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Morris Gleitzman at Byron Writers Festival

With the Byron Writers Festival just around the corner haven spoke with Morris Gleitzman to find out the secrets to becoming a writer and a bit more about his new book Maybe. What initially drew you to become a writer? I wrote a lot of stories when I was a kid, but my career ambition was to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately the school I went to only played rugby, so most of my soccer experience ...

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Mums Gone Wild

The end of school holidays and mama needs a night out.  It’s been two weeks of happy days for the kids - play dates, beach life, theme parks, movies and while their social calendars are fulfilled – this parent needs a night off.  And she needs some adult convo, with cocktail in hand! While I love the break of school runs and lunch boxes, school holidays can send any parent (working or not) into disarray. It ...

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Get Fit with Southport Sharks Health + Fitness

We all struggle with those extra few kilos, the dreaded exercise routine and keeping the drills up consistently so always appreciate some helpful tips from our friends at Southport Sharks Health + Fitness… It really is the perfect environment for all your health and fitness needs. Their experienced and friendly staff will assist you to achieve your goals and you can join the fun, supportive SSH+F community ...

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Superheroes Don’t all Wear Capes

Not all heroes wear capes – think of doctors, police officers, firefighters and teachers. As modern day heroes, teachers are changing the world every day. It’s time we said thanks! Teaching is one of the largest professions in the world. In fact, there are currently more than 543,00 kids enrolled in State Schools across Queensland being taught by 50,000 teachers. The stress teachers face leads to many teach ...

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Teachers Rule

Next, to parents, teachers have one of the hardest gigs in the universe. To celebrate our kids' teachers and show them some gratitude, check out haven's favourite teacher competition... Did you know teachers are leaving their profession in significant numbers, with figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing more than half of those with a teaching degree not currently working in education? And ...

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Kids Rule this Month at Dreamworld

It’s time for your kids’ imaginations to run wild at Dreamworld with ABC Kids Month at the Gold Coast theme park. One of our favourite places on the Gold Coast, Dreamworld is currently running its ABC Kids Month – which is all about its youngest visitors. Dreamworld has prepared an amazing line up of some of the best children’s entertainers for ABC Kids Month, including childhood icons such as Bananas in Py ...

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Australian Publisher Helping People in PNG Read

Imagine not being able to read. Illiteracy is a reality for many people in Papua New Guinea who are faced with the daily challenge of not being able to read or write. To help people in PNG overcome this, Sunlight Ink Publishing has teamed up with the Ginigoada Foundation, Books4PNGKids and UNICEF to support children, teenagers and adults of Papua New Guinea to develop their reading skills Sunlight Ink Publi ...

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Rock On with Bunny Racket

Bunny Racket is here to rock you. Whether you are 3 or 103 years old, you will not be able to resist the beautiful madness of King Bunny and his gang of fluffy punk rock friends. A couple of years back, King Bunny, along with Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and Robby Krieger (The Doors), burrowed down in the southern Californian desert to create a sound that would bring all generations together in rock ‘n’ roll harmony ...

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Parents rejoice: School’s back on Monday!

After two weeks of juggling the multitude of responsibilities that come with being a parent on the school holidays, we’re finally on the home run. The school gates will fly open on Monday morning as we swiftly drop our little blessings off and race to work (or back home to have a nap!). Like the beginning of any school term, there are certain things we will need to do to make sure our kids our ready for the ...

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Help Heal the Heartache of the Gold Coast’s Youngest Residents

It’s a challenging time when anybody loses a loved one, but it can be even harder for young children when they don’t understand what has happened. To help kids conquer the big issues kids can face Paradise Kids has been successfully delivering its Grief, Loss and Trauma Program on the Gold Coast for over 20 years. A big part of Paradise Kids’ success is its buddies who are matched to work one-on-one alongsi ...

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