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January 2020

How schools can help students cope after the bushfires

By |2020-01-23T14:57:18+11:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |

School will start on a somewhat sombre note this year. Some schools will still be shrouded in smog from the bushfires. Some students will be grieving the loss of property, animals or even family and friends. Some remain evacuated and others are part of the recovery effort. In recent days, Australia’s education minister Dan Tehan [...]

December 2019

Pill testing trial backed by independent review

By |2019-12-16T18:18:31+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

A pill testing trial run earlier this year at Groovin the Moo Canberra has now been endorsed by an independent review conducted by researchers from Australian National University. The critical finding of the report is that in all seven instances of dangerous drugs being detected, the owners threw away the drug. The researchers also found [...]

Having problems with your kid’s tantrums, bed-wetting or withdrawal? Here’s when to get help

By |2019-12-12T17:03:11+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Remember anxiously waiting for your child to take their first steps or speak their first words? It’s exhilarating when they reach a new stage in their development. Every child grows and develops differently. Some will change at a steady pace and amaze us each day with a new skill or word, whereas others appear slow [...]

Expect family talks about climate change this Christmas? Take tips from Greta Thunberg

By |2019-12-12T16:36:00+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

As bushfires rage and our cities lie shrouded in smoke, climate change is shaping as a likely topic of conversation at the family dinner table this Christmas. Such discussions can be fraught if family members hold differing views. You may not all agree on the urgency of dealing with climate change – or indeed whether [...]

So your kid’s finished their first year of school. Here’s what they should have learnt

By |2019-12-12T16:23:44+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

It’s the end of the first year of school for many children and proud parents. Some children may be reading quicker than their classmates, others slower; some can add double digits, others only single. What’s normal? Not all babies talk, walk and are toilet-trained by the same age and it’s the same thing as the [...]

Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

By |2019-12-12T16:23:44+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

The impact of trauma to children’s learning experiences

By |2019-12-02T11:23:15+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Education, Trauma|Tags: , , , |

Regardless of whether you teach in remote, rural, regional, or metropolitan schools, you can expect to come across a child in your classroom who has experienced trauma. Understanding the impact of trauma on learning capability may assist you to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. What is trauma? Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are stressful or traumatic events, [...]

Before you let your child quit music lessons, try these 5 things

By |2019-12-02T10:19:25+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Education|Tags: , , , |

The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows children are mostly likely to start studying music between the ages of nine and 11. Researchers in a 2009 UK study suggested the dramatic drop in music tuition after age 11 was linked to children starting high school. The study also revealed the main reasons for children ending music [...]

Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

By |2019-12-02T09:40:54+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this. This week, Newscorp Australia released The Ripple Effect, a series of articles and accompanying videos about party drugs, aimed at parents of young people. Rather than drawing [...]

November 2019

Engaging and empowering parents after separation

By |2019-11-26T06:18:46+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

There is a body of research linking parent engagement to improved student learning outcomes in the classroom (Jeynes, 2010; Anderson & Minke 2007). Research has shown that when schools and families work together, children do better, stay in school longer and are more engaged in school. Parent engagement results in longer-term economic, social and emotional [...]