Monday, October 27, 2014

The Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation to honour lives lost

The SMH has started the Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation, in memory of Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin – the three West Australian siblings who were among those killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.  The personal stories of those aboard MH17 touched a chord with all Australians, but perhaps none more so than the three bright and beautiful faces of the Maslin children.
The fund and initial donation of $20,000 is the brainchild of Ms Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
Ms Credlin has been working with the family for the past month to establish the Foundation as a way to both honour the children's memory and help other children in the future.
 Herald readers and the wider Australian community are encouraged to generously contribute to the fund. Donations to the fund can be made to The Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation:  BSB: 092-009. Account: 12135-1. 
It is the newspaper's hope that, together, we can create a substantial and lasting foundation to honour the memory of Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis 8, and the bravery of their parents Anthony (Maz) Maslin and Marite (Rin) Norris. 
Maz and Rin want the foundation to focus on helping children with dyslexia and related learning difficulties through early childhood intervention. The hardships faced by young children with dyslexia and their families have a particular resonance for Maz and Rin because Otis had dyslexia.  Find out more about Dyslexia and find library resources on the topic here.
The Australian Dyslexia Association said dyslexia was resistant to traditional teaching and regular tutoring. Individuals with dyslexia have average to superior intelligence and can learn. They just learn differently and therefore need to be taught differently.
Maz and Rin would like to work with dyslexic associations to target the foundation's efforts on early intervention activity.  "What we would like to do is find a way to encourage these crazy, amazing, creative little kids to engage in school through early intervention at the earliest possible stage: four- to five-year-olds or thereabouts". 

In particular, they would like the foundation to support educators to find new ways to assist children with this condition and other learning difficulties, and find fun ways children can address their own difficulties through "play".   Read more @ smh.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mental Health Week 5-12 Oct‎ober

Raise money for mental health research, funding Australia’s next generation of researcher to seek breakthroughs, progress and cures.
Did you know:
  • Nearly 50% of all Australians experience at least one episode of mental ill health in our lives
  • Almost every Australian is affected: as carers, parents, friends, family
  • For 15-44 year olds, mental illness outstrips all other health issues
  • The annual cost of mental illness in Australia has been estimated at more than $20 billion
Check out ABC Mental As  or visit the library to find out more information about Mental Health.

Congratulations a silver medal for sewing!

Macquarie Fields TAFE student Emma Hillier, who recently returned from the national TAFE WorldSkills competition with a silver medal in her sewing kit.
Ms Hillier, 20, was studying a Diploma of Fashion at the TAFE last year when she put her hand up to compete, read the full story through Campbelltown Advertiser

Latest Titles available now!

Don't be shy, be brave like these Box Trolls, and come into the library to borrow the latest resources.