How a Professional Locksmith Improved our School Building Security

School LocksmithOne of the worst nightmares we ever experienced at our school was being the victims of a break-in. The majority of our valuable electronics including our desktop computers, projectors, laptops, and tablets were all stolen from inside the school. After being advised by police on what to do, we were advised to not only change the locks but potentially upgrade the school’s entire security system. At first, everything seemed like an unnecessary hassle, until we re-examined the possibility of being broken into again. At the end of the day, the government was able to reimburse us, and we worked with a local company that was more than willing to provide sound advice in our time of need.

Xtremelocksmiths, a local company that specialises in residential, commercial, and industrial clients, offered to install new high-security locks for us at a competitive rate. They were very helpful and were keen to answer any questions and work to a very specific schedule to ensure that the majority of the work was finished outside of school hours. “We work closely with members of our local community and provide suggestions for how to beef up their personal and professional security. Integrating a better security system is one of the best preventative measures a homeowner or a business can take against break-ins.” Kyle from Xtremelocksmiths explained.

It’s been about six months since Kyle helped us set up our new locks and security system, and everything feels a lot safer. Our school has a growing technology department, and as we acquire more expensive computers capable of rendering high-resolution 3D graphics and performing genetic algorithms in Python for our programming students, we’d be even more of a target now. Our new locks are completely impervious to traditional bump-keying and resist lock picking attempts. We’re very happy with the quality of the work.

For any administrators, IT service staff, or school security employees out there, has your school ever experienced a break-in? How did you handle the situation? Did you immediately respond to the issue by hiring a firm to have a deep look into your building’s physical security? An important thing to keep in mind is that it isn’t always students who are the ones breaking in. If they let slip to a family member or older friend that their school just purchased a bunch of new computers, someone who doesn’t even go to the school could attempt to steal from it.

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Is Chiropractic Medicine Good for School Age Children?

In an age where everyone is always on a smartphone or a computer, joint pain and inflammation is at epidemic levels. Orthopaedic problems are beginning to affect children as well. As a teacher, I’ve heard of so many cases of young people, both children and teens, developing severe problems with their neck and spine. Chiropractic medicine has a bit of a convoluted history in Australia and in other countries, but recent scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is beneficial for all sorts of problems ranging from migraine headaches to postural issues. While it wasn’t initially recommended for children, medical researchers are discovering that it actually has a lot of benefits for young people.

I spoke to Matt a Chiropractor in Balmain, Sydney about chiropractic medicine for children, “It’s absolutely beneficial for people of all ages,” He explained, “But of course, I would also advise a visit to your GP beforehand to make sure it won’t exacerbate any issues. In most cases, it dramatically helps people of all ages, whether they’re young or elderly.”

It’s important that children live healthy lives. A good diet and regular exercise keeps a child’s system functioning well. After a recent outreach meeting with PTA, our school is looking at ways to increase the amount of exercise our kids get every day. Good habits start at home, and it’s important to keep parents in the loop and make them an intimate part of the process when you’re trying to improve student health. Physical education and recess can only do so much, and if a student goes home, watches television or goes online, eats unhealthy food, and doesn’t get any exercise after coming home from school, the situation will remain just as dismal.

“We’re looking at a major obesity epidemic, and the media has been good about spreading awareness on that front, but we’re also not talking enough about orthopaedic issues. People need to understand that there are consequences for spending all of your time bending your head down to look at your phone, or hunching over when you’re on the computer.” Matt is very knowledgeable when it comes to the way the body works, and his statements frightened me a little. It’s true. I do notice severe neck pain whenever I spend too much time on the phone, and I think I might look into chiropractic to solve some of the issues I’ve been running into.

Whether you buy into the benefits of chiropractic or not, the science is there. Is it good for children? Yes, but as Matt said, it would be best to talk to your primary care provider ahead of time to make sure it is safe for your child.

Hopefully, as more people become aware of the health risks associated with modern living, we’ll all know what it’s like to live in a more health-conscious world in the coming decades.

How Slate Roofing can save Sydney schools money

With funding for schools seemingly decreasing every year, administrators are working hard to cut costs and find ways to save their school districts money in both the long and short term. I think I’ve found a way that schools in the area could save quite a bit of money, especially when they consider how much money they’ll be spending on repairs over the next couple of decades. I think it would be wise for schools in Australia to start thinking about implementing slate roofing on their campuses, as slate is a material that doesn’t visually weather or fade, and it is incredibly resilient.

Why Slate?

Slate is resistant to erosion by natural and unnatural phenomena. Since it is a hardy, non-porous material that is virtually impervious to insects and animals, it is a wise investment. Some of the most well-built structures from past centuries still have roofing made of this material today, and they are virtually unchanged from when they initially were initially installed earlier in the 20th and 19th centuries. Why shouldn’t schools embrace this ancient and effective technology when it comes to their roof designs? It is an attractive material visually, and it is impervious to most forms of everyday damage.

Weatherproof and cost effective

With modern weatherproofing and chemical science, the natural obduracy of this popular building material is further enhanced. With weatherproof coating and chemicals, it can hold up even longer against nature’s trials and stand the test of time for much longer than ever seen in the past. This is why I propose that schools and educational institutions across Australia highly consider investing in this idea. It wouldn’t cost all that much money, as there are plenty of providers in the area who can finish the job for relatively low rates compared to the national average. I recently spoke to Damian at “Mr Shingles”, a slate roofing Sydney provider. Damian convinced me that the investment wouldn’t be costly and it would be worth every cent.

Slate tiling is perfect for Australia’s harsh environment

Because we live in a harsh environment that is hot year-round compared to most other western countries, it is especially important to ensure that the building materials we use are very efficient and resistant to erosion, bleaching, and damage from the elements. I can think of no better material than this when it comes to ensuring that the roofs of our campuses are fully protected against all forms of damage, and it would no doubt help save millions and millions of dollars over the next 100-200 years at least, if not more if the materials were fully proofed with modern chemicals.

If you’re an administrator or you’re currently overseeing a construction project for educational institutions, please consider advising them on the potential short and long-term savings of implementing this strategy.