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Mindfulness

All of us have minds that are constantly active. Our minds work hard to allow us to manage tasks and priorities in our work, home and social lives. For many of us, it can sometimes feel like our minds are racing to keep up with demands, which can feel stressful or overwhelming. Mindfulness is a

March 3rd, 2017|

Social Networking: What is it? and How to Engage Safely?

Social Networking: What is it? and How to Engage Safely? We often hear or read about the risks of young people using social networking sites (SNSs) along the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and other online spaces which can be used for social interaction (e.g. YouTube, gaming sites etc). Exposure to cyberbullying, harassment, sexual

November 22nd, 2016|

School Attendance and Mental Health

Many students have days off from school now and then, due to illness or personal circumstances. Some students may have the occasional ‘mental health day’. However, it is important that parents are aware of the potential adverse impact on student achievement and mental health, should a pattern of poor school attendance develop. The Australian government

November 3rd, 2016|

Creative Ways to Spend the School Holidays

Most teenagers look forward to the school holidays as a welcome break from the demands of school. However, ensuring that your son completes his holiday homework first can avoid the stress caused by leaving it until the last minute, and free up the remainder of their break to pursue other interests. Encouraging your son to

September 8th, 2016|

Connecting to School

The term ‘school connectedness’ is often used to describe a young person’s relationship to school. School connectedness can also refer to students’ beliefs that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. With school being a compulsory aspect of most young people’s lives, the nature

August 24th, 2016|

Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a person (or group or community) to prevent, minimise, or overcome the damaging effects of adversity. That is, the capacity to bounce back when “bad stuff” happens. The ability to bounce back during and following a challenge is a life skill that will help our students in their schooling, work

August 12th, 2016|

Goal Setting

Student motivation broadly refers to students’ energy and drive to learn, work effectively and achieve their potential at school. In an ideal world students would maintain high motivation at school throughout the whole year, however, in reality student motivation often fluctuates and may decline. If you have noticed your son struggle with school motivation of

June 16th, 2016|

Stress and Exams/Assessments

It is very common for young people to feel stressed around the time of exams or when assessment tasks are due in. Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. When we are faced with a situation that we think is threatening the “flight or fight” response kicks in. This is

June 3rd, 2016|