Bring the whole family along to support the SA Bushfire Appeal!
The O’Leary Walker Bushfire Relief Race Day will focus on raising as much money as possible for the SA Bushfire Appeal.
All profits and donations from the day will be donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal, which supports the countless people and families who have suffered through death, injury, loss or damage of property.
There will be plenty to do to take a break from the everyday, including:
– Live auction to raise funds for the SA Bushfire Appeal
– Water slides and activities for the kids
– Selection of food vans serving up delicious treats
– Bars with local wines, beers, ciders and more
– Pimm’s Bar
– Live music by Malibu Drive, an eight-piece band
– Seven feature races
Gates open at 12.30pm with the first race at 2.20pm
Please come along and help those who work tirelessly for our safety – 100% of profit from your $10 entry fee* will go to support the SA Bushfire Appeal.
*Please Note: At Oakbank Racing Club, you have the option to BYO picnic so this is a great value way enjoy a day out with your people at a low cost. The bonus for this race day is 100% of the profits of this event will go to support the SA Bushfire Appeal.
waterslides and children’s activities, a selection of food vans serving up delicious treats, bars with local wines, beers, ciders and more, a novelty Pimm’s Bar and live music from local jazz, funk and pop band Malibu Drive
Succeeding at school: What have parents got to do with it
By Amy Graham
This summer, you might be preparing for your child to start school or move into a new class. This can lead to a mix of feelings: excitement, sadness, trepidation, uncertainty. I could swear it is harder for the mums and dads than the kids! But did you know there is so much you can do as a parent to help your child navigate this transition successfully and chances are, it is simpler than you might think. And no, it doesn’t involve flashcards, Jolly Phonics or tutoring. Nothing in the research says that children benefit from flashy, expensive toys or that the activities have to be academically orientated. In fact, the greatest gains are experienced by children who have a wide range of toys and learning materials to explore, opportunities to play with a warm and engaging parent and talk about what is taking place, and a rich and diverse range of experiences out of the home.
As parents, we are a child’s first and forever teacher. I know this, both as a parent of three children but also as an educational researcher. We have so much rich knowledge about our child and have taught them since birth, even in nuanced ways. My research explored the tremendous contributions that parents make to helping a child succeed at school, both through their positive and encouraging beliefs and their enriching and diverse preparation behaviours. It reinforced my belief that parents really do matter and they are a crucial partner in a child’s learning.
Fundamentally, on every measure, children experience greater success when they have engaged parents. Parental engagement has emerged as the new benchmark to forecast children’s educational outcomes. Some research concludes that parental engagement is the most effective factor in a student’s educational success, over and above factors within the child or school. But it is not a single behaviour, expectation or aspiration by parents that makes the difference nor is it a perfect formula. Rather, it is about communicating the overall message to your child that education matters and that you have high expectations for them. This can be done through simple conversations, where parents and children are positively discussing school and what they can expect in the new environment. It is also about parents spending time with a child to support their learning.
If your child is starting school for the first time, and has not attended childcare or an early learning centre, this transition could be more pronounced. My research showed that stay-at-home parents engaged in more behavioural preparation in the year before starting school, than those children who attended childcare services. This could be because parents assume the necessary skills and attributes that are needed to successfully transition to school are taught in these settings, or it could be that working parents are especially time-poor. So what can you do? Pay close attention to your child’s social skills and self-regulation: traits which are often developed more in the social environments of early learning and care. It may be that you could arrange a play date with a friend of your child’s from kindergarten that they will be attending school with, play board games that encourage turn-taking (and modelling how to be a ‘good’ loser) or teach mindfulness to your child.
How can parents support their child’s learning at home?
· Read to and with your child. Parents in my study were doing this far more than any other preparation activity, and it is a great way to bond and develop an early love of literacy. A recent study found parents who read one book a day with their child are giving their child a 1.4 million-word advantage over their peers who have never been read to.
· Spend time playing with your child and show an interest in what they are doing.
· Facilitate a range of experiences, both in and out of the home.
What can we do to make the transition easier for children?
· Make sure they are familiar with the environment in a fun, non-threatening way. Visit the school playground in the holidays, make sure they know where the toilets are and arrive early to show them where to go and where you will be at the end of the day.
· In the months leading up to starting school, try to work on your child’s self-care and independence. Ensure they can ask for help if they need, toilet independently, open containers and lunchboxes, and know how to behave in a group.
· Save your tears for the car ride home. Kids need to see that you are excited, proud and confident that they will love all that school has to offer.
WIN: A FAMILY PASS TO STORYTIME BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER
Presented by The Australian Ballet, 22 – 24 January 2020
The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet returns to the Adelaide Festival Centre these summer school holidays with a festive, made-for-children production of The Nutcracker.
Join the narrator and a colourful cast of characters at a marvellous Christmas party that transforms into a spellbinding adventure. Children are fully immersed in the story and help make magic happen on stage.
Running for under an hour and packed with wonder and delight, Storytime Ballet is the perfect first ballet experience for little boys and girls.
Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite ballet-inspired outfit!
WIN: 2 x WOMAD ADULT 4 DAY PASSES VALUED AT $792 – (Kids 12 and under are FREE)
We are very excited to have a double pass to one of our favourite family festivals WOMAD!
WOMADelaide is a four-day festival of Music, Arts and Dance celebrating cultural and creative diversity held since 1992 in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park. The festival has become a truly unique part of the Australian festival landscape, showcasing the best, the essential – and the surprising – in global music, dance, art and ideas.
RRP for 2x Adult Four Day Passes is $792 – Kids 12 and under are FREE
At twenty-eight Jane Austen should be married, yet all she wants to do is write … but in 1805, she can’t do both. While trying to please her family in the quest to find a husband, she magically appears in the present day. Jane humorously grapples the modern world, forges a friendship with a famous actress named Sofia and ultimately falls in love with Sofia’s brother, Fred.
Jane also learns that she has become a published and world- famous author.
However as Jane’s romance with Fred strengthens, her existence in the literary world starts to fade. Jane, with the help of Sofia, must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it’s too late.
A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, this charming romance offers a new side to Jane’s story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.
This is the first novel for writer and filmmaker, Rachel Givney, who has previously written for TV, including shows such as Offspring and McLeod’s Daughters. She proves she has talent to write lightly and wittily about the heart. You don’t have to be an Austen fan to enjoy this, but Austen enthusiasts will love it. A breezy summer read.
Available from February 2020 from Dymocks Hyde Park and Online