Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN
Aug31

Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN

I was a Government schooled child who attended a quite a few (four primary and three high schools), in mostly poorer areas. Despite the less than ideal experience, I always felt I had options, and more importantly the space to learn, fail, change, grow and try again. It’s a luxury our kids can not afford in the current schooling system, especially when it comes to NAPLAN. NAPLAN, from my understanding, was introduced by the Gillard...

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Kids and epilepsy
Mar30

Kids and epilepsy

“I’m not sure all the teachers realise that he isn’t not listening. It’s often hard to know when he is having a seizure. I do because I know him so well”. This was the paraphrased conversation I had casually joined at the school gate yesterday.   Her son has multiple Focal (partial) seizures during the day. A form of epilepsy that often goes unnoticed because the person could simple look like they are...

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Kids Holiday Programs in Sydney – Delicious
Mar28

Kids Holiday Programs in Sydney – Delicious

Sydney Mums are always looking for holiday programs to do with kids. We was contacted by the awesome guys – how cool are these holiday work shops?! Kids getting in and amongst soil. plants. seeds and the environment around them, right in the heart of Sydney in Dulwich Hill. There are different programs on offer and registration and bookings are essential. You can find the form below… DD Holiday Workshops A3 flyer v3...

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Mums supporting Mums
Dec12

Mums supporting Mums

Saturday was Human Rights Day, although I was enjoying the day among friends my thoughts did drift to those in this life who are really doing it tough. Tough because they are not choosing to be persecuted or discriminated against but that it is being imposed on them – the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, a LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous Peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of...

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Sydney Mum continues talking education
Dec05

Sydney Mum continues talking education

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new reforms hitting the HSC and NAPLAN from 2017 and my thoughts how it will impact our family and my role as a mum. Since I have come across some interesting articles that talk about the importance of early intervention, in particular the possibility of NSW schools implementing a phonics test at the end of year 1. It would seem that Australian government schools could be taking a page out of...

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Early detection is your best protection
Dec02

Early detection is your best protection

Cancer, it’s the leading cause of death in Australia and knows no impunity and is non-discriminate. We all know someone who knows someone who knows someone and so on. Surfing the social media wave this week Sydney Mum came across this amazing story of Daniella, an inspirational woman sharing her very personal journey with breast cancer. She is on a mission and using Facebook as a launch pad, she has set a challenge to woman (and men)...

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World AIDS Day Thursday 1st December
Nov28

World AIDS Day Thursday 1st December

HIV and AIDS continue to challenge countries around the world. In Australia there was 1081 new diagnoses in 2014 (worldaidsday) although the rate has remained stable for the last few years. World AIDS Day is this Thursday and there events popping up all over Sydney including the in East: World AIDS Day Makeover with MAC – A day event in the foyer of Sydney Children’s Hospital – High St, Randwick where MAC Cosmetic...

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Sydney Mum will be wearing white and orange this Friday 25th November
Nov23

Sydney Mum will be wearing white and orange this Friday 25th November

On the back of White Ribbon Day this Friday Sydney Mum will be wearing orange, What about you? Not only is Friday the 25th November White Ribbon Day but also Orange Day, a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. It is also the beginning of an international campaign – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign Taking place between the International Day for the...

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Part II – Sydney Mum’s and their children’s education future
Nov22

Part II – Sydney Mum’s and their children’s education future

Wow, Wow, Wow…this is big news for me…Part II Yes, I do agree we need to make sure school leavers are competent in literacy and numeracy skills, I call it being a responsible and conscientious adult and parent, ensuring the future of our children is not at stake so they can realise their full potential. But I ask why are we testing that from year 9 onwards? What about the early years? Aren’t they the years that count the most? How...

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Sydney Mums and their children’s education future
Nov20

Sydney Mums and their children’s education future

Wow, Wow, Wow! This is big news for me… Part I A few weeks ago it was brought to my attention the HSC in its current form has been subject to a massive makeover that is creating waves among communities of parents, educators and health care professionals. The reform brings a change to the literacy and numeracy standards expected from students completing year 9 NAPLAN tests onwards to become eligible for the HSC. NAPLAN is the acronym...

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