Nits 101

head-lice

I’ve gone back to uni this year. I’m taking some undergraduate genetics subjects (code for I feel very, very old sitting amongst a sea of 18-year-olds – appreciate the fact that they weren’t even born when I was last in a lecture hall).

Anyway, when the lecturer introduced the topic of ‘genetic resistance’ and said that head lice provides an excellent example, I quietly thought to myself “In this hall of 300 people, I reckon the only person who might know more about nits than me is the lecturer.” Because, like most parents, I’ve had my run-ins with head lice and nits (technically, lice are the live creatures and the nits are the eggs).

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Tom – tearing it up in the playground!

Tom's first School PicHave you seen a little Preppie tearing around the playground on legs and wheels? That’s Tom.

Like his friends, Tom has his favourite classroom and playground activities (the sandpit and ball games rate highly, as does reading) and he’s settled into school life wonderfully (remember, it’s a big jump from kinder to school). But Tom had a very different start to life compared to his classmates. His mum and dad, Jen and Andrew, have shared Tom’s story to help people understand more about him. Continue reading

Building the Positive Play project

When my kids were at kindergarten, the busiest corner of the kinder room was where the ‘construction’ took place – boxes, hundreds of metres of tape, bits of foam, milk bottle lids and string were the starting point of some marvelous creations. Take that same ‘the-sky’s-the-limit’ concept and scale it up. And then take it outside. That’s what KPS’s Positive Play project is all about.

The Grade Six team behind the Positive Play Project

The Grade Six team behind the Positive Play Project

Grade One teacher, Melissa Hayes, and a group of Grade Six students (Katherine, Lucy, Stella, Nathan, Daniel, Maya, Daichi, Genna and Ebony) have been investigating ways of making recess and lunchtime a little more ‘creative’. Their project is called Positive Play and is inspired by programs such as Play for Life, that focus on creating opportunities for rich, open-ended and self directed play in the playground. Continue reading