There’s life after the HSC

With about 220,000 young people doing their final Year 12 exams, ReachOut.com wants to remind them that there’s life after their final exams. It’s a message that many of us parents probably need to be reminded of too! “For some who did well in their Year 12 exams, things often turn out very differently than.. Read more

Talking to teenagers about drugs and alcohol – ‘The Other Talk’

The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has launched a new website to help parents have ‘The Other Talk’ with their children about alcohol and other drugs. The website, www.theothertalk.org.au, provides tips on how to talk to teenagers about drugs and alcohol and information to help arm parents with facts. “Drugs are often still a taboo subject.. Read more

From science star to scuffles – my boy’s first year at high school

Guest post by Kayley Harris, mum of three. There comes a time in a young man’s life when his thoughts turn to…well…anything but schoolwork. My middle son, Mr 13, is about to start year 8 and the novelty of high school has well and truly worn off. In the final months of primary school, he.. Read more

Selective schools and missing out

Places at selective schools in Australia are limited and highly competitive. For every student that is offered a place, many more will need to consider plan B. And if children have undertaken months of practice tests and other intense preparation for the selective schools test, or are experiencing pressure either from their parents or self-imposed,.. Read more

Selective school of hard knocks

It’s the time of year when many kids in year 6 are starting to hear if they have been accepted into selective schools for next year. Choosing a high school is not the simple process it once was. In the 1980s, in my town, you went to the local high school or the Catholic high.. Read more

Anxious kids not learning: the real effects of NAPLAN

By Greg Thompson, Murdoch University Australian teachers are not convinced that NAPLAN improves the reading and maths skills of students. Over the next week, NAPLAN results will be arriving at students’ homes around Australia. But new research released today shows some worrying effects from NAPLAN testing. Seven out of 10 teachers did not see that.. Read more

The rumble in the jungle: Single-sex vs coeducational schooling

By Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia I have a confession to make…I went to an all-boys private school. Go on, admit it. You just judged me a little bit, didn’t you? I can’t blame you. Looking back – and even at the time – the whole experience was a tad surreal. At 12 years.. Read more

Parent responds: 20 things a secondary teacher wants to say to parents

A popular article on The Kids Are All Right website this week was 20 things a secondary teacher wants to say to parents. In writing this list, teacher Paul Whitehead said he understood that he’d be “opening the door for ’20 things parents want to say to their child’s teacher’”. Challenge accepted! (In part.) Here.. Read more

20 things teacher wants to say to parents

By Paul Whitehead. Can we have an honest conversation? I promise, I am not “representing the teaching fraternity” by writing this… I haven’t consulted with my colleagues; in fact they may well feel VERY differently from the views I express here. I do want to express some of my thoughts from my own teaching experiences.. Read more

The Mastery Club – an interview with author Liliane Grace

Natalie has long been fascinated by witches, wizards and the world of fantasy, but she wants to be able to do real magic. When green-haired, unpredictable Nina bursts into her life with a plan to form a ‘Mastery Club’, Natalie’s mind and world are opened up to some startling possibilities and a colorful, creative family… Read more