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20th August 2019.

bugThe online resources for What's the Buzz? Primary Students 2019 revised edition is now available for members.

28th July 2019


Archie's BIG BOOK of Friendship Adventures is now available online. You will find it under Online resoures once you have logged in. You can preview the first three chapters by clicking here.


About the authors


Mark Le MessurierPhoto: Mark with Loui.

Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, counsellor, conference presenter and coach to young people, their parents and educators. He works from his private practice at Wayville in South Australia and says, "None of us can fix kids. What makes the greatest difference is our desire to participate in trusting relationships with them, and to plant useful ideas in the right moments, so we enhance their potential to grow."

Mark's most treasured quotes are;

"(Young people) who are punished often have revenge fantasies that interrupt true remorse for what they have done. They are not given the opportunity to make amends. Harsh and immediate punishment clears the ledger and allows re-offending in the future without attendant feelings of guilt."

Ian Lillico, 2004

"We are unaware that words are like knives, that we need to be skilled in the use of words. Unlike a surgeon who is careful where he cuts, we use words randomly. We make many incisions until we hit the right spot, heedless of the open wounds we leave behind.

Alice Ginott; physician and lawyer, 1965

I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.

Haim Ginott. Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers

Mark has also authored many publications:

Mark lives in Adelaide, Australia, and is married to Sharon. They have two daughters, Kim and Noni. Plus, three beloved Delta Therapy dogs called Maxi, Luca and Kelvin. He continually presents and trains parents, educators, psychologists, counsellors, social workers and youth workers around Australasia, but his heart is with his What's the Buzz? children and teen groups. He does this most days of the week.

Through invitation, Mark presents at conferences for educators, for parent organisations and interested groups.

Presentations for educators

Presentations for parents

Mark is also the architect of the unique 'Mentoring Program' building humanity in Australian schools. The programme provides for additional ongoing care from a compassionate adult working within the school system. The hope is that more and more vulnerable students will be supported by the amazing ripple effect this protective and positive behavioural change programme has already delivered to hundreds of students to date. A programme that has produced far more than anyone ever dreamed.

To contact Mark, email



Madhavi Nawana ParkerMadhavi Nawana Parker is a Behavioural Consultant working in schools and allied health care settings, specialising in building cultures of wellbeing, resilience, social-emotional intelligence and confidence. Madhavi has a background in Psychology and Counselling, is a Keynote and Public Speaker, widely published Author, Counsellor in private practice and Director of Positive Minds Australia, an organisation providing child counselling, social skills groups, parenting strategies and professional development for Educators and Allied Health Professionals. Madhavi lives in South Australia with her husband and three children.

In addition to 'What's the Buzz?' written with her dear friend and co author, Mark Le Messurier, Madhavi Nawana Parker's other books, include:

'The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox: Creating Character and Competence through life's ups and downs.' 2nd Ed 2020, Routledge London

'Educator Wellbeing: Practical solutions to Reset, Recharge and Recover.' 2020, Routledge London

'The Confident Minds Curriculum: Creating a culture of personal growth and social awareness.' 2019, Routledge, London

'Sanguine: Increased confidence, optimism and self awareness in 21 days.' A practical fillable journal to reset your thoughts and feelings.

Positive Minds books

To contact Madhavi, email

Training Days with Madhavi Nawana Parker


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