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REVIEW: Knox Dining – Surfers Paradise

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Knox Dining is a great place for a family meal. Using wholesome ingredients, the menu is fresh and delicious and infused with international flavours – a great way to satisfy the taste buds.

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As a family of five, we all enjoyed something different. The kids enjoyed the delicious hotcakes and fruit with a side of strawberry ice-cream. They’re the perfect size and the side of fruit balances out the syrup and ice-cream.

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My husband ordered the ‘Big Brekkie’ which went down a treat! It’s definitely big with toasted sourdough, 2 eggs your way, smoked bacon, beef and herb chipolatas, Roma tomatos, 2 hashbrowns and baked beans. Along with the perfect latte, he was more than satisfied!

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I ordered the ‘Veggie Supreme’ which consistes of 2 eggs your way, smashed avocado, mushrooms, wilted spinach, grilled tomato, baked beans and sourdough toast. This is my favourite meal every time I visit… everytime. It’s the perfect amount of vegetables, cooked the way I like, and I’m not left feeling like I’ve eaten too much.

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The fresh juices and smoothies washed our meals down perfectly. Water is also complimentary, just request a bottle and glass from the friendly staff.

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Knox Dining caters to people with food intolerances so whether you or your child is gluten free or vegan there is something for you. Parents can also sit back and relax with their coffee, enjoying the live music, while the kids play on the jungle gym in the playground directly outside the doors.

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Free wifi is available, just ask one of the friendly staff for assistance. Parking is easy at Circle on Cavill, the first two hours are free, which give the family plenty of time to enjoy breakfast or bruch and a play.

Shopping T12, Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise
Open 6.30am – 3pm, 7 days a week

EDUCATION: World Teacher Day 2018

Thinking back to when I was young, I have such fond memories of many of my teachers throughout primary and high school. The ones that made a lasting impression on me are the ones who could see something in me that I couldn’t, they motivated and encouraged me to become a stronger version of myself and those are the teachers who helped shape the person I am today.

Teachers help mould our children’s minds and work so hard to give our children the best of themselves every day. Today is a day we can tell our teachers what they mean to us and how much of a difference they have made in all our lives.

As a parent of three children in primary school, I can confidently say we are so lucky to have great teachers at our school, who take the time to get to know the children, explore their strengths and work together on their weaknesses.

Mrs Spencer from Miami State Primary School has certainly made an impression on my six year old prep student Vienna. I asked Vienna what she admires most about Mrs Spencer and with the biggest smile on her face she said, “I love my Wednesday class time with Mrs Spencer because she makes learning fun and we always have a good time. She always says hello to me and she loves my lunch songs that I make up and sing to her, she’s the best!”

Mrs Spencer

I wanted to take this opportunity, on World Teacher Day to mention and thank the teachers who have had a strong impact on my children this year.

Mrs Campbell, Miss Norton, Mr Stephens, Mrs Hutchins, Mrs Scott, Miss Caruana, Miss Tourish, Mrs Crawford and Mrs Spencer.

Thank you for your love of teaching, your guidance, your patience and your continuous encouragement every day. You are all the reason my children love coming to school every day.

Originally posted 26 October, 2018 on Kids on the Coast magazine

LOCAL: The Kid of Burleigh Hill

The rain didn’t stop local Gold Coaster Zavier Basnett from racing down Burleigh Hill yesterday. Registered in the primary school category, eight-year-old Zavier was up for the challenge!

The Gold Coast 600 King of Burleigh Hill competition is in its third year and had 24 entrants competing for the title.

One of four kids, Zavier has always had a love of sport. His mum Tahnee says it’s a busy household with lots of extra-curricular activities to keep her children busy and active.

Zavier tried soccer for a season, but discovered it wasn’t for him, gave Nippers a go for two seasons, and soon discovered football which he has been playing for the last three seasons. Zavier loves trying new things and although he’s thriving in football, it looks like his new passion for Karting will keep him busy! As an added bonus Zavier enjoyed bonding with his Dad while they work on his custom built kart.

We sat down with Zavier to find out more about his new found love of Karting.

What made you enter the King of Burleigh Hill competition?

My dad told me about it and I really thought it sounded cool and like something I would be good at.

How long did it take you and your Dad to make your kart?

The kart took about five weeks to make. My dad built it from scratch using trolleys from Bunnings and a wheelbarrow. He spent a long time welding and cutting. I helped when I could and just kept reminding myself of my courage in case it was really scary on the day (we didn’t have any practice before the big day)

What did you learn?

I learnt that it doesn’t matter if you win, as long as you have fun and push yourself.

What was the best part of the day?

The best part of the day was the feeling in my tummy going down the hill and having everyone cheer me on.

Would you change anything for next time?

Next time we will change the wheels, they were a bit too slow so we are thinking of using bike wheels.

Great work Zavier! We look forward to seeing your love for Karting grow. We’ll be there watching and cheering you on next year!

EDUCATION: 31 authors every child should read

When I was young, going to the local library was a special treat for me. My dad would take my siblings and I every Saturday and we would spend at least two hours just browsing the rows and rows of shelves and reading as many books as we could get our hands on. We each had our own library card, which back in those days was a thin piece of cardboard on which the librarian would handwrite the books we were borrowing and then put a date stamp on it. My library visits definitely played a big role in turning me into a book lover. Reading for me is a way to escape, a way to relax and unwind and forget the worries of the world.

Once I had my own children, I started taking them to the library as soon as they were old enough. They too have developed a love of reading, starting from the simplest of books when they were toddlers to now reading novels. Although iBook’s and books on kindle are becoming the norm, there is nothing better than sitting down with a good paper book just before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. The library is also a great alternative to screen time for my kids. The screen provides instant gratification whereas a book builds up the story and allows the mind to take over, trying to work out the storyline and creating the images in the head. More often than not, books are better than the movie versions!

For a child, libraries provide a safe space for their minds to learn and grow. Children are exposed to choice. They can borrow as many different books as they want until they discover a genre that they love. Reading from an early age helps a child’s brain grow and strengthen and by visiting their local library they are learning to accept reading as a part of life.

These days, libraries offer so much for both children and adults:

  • Free use of computers, wifi and fast internet access
  • Calender of programs and events
  • Story time for kids
  • Book clubs
  • Book readings from authors
  • Activities, games and puzzles
  • eBooks, audiobooks and videos

Whether it’s a rainy day, school holidays or just a casual visit here and there for a school project or research the library is a place where you can let your mind get lost in a book and let your imagination run wild.

There is never a lack of books a child can read, from newer authors to the classics, there is something for every child. The City of Gold Coast libraries recommend some authors every child should read:

  1. Enid Blyton
  2. Lewis Carroll
  3. Joy Cowley
  4. Roald Dahl
  5. Terry Deary
  6. Maurice Gee
  7. Morris Gleitzman
  8. Andy Griffiths
  9. David Hill
  10. Des Hunt
  11. Brian Jacques
  12. Paul Jennings
  13. Jeff Kinney
  14. Jack Lasenby
  15. C.S Lewis
  16. Margaret Mahy
  17. John Marsden
  18. Michael Morpurgo
  19. Gary Paulsen
  20. Tamora Pierce
  21. Terry Pratchett
  22. Philip Pullman
  23. Celia Rees
  24. Rick Riordan
  25. J.K Rowling
  26. Louis Sachar
  27. Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. Robert Swindells
  29. J.R.R Tolkien
  30. Jacqueline Wilson
  31. E.B White

The Gold Coast has some great libraries you can visit:

Broadbeach: 61 Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters

Burleigh Heads: Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Waters: Corner Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive

Coolangatta: Level 1, The Strand, Corner Marine Parade and Dutton Street Coolangatta

Elenora: The Pines Shopping Centre, Guineas Creek Road, Elenora

Helensvale: Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale

Nerang: Corner White and Price Streets, Nerang

Palm Beach: Eleventh Avenue, Palm Beach

Robina: 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Runaway Bay: Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

Southport: Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport

Upper Coomera: Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads, Upper Coomera

Originally posted 01 October 2018 on Kids on the Coast magazine