Raising Literacy Australia’s Look, Baby! wins esteemed Book of the Year award

Raising Literacy Australia’s Look, Baby! wins esteemed Book of the Year award

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Raising Literacy Australia’s ‘Look, Baby!’ wins esteemed Book of the Year award

Look, Baby! written by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Renée Treml, has today been announced as Speech Pathology Australia’s 2021 Book of Year, in the birth to three years category. This year’s awards attracted 248 nominees across five categories, a 14 per cent increase on the number submitted for judging in 2020.

Published by Little Book Press, Raising Literacy Australia’s publishing house, Look, Baby! encourages children to take a closer look at the world around them, exploring nature, family and animals. With a clever and engaging cut out design, rhythmic text and beautiful illustrations, the book offers an interactive way for parents to work together with their child to identify items throughout the story.

Raising Literacy Australia’s CEO, Sue Hill, is thrilled to have Look, Baby! recognised by Speech Pathology Australia and highlights the importance of developing children’s literacy from birth through reading, talking, singing and playing.

“The whole team want to extend a warm congratulations to Janeen Brian and Renée Treml on this award for Look, Baby. This beautiful book supports foundational literacy for young children, and it is wonderful to see this affirmed on a national stage,” Ms Hill says.

“Early literacy development is imperative to give our children the best opportunities in life, with birth to three years proven to be a key period where we can have a huge impact on a child’s ability to reach their full potential,” adds Hill.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.

The awards, which first stated eighteen years ago, cover five categories with books judged by a panel of experts, based on their appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

This award is the second in four years for Little Book Press, with Let’s Go Strolling by Katrina Germein and Danny Snell winning the same category in 2019, and a total of seven books having been shortlisted since 2018, including Jump and Shout by Mike Dumbleton and Peter Carnavas, and Busy Little Creatures by Fiona Bowden.

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The Big Bounce is on its way to Adelaide!

The Big Bounce is on its way to Adelaide!

The Big Bounce is on its way to Adelaide!

Adelaide, we’re about to jump into the most fun we’ve ever had, with The Big Bounce headed our way!

That’s right, we’re talking the WORLD’S BIGGEST jumping castle (and that’s Guinness Book of Records certified FYI).

The Big Bounce experience hosts an impressive 300 metre long inflatable obstacle course AND a three part space-themed wonderland, it’s 50% activity, 50% party and 100% the most fun we’re going to have all summer!

The Big Bounce for all ages

The Big Bounce Australia team have created an action-packed day out, offering different sessions throughout the day which are designed to cater for all ages (including very special adults-only sessions).

With some of the most unique and exciting custom-built inflatable attractions ever imagined, this is not your typical jumping castle.

The World’s Biggest Jumping Castle

Covering a whopping area of over 1,500 square metres and with some sections reaching over 10 metres tall, this massive jumping castle has been certified by Guinness as the world’s biggest… trust us, its HUGE!

Inside the jumping castle you’ll find a range of various zones, each with its own unique theme and activity-based entertainment.

From giant slides, obstacle runs, ball pits, climbing towers and basketball hoops to fun, friendly over-sized inflatable characters of various colours shapes, there’s guaranteed never to be a dull moment inside The World’s Biggest Jumping Castle.

A massive bounce party

But the party doesn’t stop there.

At the very centre of the Jumping Castle you’ll find a custom-built stage where the resident DJ turns up the party vibe. With a massive sound system, music (tailored to each age group), confetti cannons, beach balls, as well as fun games, competitions and giveaways – this is definitely where the party’s at.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the experience as sessions are organised by age; ranging from tiny tots to adult-only sessions. This is the place to kick off your shoes and PARTY ON!

The Giant

This one’s for all the aspiring ninja warriors! The Giant is one of The Big Bounce’s most popular attractions and it’s easy to see why.

This beast is over 300 metres in length and has 50 inflatable obstacles to overcome. From making your way across the giant red balls, crawling through the rainbow spirals or navigating the zone of inflatable giants, you’ll certainly need to catch your breath as you make your way down the grand finale monster slide.

One thing’s for sure, whether you’re looking to challenge your mates or simply bounce your way through some incredible rainbow landscape, The Giant is not to be missed!


airSPACE is a super-Instagrammable space-themed wonderland filled with friendly aliens, spaceships, moon craters and lots, lots more!

Get some amazing action shots on the gigantic 5-lane slide, defy gravity in all three of airSPACE’s ball pits or try and reach the 8-metre-tall alien at the centre of the 18-metre-tall maze. For a totally immersive experience that’s out of this world, look no further than airSPACE!

Tour Details

What:  The Big Bounce Australia

Where: Adelaide

When:  18-27 February 2022

Cost: TBC

The entry fee allows three hours of unlimited access to The World’s Biggest Jumping Castle, The Giant and airSPACE. It’s free for parents to attend the event with their children, however parents who would also like to enter the inflatable attractions will need a separate ticket. Parents must accompany children in the Toddler Sessions with a separate ticket.

More information and ticket details to come! Watch this space!


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Westminster School row for mental health

Westminster School row for mental health

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Westminster School row for mental health

Westminster School will shine a spotlight on mental health in October, as the first South Australian school to participate in Gotcha4Life’s largest annual fundraising and awareness campaign, the 24 Hour Row. The school’s new sporting complex, the Thomas Pavilion will play host to the event from 30 – 31 October.

Angela Phillips, Pedagogy Coach, is spearheading Westminster’s fundraiser and says,

“Members of our community have been impacted by the effects of mental health, whether directly or indirectly, we want to show our support as a community and emphasise how important it is to seek help when you need it.”

The campus will be abuzz right across the event weekend, with the local community, students, families and teaching staff throwing their support behind the initiative.

24 hour non-stop row event at Westminster

All participants will be donating their time and energy to complete a half hour segment of the 24 Hour non-stop row, from the multi ergo setup on campus, with up to four rowers taking part at any one time.

“Especially during these challenging times, the more we can talk about and raise awareness for mental health, the better. I’m really pleased Westminster is supporting a cause like this and excited to get on a rower and do my part,” says Westminster School Vice Captain, Kimberly Li.

The 24 Hour Row for Mental Health directly benefits non-for-profit organisation, Gotcha4Life. The initiative was launched in 2018 across Surf Life Saving Clubs in a bid to help fund Gotcha4Life’s education workshops and training programs, which build mental fitness in local communities. In 2021, the event aims to raise $150,000 Australia-wide after raising $130,000 in 2020.

Donations can be made on campus at the event or directly on the Westminster fundraising page.

Event Details

Date: 11:30am Saturday 30 to 11:30am Sunday 31 October
Location: Thomas Pavilion – Westminster School Campus, 1/23 Alison Avenue, Marion
Activity: A BBQ with soft drinks will be available on Saturday 30 October
Attendance: Open to the general public during the event
Donations: 24hourrow.com.au/westminsterschool
Parking: Available on campus (entry through Gate 4 off Alison Ave).


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Commissioner surveys young people about COVID-19 vaccines and restrictions

Commissioner surveys young people about COVID-19 vaccines and restrictions

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Commissioner surveys young people about COVID-19 vaccines and restrictions

South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, has released a summary report of key findings from a survey of young people aged 12-18 years about their views on COVID-19 vaccines and restrictions. As COVID-19 vaccines have now become available to all South Australians aged 12 and over, Commissioner Connolly felt it was an appropriate time to hear from young people so that their ideas and lived experiences could be factored into decision-making.

What do our young people know about vaccines?

In addition to asking for their views on vaccines and restrictions, the survey also asked young people where they get their information from, and what they need from adults to feel better supported during the pandemic. Of the 506 young people who responded, 1 in 3 (33%) knew ‘a little’ or ‘not much at all’ about COVID-19 vaccines. Approximately one fifth (17%) had already had one or both doses of a vaccine, and two thirds (67%) said they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to get vaccinated within the next 12 months.

Some of the reasons young people gave for not being vaccinated included thinking it was unnecessary because of their low risk of getting COVID-19. Others were ‘scared of needles’ while some said they believed the risks of being vaccinated outweighed the risks of contracting the virus itself. They also raised concerns about the idea of introducing a vaccine passport, saying this might unfairly effect children and young people whose parents are not allowing them to get vaccinated.

Young people overwhelmingly understood the importance of getting vaccinated and of putting restrictions in place to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, but they also felt young people overall were being impacted by restrictions more than other age-groups. Young people reported feeling a range of emotions in response to the pandemic, from feeling lucky to be living in a state that has been relatively safe compared to other parts of Australia and the world, through to confusion, frustration, and sadness about the lack of information or appreciation for the unique and often disproportionate ways young people’s day-to-day lives are being impacted.

How can young people feel better supported by adults?

To feel better supported by adults, young people recommended that they listen to what young people are saying about their unique experiences, reassure them more often, inform them with examples that are relevant, and include them in decision-making. They also said adults needed to be more flexible and to not place so much pressure on young people, to stop spreading misinformation, follow the restrictions, and provide better mental health support at school. They also wanted the government to continue to provide financial support for families who have lost work and are struggling because of the impact of the pandemic.

What Young South Australians told the Commissioner:

“I guess it’s just really hard because I feel like we are losing what it means to be young, to go out and have fun. I feel like as a Generation we all really care about the community as we have a more humanistic rather than individual outlook – and we want to do all we can to support the Gov. and stop COVID. I know SO many people my age who have already gotten vaccinated or are booked. There’s not much I feel like the Gov. can do to support us, and how sad a lot of us feel about our youth right now.”

17 year old, Female, Onkaparinga


“The non-vaccines are selfish. Yeah, they have the right to be scared and not want to and have a voice, but it’s ultimately our future and when borders open, they are going to just ruin the situation. The vaccine is only like 70% effective and we can still get it, and if they are carrying it around us, then we will still get it despite doing the right thing.”

– 13 year old, Female, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters


“I feel the response from adults in terms of the pandemic could be described as unorganised and confusing. Though I understand that no-one has experienced something like this before, it has been confusing for me as a teenager to understand constantly changing guidelines and restrictions.”

– 15 year old, Female, Central Southern LGA


I think in South Australia the government is handling keeping covid out well. However, I don’t think it’s worth destroying business and livelihoods….I’m not saying the lives lost don’t matter. Of course they do, but this is going to end up being something we will all have to live with.”

– 17 year old, Female, Tea Tree Gully

Download a copy of the Survey: 

COVID-19 Survey: Key Findings

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WIN 1 of 4 places on the Nimble Float at this year’s Christmas Pageant

WIN 1 of 4 places on the Nimble Float at this year’s Christmas Pageant

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WIN 1 of 4 places on the Nimble Float at this year’s Christmas Pageant

We have some exciting news direct from Stardust Castle today, with the team from National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant on the hunt for four lucky young faces (aged 6-9) to feature on the iconic Nimble float at the 2022 festivities!

All that is required is a 25-word submission of what the magical festivities means to your child.

How to enter

The team behind the pageant are looking for two boys and two girls aged 6-9 to fill four positions on the Nimble Float!

To enter answer in 25 words or less what the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant means to your child.

Prize Details:

Four (4) winners will be allocated a position on the Nimble float and will be participant in National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant on Saturday 13 November 2021

Judging Criteria: 

  • Relevance to Theme (20%): How closely does the response relate to the question.
  • Authenticity (20%): How authentic is the response.
  • Quality of Entry (20%): How well has the response been written.
  • Availability (20%): Entrants must be available for participant rehearsals, briefing sessions and on Pageant Day.
  • Costume size (10%): Subject to availability of costume size.

Key Dates:

19th October 2021 – Competition opens at 12.00pm ACST
24th October 2021 – Competition closes at 10.00pm ACST

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This is MY body: A book for kids about consent

This is MY body: A book for kids about consent

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This is my body: A book for kids about consent

Body boundaries. Consent. Autonomy. They’re complex concepts that are of the utmost importance to teach our children. In this day and age it’s more important than ever to help our children find their voice and empower them to speak up about their own body boundaries and consent, but sometimes it can be a tricky set of concepts to convey in a way that our small people will understand.

Mum and author Lilli Carle has written a beautiful book to help parents start meaningful conversations with their kids surrounding these important topics.

We chat with Lil about what inspired her to write the book and the messages she hopes it will instil in its young readers.

this is my body

Tell us about your decision to write this book. 

I’m a mental health and general nurse, I run a children’s entertainment company, and I’m mum of two, soon to be three, in a blended family. During lockdown last year, I found kids parties canceled, and with our kids away at their other parents every second weekend I found myself with some free time. 

You mention you have a blended family, did this play a role in the subject matter of the book?

In blended families there is special kind of anxiety around co parenting, when you realise that on top of kids being away from us at school and childcare etc. they also have a whole other life with people we sometimes don’t know. Being a mum of girls made me fearful already. Our co parenting arrangements made it worse. Feeling powerless to be able to control all these things I decided the best way to keep our kids safe in our absence was to educate and empower them. So I used the free time created by lockdown life to write my girls a book. 

What message do you hope to convey in This is MY Body?

“This is MY Body” was written to equip our kids with the language to set their own boundaries, an understanding of the concept of consent, and the confidence to maintain autonomy over their own bodies. 

Since it’s release last year it have discovered just how many other families find this a difficult topic to approach with their young families. I’m hopeful the book will continue to ask as a starting point for some tricky conversations like it was for us. 

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