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How to get early entry into university in Australia

How to get early entry into university in Australia

I wrote an article about different ways to get into uni without an ATAR and I've been asked by so many people how to get early entry into university in Australia other than NSW. I covered NSW in the original article because that's where we live and my son had already...

Take cover, it’s parent-teacher interview season

Take cover, it’s parent-teacher interview season

There are many perplexing things about raising children, but surely the biggest is how they can possibly be so different to their parents. We made them, we grew them, and yet here they are: a total, unsolvable mystery. This is never brought home for me more than...

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

My youngest is starting high school in February, so I thought we'd gather some tips for Year 7 kids from older friends. It actually physically hurts me to write such a ridiculous sentence. How can all three of my babies be in actual big school? That makes me very......

Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

If you're doing daily battle with a reluctant student, today's guest writer will be like a breath of fresh air for you. It's a personal story about how Elizabeth Noske, self- confessed reluctant student, scraped her way through to become a lifelong learner. The...

What if learners could harness the power of flow?

What if learners could harness the power of flow?

Can education harness the power of flow to increase student engagement? By Simon McCallum, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Edward Schofield, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, and Stephen Dobson, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria...

FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

Did you see the viral letter from the Blacktown LGA principal's office? It's been doing the rounds for good reason. It's a huge dose of common sense in the middle of what feels like the most nonsensical time ever. I think it resonated with so many parents because it...

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Students who are more adaptable do best in online learning – and fortunately it’s a skill we can teach. Here's how to help your child develop adaptability. by Andrew J. Martin, UNSW; Rebecca J Collie, UNSW, and Robin P. Nagy, UNSW The speed and scale of the shift to...

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

Olympians are often seen as the epitome of human performance, with incredible physical and mental strength. And with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games well underway, it’s hard to not be impressed by the sheer talent and determination of athletes competing from all over the...

6 myths about Year 11 and 12 subject selections

6 myths about Year 11 and 12 subject selections

From about August each year, students in year 10 go through a round of interviews to close in on their subject selections for years 11 and 12. They're given a portfolio full of reading materials. They may also attend vibrant careers markets to get helpful information....

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It's become cold in Sydney all of a sudden. Well, I guess it is almost June, but having had nothing of a summer, it's confronting to be suddenly faced with winter. I wish, wish, wish the rain would stop and give us all a chance to dry out a bit. Winter isn't exactly...

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