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Wellbeing

Work and Learning Styles

We all have different preferences for how we work and learn. Some of us like to gather all the information in the one place before we start making decisions, others like to get started and adjust along the way. Knowing the way you work and learn and finding strategies to incorporate these styles can help …

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headspace Online Group Chats

A Group Chat session is your opportunity to speak online to our mental health professionals and hear from others about a topic that will be discussed. Group Chats run for approximately 1 hour and are hosted by mental health professionals and members of the headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) and Family and Friends …

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Independence

Becoming Independent

Your journey through high school is just the beginning of your independence. You might be looking forward to moving out, being able to stay up as late as you want, and all of the other benefits that being independent can bring. But, unfortunately, it comes with a lot of work as well. There’s so much …

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Jr. NBA at Home

As part of NBA Together, “Jr. NBA at Home” is an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way. You can watch …

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Staying Active at Home

Just because you might have to stay at home, doesn’t mean you’ll have to turn into a couch potato. Staying active is great for your physical and mental health but it’s also a fantastic way to pass some time. There are tonnes of work out routines already available online, with more being added by the …

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Your mental health matters

With everything going on, you might find that you’re feeling: Overwhelmed Stressed Anxious Angry Emotional Sad Helpless Hopeless Confused In denial If you’re feeling any of the above, or you can’t pinpoint how you’re feeling but you’re not in a good head space and feeling down, now is the time to be brave, reach out …

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Volunteer with the Rural Fire Service

The Queensland Rural Fire Service (RFS) is always looking for new volunteers to help their brigades running and local communities safe. Being part of the RFS offers fantastic opportunities for self development. Members of rural brigades receive training and skills that assist in all areas of life, such as: Teamwork Incident management Leadership skills Fire …

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Busting Work Myths

Busting Work Myths

The working world is changing quickly, really quickly, and even though we spend a huge chunk of our lives working there are still many misconceptions about what work is, and what it means. So, we’ve debunked some of the myths we hear about most frequently, from the role of salary in career decision-making, through to …

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NT Back to School Payment Scheme

Did you know that you can access up to $150 to help pay for school-related expenses in Term 1? The Northern Territory government provides assistance for students and parents through the Back to School Payment scheme. You can use the grant for any of the following: school uniform, including hats, book bags textbooks stationery, including …

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New Year new start

New Year, new start

New Year is usually a time for celebrating. This year saying bye to 2020 is most definitely worth a celebration, but what about 2021? A New Year symbolises fresh starts, new beginnings and looking towards the future with hopeful optimism. You could make this New Year’s the year when you begin to turn your dreams …

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Financial support for apprentices and trainees

Did you know that financial support like Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY aren’t just for university students? If you’re doing a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship, you could also be eligible to receive financial support. You can find heaps of information on the Services Australia website about the payments you might be eligible for and how you …

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Yarn Safe with headspace

Yarn Safe is a youth-lead mental health initiative for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If you’ve got a lot going on in your life, there are heaps of resources you can check out to help you or someone else doing it tough. There’s no shame in talking it out. Take a look at …

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UNSW Girls in Engineering Club

The Girls in Engineering Club is a fun, inspiring community for high school girls who are interested in STEM, study maths or science at school, or who just want to explore what engineering is all about. You can connect and share ideas with fellow high school girls who are also discovering the possibilities of a …

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Regional and remote students can get $5k to help them move for uni

If your child moves away from an outer regional or remote area, they may get the Tertiary Access Payment. This is a one-off payment of $5,000 in 2 instalments to students moving away for tertiary study. You need to be moving from an outer regional or remote area and starting university straight after finishing school. You …

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Chilled Out Online

Chilled Out is an engaging, interactive online program for 13 – 17 year olds that allows them to learn strategies to help manage anxiety. The Chilled program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches teens how to better manage anxiety. Results show most young people who complete the program experience significant improvements, with decreases in …

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Study Playlists to keep you on track

Study Playlists to keep you on track

There are lots of studies out there promoting the benefits of listening to music while you study. Music could help you to: Feel less stressed Reduce anxiety Perform better Help you to focus Improve your brain function Retain and recall what you’ve learnt more easily Block out distractions   Top Study Playlists   Here’s our …

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Are you ready to leave school?

Are you ready to leave school?

Finalise your 2021 study or work plans   Now’s the time (if you haven’t already) to finalise what you’ll be doing next year.   Planning a gap year?   You’re perfectly entitled to take a break and have some fun. Even if international travel isn’t on the cards just yet, there is plenty that you …

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Macquarie eCentreClinic Online Courses

Macquarie University’s eCentreClinic has developed a variety of online short courses to help people in Australia who are dealing with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and other mental health issues. The courses are free and taught entirely online, and teach practical skills that can help with the management of physical issues, such as pain, as well …

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On Campus vs Online

This year has seen a huge uptake in universities moving their learning online, and it’s an option that’s more popular and accessible than ever. But for some people, it’s not quite the same as being able to attend classes on campus. So what’s the best option for you if you’re looking to start your studies …

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Boost your employability post high school

Boost your employability post high school

If you’re still at high school and already looking for ways to give your employment prospects a boost once you graduate, there’s a few things that you can do: Actively engage in career education – ask questions, search for information, read resources, send an email to info@studyworkgrow.com.au if there’s any specific careers you’d like to …

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How to find balance in Term 4

How to find balance in Term 4

Term 4 is here, and 2020 is almost over. So let’s inject some balance back into what is traditionally the most bonkers term of the year, and talk about ways to find balance right now. The way we view the work-life balance is changing, but studies continue to show that having a work-life balance that …

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What is Uni Like Now? Deciding on Gap Year and Uni in a Pandemic

It is impossible to deny that the world has changed in the past few months. Constantly moving goal posts make it difficult to make the right gap year and uni decision for you. Reinventing the Gap Year has produced a video to help you get your head around recent changes to uni life. From online …

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Education is Not a Competition

When you’re studying hard for your exams and assignments, it can be hard not to wonder how your friends and other students are doing. You might feel pressure to perform the best and get the highest marks. But, as Chief Executive of SACE Professor Martin Westwell has written in his blog, it’s important to remember …

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Join the Bite Back Mental Fitness Challenge

Bite Back is a mental health and wellbeing challenge created by the Black Dog Institute for young people aged 13 – 16. It consists of six weekly challenges to help you improve your mental fitness, increase your happiness, reduce stress, improve your friendships and your focus. There is a combination of quizzes, interactive activities, videos …

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Be a Conservation Volunteer with Projects Abroad

Do you want to do more to protect the environment and endangered animals? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you interested in a career in conservation someday? Volunteering with Projects Abroad could be the perfect experience for you. You’ll learn directly from conservation experts, and do work that has a tangible impact on local …

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WellMob

WellMob is an online resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders full of websites, apps, podcasts, videos, social media, and online counselling, all with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing. All of the resources featured on the website are made by and for Indigenous people. You can check it out here: https://wellmob.org.au

Virtual Fitness Challenge Series

Looking for something fun to do while you keep fit and healthy? The Conqueror has released a set of Virtual Fitness Challenges, that could see you completing some of the world’s most exciting fitness adventures from the comfort of your own home. You can take on a challenge like the Inca Trail, the Great Ocean …

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Year 12 Coming Back Stronger

Already a vulnerable period for the development of mental illness, COVID-19 has added another layer of stress to the HSC year. Coming Back Stronger is an initiative from the Kidman Centre at UTS that aims to proactively help students get back on track with their studies through the use of evidence-based psychological strategies that improve …

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Free Yoga for Teachers and Teens

Each month Yoga with Adriene offers a variety of free classes based on a different theme. This month there are classes made especially for teachers, students, and to use in the classroom. You can check what classes are available on her calendar here, or go to her YouTube playlist to give them a watch.

Online Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and boost your confidence. But it can be difficult to find opportunities at the moment. Did you know that you can volunteer online? Seek has a variety of online volunteering opportunities listed on their website. They include opportunities in aged care, social media, graphic design and …

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mental health support

5 ways to get mental health support without talking on the phone

We understand that calling people on the phone can sometimes be daunting. And if you’re feeling stressed out, depressed or anxious, it can be even harder. But did you know that there are plenty of ways you can connect with mental health support services and professionals without having to ring someone? Here are some of …

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been adopted in over 130 countries around the world, with more than 8 million young people taking part.  In Australia over 775,000 youths have participated since  it was started back in 1959. What is the award about? It’s a structured but informal youth development program that’s been designed …

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Learning Style Summary

Free Learning Styles Questionnaire

Understanding your learning style can help you improve your results and get more from your study time. Everyone is unique, and we all have our own preferences when it comes to learning new material. Even if your teacher’s methods don’t align with your preferred learning style, you can still find ways to absorb the information. …

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The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide 2020

The Sydney Morning Herald has released their HSC Study Guide for 2020. It is packed with information including key dates, what’s changed in 2020, study tips, advice from former students, practice exam questions, and more. Check it out here: https://www.smh.com.au/hsc-study-guide-2020

8 tips on how to achieve better work-life balance

8 tips on how to achieve better work-life balance

Prioritise your time A good work-life balance is important for us as individuals preventing workplace burnout helping us to reduce stress levels to feel happier and more contented with our lives. Ultimately promoting better mental health for us and those around us. Creating workplace environments that foster work-life balance can also be beneficial to employers. …

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Learning to Learn

If you struggle with studying or learning new things, you might think that it’s because you’re not smart enough. But research is showing that we can “learn to learn” – that through practice and dedicated strategies, we can all become better and faster learners. Harvard Business Review has shared some great tips on how we …

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iBobbly – Wellbeing app for Indigenous youth

iBobbly is a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over. It was created by the Black Dog Institute to help Indigenous youth struggling with topics like depression, stress, suicide and more. Completely private and confidential, it helps by showing you ways to manage …

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HSC4ME

HSC4ME is a revolutionary all-in-one, interactive learning app that gives you access to expert HSC teachers, adaptive learning tools and thousands of practice HSC questions. HSC4Me is an app you can use everywhere you want on mobile, tablet or desktop. Some of the features include: Interactive quizzes and practice papers Subject notes & videos on …

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Top End Bike Tour

Top End Bike Tour

Not sure we can go overseas in 2021 but still looking for some adventure? How about a 9-day tour of Australia’s top end, on a bicycle. You’ll get to ride through world heritage-listed national parks like Kakadu and Litchfield, swim in century-old watering holes and immerse yourself in historic indigenous cultures. What’s included: Hotel accommodation …

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Tips on how to prioritise self-care

Tips on how to prioritise self-care

It’s hard to look after yourself when you’re busy studying and keeping up with hobbies, as well as other commitments like helping out around home or working part time. But looking after yourself is always important, so here are some tips on how to prioritise self-care. Set a healthy routine and stick to it Find a …

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Your Mental Health Matters

We have all been going through a pretty tough time lately. If you’re finding that you feel anxious, sad, angry or frustrated, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In fact, according to Orygen Research’s latest survey, up to 80% of young people reported that their studies had been affected in the past year …

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CQUni | Let’s talk about ATAR

Like most students, you might have a lot of questions about what an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is and what it means for you. Your ATAR is only one of many entry pathway options that will help you study the course you want at university. The great thing about CQUni is that we have …

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Bored? Listen to a Podcast

If you’re looking for something to do that’s fun, and can help you learn something new, a podcast is a great choice. You can find podcasts on almost any topic, from arts and sciences, to crime and business. You can have a book read to you, get tips on your health and wellbeing, or just …

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Lattitude Global Volunteering – Apply for 2021

Looking for something different to do in your gap year? Lattitude Global Volunteering gives you the opportunity to experience life in a different country, all while helping in the community. They are still taking applications for their programs in Australia, Canada, Ghana, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, and the UK. You can volunteer in the …

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Help Stop Cyberbullying

Did you know that up to 1 in 5 young people have experienced cyberbullying? If you or your friends have been bullied online, there are resources out there to help. Take a look at the Queensland Government’s Stop Cyberbullying website to find out more about what cyberbullying is, how to stop it, and where you …

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Why sleep is so important

Why sleep is so important

We always talk about sleep being important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but truly it is. If you didn’t eat for a week, then your body would suffer. Don’t get enough sleep and your brain suffers too. Getting enough sleep can help you to: Recharge Process information Allow your body to rest and repair Feel …

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CQUni | What you need to know about HECS

Studying at university is an investment for your future, and with this, means there are financial and time commitments. There are many ways of offsetting your costs such as CQUni’s scholarships, part-time work and HECS-HELP. HECS is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps you defer your tuition fees. Watch CQUni’s video to find out …

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COVID-19 Student Stories

As schools across the country closed, students had to adapt to the new normal of online learning. For year 12s in particular, this has been a tough time. ABC’s Heywire has asked some year 12 students from around Australia about their experience. Watch their video diaries explaining their day-to-day life of schooling at home. Take …

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Are you OK? | Looking after your mental health

Your mental health and wellbeing’s important   Your brain is the most important organ is your body. So just like looking after your physical self, it’s important to look after your mental health too. You can look after your mental health in lots of ways. For example: making healthy and nutritious food choices ensuring you’re …

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Tips for dealing with isolation

Social distancing and isolation can be tough, even for those among us who aren’t always that sociable anyway. Maybe you’ve found your own ways to deal with the current situation and that’s awesome. But perhaps you’re struggling a bit and it’s getting you down. We’ve put together a few resources from people who’ve had some …

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7 brain boosting snack foods

Feeling hungry can really impact on your ability to concentrate and stay on task. It’s so tempting to reach for easy and delicious packaged snacks that might not be doing us any favours. So, if you’d like to be a bit more health conscious and feel better that your snack habits are actually boosting your …

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5 Study tips during CoVid-19

With some schools and universities using remote learning, and some parents choosing to keep their children home at the moment, here’s a few more ideas that could help you get the most out of your studies.   Slow down While you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do when you …

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Queensland’s Care Army

Volunteering is really rewarding on so many levels, it can help make other people’s lives easier and more pleasant, it could make you feel better by just doing something to help out. If that isn’t enough you could learn new skills, discover things that inspire you or that you’re passionate about, plus volunteering could provide …

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Accessing Financial Support

With the current COVID-19 situation, you might have found that your work situation has changed. If you’re needing to access a payment, Headspace has written a great article detailing what you could be eligible for, and how to navigate Centrelink’s website. Check it out here: https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/financial-support-for-young-people-impacted-during-covid-19/

Online tutoring – an option for boosting your education

A move away from face to face teaching in the classroom to online, remote or home learning due to the corona virus pandemic has impacted students globally. For students and parents worried about missing out or falling behind, there are options. Contact the school and let them know your concerns and struggles Join online learning …

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Coping with Coronavirus Stress

In these strange times, it’s normal to be stressed and uncertain about the future. If you are finding that you’re not coping well and struggling to keep up, don’t panic. There are tons of resources available to help you. Headspace has put together a great guide specifically for young people on what you can do …

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Stay Fit at Home with the YMCA

Even though their centres are currently closed, you can still work out with the YMCA using their new online platform. Watch videos of all types of YMCA classes, including yoga, bootcamp, pilates, tai chi and more. Find out more here: https://ymca360.org/

Visit Ancient Egypt in 3D

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has made virtual 3D tours of some famous ancient sites available to anyone to visit online. You can visit ancient burial tombs and intricate monasteries and learn more about what lies within. Here are links to the tours currently available: Tomb of Menna Tomb of Queen Meresankh III Red …

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How Students are Dealing with Disruption

All across the country, students’ plans are being changed as learning moves to online. Events and celebrations like birthdays and graduations are on hold, and some students are wondering what the year ahead will be like. The ABC interviewed year 12 students from across Victoria about their thoughts on the current situation, and how they …

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Saving Your Money

A lot of workplaces are currently being affected by the coronavirus. You might be worried that you’re not getting as many hours at your job, or maybe you have been temporarily stood down. First of all, don’t panic. The Government has announced their JobKeeper payments, meaning you could earn an extra $1,500 a fortnight. To …

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Need to Relax?

Finding yourself a bit overwhelmed, or need something to do while you’re stuck at home? We’ve gathered some online resources for you to enjoy, helping you chill out while keeping your mind busy. 1. Online Jigsaw Puzzles The Museum of New Zealand has put released some great interactive jigsaw puzzles featuring works from their collection. …

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Navigating Disrupted Schooling

In these uncertain times it can be hard to stay focused on the future. Even though your study plans may have been disrupted, there are still things you can do to stay on track. QUT’s Jill Willis has written a great article with some tips for students in year 12 on how to take advantage …

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Feeling the Urge to Travel?

Even though you might not be able to travel far at the moment (or even leave the house), there are still plenty of ways you can experience the world from the couch. Check out some of the great places you can explore: Historical Sites Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china View Live …

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USQ Beyond the Books Online Series

USQ released a series of webinars all about issues relevant to students, such as assessment management, careers, study tips and more. Even though these webinars are aimed at uni students, they still contain heaps of valuable information for high school students, and can help you decide whether further study is right for you. Check them …

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Stuck at home?

Cabin fever and boredom can be responsible for some really bad moods and unhelpful head spaces. A good way to combat those feelings, is to stay busy. You might think that’s not as easy as it sounds if you’re in lock down, but there are loads of resources already out there, with more popping up …

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Tour the World’s Most Famous Museums Without Leaving Your House

Museums and galleries can hold some incredibly interesting things – but a lot of them are all the way on the other side of the world. Google has teamed up with some of the world’s most famous museums to create virtual tours, meaning you can explore their collections without even having to leave the house. …

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7 things I wish I had known about money as a teenager

Financial literacy educator and writer Kate Crowhurst puts the learnings from her past mistakes into practice in this article. For teens today she recommends: Learning how to talk about money Not stressing about buying a house Getting a job Doing research on bank accounts Starting to save early Learning about compound interest (and applying your …

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The 7 Best Beaches in the World for Snorkelling

Fancy spending your holidays or gap year in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world? You could experience pristine coral reefs, or even spot some elusive wildlife. Check out Lonely Planet’s list of the best beaches in the world for snorkelling for some ideas for your next trip: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-places-world-to-snorkel

STEM Japan Global Student Program

High performing Year 10 state high school students will experience a 15-day program, enjoying school life and visiting cultural and historical sites in Hiroshima and Kyoto, Japan. Students will improve their language proficiency and engage in industry visits where they will see real life examples of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) applications. The program …

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Japanese Immersion #Tokyo Global Student Program

High-performing Year 10 state high school students will travel and experience a 10-day immersion study tour to Tokyo Japan, visiting cultural and historical places and engage in school visits. This program is targeting students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience another culture in an international environment. The program is open to 15 …

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Healthy headspace Skills Workshops Canberra

headspace Canberra are running a series of healthy headspace workshops every week for young people aged 12-25, covering issues such as mental health, wellbeing, sleep, communication, mindfulness and more. The workshops run each Thursday at headspace Canberra. You can check out the events and topics on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/headspaceCanberra/

Want to Travel to Antarctica?

Intrepid Travel and the World Wildlife Fund have partnered up to offer an amazing trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. You can spend the 11-day journey spotting whales, penguins and other wildlife while exploring the icy lands of Antarctica. If you have a passion for wildlife, science, or just adventure, this could be an awesome trip. …

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Resources for the UCAT

If you’re thinking of studying medicine, you will probably need to sit the UCAT at some point this year. Matrix Education has heaps of great resources available to help you prepare for the UCAT, including an online practice test and UCAT preparation courses. Find out more here: https://www.matrix.edu.au/ucat-courses/

headspace Resources for Young People

headspace has a great suite of resources available on their website specifically tailored to young people. If you are looking for advice about health and wellbeing, life, study, work and more, they have plenty of resources to help. Check it out here: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/life-issues/

Overseas Study Opportunities

Thinking of going on student exchange or travelling for your gap year, but aren’t sure where to start? Cluey Learning has put together a blog with heaps of useful information about travel providers and programs. Check it out here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/guide-to-overseas-exchange-opportunities/

4 tips to help get smart about money

What is financial literacy?   By the time you leave high school and often before, it’s important to learn how to manage your money and make decisions that make financial sense for your situation. If you can budget, manage your money, make wise decisions about your spending and saving habits, then you’re well on your …

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Rural Youth Study Tours

Ever wanted to travel the world? A Rural Youth Study Tour may be for you. The Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania offers study tours to international destinations or subject to approval, a self-nominated activity such as a Jillaroo/Jackaroo Course or trip to an interstate Field Days. If you are interested in being selected for a …

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Making Money as a Teenager

Sometimes finding a job can be difficult, and especially if you have to juggle it around study and other extra curricular activities. But there are plenty of other ways you can earn a bit of extra cash with just a small investment of your time. 1. Babysitting Got a neighbour or someone you know with …

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