Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is OPEN again!

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is OPEN again!

Meaghan Coles – @sweetlittlestory

Put your winter woolies on, and pack a picnic after seven weeks of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open again for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors can stroll through the garden from today, Friday 15 May, to catch the end of the autumn colours and continue to visit the garden as it changes through all the seasons.

The Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Chair, Judy Potter, said “We are thrilled to welcome South Australians back to Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

“This garden plays such an important role in our community, supporting the mental, physical and emotional well-being of many thousands of people.

“As the weather cools and the autumn colours fade, the garden will remain a serene place to connect with nature either individually, or in small groups of no more than 10 people.”

The autumn season brings more than 200,000 visitors to the garden and the decision to close the popular Adelaide Hills destination was not taken lightly.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said “We know the community have really missed visiting the garden so we are delighted to welcome people back. We do ask that everyone continues to look after each other by following social distancing and hygiene requirements, and staying at home if they are feeling unwell”.

 

Pic: Meaghan Coles @sweetlittlestory

 

There will be additional cleaning of the facilities in the garden, and traffic management will be in place over the weekends to redirect visitors when the lower car park is full.

Dr Sutherland continued “We understand how important it is to enjoy the great outdoors, but we advise visitors to move on to an alternative nature spot in the wonderful Adelaide Hills if the car park is full. It’s worth remembering that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year, and is beautiful all year round.

“We have been pleased to be able to keep both Adelaide and Wittunga Botanic Gardens open during the restrictions and they have been important places of respite for local visitors, with double the usual number of people visiting Wittunga Botanic Garden for their daily exercise and outing.

“As the restrictions are eased, we hope more South Australians will visit one or more of our botanic gardens to enjoy a diverse range of plants, garden landscapes and nature, all while nurturing their health and well-being.”

 

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden opening times:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4pm

Weekends and public holidays: 10am – 5pm

Find out more about botanic gardens at botanicgardens.sa.gov.au

THE PERFECT RANGE FOR YOUR MINI SCORPIO

THE PERFECT RANGE FOR YOUR MINI SCORPIO

Is your mini SCORPIO rising?

Strong willed, intense, secretive, possessive and sensitive all traits that are used to explain SCORPIOS, and you can now add fashionable to the mix with this adorable range of SCORPIO fashion by one of our favourite Swedish and sustainable labels MINI RODINI.

They have even thrown an adult size T in the mix, so you can twin with your mini.

Mini Rodini is born and raised with the vision to make clothes that children love to wear, without compromising social and environmental aspects of the production. This is the core of the Mini Rodini brand, and it affects every move we make.

Another reason to shop this range for your mini SCORPIO.

 

 

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Australia’s Best Maths Teacher Has Been awarded!

Australia’s Best Maths Teacher Has Been awarded!

Australia’s Best Maths Teacher Has Been Announced!

Congratulations to Walford Mathematics teacher, Ms Deb Woodard-Knight!!

Ms Deb Woodard-Knight, has been crowned Australia’s Most Outstanding Mathematics Teacher by the Australian Mathematical Science Institute. At a ceremony in Melbourne last Friday Deb was presented the Award which “recognises an exemplary and innovative teacher who has been instrumental in encouraging students to continue with their study of Mathematics.”

Deb has taught at Walford for the past two years predominantly teaching girls in Year 11 and 12, in both SACE and IB courses.  Deb is absolutely passionate about encouraging girls to continue to pursue Specialist Mathematics at school and beyond to university.  She engages and inspires her students and shows them how Mathematics is related to the real world.  She mentioned today in conversation with me, that Mathematics encourages the ability for critical thinking and it is the basis of so many careers that our girls will want to follow.  Deb provides sound advice with respect to appropriate future courses of study and pathways and this has opened up more options for our students in taking STEM related university courses.

In addition to teaching at senior mathematics level Deb has been instrumental in introducing MathsCraft to Years 5 and 6 at Walford. Deb’s philosophy is that the development of problem-solving strategies at an early age sets up students for success in Mathematics and in life generally, building students’ resilience and risk taking.

Deb lives and breathes Mathematics 24-7, such is her genuine love of her subject. In her own special way she adds humour in her explanations and every day she wears Maths inspired t-shirts, shoes, socks and brooches much to the fascination of her students.

Deb scooped the pool with Awards as she was also distinguished with another honour, the Excellence in Teaching Award, for a teacher who is “an engaging and passionate communicator of Mathematics who inspires students to see the beauty and importance of Mathematics.”

Rebecca Clarke, Principal

The students, staff and colleagues are very proud of the well-deserved recognition that Deb has received on the national stage. Her enthusiasm for teaching and her much-loved subject of Mathematics is contagious!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff at Walford for their dedication, said Rebecca Clarke
Principal

For more information head to WALFORD

Located at 316 Unley Road Hyde Park

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE @ FLINDERS SPRING FEST

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE @ FLINDERS SPRING FEST

 

SpringFest is so close we can almost taste it!

It’s going to be a massive day so we thought we would make it a little easier for you and do a run down of out TOP 10 things to see and Do at Springfest this Saturday 19th Oct.

Get ready to meet the animals, roll around in the ball pit and get those thumbs green, because once again Flinders University have partnered with Nature Play SA to cultivate a packed program of free activities and experiences for the whole family… FREE!

Come and be amazed by the weird, wacky and exciting wonders of science live on stage, construct your own cubby house overlooking the picturesque lake, or brew your own nature potion… SpringFest is a great day for all kids big and small!

Register HERE

1. Bubble Gum Markets

Location: Plaza
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for all ages

Explore and browse through some of Adelaide’s coolest threads, best creative, handmade and sustainable offerings, or; find an original artwork or a special piece of jewellery in the Bubble Gum Markets. Market holders include:

2. Nature Play SA Pop-Up Shop

Location: Plaza
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for all ages

Browse and purchase from Nature Play SA’s thoughtfully curated selection of books and quality products that aim to inspire and support your children’s time in the outdoors.

 

3. Frehd the Clown

Location: Clowning around the Plaza
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for all ages

One of SA’s best-loved clowns will bring her unique style of wholesome humour and magic to SpringFest; spreading joy to the young… and young at heart.

 

4. Augmented Reality Sandbox

Location: Level 1, The Hub
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for ages: 
4+

A mountain, a lake, a river a dam. Use your hands to make flooding rain or flip the switch and let the lava flow. Build your own landscape in our augmented reality sandbox.

5. Lizard Ecology Room

Location: Room 168, Level 1, The Hub
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for all ages

Live life like a lizard, at least for a while. Explore adaptations for survival and learn about habitats in our Lizard Ecology Room.

6. Screen Printing Workshop

Location: Level 1, The Hub
Time: 10am to 3pm
Suitable for ages: 8+

Have a go at making your own screen printed poster with South Australian artist Jake Holmes. Pick out designs and experiment with text, shapes, colour, layers and textures to make a poster of your own.

7. Nature Crafts

Location: Lakeside
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for ages: 
4+

Get creative with spring leaves, sticks and feathers to build your own personal mask. Each is its own unique and beautiful design.

8. Dig-A-Dino Ball Pits

Location: Anchor Court
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for ages: 4+

A giant palaeo twist on the classic childhood toy! Explore the ball pit, hunt down dino bones and piece the colourful skeleton together like a palaeontologist.

9. Face painting

Location: Laneway
Times: 
10.30am to 2.30pm
Suitable for all ages

A lion, a tiger, a meerkat or spider? Embrace the wild animal inside with free face painting in the Laneway.

10. Basket Weaving

Location: Level 1, The Hub
Time: 
11am to 2.30pm
Suitable for ages:
 7+

Learn a new relaxing and engaging handicraft. Basket weaving is a creative, social and meditative process, as any maker will tell you, being mindful throughout the creative process is just as important as the product itself. Discover the joy of this ancient craft, while creating something with your own hands.

 

The Main Stage

Location: Plaza
Time: 
10am to 3pm
Suitable for all ages

Sit back, relax, and let the worries of the world fall away. The Main Stage will showcase an inspiring variety of music and performing artists including:

 

WHEN: Sat 19th Oct

WHERE: Flinders University

FREE – REGISTER HERE 

SCHOOL IS BACK AND SO ARE LUNCHBOXES: TIPS ON KEEPING THEM SAFE IN THE WARMER WEAHER

SCHOOL IS BACK AND SO ARE LUNCHBOXES: TIPS ON KEEPING THEM SAFE IN THE WARMER WEAHER

 

 

As students head back to school this week, South Australians are reminded to make sure school lunch boxes are prepared and stored safely to avoid cases of food poisoning in warmer weather.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Manager of Food Standards Surveillance, Alessia Centofanti, said that foods stored in a warm lunch box or bag for several hours can reach temperatures above 5oC and allow potentially harmful bacteria to grow.

“Ninety-four per cent of households with children pack school lunches on a daily basis, so it is important that food is prepared and stored safely to avoid the risk of food poisoning,” Ms Centofanti said.

“Food poisoning can occur at any age with common symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and flu like symptoms that usually appear between 8 and 72 hours after eating the infected food.

“High risk foods that should be kept under temperature control include, cooked meat, poultry, seafood, cooked rice, milk and dairy products that require refrigeration (eg yoghurt, milk drinks, most cheeses), and some foods that come in packages can become high risk after opening.

 

“If lunches are prepared the night before it is a good idea to keep it refrigerated overnight and foods such as meat, poultry or eggs should be discarded if not consumed at lunchtime.

“Another important way to avoid food poisoning is to always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before preparing food and wash all fruits and vegetables to remove any visual dirt and grime.

“During warmer weather it is a good idea to consider providing safer lunchbox alternatives, such as hard or processed cheese, canned tuna or sandwich spreads and whole fruit.

“Always try to make healthier choices by including something from each of the five food groups; whole fruit and vegetables are a great healthy and safe option.”

Ms Centofanti said when buying lunchboxes, it is a good idea to choose one that has room for a frozen drink or freezer block which is easy to clean and dry, avoiding any contamination.

“A lunchbox with a frozen drink or ice brick will keep food at a safe temperature until lunchtime at school, however, some foods are more sensitive to heat and will grow dangerous bacteria quicker,” Ms Centofanti said.

“It is a good idea to pack each food item into separate containers and wrappers before packing in the lunch box, which will ensure it stays fresh and prevent cross contamination.

“We also encourage parents to teach children about the importance of food safety and get them involved in food preparation and shopping so they can better understand why food safety matters.”

There have been 889 confirmed cases of Salmonella in South Australia so far this year compared with 995 cases reported in the same period in 2018. For more information on food safety click here