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Toli Papadopoulos

Project Playgrounds

Project Playgrounds pops up in Queensland, Victoria

While we continue to brighten up playgrounds Australia wide, we are very pleased to announce our increased capabilities in Victoria with the inception of Project Playgrounds Victoria and our partnership with Living Colour in Queensland.

Taking advantage of our experience in the field, the expertise of our partners and in keeping with our commitment to bring our wonderful thermoplastic markings to every school across the country, this will allow us to offer a more responsive and reliable service to the Victorian, Southern Queensland and Northern NSW markets.

The team at Living Colour (based on the Gold Coast) have over 20 years experience working with schools and helping them bring dull areas to life.

“We can see how the Project Playgrounds product can add so much value to the playground spaces of any school. It ts so well with what we are doing with schools already. With our wealth of experience in the sector, we look forward to being able to offer it to our existing and new customers alike. We also know that by being on the ground in the region and our reputation in the sector, clients can be con dent in the service they will receive.”

The team at Project Playgrounds Australia, together with their partners, are excited about the expansion of the business. We continually strive to offer more options through capabilities, product range and bespoke designs. Although we have installed in over 200 schools throughout the country already, we never tire of the experience – the excitement of the children when they have a new set of playground designs to jump around!

At Project Playgrounds, we believe that every school, no matter how small or where they are situated should bene t from a playground that is permanently bright and vibrant and is as educational as it is fun. As such, our markings are colourfast, UV stable, anti-slip and non toxic. – everything that painted markings are not.

Project Playgrounds Victoria Pty Ltd has people on the ground in the Victorian region ready to brighten up your playground! Contact us on 1800 264 307 or at Living Colour can be contacted on 07 5520 7577 or at

Project Playgrounds Australia 1800 264 307 or

Your Aid, We Deliver

Charity seeking Australian educators to help Cambodian students

An Australian-based not-for-profit, Your Aid, We Deliver aims to privide clean water, education, dental and medical services to communities in rural Cambodia.

Constantly seeking donations in the form of teaching resources and even the time of qualified teachers, Your Aid, We Deliver is currently promoting its new drive. Teachers, teaching students and student teachers are asked to consider applying for one of many positions teaching over 2,500 students English and computer skills.

Your Aid, We Deliver is fully funded through The Buddhist Library, meaning all donations and funds go directly to its projects, rather than needing to spend money on administration.

“We also have a mobile library and a Tuk Tuk library to provide education books to children in very remote areas,” said Paget Sayers, Founder of The Buddhist Library and Your Aid, We Deliver.

“The experience ​​our ​volunteers ​ha​ve​ ​in these communities and schools is incredibly enriching​​,​ invaluable​ and ​is great practical experience to develop their skills and gain global experience​,” he said. “The volunteers have a ​profound and ​long term positive impact on these communities by improving ​the opportunities for these children and giving them a chance to learn, grow and be literate.”

Your Aid, We Deliver doesn’t charge volunteers to assist them, and a contribution may be as small as the donation of an old textbook.

Visit the volunteer page on the group’s website for more details.


Software to protect students Fi Bendall

Software to protect students

Following recent revelations regarding the sharing of explicit images of girls from more than 70 Australian schools, a technological solution has been suggested.

Speaking at the Australian Institute of Professinal Intelligence Offices’ (AIPIO) conference yesterday, Founder and Director of Prevent and Protect Pty Ltd, Ms Fi Bendall announced new software designed to protect students against these kind of online threats.

The solution is described as protecting vulnerable users by actively analysing peer-to-peer cyber bullying, radicalisation and extremist grooming, instances of grooming and sexual threats, potential self-harm, deliberate access to inappropriate websites, pornography and more.

Ms Bendall said the launch of the new online software was particularly timely due to the recent news regarding the pornography scandal.

“This is especially timely and causing much interest at AIPIO due to the recent pornography scandal hitting more than 70 schools nationally. Prevent and Protect have agreed to work for free with police, intelligence, federal and state authorities to assist in their intelligence gathering”.

Prevent and Protect was formed in 2016 using software already implemented in 3,500 schools across the UK. It is designed to alert institutions to real-world issues that young people may be experiencing, including domestic violence, neglect, depression and anxiety.

“This is not an internet filtering system, it is an online system that alerts and captures information when a high-grade risk is in play,” Ms Bendall explained.

“We want to work with schools and police to provide an online system that will identify risks and alert the right people at the right time to put in place much needed support to young people being exposed to online threats. The data we capture is from inappropriate material from online and offline activity on social networking sites, chat rooms, peer-to-peer software, interactive games, websites, email, instant messaging systems, word and notepad.”

Renault Master Bus schoolkids

Renault’s boost for safe school transport

Renault has added a safety bonus for school kids with the arrival of the new Master Bus.

The 12-seater is ideal for school principals who want to ensure their charges are safely conveyed to sports or inter-school events or away on excursions, and the new Master Bus provides a plethora of peace-of-mind inclusions at a very attractive price.

While many teachers may be called upon to drive a school bus, their levels of enthusiasm for driving a vehicle larger than a regular car may be low initially, but after only a short time behind the wheel, they’ll marvel at how a bus that is so spacious on the inside can feel so small and easy to drive on the outside.

Excellent visibility is one of the key elements of a safe vehicle, and the Master’s driving position and large mirrors, as well as a reversing camera ensure that drivers are able to position the Bus exactly where they want it.

A responsive engine and slick shifting automated manual transmission take the stress out of moving the hoard along, and attention to detail with sound deadening cabin linings and interior strip lighting, USB ports for recharging mobile phones and iPods, keep the crew in the back quiet and absorbed, rather revelling in rowdiness and distracting the driver.

A second air conditioning unit mounted inside at the rear of the vehicle ensures the climate is always under control, and an optional powered sliding side door, controlled by buttons on the dash, lets the responsible adult in charge decides when and where the occupants alight. A powered slide-out step also makes it easy for even junior students to hop in with ease.

Of course there are airbags up front along with seat belt pre-tensioners, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control and a three-point seat belt for each passenger.

With the engine up-front, and a large safety cell ahead of the driver, there’s a pair of large comfortable seats for the front-row passengers.

Those seated behind enjoy limousine length legroom, and even allowing for all this lounging room, there’s still 3.5m3 of luggage space behind the rear-most row of seats.

Passenger comforts include an airline style radiator running the length of the cabin to warm away the winter chills, and the option pack adds carpets, curtains and LED spotlights.

With enough headroom to accommodate the basketball team, enough luggage space for the cricket team and enough comfort to cosset the high-value soccer squad, the Renault Master Bus is an all round winner when it comes to ferrying teams of students around.

And with Renault’s 3-year factory warranty, and roadside assistance, plus the first 3 scheduled services capped at $349 each, and spaced up to 30,000km or one year apart, all you have to worry about is picking a winner from the palette of 10 hues to match the school’s uniform.

Find our more from your nearest Renault dealer. There are 53 of them across Australia, so there’s one near your school. Or call Renault direct on 1800 009 008.

When it comes to transporting your students in style, comfort and safety, Renault’s the Master mover.

Full details of the Renault Master Bus are available on the Renault website.