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Yeah, Cheers, Thanks a Lot

How often do we say thank you, expressing our gratitude for the positive things in our lives, which we have not asked for or actively worked towards? Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each human being, an emotion, which arises spontaneously within us and is also a choice we make – being grateful or ungrateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to increase your own levels of hap ...

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haven’s favourite teacher competition // We Have a Winner!

haven’s favourite teacher competition has come to an end, but our celebration of teachers is only just beginning… After weeks of reading through heart felt and touching tributes to local teachers, the team at haven magazine is excited to announce the finalists and winner of our inaugural haven’s favourite teacher competition. We were blown away by the nominations – it was wonderful to see how grateful paren ...

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Father’s Role in Education

A lot of teachers often say how they wish parents, especially dads, would play a bigger role in their kids' education, research has now proved the benefits dads bring to their children education. In many cases, mums are deemed the primary caregivers and are stereotyped to take the lead with their child’s education. This leads to the perception that dads play a reduced role in their kids’ education. However ...

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Back to Basics at School

As the well-known saying goes "the simple things in life are often the best" and this is proven at The Southport School. A photo recently dug out of The Southport School (TSS) archives shows junior students in 1912 enjoying a simple outdoor play experience. Today, the school’s students can be seen getting that same enjoyment from ‘the simple things in life’ through TSS’s The Rainforest program. The program, ...

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Teachers Rule, OK?!

We have already received so many nominations and entries are about to close for haven's favourite teacher competition. If your teacher absolutely rocks then you need to nominate them today! We all remember a teacher who changed our life, yet teachers are leaving the profession in droves. haven magazine wants to celebrate the amazing work that teachers do and so put together ‘Haven's favourite teacher compet ...

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Smarter Thinking

A childcare centre chain that thinks like parents, while providing the best curriculum (and extra curricular activities) and even nutritional options for our youngest offspring? Sign us up! Way back in 1995, Karen Williams bought a dilapidated building with the intentions of turning it into a childcare centre. Before she knew it, she had built and reinvented 22 centres along the east coast, raised a son and ...

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July Reviews // Digital Classrooms

In this, havens annual education edition, we thought it would be great to uncover some of the best digital resources when it comes to learning and our kids. Here's our top 5... LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Learning Through Play is a blog by Heidi, an early years teacher who is passionate about play-based learning, sustainability, creating inviting spaces and project based learning. The activities on her blog are e ...

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Lifetime of Learning

By the time you turn 20, you've spent the vast majority of your lifetime learning. But don't think that because you're 30, 40, 50 or even 60 that learning should ever stop. Like the old saying, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. Keep the left and right sides of your brain sharp with some of these ideas... There’s a theory that says the two hemispheres of the human brain control vastly different types of t ...

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The Next Step?

Thirteen years of formal education is a long time. When we do send our little people off on the big new adventure, how do we know that the timing is right? Possibly the most daunting task in every parent’s life is making the decision about the right time to send our precious babies off to ‘big’ school. There are so many views, opinions and options to consider when making this decision, which is what makes i ...

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Learning Just Got Fun

SHELLEY’S FAVE CARD GAMES A mum of two and owner of kiddie-heaven Lime Tree Kids, Shelley Mason knows a thing or two about games. Here are Shelley’s fave card games, all available at Lime Tree Kids: 1. Scholastic cards: I love these because they have real-life images, are much larger and super thick/ sturdy. 2. Fairy snap: This has always been a favourite in our home. My daughter and I still play it five ye ...

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