News, Reviews & Resources   April, 2006
Tempus Fugit ...
Easter Eggs

Time certainly does fly - good grief, it's April already! The Commonwealth Games are over, and Easter is almost upon us.

We hope you'll find the resources and links in this issue useful - both in the htm newsletter and the pdf file (see the download link to the right).

You'll find a number of web links in this email on Easter activities for children and Australian sites for Youth Leadership. And see the pdf file for a special offer from St Luke's Innovative Resources for their newly published Change By Design cards!

Sue & Chris

Getting to Outcomes
Getting To Outcomes
Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets:
Ten Steps to Measuring Success in Youth Programs and Communities

This resource from the Search Institute "weaves together strands of proven evaluation and accountability models that include critical elements of program planning, implementation and outcome measurement. Braided with the asset framework, this book provides a full range of resources to improve the quality of community development work as well as report and measure performance".

This resource includes a CD-ROM with tools for community development. The cost is $74.95 USD

Children's Parties
Girl at Party
Based in Melbourne, but providing Australia-wide resources, the Children's Parties website has been created by people who are ex-teachers, parents and grandparents:

We wanted a very strong Aussie focus so that you can be sure that every product or service listed offers you the best quality and value ... that we can find within Australia.

We are committed to making parties fun, interesting and creative for children. So we have stacked the site full of great ideas, party hints, checklists to help you to make this great day easy to organise and a day that you will thoroughly enjoy, both children and parents.

Children's Parties has special sections for your children. We have fun sections with games and puzzles, colouring in and stories as well as ways that they can help you to organise their party. We love to see children helping and learning working side by side with mum and dad, learning the special organisation skills that help them throughout their life, and we are proud to be a part of this learning process.

Resources for Educators

In searching for useful websites for this issue of Starlink, we came across the following sites that contain a number of helpful resources for educators:
  • Kerri's Library Page
    Kerri Cicolani of Brunswick East Primary School in Melbourne, has created this website of library related events, fun stuff and theme related pages.
  • Preschool Education.com
    A huge range of information, activities and links on this site!
Just for Laughs ...
Boy Laughing
The following were actual label instructions on consumer goods. They've been doing the rounds on the net for a while, but in case you missed them ...

On a Myer hairdryer:
"Do not use while sleeping".
(Darn, and that's the only time I have to work on my hair.)

On a bar of Palmolive soap:
"Directions: Use like regular soap".
(And that would be how???)

On some frozen dinners:
"Serving suggestion: Defrost".
(But it's just a suggestion!)

On Nanna's Tiramisu dessert(printed on bottom):
"Do not turn upside down".
(Well...duh, a bit late, huh!)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:
"Product will be hot after heating".
(And you thought????...)

On packaging for a K-Mart iron:
"Do not iron clothes on body".
(But wouldn't this save me more time?) Woman Laughing
"Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication".
(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year olds with head colds off those forklifts.)

On Nobby's peanuts:
"Warning: contains nuts".
(Talk about a news flash!)

On a child's superman costume:
"Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly".
(Perhaps we should blame parents rather than the company for this one?)

On a Swedish chainsaw:
"Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals".
(Was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)

To read
Starlink # 59 ...

Go to the Starlink page on our website and download the pdf file from there.

Or download directly. (You can also right-click and select save target as or download link as)

Youth Leadership

90.7 SYN FM - Student Youth Network Radio

AIESEC Australia

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition

Australian Youth Development Programme

Foundation for Young Australians

Future Leaders

Guides Australia

National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group

Scouts Australia

St John Ambulance Cadet Services

Young Australians Rural Network

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme

Youth 2 Youth


Easter Activities

Activity Idea Place

Kaboose - Easter & Passover

Easter Craft Activities

Easter Egg Coloring for Kids

Easter Crafts and Activities

KinderArt Easter Activities

The Fun Place - Easter Activities

Easter at Alphabet Soup

Kerri's Easter Page

Preschool Education - Easter Games

Easter Stories

The Holiday Spot - Easter

Easter E-Cards


Fortunately for us and our world, youth is not easily discouraged.

Youth with its clear vista and boundless faith and optimism is uninhibited by the thousands of considerations that always bedevil man in his progress.

The hopes of the world rest on the flexibility, vigor, capacity for new thought, and the fresh outlook of the young.

Dwight D Eisenhower May 27, 1946

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