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6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

Being prepared for year 11 - which in Australia means senior high school - feels almost as daunting as getting your five-year-old ready for 'big school'. Only this time the school is actual big school and your five-year-old is HUGE. My son starts year 11 in three...

How to make the most of a 2021 Aussie gap year

How to make the most of a 2021 Aussie gap year

Around 25% of graduating Year 12 students consider taking a gap year when they finish school. With international travel restrictions remaining for the foreseeable future, many may be wondering how they can quench their thirst for adventure via an Aussie gap year. The...

What makes a good teacher?

What makes a good teacher?

We recently spoke to Eddie Woo (of WooTube and Teenage Boss infamy) to get his thoughts on what makes a good teacher. This question was sparked by our own frustration at the enormous differences between classroom teaching styles and teachers ability to engage a...

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Eddie Woo explains why it’s not too late if your teen hates maths

Have you been watching Eddie Woo on Teenage Boss on the ABC? It's a top show to watch with the kids. Eddie challenges teens to take charge of the family finances for a month and that starts out about as hilariously as you'd expect. The kids all come good, though,...

3 tips to get girls reading books again

3 tips to get girls reading books again

We're thrilled that best-selling author AL Tait has shared her tips to get girls reading books again. AL is the author of seven books for readers aged 10-14 years, including her latest hit out this month The Fire Star. Find a full review of The Fire Star here, or read...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Harry Potter is surely feeling a little tired by now. He and his mates have been casting spells for longer than most middle schoolers have been alive. It's time for a new kid book obsession and I reckon AL Tait's new Maven & Reeve series might just be it. The...

3 ways to get kids to tune in and pay attention when online learning

3 ways to get kids to tune in and pay attention when online learning

For Victorians, kids will be online learning for the foreseeable future. For the rest of Australia, schools could go back online at any time, so we need to be ready. This US-based article has some excellent tips for keeping kids motivated and engaged while online...

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

17 projects for older kids that will help them find their passion

17 projects for older kids that will help them find their passion

During lockdown, finding projects for older kids was basically the best way to make the most of a really tough situation. No kid enjoys being stuck at home 24/7 with their family, least of all older kids. It's sheer torture, really. We get that. Newsflash: we're not...

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6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

6 tips for getting prepared for Year 11

Being prepared for year 11 - which in Australia means senior high school - feels almost as daunting as getting your five-year-old ready for 'big school'. Only this time the school is actual big school and your five-year-old is HUGE. My son starts year 11 in three...

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