The Importance of Choosing the Right Primary School for Your Family

The Importance of Choosing the Right Primary School for Your Family

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There are many tough decisions we make as parents on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes the choice between distracting them with Peppa Pig or Baby Shark (while you’re trying to have a quiet moment to read the latest issue of KIDDO) is a hard bet.

For parents, choosing a primary school is one of the first monumental decisions that will pave the way for the rest of their lives. Aside from the joyous new friendship making, glu-sticking, story reading, hand-clapping, alphabet-learning-fun that primary school is, it’s also one of the most formative periods in your child’s life. There’s no underestimating the importance of choosing the right primary school for your child and your family.

As well as wanting your child to feel happy, safe and secure, and able to take risks in a supported environment, primary school is a time for each child to pursue interests and discover unique strengths.

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As an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School, St Peter’s Woodlands (SPW) delivers the IBO Primary Years Program. This program fosters the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. Engagement in the IBO Primary Years Program ensures children are seeking answers to real world issues.

This inquiry approach, paired with the high value SPW places on developing individual social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs of children, means children are able to confidently pursue their unique interests and talents in smaller group sizes at every age.

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“When teachers are well supported, they’re able to spend more time with each child to uncover individual strengths and interests,” says SPW’s Principal, Chris Prance.

At SPW, classroom teachers are supported by a team of Learning Support teachers and assistants, who help develop, plan and resource programs designed to enrich learning for everyone.

An initiative of the Learning Support team is The Hub, a centrally located space offering stimulating lunch time clubs and activities for all children. The library also offers a creative ‘Makerspace’ each lunchtime where children can challenge themselves with deliberately designed creative activities.

Thanks to the support the school provides their educators, SPW has become a school of choice for teaching staff, boasting a high retention rate of staff, both male and female.

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SPW has modern teaching spaces, facilities and resources to support each child in their learning and development.
Students are supported to discover interests through engagement with purpose built facilities including the multimedia suite with green screen, dance studio, design and technology studio, music suite, visual art rooms and food technology centre.

Children who love being outdoors can explore extensive play spaces and grounds, with three large grass playing fields along with multi-purpose outdoor and indoor court facilities, all within a short stroll to Glenelg beach.

SPW recently constructed a nature play space, and actively creates educational programs to encourage outdoor learning and exploration of the environment.

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While SPW’s focus is strong on literacy and numeracy skills, they also offer a diverse and in depth extra-and co-curricular program with specialist teachers. To build self-esteem, it’s important for young people to excel at something, and feel proud of their individual achievement.

Sport plays a large part in the SPW community, teaching team skills, cooperation and discipline. From Reception upwards, children can take part in sports including dance, gymnastics, netball, football, cricket, tennis, judo, basketball, soccer and netball.

For the creatively inclined, SPW has a strong extra-curricular arts program, from one-on-one instrumental and voice instruction to various choirs, school musicals involving students from R-7, bands and ensemble participation.

To help build your child’s confidence and citizenship skills SPW also offers Tournament of Minds, debating and public speaking, along with a strong Student Service program that incorporates leadership opportunities for students across multiple year levels.

SPW offers something for everyone and has the resources to help your child succeed in the formative years of their educational journey. If you’re interested in finding out more information or to book a personal tour contact Jo Gray, Enrolments Manager, today.

Find out more information or book a school tour visit:
St Peter’s Woodlands
ELC – Yr 7

Jo Gray, Enrolments Manager
T 08 7221 6217

A Word from Dad

A Word from Dad

Jake Dean is a writer, surfer and bibliophile who’s counting down the days to take his six-month-old boy, Koa, for his first wave. Follow him on Twitter @JakeJDean.

A Word from… Dad

By Jake Dean

If you’d told me a year ago I’d be a parenting columnist, I would have laughed so hard, with coffee literally seeping from my nose. But a healthy little boy, countless nappies and darkening rings under my eyes later and here we are. I surf less than I used to and I’m writing this on the train as it’s a rare moment to myself. But those annoying dad-isms turn out to be true, don’t they? “I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” I’ve said time and time again. I’m even enjoying those moments with the boys when you take stock and realise you’ve been comparing pram wheels for the past half an hour. Life comes at you fast, eh.

Nevertheless, I’ve no real sage father wisdom to impart. I’ve discovered that despite thousands of well-meaning tips on raising a kid from every man, woman and dog, you really do have to fumble through this dad caper. So instead, here are three mostly un-kid-related hot tips from one sleepy fella to another.



On the Java Ridge, by Jock Serong: A boat-load of Aussie surfers anchored at a remote and uninhabited Indonesian island cross paths with another boat, full of asylum seekers, in devastating circumstances. Good luck putting this political thriller down until you’ve reached its punch-in-the-guts crescendo, which also might change your views on asylum seeker policies. Looking for a banger new kids book? Try The Surfing Animals Alphabet Book by Swedish illustrator Jonas Classen. It’s packed with vibrant colour, classic A-Z rhymes and 26 animals cutting sick in the ocean.

Available from Dymocks Burnside Village


Manchester by the Sea: I admit this film is from 2016, but give us a break. I’ve been busy procreating. We finally finished this slow-burn drama over 25 instalments rand can confirm it’s primo Friday-night-on-the-couch-when-the-kid’s-finally-asleep fodder. Life comes fast at Lee, a brooding Massachusetts janitor, who’s faced with the prospect of caring for his teen nephew, Patrick, when Lee’s brother dies suddenly. Heart-wrenching flashbacks explain the characters’ fractured relationships and you’ll have all the feels from the cast’s stellar performances, laden with grief and intimacy. What’s this salty discharge coming from my eyes?


Onkaparinga River National Park: Can you recommend somewhere you’ve never been? Is that a thing? Stuff it, I’m doin’ it. I’ve seen enough Insta pics of this place, barely 30 minutes south of Adelaide, that I’m pulling the finger out and taking the fambo for an overdue nature hang there pronto. How good is it strapping the kid in the carrier and doing fun stuff while they stare in wonder or catch some zzz’s by the way? I’ll see you in the Park.

Twitter: @JakeJDean

Instagram: @byjakedean

Blog: jake-dean.com

Adelaide’s Top Kid’s Birthday Party Cake Makers and Bakers

Adelaide’s Top Kid’s Birthday Party Cake Makers and Bakers

Cakes are the cherry on the top of any kids party and are often talked about and remembered long after all the presents and guests have gone… If you’re not a Master Chef in the kitchen and have given all the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cookbooks away in a garage sale fear not… we have compiled a list of talented local bakers that will be able to make your little one’s cake dreams come true!

Super Ego Cakes

If you can dream it they can bake it, from popular unicorn cakes to monster cupcakes and everything in between.

Dot Chocolate

This talented team of bakers are a regular at popular markets and experts in custom biscuits, chocolates and slices.

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Cakes By Anna

Anna is a master cake maker and pastry chef specialises in party cakes, individual cupcakes and specialty desserts.

Cakes By Anna

Cloud Theory Marshmallows

If you want something soft, fluffy and sweet to add to your party table the Cloud Theory crew can help. Custom and special occasion marshmallow treats perfect for any event or party.

Cloud Theory Marshmallows

How Sweet It Is

From one tier to ten, no cake is too big or too small for How Sweet It Is to make the perfect centrepiece for your special day.

Adelaide Bakes

If you want to learn how to make your own cake or macarons then Adelaide Bakes is the place to go. With adults classes throughout the year you can learn the tricks and techniques to pull off your own masterpiece, and really impress your kids!

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Sugar And Spice Cakes

The team at Sugar and Spice have been operating for 19 years and with a talented team of award winning designers creating custom cakes is their speciality (they have even made cakes for Oprah.. And JLO)

The Bake Space

Blow your socks of cakes made with love and buttercream. The Bake space is a one stop shop with a range of cake toppers and party hire products also available.
Cake Studio Adelaide

Cake Studio Adelaide

A small family run business with cupcakes, cake orders, edible image toppers, a range of classes and more!

The Cake Lab

What’s your flavour? Because the Cake Lab has it all! Especially if you’re looking for an impact!

10 Top Family Friendly Bali Villas

10 Top Family Friendly Bali Villas

10 Top Family Friendly Bali Villas

It’s that time of year when you start to feel the cold in your bones, it’s also the time of year you start thinking about a tropical get-away, away from the chilly Adelaide Winter.

We all know that Bali is a popular destination for families, with access to affordable “short” flights, tropical climate, amazing restaurants, massages and relaxation aplenty and beautiful people, but finding the perfect accommodation can be a daunting exercise, especially when you want to stay in a Villa.

We have done some of the hard work and picked out our “TOP 10 Family Friendly Bali Villas” to make the pre holiday research that little bit more enjoyable.

So if you are heading over with your own family or with a group or friends, this selection will help you find your perfect Villa.

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1. Villa Alea

Rice field view, private chef at the villa who can conduct cooking class

  • Location Kerobokan
  • 10 pers. max.
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 staff
  • Brand new 5 bedroom villa inspired by the traditional Javanese Joglo design
  • Peaceful getaway just minutes away from Seminyak
  • Serene views of rice paddies
  • Private chef and butler at the villa
  • Kids friendly villa with baby gate at the stairs, toys and pool fence available

To book – villa-bali.com

 Villa Hiburan

2.Villa Hiburan

Brand new villa launched in June 2019. Interconnected bedrooms for families, in-pool jacuzzi!

  • Brand new villa launched in June 2019
  • Gorgeous modern luxury villa with tropical chic interiors
  • Custom furniture and hand-picked artwork
  • Large tropical garden with a private pool & Jacuzzi
  • Decadent master suite with garden-view balcony
  • Interconnected bedrooms for families
  • Large open-plan living room
  • Bar with high chairs
  • Located in Batu Belig
  • Close to Seminyak and Canggu

To Book – villa-bali.com

3.Villa Galante 

  • Location Umalas
  • 14 pers. max.
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 8 staff
  • 6 bedroom villa with a genuine homey feeling
  • 18 meter pool surrounded by 2500 square meters of tropical garden
  • Carefully curated antique furniture from all around Asia
  • Peaceful views of the rice fields
  • Located only 10 minutes away from Seminyak and Canggu

To Book – villa-bali.com

Villa Crystal

4. Villa Crystal

Completely revamped in 2018, interconnected bedrooms, just 1 minute away from Oberoi ‘Eat Street’.

  • Location Seminyak
  • 8 pers. max.
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 staff
  • Located in the heart of lively Seminyak
  • Recently renovated
  • 1 minute walk to Oberoi’s ‘Eat Street’
  • Poolside gazebo with lounge chairs
  • Fast WiFi with fiber optic cable
  • 10 minute drive to Ku De Ta beach

To Book – villa-bali.com

Villa Splendid

5. Villa Splendid

Stunning view of nature, bunk-bedded kids room, basketball net in the garden.

  •  Location Ubud & surroundings
  • 12 pers. max.
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 9 staff
  • Stunning 5-bedroom villa perched at the edge of a river valley
  • Jaw-dropping views over the surrounding nature
  • 15-minute walk to the heart of Ubud
  • Basketball & badminton in the garden
  • Air-conditioned TV room
  • Bunk-bedded kids room
  • Massage room

To Book – villa-bali.com

Villa Anam

6. Villa Anam 

luxurious, in-villa cinema, yoga, meditation deck, gym, 2 swimming pools.

  • Location Seminyak
  • 20 pers. max.
  • 10 bedrooms
  • 7 staff
  • Huge tropical garden with two swimming pools
  • High-tech cinema room with 3D facilities
  • Private gym
  • Garden BBQ and alfresco bar
  • Rooftop yoga/meditation/lounge deck
  • Superbly located in the heart of Seminyak
  • Walking distance to Double Six Beach
  • Short walk from chic and trendy Oberoi aka Eat Street’

To Book – villa-bali.com

Villa Makashi

7. Villa Makashi 

Stylish design, affordable, walking distance to the beach.

  • Location Seminyak
  • 4 pers. max.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 staff
  • Beautiful 2-bedroom villa in the heart of Seminyak
  • Walking distance to the beach
  • Air-conditioned living room
  • Elegant natural interior design
  • Sunny tropical garden with a cabana bale and a private pool

To Book – villa-bali.com

Villa Desa Roro

8.Villa Desa Roro

Mix of traditional architecture and modern design, close to Berawa beach, complimentary access to Canggu Club for up to 4 people.

  • Location Canggu
  • 10 pers. max.
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 staff
  • 5 ensuite air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Mix of traditional architecture and modern elements
  • 12 meter salt water swimming pool
  • Communal and private lounging areas
  • Private massage room in Master Bedroom
  • Walking distance to one of the island’s best yoga studio
  • It’s about 10 minutes to Berawa Beach
  • Mini yoga studio

To Book – villa-bali.com

9. Villa Gils 

  • Location Candidasa
  • 8 pers. max.
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 staff
  • Located on the east coast in a secluded location near Candidasa
  • Beautiful garden area with a 25 meter pool, gazebo and sun beds
  • Top story terrace with views out to the ocean
  • 50 meters from the waterfront
  • Cocktail bar in the open-concept living room

To book – villa-bali.com

Villa Mas Citta

TEST DRIVE: 7 seater VW Touareg Family Friendly Luxury

TEST DRIVE: 7 seater VW Touareg Family Friendly Luxury

Family Friendly Luxury

My intergalactic spaceship (AKA car!!!) for the day! This luxury SUV is so high tech and fast flying that you really do feel like you’re at the helm of an out-of-this-world, time travelling space machine! Yet, its features are so easy to use that even the most technologically inept person (that’s me!!!) can navigate it.

The new Volkswagen Touareg Launch Edition had us all comfy and cosy as we flew up the freeway (ok, ok, not actually flying – I stuck to the speed limit of course!!! But it definitely felt like we were flying!) to the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens to make the most of the beautiful Autumn weather. Those twists and turns, and hilly roads are no match for this beast with its 8 speed automatic gears and 4 motion all wheel drive, and even though it’s a bigger SUV, it handles like a zippy small car. There’s a heap of boot space (my double pram plus a giant picnic basket fits easily with room to spare) and my babes in the back had plenty of room too, without their car seats having to be squeezed in.

I LOVED the ginormous electric glass panoramic roof and so did the kids. They were delighted when those pretty Autumn leaves were falling. The Touareg has all the swanky features you’d expect from a luxury SUV, plus so many more like the buttery soft leather seats with heating AND cooling, handy compartments for EVERYTHING, tinted rear windows, navigation system, keyless access and start, auto headlights and rain sensing wipers, plus 4 zone climate control air conditioning. Not to mention all the high tech safety features (which suddenly become SO important when you’re transporting your most precious cargo) like Driver Fatigue Detection System, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, Park Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Side Assist, Lane Assist. Seriously, this car is so clever it can almost drive itself!

And then there are my two most favourite features… the HUGE display touchscreen that wraps almost around the entire dash – which also changes colour FYI. Yes, you can choose the colour of your dash display! How fun! And, the fully customisable massage function built into the seats! That’s right, a day spa in your car!! Now, I’m not keen on driving at the best of times, but I’d happily hoon around all day,
even with three squawkers in the back seat, if I could have a luxury back and leg massage for hours on end!

The comfort levels of the Volkswagen Touareg are incomparable, the safety and technology features are mind-blowing, and the overall driving experience is second to none. Every little aspect has been so well thought about and executed in this family friendly, luxury SUV.


• 8 speed Automatic & 4MOTION All-wheel drive
• Front Assist with City EB and Predictive Pedestrian Monitoring*
• Lane Assist with Adaptive Lane Guidance*
• Park Assist*
• Front and Rear Cross Traf c Assist*
• Proactive Occupant Protection*
• Electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open & Close
• Savona leather appointed upholstery# with massage, heated and ventilated front seats
• 9.2” Discover Pro navigation system with gesture control
• Rear View Camera*
• Keyless Access and start
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Auto headlights and rain sensing wipers
• Driver Fatigue Detection system*
• Panoramic electric glass sunroof
• Innovision Package: 15” Discover Premium,
12.3” Active Info Display, windshield projected Head-Up Display and additional Ambient Interior Lighting in 30 selectable colours

*Safety technologies are not a substitute for a driver’s responsibility for the vehicle. #Leather appointed seats has a combination of genuine and artificial leather, but are not wholly leather.

The new Volkswagen Touareg Launch Edition is now available.

For more information and to book a test drive, please contact Solitaire Volkswagen.


1300 857 671