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Shortlisted: Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award 2016

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Posted on by Lisa Diebold

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We are once again filled with pride and excitement to announce that our Social and Emotional Learning title, The Best of Friends, has been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award, 2016. There were 154 books nominated for this year’s awards and these titles are now being judged against criteria relevant to each category by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development.

The winners in the five categories will be announced on Thursday, 13 October 2016.

About Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Speech pathologists are university trained allied health professionals with expertise in the assessment and treatment of communication and/or swallowing difficulties, with whom we work in conjunction with in many cases here at Quirky Kid.

About the Award

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards has been running for 13 years to date and aims to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life. Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.

Each book is judged on its visual appeal and interactive quality. Notably, are the books are also judged on their ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development and ofter present the following characteristics

  • Has a strong narrative format.
  • Contains characters that appeal to the intended audience.
  • Encourages the reader to explore new ideas and concepts
  • Encourages the development of imagination and curiosity
  • Uses appropriate language
  • Is engaging
  • The Text is well presented

To find out more abut The Best of Friends, please visit http://bof.quirkykid.com.au

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Winner: ABIA’s ‘Book Industry Innovation Award’

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Posted on by Lisa Diebold

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We’re proud to announce we’re the winners of the 2016 Australian Book Industry Innovation Award with a submission of our recent Social and Emotional Learning Program – The Best of Friends

Last month the program was also shortlisted at The London Book Fair International Excellence awards – The Education Initiatives Award –  together with tUnited Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) (Sudan) and Book Aid International.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration of the creatives behind all of the industries greatest works such as authors, editors, publishers and retailers. The Business Awards are decided by a judging panel composed of experienced and impartial business people from a diverse range of industries. The panel is chaired by a veteran of the publishing industry who has held a very senior role within the industry.

Our submission related to The Best of Friends program. Our goal was to research, produce, test and publish a locally and internationally recognised

Our goal was to research, produce, test and publish a locally and internationally recognised social and emotional learning resource for use by/with children and schools around Australia and overseas. The resource had to be engaging, practical and effective while using hybrid publishing methods like print and online for easy use. The resource had to ‘speak’ with various audiences like teachers and parents while ensuring children could co-create with the materials to ensure individual and meaningful learning.

Further, the use of stories and illustrations by Australian content creators( Barbara Gonzalez, Connah Brecon and Lisa Diebold) was paramount to ensure appropriate context and the promotion of local talent for global audiences. Our aesthetic style goals were intended to flow naturally from our desire to create a layout that winds seamlessly throughout the books illustrative work, creating a bright and engaging experience for the young reader. Connah Brecon embraces many different mediums, textures, and surfaces in his illustrations, so we too applied the same aspects to our design elements and typography. Our visual elements are all created to mimic paper that has had been roughly cut and pasted onto the illustrations themselves; almost as though each page of the book has been lovingly crafted together by hand, before being published as a book

About the Event

As the flagship event for the Australian book industry, the ABIAs showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world creating more than 7,000 new titles each year and it was is an owner to be amongst it.

Guest 2016 ABIA presenters including Richard Flanagan, Tom Keneally, Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem and Jeanette Winterson joined host and comedian extraordinaire Kitty Flanagan on stage with over 500 guests from across the book industry attending.

For the full list of awards and winners, visit the ABIA Website: http://abiawards.com.au/current-winners

 

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BoF @ Sts Peter and Pauls Primary School

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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We are proud to announce the St Peter and Pauls Primary school in Canberra has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2016.

Their enrollment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective classroom intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About St Peter and Pauls Primacy School

Sts Peter and Paul Primary School began in 1968. The school is situated in Wisdom Street, Garran, in the Parish of the Transfiguration in the Woden Valley. Sts Peter and Paul is a vibrant Catholic coeducational school.  It is a place that is constantly adapting to the changing needs of young people and their world.  It is a place where all children can discover who they are and develop the self-confidence to take on new challenges in a caring and nurturing Catholic environment.

 

St Peter and Pauls Primary School is part of The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. St Peter and Pauls and Catholic schools seek to contribute to the creation of an Australian community that is highly educated, skilled and cultured with an ability to promote and embrace a critical analysis of social issues, the expansion of knowledge and the pursuit of truth.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, Sts Peter & Paul has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with how proactive and engage the school staff was and their diligence and commitment their pastoral care provides to the students.

Their enables our girls and young women to develop as individuals, identify their strengths and realise their potential. The Student Welfare Officers are fully registered Psychologists and members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

 

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BoF @ Sacré Coeur School, Victoria

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Image of a hand holding a pen promoting The Best of Friends program by Quirky Kid at Sacre Couer School

We are proud to announce the Sacré Coeur Junior School in Victoria has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2016.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective classroom intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Sacré Coeur School

Throughout their rich history since the School’s establishment in 1888, thousands of women have been educated at Sacré Cœur and have gone on to succeed in all aspects of their lives. This has been due to the strength of our community; their sense of belonging to the School and their desire to learn and to be the best they could be.

Sacré Cœur is a school steeped in tradition and connected to 150 sister schools across 41 different countries. This enables our girls and staff to engage in a myriad of international programs and opportunities. Each of our sister schools shares in and is inspired by the writings, philosophy and actions of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in 1800.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology,Sacré Coeur Junior School has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment their pastoral care provides to the students.

Their enables our girls and young women to develop as individuals, identify their strengths and realise their potential. The Student Welfare Officers are fully registered Psychologists and members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

 

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From us: Mount Everest

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Posted on by Kathryn Berry (Quirky Kid Staff)

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Mount Everest. It has been a place that has fascinated me since I was a little girl, with it’s alluring beauty on one side and it’s unpredictable and commanding nature on the other. While I have always known that I would never scale it’s peaks, I’ve always wanted to hike to Basecamp, and that is what I will be undertaking in a week’s time!

In December, I attended a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) fundraising event and met some inspiring members of the organisation who were heading to Everest Base Camp in March 2016. The mission to Base Camp is designed to raise awareness and funds for two important UNICEF projects: Nutrition programs in South East Asia and the Nepalese Earthquake appeal. After hearing about UNICEF’s amazing work and dedication to helping marginalised and poverty-stricken children and families across the globe, I asked what I could do to help. Then and there I signed up, committing to raise at least $5000 and to head up to Everest Base Camp on an 18 day trip of a lifetime!

Dr Katrhryn Berry and her group at Mt Everest basecamp

Getting ready to head to Nepal has been a journey in itself. I have walked on average 60kms per week with boots, 10kg pack and ensuring lots of escarpment climbs have been achieved to get my body ready for the trek ahead. Walking has been time to reflect on the plight of millions of children who live in dire circumstances and who lack the things we typically take for granted, such as fresh, clean water. Training has also been a time of raising awareness of friends, family and community members have joined to support me through the kilometers! I am happy to say, I am fitter and healthier than ever and have raised over $7000 that is going directly to support UNICEF and their work.

I will be back with stories and adventures to share in a few weeks and in the meantime, I encourage you to share an act of kindness with someone around you. A small act can make a big difference!

“The smallest act of Kindness is worth more than the grandest intentions” Oscar Wild

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