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Common Sense Media 2013 Back-to-School Guide

Common Sense Media Back-to-School Guide 2013

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2013 ON for Learning Award Winners

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National Parenting Seal of Approval - Winner

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The Toy Man Award of Excellence 2008

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iParenting Media Awards - Outstanding Product 2008

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“There are so many things to see and do on Jumpstart that we have only scratched the surface after a month of exploring it. There is not a day that goes by that our son does not ask to play. It has been not only a good tool for him to learn how to use the computer, but has been a big help turning learning into fun.”Read More
marionskitchen.com.au 3rd July, 2012 Marion Grasby

Marion Grasby started life in the tropical city of Darwin, where the papaya salads are spicy and the mangoes are sweet and sticky. Marion is a little bit Thai (courtesy of her Mum) and a little bit Australian (courtesy of her Dad). Her love of food and travel became ingrained at an early age as her globetrotting parents lived and travelled in Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Australia.

Marion is a passionate cook, writer, presenter and creator of the Marion's Kitchen Asian food range. Her cookbook, Marion: Recipes and Stories from a Hungry Cook, was released in 2011 and she has a monthly food column in Masterchef Magazine.

“…I am really pleased to have Jumpstart as a more educational and more appropriate option when they want to have some fun online.”Read More
JustinNorth.com.au 3rd, 10th & 11th July, 2013 Justin North

Restaurateur Justin North is one of Sydney's most widely recognised chefs - his philosophical approach to sustainability and ethical eating has seen him be described as a visionary within the industry. The contemporary flavours and sophisticated style of his food has resulted in many awards: Becasse was named runner-up for the 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Restaurant of the year award while Justin was awarded the title of '2009 Chef of the Year'. In 2011 Becasse received two hats in the 2012 SMH Good Food Guide, three stars from Gourmet Traveller and was the 2011 Restaurant and Catering Restaurant of the year. Also, in 2011 Justin and Georgia were presented with the inaugural Le Cordon Bleu Award for Professional Excellence at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Award Ceremony.

Justin is the author of two award winning books Becasse: Inspirations and Flavours and the recently published French Lessons.

“The games at JumpStart are designed to focus on math, reading, and critical thinking. Most importantly, JumpStart makes it FUN for kids to learn.”Read More
danivenn.com 19th & 22nd July (Dinner), 2013 Dani Venn

MasterChef audience favourite Dani Venn made a big splash on our screens in 2011. The MasterChef judges and audience alike were impressed with her knowledge of Asian flavours, skill in the kitchen and her enthusiastic and relentless energy. Dani always wore her heart on her plate and was always happy, whether laughing or crying. "Dani has such an infectious personality. Her laugh lit up the MasterChef kitchen"- Matt Preston. Since leaving the competition, Dani has been developing her food blog www.danivenn.com, and expanding her career aspirations and media opportunities. She performs cooking demonstrations all over Australia and makes regular appearances on the Nova 100 Breakfast show in Melbourne with Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes. Dani also has television and book projects in development.

“JumpStart World is quite possibly the best learning software my family has ever used. It is a fantastic resource for parents like me, who supplement what our children are learning in school, and it is ideal for homeschooling parents looking for innovative ways to teach basic skills.”Read More
juliegoodwin.com.au 5th July, 2013 Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin is the winner of the first Australian Masterchef crown. In 2009 Network Ten's Masterchef Series took Australian television by storm. In a finale watched by almost 4 million Australians, Julie Goodwin took out the title of Australia's first ever 'MasterChef and the life of the dedicated wife and mother of 3 changed forever.

Julie's first book 'Our Family Table' published with Random House in 2010, stayed at No.1 Bestseller for over 10 weeks, having sold over 200,000 copies to date, it is one of Australia's largest selling cook books ever. Julie's second book, 'Heart of the Home', was released for Christmas 2011, with a third book due for release in 2013.

Julie has maintained a high media profile as a regular columnist for the Australian's Women's Weekly and resident cook on the Today Show for Ch9. and an audience favourite guest on Ten's Can Of Worms.

“The great thing about the Jumpstart games were that my girls were having so much fun 'playing' they just wanted to keep on learning. In my book, that is always a plus.”Read More
justineschofield.com.au 6th, 18th & 21st July, 2013 Justine Schofield

A favourite finalist on MasterChef Series 1, Justine is a down to earth, half French and half Australian gourmet cook. Growing up with her mother owning a French restaurant, Justine Schofield is naturally passionate about French cuisine. Often referred to as a young 'Rachel Rae', Justine now hosts her own TV show, 'Everyday Gourment' on Ch10, has appeared at Good Food Shows nationally, and is in high demand catering and appearing at corporate events.

“The three of us had a great time with this game. There are so many different places to play, the number of choices is almost overwhelming”Read More
fourinhand.com.au 12th & 13th July, 2013 Colin Fassnidge

Dublin born Colin Fassnidge has been the Head Chef of the Four in Hand since October 2005. During Colin's time at the Four in Hand, The Dining Room has been exalted through reviews. Awards include the Good Food Guide One Chefs Hat and adding the prestigious Second Hat in 2010. The Dining Room has always been in The Gourmet Travellers Top 100. Colin is also behind the Paddington Arms and 4Fourteen in Surry Hills. Colin was a popular contributing Chef on the Masterchef Series - introducing Australian's to the culinary delights of pig's tail and winning out against Contestant Jay Huxley in a great Steak & Kidney Pie Challenge.

“I certainly am not one to let me child sit on the computer (not to mention a 3 year old) but this was truly fun and educational! My son has a 5 second attention span, but amazingly he really got into the game!”Read More
fourinhand.com.au 12th & 13th July, 2013 Colin Fassnidge

Dublin born Colin Fassnidge has been the Head Chef of the Four in Hand since October 2005. During Colin's time at the Four in Hand, The Dining Room has been exalted through reviews. Awards include the Good Food Guide One Chefs Hat and adding the prestigious Second Hat in 2010. The Dining Room has always been in The Gourmet Travellers Top 100. Colin is also behind the Paddington Arms and 4Fourteen in Surry Hills. Colin was a popular contributing Chef on the Masterchef Series - introducing Australian's to the culinary delights of pig's tail and winning out against Contestant Jay Huxley in a great Steak & Kidney Pie Challenge.

“They progress though the worlds to access games and stories, all the while learning math and reading skills. This is the part that was important to me: that they are working on skill development other than fast mouse-clicking reflexes!”Read More
fourinhand.com.au 12th & 13th July, 2013 Colin Fassnidge

Dublin born Colin Fassnidge has been the Head Chef of the Four in Hand since October 2005. During Colin's time at the Four in Hand, The Dining Room has been exalted through reviews. Awards include the Good Food Guide One Chefs Hat and adding the prestigious Second Hat in 2010. The Dining Room has always been in The Gourmet Travellers Top 100. Colin is also behind the Paddington Arms and 4Fourteen in Surry Hills. Colin was a popular contributing Chef on the Masterchef Series - introducing Australian's to the culinary delights of pig's tail and winning out against Contestant Jay Huxley in a great Steak & Kidney Pie Challenge.

“Jumpstart is a great resource for parents, it gives your kids access to a highly favored activity, it's educational, and safe.”Read More
fourinhand.com.au 12th & 13th July, 2013 Colin Fassnidge

Dublin born Colin Fassnidge has been the Head Chef of the Four in Hand since October 2005. During Colin's time at the Four in Hand, The Dining Room has been exalted through reviews. Awards include the Good Food Guide One Chefs Hat and adding the prestigious Second Hat in 2010. The Dining Room has always been in The Gourmet Travellers Top 100. Colin is also behind the Paddington Arms and 4Fourteen in Surry Hills. Colin was a popular contributing Chef on the Masterchef Series - introducing Australian's to the culinary delights of pig's tail and winning out against Contestant Jay Huxley in a great Steak & Kidney Pie Challenge.