Classroom seating

14 Things I have learned being a high school student with a disability . . . by Rep_McTruides

1. Just because you were born different doesn’t mean you are seen as “different” by the other students.
That’s right! Never think you are different! We were all born different! Because if we weren’t and the world was perfect, everything would be boring!! You are just like everyone less, but with added flair!!!

2. Your disability shouldn’t be the thing that defines who you are as a person!
Your disability shouldn’t stop you from being your wonderful, bubbly bright self! Let your colours flow, and let your passions be heard!

3. Just because you have special needs doesn’t mean you are less valued as a student
This is so true!! You are just as valued as every classmate, the truth is you still participate in the same class activities, learn the same things, do your work and complete assignment and homework!

4. You are just as capable to achieving academic success 
Don’t you dare think you don’t deserve that A, you worked hard for it! Your disability wasn’t the thing that was stopping you was it??

5. The way you look doesn’t matter, its a part of you – embrace it!
You can’t Change or hide the fact that you have a disability so why not embrace it!

6. Don’t conform to others because of your disability, let others conform to you!
You don’t have to always sit on the side lines because your afraid that you’ll prevent your friends from having fun! Why let them have all the fun??? Instead, tell them you want to join in and watch them think of a creative way for you to join in on all the action!

7. If people take advantage of your disability, then you need to find some better friends!
Bullying isn’t fun for any of us, and you’ll agree it’s much WORSE when you have a physical disability. If this is happening to you, don’t put up with it, find some besties that embrace and accept your disability!!

8. Don’t hide, you have nothing to be ashamed of, you are beautiful!
Don’t be self-conscious of what others may think of you, remember they all have flaws too! Be proud of your body!!

9. Don’t be afraid to answer questions about your disability
The more people in your school that wants to know more about what happened, the more likely it is that they will come to understand and accept you and be educated!!

10. Remember you are just like everyone else, a student who came to school to learn!
The fact is, at the end of the day, everyone is at school to learn. Worrying about others opinions of what they are thinking of you are not important, they will only affect you unless you let it!

11. Your disability shouldn’t stop you from perusing your dream career!!
You can do all things! Don’t ever think you can’t be a scientist, because it wasn’t cut out for people like me with a disabilities, I mean look at Steven hawking’s!!! It’s never impossible to achieve your dreams, all this are possible with some determination and passion!

12. You have a voice, use it!!
Don’t be scared to speak up if you have a disability! Your opinions and thoughts are just as valued, so never think they aren’t there’s no such thing as silly answers!

13. Don’t give up you have been through much worse!
When times get tough and homework, school drama and Assignments get the best of you, remember you have been through much worse!! Always remember you are one tough cookie! YOU got this, take a break, chill and always ask for help!

14. Remember to smile because you’re one amazing person and people need to see that!
Remember you are never alone! High school can be tough business but, consequentially, people who were born with a disability or sickness tend to smile more!!! So, show off that wonderful smile!!!!

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Written by Rep_McTruides

clay beads being painted

DIY Clay Beads

Liz gives making her own Clay Beads a go, read below to see how to make your own.

DIY Clay Beads

Have you ever seen those beautiful pastel coloured spheric beads? I always use to look at them and think, how are they made? Well it turns out you can make them with Clay!!

What you need:

  • A handful of air dry clay –  you can generally find this at spotlight and majority of art stores like Riot and Eckersley’s will have it also 🙂
  • A straw (this is to make the whole in the centre of the bead)
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush – you can buy this from the same places as where you got your clay from, and also most $2 shops should stock this.
  • Some thick cord or string for your necklace.

Step One:

Roll 5 small round balls the size of a cherry aprox 2.5cm diameter. I did a few small ones too just to play around.

Step Two:

Get your straw and gently push it through the centre of your beads until it comes out the other side. Careful not to warp your bead in the process.

Step Three:

Place the beads on a sheet of baking paper or something non absorbent and leave to dry overnight. you will know they are ready when they turn a white colour. like this

Step Four:

Painting!! Yay the fun part, if you are after the simple pastel colours just mix your paints to get the colours you desire. If you are wanting some more details, you could wait until your base colour is dry and then add lines or dots, or symbols 🙂 let paint dry for a few hours. or use a hair dryer if you are impatient like me! as you can see i used the end of a paint brush to hold the bead while i painted it! made it so much easier and made sure i didn’t get any finger prints on there.

Step Five:

When paint is dry, simply thread your beads onto your cord or string and tie at the back, keeping it long enough for you to place over your head. or do a slip knot so you can adjust it 🙂

I also made another style as well just to change it up 🙂

heres how they turned out

** go crazy with your own shapes, you could even make geometrical shapes or smaller beads for bracelets etc.


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paper cutout pig design

Year of the (Smelliest) Pig

February 5th was the beginning of the Year of the Pig!
Many people don’t realise just how many different pigs there are, so let’s have a look at some of the most interesting pigs out there.

Truffle Hog working with keeper

This well trained pig is a truffle hog, one in a long line of useful pigs performing a very specialized job. The use of pigs to hunt truffles goes is believed to go all the way back to Roman times, and the first well documented use dates back to the 15th century.

Truffles are an incredibly valuable commodity, farming them is difficult and they’re only available for a portion of the year, hence most of them are dug up in the wild. The job of a truffle hog is to sniff about for the distinct scent of ripe truffles, which their keeper can then dig up to sell for an enormous amount. The more common black truffle is worth a pretty penny but the rarer European white truffle can be worth $6000 dollars or more per kilo!

The scent of a ripe truffle is similar to the mate attracting scent given off by male pigs, this means female pigs can be turned to truffle hunting with very little training. The downside is that pigs really like eating them, and when coupled with their very destructive way of digging they can literally eat into profits if not kept under control. Unlucky truffle hunters have been known to lose harvests, and even fingers, to aggressive pigs. This has lead to the rise of truffle hunting dogs as challengers for the role. While they need more training to perform the job they’re also much easier to control.

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colourful school supplies

Back To School Feels . . . with tips from Tommytiger, Minions12 and Rep_Isabella

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 28/01/19

For some of you, this week means back to school for another year – and I think it’s fair to say that can be fraught with some . . .mixed emotions . . .

While some of you may be super stoked for school to return, and that is AWESOME, others may be feeling a little less than excited, and perhaps even a bit anxious to start back.

So after some of the members and I were chatting about this the other day, I wanted to share some little nuggets of wisdom and advise they gave for anyone who may be feeling not so keen to go back to school.

So what would you like to tell anyone who may be starting high school, or a new school, this year?


Everyone in year 7 are new as well and would feel the same way as you. All of them are trying to find friends, so the first day is the best day to get out of your comfort zone.

But also, just take it one day at a time so it’s easy for you.


[If you’re feeling nervous, think of it] as an exciting way to see your friends everyday


A good friend comes in all shapes and sizes and nationalities. A good friend will accept you for who you are, no matter what you look like. Just be yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not, because you’ll just end up disappointing yourself.

And if things get a bit too hard . . .



Tell a friend who you can talk to, and talk your teacher or social worker if need be.

[And remember] if you are needing someone to talk to, Livewire is always there for you!

. . . .

Tommytiger’s bonus back to school checklist:

Pencil case

Binder book





Folders for loose papers


School uniform

Shoes and socks

School hat

Art smock if required

A backpack

A device if your school requires it





Coloured pencils

Lunch box (with lunch and snacks inside 😛 )

Drink bottle

PE (sports) uniform if required

Class novel


And a good attitude

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Paper cranes

Workshops On Demand: Origami Cranes Part 1

How To Make An Origami Crane

All that you need for this workshop is a square bit of paper! Origami Cranes come in all colours and sizes, so it doesn’t really matter what type of paper you use. They take a bit of time (and a lot of patience!!!), but are a great way to chill out for a while. Good luck!

Step 1.

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Step 3.

Step 4.

Step 5.

Step 6. Turn over and repeat steps 3 & 4.

Step 7.

Step 8.

 Step 9.

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Step 11.

Turn over & repeat steps 7-11

Step 12.

Step 13. Turn over and repeat step 12

(Also, not part of making origami, but I think I just drew a metapod???)

Step 14.

 Step 15.

 Step 16. Ta-dah!






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Sunny day at a lake

Life Lessons Sometimes Forgotten

  1. What you own is not who YOU are.

What you own is just a bunch of stuff you carry around with you, until you realise you don’t need it. Sure, some of it is pretty handy, but it bears no relationship to who you are as a person. We can live with much less than we think we need, and our relationships should be valued much more than our material possessions, even though we live in a consumer-driven society.

  1. You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.

Is your life your own, or do others try to persuade you? Are you happy for others to create a path for your life or would you prefer your path to be aligned with your own intuition and desires? Don’t be afraid to start off in a new direction when it feels right to you. Patience is not about waiting, but about the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.

  1. Being busy does NOT mean being productive.

Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect.  Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy ALL the time.  We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.

  1. Some kind of failure always occurs before success.

Most mistakes are unavoidable.  Learn to forgive yourself.  It’s not a problem to make them.  It’s only a problem if you never learn from them.

  1. Thinking and doing are two very different things.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.  Knowledge is basically useless without action.  Good things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who work on meaningful goals.  Ask yourself what’s really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.

And remember, if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life.

  1. You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.

Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got.  The key is to be thankful for every experience – positive or negative.  It’s taking a step back and saying, “Thank you for the lesson.”  It’s realizing that grudges from the past are a perfect waste of today’s happiness, and that holding one is like letting unwanted company live rent free in your head.

Forgiveness is a promise – one you want to keep.  When you forgive someone you are making a promise not to hold the unchangeable past against your present self.  It has nothing to do with freeing a criminal of his or her crime, and everything to do with freeing yourself of the burden of being an eternal victim.

  1. Some people are simply the wrong match for you.

You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.  You shouldn’t force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.

  1. It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours.

It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.  So make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.  Know your worth, even if they don’t.


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4 Ways You Can Make A Difference In Your Own Wardrobe

Fashion isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea… but if we get down to the nitty gritty – we all wear clothes, which kinda means we all have an opportunity to make a change to the massive impact fashion (or clothes to put it simply) is having on our world!

Here’s one fact to get you thinking:

Did you know that textiles are the largest source of microplastics, accounting for 34.8% of global microplastic pollution? Every time you wash a synthetic garment, thousands of tiny microfibres are released into the water system, most of which end up in the sea. – Fashion Revolution

So what can you do?

As a lover of fashion myself, I’ve gotta say there are so many awesome things happening in the industry to ignite change and to embrace sustainable living. Fast fashion firstly is something to think about! If you wanna know more about that… head to a previous article here, also below is a simple chart to get your thinking on how small changes can make a whole lotta difference.

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Here’s some tips to get you helping the environment & igniting change within your own wardrobe.

1.Choose natural fibres where possible
This includes cottons (organic if possible), bamboo etc over polyesters.

Now sometimes choosing ONLY cotton or natural fibres can be tricky… Cotton at times is not as durable or tough as synthetic fibres, also you can’t really swim in cotton! The aim of the game here is to minimise where you can! Look out for recycled polyester where possible in clothing that just can’t be solely natural.

Small steps can ignite huge changes, so even just simply shopping with this in mind can help! If you end up with some un-natural fibres here and there, its ok – just be on the look out for where you can make changes and start from there 😉


2. Think before you buy!

When you’re heading into the shops and you see a 2 for 1 sale…or everything is 50% off…. stop and ask yourself ‘do you really need it!’. I know I’ve been guilty of over buying and then having those clothes just sit in my wardrobe without being worn (or only worn once or twice) and then tossed away.

Lets look at some details on why this is so important:

It is believed that the fashion industry unfortunately is now one of the biggest polluters in the world—second only to oil

YEP, second to oil!

Think before you buy, and think before you throw them away!

3. Head to the THRIFT store!

There is so much good fashion to go around and so many people give away some awesome pieces of fashion that you can grab at a steal! Yes they may be second hand, but can also be… oh …so ….good!

4. Set up a SWAP or BORROW!

Getting a group of mates together and having a huge swap or borrow market can be a fun thing to do! Swapping your clothes around can be like owning a massive wardrobe of awesomeness!

If you have a big event coming up and you don’t have the dollars or know if you buy something its only going to be worn once… than grab some mates and set up some borrowing or swapping!

Things to remember!

Depending on your circumstances it may not always be possible to shop in a way that is best for the planet. We can however try to make small changes. Our over-buying/throw-away culture is getting really outta hand… lets work together to make a change. Small steps… little by little 😉

Tibetan Mastiff and puppy

Year of the Dogs: Tibetan Mastiff

Let’s take a look at a friend of the Lhasa Apso, our last featured dog.

Today we’re looking at the Tibetan Mastiff.

Tibetan Mastiff in the snow

The Tibetan Mastiff’s English name simply refers to it being a Tibetan dog with a body of the general mastiff type, although this is technically incorrect. Other names suggested for accuracy are Tibetan Mountain Dog and Himalayan Mountain Dog. In Tibetan it is known as Drog-Khyi (འབྲོག་ཁྱི), a name that alternatively means “nomad dog”, “dog which may be tied”, or “dog which may be kept”.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a very large, very solid dog. It is normal for them to reach heights of 83cm and weigh up to 90kg. Some non-Tibetan kennels however breed colossal versions that can weigh 115kg or more. Their long, thick and heavy coat is double layered and found in a wide variety of colours. These colours can include solid black, black and tan, various shades of red, and bluish-gray with white markings often featuring on all types. All the different coats feature a remarkable ability to shed dirt and odors, and all feature a large yearly molt on top of regular shedding.

As it’s name suggests the Tibetan Mastiff originates with Himalayan nomads, where it is believed to have been domesticated from wolves 16,000 years earlier than most other breeds. Studies have also suggested them as a possible ancestor of dogs like the Great Pyrenees, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler and Saint Bernard. The spread of the breed to the rest of the world was a slow one until they achieved lasting international popularity in the 1980s.

Living with nomads these dogs were originally guardians of flocks and tents. It is reported that during the day they would be kept tied in place, and at night were released to freely patrol their domain. Even without human intervention puppies would sometimes be born unusually large and heavy. These dogs would lack the mobility the nomads required, and instead become guardians of temples. These heavy “temple types” would guard while the exterior of temples while the much smaller Lhasa Apsos would patrol the interior corridors. Nowadays they continue to work in their traditional roles in their homeland, but elsewhere they are usually companions.

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The Healing Powers of Zentagle


Something that most people (including myself) see as just Doodling. But I’m here to tell you a bit more about the art of Zentangle, why it is very different to just simple doodling and how useful it can be as a tool to relieve stress and anxiety.

The traditional practice of Zentangling uses 3 ½ inch square tiles made of special paper, but you can cut your own choice of paper into squares or completely “break the rules” and tangle on whatever type of paper you want to.  it can be easier to draw larger designs with bigger pens such as a fine point Sharpie or large felt pens.

Why would I be interested in Zentangle?

While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus. In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation.

They say that when you are feeling stressed or anxious it is really important to focus on minute things around you, the colours of the walls, the shapes on the floor, the grains in the wood. Zentangling allows you to do this in a more tangible way as it requires thought, pattern, and micro movement. as opposed to our old friend Doodling.

The classic definition of Doodling is a drawing done without full attention while the person is otherwise occupied. Sort of the exact opposite of Zentangling if you think about it hey?

It’s not to say that your amazing doodling creation isn’t a Zentangle, but instead that the art of Zentangle is more about the conscious process of creating a pattern.

So how does it help you relax?

it helps you slow down, concentrate, and move with what ever patterns come onto the paper eliminating the feeling of expectation.
If you accept this process as one with no expected outcome other than the enjoyment of putting the pen to paper and staying open to whatever emerges, then you might find the mind able to relax and be still.

What if I just want to colour in already made Zentangles, will this still be beneficial?

Absolutely! you still need to consciously colour in the lines and choose what colours go where, you also get the same satisfaction of watching something build as you put colour in each section. In fact, we have a colour-able zen tangle in this issue of the Livewire zine that you can download here, if you’d like to give it a go. You might have to join Livewire to see the zine.

Is there an easy way to draw zentangles without having to use a pen?

There is an amazing App that is called ‘Amaziograph’ you can download it onto your iPad and create patterns by making small lines and shapes with your finger or stylis within a small area of the graph which then mirrors itself onto the rest fo the graph tiles! confused? here is the link to the instructions of how to use it

If you want to give Zentangling a go and would like some pattern ideas to start you off Join to find out more!

Happy Tangling guys! cant wait to see your creations 🙂 Liz LW








Christmas Art Competition

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We firmly believe that giving is better than receiving. And in the spirit of Christmas we want you to give us the gift of art and in return you might receive a gift from Livewire!

So the deal is we want to see your Christmas inspired artwork. Each piece must be an original creation by you and be a representation of what Christmas and the holiday season means to you! And it can take the form of whatever medium you like!

You can paint…

A pig painting with bright colours

Take a photograph….

Guy with camera taking a photo saying 'Beautiful! Hold That!'

Or a drawing…

woollen pig drawing on a piece of paper

Or creating something digitally!

Boy at computer giving a thumbs up

All you need to do to enter is upload an image of your artwork to the Newsfeed as well as writing a couple of sentences about your work and your inspiration for the piece  You can submit as many entries as you like just get them in before Monday the 26th of November, for a chance to win some great Christmassy prizes!