1 - 4 minutes)
- Add notes - using another colour: When your notes are complete with as much as you can retrieve from memory, only then open your reading material again. Go through the text and cross-reference i.e. check whatever you ticked or highlighted is included in your notes. If not, add it in using another colour (1 – 5 minutes)
- Retell - after your ten minute break (no longer), verbalise what you can remember out loud to yourself or to someone you know. Review again after 48 hours, then 7 days, after you first studied the material.
With its distinct hexagonal striped design, the STABILO Point 88 pen is the best-selling pen in the STABILO range a favourite amongst students. STABILO’s latest offering, the NEON highlighter, is a savvy marker that effortlessly merges modern and vintage STABILO aesthetics. The STABILO NEON boasts all the famous hallmarks of the classic pen and is sure to emerge as another classic in the STABILO range.
STABILO Point 88 is available in single form and packs of 3 ($5), 6 ($10), 10 ($16), 15 ($19) and 25 ($30). STABILO NEON are available individually (RRP$1.70) and in packs of 3 ($4.00). Both the Point 88 and STABILO NEON are sold nationally in Woolworths, Officeworks, Big W, Target and other leading stationery suppliers.
Tripod Farmers have voluntarily recalled a range of pre packaged lettuce products sold at Coles, Bi-Lo (VIC, NSW, SA, NT & ACT), Woolworths (ACT, VIC & NSW) and trade outlets in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, NT and the ACT after they have been linked to several cases of salmonella infection in Victoria. So far this year 28 case of salmonella infection have been reported to the Victorian Department of Health, far above the average, and a link has been made in several of these cases to the lettuce products in question. Batches of the lettuce have subsequently tested positive for Salmonella anatum bacterium.
The following products are being voluntarily recalled and should not be consumed.
Woolworths Baby Spinach 100g 10/02/2016
Woolworths Baby Rocket 100g 10/02/2016
Woolworths Gourmet Mix 100g 10/02/2016
Wash N Toss Watercress 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Sorrel 50g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Cos 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Spinach 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Salad Mix 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Wild Rocket 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Kale 100g 14/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach 60g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket 60g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Spinach & Rocket 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad 200g 11/02/2016
Supa Salad Supa salad 180g 14/02/2016
Supa Salad Green Coral 180g
Supa Salad Supamix 1kg
Supa Salad Spinach 1kg
Supa Salad Rocket 1kg
Supa Salad Baby Cos 1kg
Supa Salad ALH 1kg
Supa Salad Spinach 180g
Clear Film Blend
Clear Film Spinach
Clear Film Baby Cos
The affected products are in pillow bags, ranging in size from 50g to 1kg and also in and 1 kg punnets and have a use by date up to and including 10/02/2016 - 14/02/2016.
If you have purchased any of these products they can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Food products contaminated with salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Symptoms to look out for include diarrhoea, which may contain blood or mucous; fever; headache; stomach cramps; nausea; vomiting, and dehydration.
If you are concerned about your health please seek medical advice and consult your healthcare professional.