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Bridges for Learning and BoF

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Bridges for Learning and 'Best of Friends' Program

We are proud to announce the Bridges for Learning has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at their organization in Bowral. Clients from Bowral and surrounding areas will now be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.

“At Bridges for Learning in Bowral, we are often approached by parents requesting advice and support for their children who may have difficulties with social skills and managing conflict in their peer groups. We were interested in finding a structured program which would be fun and interactive and involve both children and parents.  ‘The Best of Friends’™ program ticks all the boxes and we look forward to introducing it to our families”says Kellie Giles, Senior Psychologist at Bridges for Learning.

Their enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

Dates for 2016 workshops will be announced very soon.

About Bridges for Learning

Bridges for Learning provides a range of therapy and special education programs for children 0–12 years with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families. Their staff includes speech pathologists, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, early childhood intervention teacher, family worker and psychologist. Their approach involves working with each family to develop an individual plan for their child.

The services are delivered by professionals within a positive, fun, caring environment. Parents and carers are provided with ongoing support and resources in order to educate, and nurture the well-being of children and families within our local community.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Bridges for Learning has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their clients.

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 and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators 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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St Catherine’s School and BOF

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St Catherine’s School and The Best of Friends Program

We are proud to announce the St Catherine’s School in Waverley has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at the Junior School.

Their enrolment sets a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About St Catherine’s School

St Catherine’s is the oldest independent Anglican girl’s school in Australia. St Catherine’s School was founded in 1856 by Mrs Jane Barker.

St Catherine’s is an innovative school and are Australian leaders in positive psychology and ICT in education. The School offers many opportunities in sport, music and the arts and our staff carefully guide and support students through her studies and encourage them to find an interest they will pursue with passion.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, St Catherine’s school has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment the Learning Enrichment team demonstrated during our visit.

The Learning Enrichment team aims for inclusion for all girls, and Learning Enrichment programs are provided as in-class support and small group instruction. The Junior school is closely monitored from Kindergarten to Year 6 to make sure they are on track academically and with sound social and emotional skills.

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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Shortlisted – Australian Publishers Awards 2015

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Australian Publishers Awards 2015! - Social & Emotional Learning Program

We are excited to announce that our Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) program, The Best of Friends, has been shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Awards 2015! The shortlist is selected by a panel of more than 10 publishing industry professionals.This distinguished panel has agreed that our work deserves special recognition.

Last year we took the trophy home with the Power Up program and are looking forward to the award night again with anticipation.

We were selected amongst  Australia’s major publishers such as Pearson, Macmillan, Pascal Press, Oxford Press making this position in the shortlist a major achievement and a fantastic reward for our work and dedication over the past years of creating beautiful educational resource.

The awards are held by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the peak national body responsible for representing the Australian publishing industry and for promoting the importance of the published word to the educational, social, cultural and intellectual life of Australia. Awards will be presented in the primary school, secondary school, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education categories as well as to the Primary and Secondary School Publisher of the Year.

For more information about The Best of Friends, visit http://bof.quirkykid.com.au or download a flyer

The event night is scheduled for:

17th September 2015, 5:00pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
We hope to see you there.

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Hello Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair

New QK Book selected for ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition and catalogue at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Oz authors and illustrators in the 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. We are extremely proud to have our book, The Best of Friends as one of the selected title! This is the second recognition we received for our publishing work this year. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and
  • draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:

  • Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
  • the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
  • the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
  • the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
  • the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna. The Catalogue will soon be available here.

Our title, The Best of Friends will be available Mid 2015.

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The Best of Friends @ Fairfield PS

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Fairfield Public school and The Best of Friends Program

This week Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien and Simonne Cohen are heading to Fairfield Public school in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 12 lucky male students from Year 3, 4, 5.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing and practicing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

More information about the program on our website. You can register for the school based workshops online as well. 

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