Wellbeing

Take some time to reflect on your year

Looking back and reflecting on our experiences, achievements, and challenges from the past year helps us feel fulfilled. We get to see what we found meaningful throughout the year, and start looking ahead at ways we can improve ourselves in the future. You’ve probably overcome obstacles, kicked goals, and gained new skills; even if it …

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Why set goals

Why you should set goals

Goal setting is key for success, but can seem a bit tricky at first. Find out why you should set goals and get tips for seeing them through.

Alternative Schoolies

Plan an alternative Schoolies

If partying with thousands of other high school leavers doesn’t float your boat, here are some ideas for planning an alternative schoolies.

To the Class of 2023

This guest article was written by Claire Pech, Careers Advisor at an independent school in Sydney, and consults as Claire Pech Careers. Another year comes around and I find myself reflecting on our Year 12 group, about to rush out through the school gates. I have a few pointers that I would like to send …

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Cyberbullying

Helping to stop cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a serious issue, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. Find ways you can act and how to get help in this blog.

Should I drop a subject

Should I drop a subject?

Senior high school is tough! You’re busy with school, extra curriculars, and maybe even working part time too. You might also be learning to drive, expected to do more at home, then there’s all the life admin you’ve suddenly got to deal with…and a social life to consider. So it’s understandable that when you’re thinking …

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Get experience in school

Don’t Wait to Finish School to get Experience

You don’t need to sit around and wait until you’ve finished school to start getting experience, building skills, and making connections for your future. There are lots of things you can do alongside your schoolwork. Let’s take a look at some of your options. Part-time work  This is something a lot of students already do. …

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

June 16th 2023 was Neurodiversity Pride Day, the international day of pride for neurodivergent people and their allies. Neurodiversity is a concept that celebrates the unique strengths and perspectives of individuals with neurological differences. These unique strengths and perspectives can be incredibly valuable in many different aspects of life, from study to work; and more …

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Balancing academic and extracurricular activities

Balancing Academic and Extracurricular Activities: A Guide for High School Students

Balancing academic responsibilities with extracurricular activities can be quite the juggling act. With countless opportunities available to explore your passions and interests beyond the classroom, it’s essential to strike a healthy balance. In this article, we’ll delve into some practical advice and tips on how to manage your academics and extracurricular commitments effectively. So let’s …

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Young people mental health

Looking to the Future: Young People and Mental Health

Life as a young person can sometimes feel tough, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, political uncertainty, and concerns about the environment. A recent study conducted by the University of Melbourne across schools in Australia sought to understand the experiences and perspectives of high school students. The findings shed light on the challenges …

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Celebrating IDAHOBIT

Celebrating IDAHOBIT and Supporting Your Friends

In a world that thrives on diversity and inclusivity, it’s important to create an environment where everyone feels accepted and celebrated for who they are. May 17th was the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). It provides a platform to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and promote …

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Overcoming procrastination

Overcoming Procrastination and Strategies for Students

Are you tired of falling into the clutches of procrastination, constantly battling against looming deadlines? You’re not alone! Procrastination can be a common struggle among high school students, but fear not – in this blog, we’ll provide you with some effective strategies for overcoming procrastination once and for all. Let’s get started. Why do we …

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Being Mindful Online

A Guide to Being Mindful Online

As a teenager, social media and the internet are likely a big part of your daily life. It’s a great way to connect with friends, share your interests, and express yourself. However, it’s important to remember that what you post online can have consequences, both positive and negative. That’s why it’s essential to think carefully …

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The Importance of Self-Care

The Importance of Self-Care for High School Students

As a high school student, you may feel overwhelmed by the demands of academic work, extracurricular activities, and social obligations. With so much going on, it’s easy to neglect your own needs and wellbeing. However, self-care is essential for maintaining good physical, emotional, and mental health. Let’s discuss the importance of self-care and see three …

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Ways High School Students Can Make the Most of Their Holidays

3 Ways High School Students Can Make the Most of Their Holidays

Holidays are a great time for high school students to recharge, relax, and engage in activities that they enjoy. But it can be easy to get caught up in doing nothing or wasting time on activities that don’t add value (like watching Netflix all day). It’s essential to use your holidays wisely to set yourself …

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Combine study with exercise

Here’s How You Can Combine Study With Exercise

When you’re feeling bogged down with school work, finding the time to balance both study and fitness can be tricky. But it’s important to prioritise both, as they contribute to your wellbeing and success. To help you make the most of your time and achieve a healthy work-life balance, we’ve come up with three effective …

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Superannuation tips for teens

Superannuation Tips for Teens

There has been a fair bit in the news recently about superannuation. But retirement is so far away, why should you worry about it, right? Well, it’s actually something you probably need to start thinking about now. So read on to get some handy superannuation tips for teens.   What is superannuation?   Superannuation (also …

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Apply now for the adventure of a lifetime with Young Endeavour

Looking for a personal development opportunity? We’ve got just the thing. Applications are now open for young Australians aged 16-23 to take part in 11-day youth development on STS Young Endeavour, Australia’s National Sail Training Ship. Voyages sail from July – December 2023 and sail to ports in NSW and QLD. On board youth will …

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Tax and Young People

Tax and Young People

What is tax?   It’s not the most fun subject to talk about, but it’s an important one – tax. If you’ve got yourself a part-time or casual job, even if you’re still at school, chances are you’ll need to know about tax. But what even is tax? Think of it this way. Tax is …

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Enterprise skills

The 3 Must-have Enterprise Skills for School Leavers

It’s no surprise that today’s world of work is drastically different to only a few years ago. Rampant technology changes, work-from-home, flat management structures, AI, start-ups, online university, and the ‘gig economy’. Because of this, students need to be equipped with flexibility and an open mind to trying new things, so that they can approach …

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Mob Way R U OK?

It’s often hard to talk about how you feel, but is there someone that you trust to have a yarn with? In this podcast series we yarn with well-known and everyday First Nations people on their experiences, how we open up in our own way, how we have conversations and ask that simple question, are …

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How to ask your teachers for help

How to Ask Your Teachers for Help if You’re Falling Behind

Falling behind in class or feeling like you’re not understanding something can be upsetting, and sometimes overwhelming. And the thought of needing to ask your teachers for help can be even more stressful on top of that. But don’t fear – your teachers are there to help you out. You shouldn’t feel guilty about asking …

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Nine podcasts with all the study tips and advice you could ever need

Looking for study tips and love listening to podcasts? You might want to check out these gurus with all the insights: Study with Jess – A youtube based podcast dedicated to helping students study smarter, not harder CDU Study Skills – The ‘I wish I’d known that” podcast with tips from uni students The Exam …

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What tutoring really looks like

What Does Tutoring Really Look Like and Do You Need It?

If you’re struggling with a particular subject at school, or want to propel your knowledge to the next level, you might have considered tutoring. But what does tutoring really look like, and do you really need it?   What tutoring really looks like   Tutoring is receiving additional help and support from someone with extra …

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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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How to cope with bad world news

When bad news breaks, it can be hard to escape from it. You might find it tricky to unplug or think about other things. It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed by the news, especially when good news stories can seem harder to come by. So, if you’re feeling down about the world, Reach Out have …

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A Letter to the Class of 2022

This guest article was written by Claire Pech, Careers Advisor at Emanuel School, Sydney and owner of careers consultancy Claire Pech Careers.   So many articles were written for the Class of 2020. They were the first group who had any experience of Covid-19. They endured their first ever school closures. Home-learning, home schooling, pandemics and …

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Youth at the Zoo

Taronga’s Youth at the Zoo program (YATZ) gives teens the opportunity to learn more about how our Zoos operate, develop skills for the future and spend time with like-minded people who share a passion for animals and conservation. The program is open to teens aged 13 – 19 years old. Members will have the opportunity …

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Join the 2023 Neo Ambassador Committee

Young creative leaders and change makers this one’s for you – applications are now open for our 2023 Neo Ambassador Committee! We’re looking for passionate young creatives aged 13-17 to join our committee of volunteer Ambassadors. Be part of creative events programming, professional development, working alongside artists and curators, and see your ideas come to …

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How to manage your time

Studying means managing a bunch of competing deadlines. It can be overwhelming and sometimes it feels impossible. Figuring out the best ways to study means developing strategies for planning your time that will help you to stay calm, organised, and on top of everything. Check out ReachOut’s top time management tips for students in their …

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Roles in Disaster Relief

Unfortunately there have been lots of natural disasters happening recently, and over the past few years in Australia. If you’re wondering how you might be able to help, there are lots of jobs and volunteer roles where you can make a difference.   Jobs in Disaster Relief   If you want a career in Disaster …

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Become an Ambassador for Northern Territory Youth Week

NT Youth Week is a celebration of young people across the Territory, and applications are now open for the ambassador roles! As an NT Youth Week Ambassador you will: represent and promote your region during NT Youth be a media spokesperson through participation in radio, newspaper interviews and other media opportunities assist in the planning …

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9 Study Tips for Term 4

9 Study Tips for Term 4

Term 4 is that last long haul before you’ll be rewarded with summer break and Christmas – that’s worth getting excited about. It also means exams, reports and preparing for next year. If you’re in Year 12 with finals coming up, you might be feeling the pressure more than ever. Hopefully you’ve already started revising, …

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Teenage Volunteering Abroad

Projects Abroad run a series of specialised overseas volunteering programs tailored specifically to teenagers aged 15-18. These programs are a great way to step outside your comfort zone and help make a difference in communities around the world. They have trips that run all throughout the year, with most designed to fit in around the …

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Seven jobs where you could use your language skills

If you’re studying a second language like Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, or German, then you might find it easier to find work. Bilingual employees are in high demand, and employers will look favourably on your ability to speak an additional language because they want to build robust global workplaces where they can help a diverse range …

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Thinking of taking a language in year 11 and 12?

Learning a language has many benefits. It improves your thinking abilities and enhances your understanding of the world. Knowing another language can give you a leg up in university applications too. If you’re thinking of studying a language in years 11 and 12, read this article by the Conversation to find out what you need …

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Online tutoring – an option for boosting your education

Since COVID, what’s considered “normal” learning has changed. Online learning has become a much more popular and accessible option for students all over the world. But online tutoring is something that’s actually been around for a while. It’s a good option to consider if you’d like to give your grades a boost, or if you …

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Checking in with yourself

When you’re not feeling so hot, it can be tricky figuring out what’s wrong. It’s easy to get swept up in life’s responsibilities – from school, to work, to keeping up relationships with friends and dealing with expectations from family. Take this quiz from ReachOut to check in with yourself. They can help you pinpoint …

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What to do if a natural disaster stops you getting to your exam

The last few years have been a lot. Between global pandemics and numerous natural disasters, students have had to learn to adapt quickly, which is going to make the 2020 to 2025 crop of high school graduates some of the most resilient in history. By now, there’s a good chance you already know the procedure …

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13YARN – National Support Line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Lifeline Australia has launched the first national support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in crisis called 13YARN. The 24/7 phone line will give First Nations communities access to culturally responsive and safe support for social and emotional wellbeing when and where they need it. If you, or someone you know, are feeling …

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How do I get a Working With Children Check in Australia?

How do I get a Working With Children Check in Australia?

Thinking of working or volunteering with children or young people? Great! You may need to get a Working With Children Check (WWCC) before you can start. What is a Working With Children Check? A WWCC is an assessment of your character and your background. They’re there to make sure  that you are a responsible, good …

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Creating positive habits in secondary school and beyond

Creating positive habits in secondary school and beyond

Helping anyone tackle the temptations of procrastination can be a challenge, particularly when those in need are young people. These days we are bombarded by distractions, notifications and different disruptions nearly constantly and sometimes I feel this is turned up to eleven for young people. When I was younger I would constantly fall into the …

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Time management hack | The Pomodoro Technique

Time management hack | The Pomodoro Technique

If you’re struggling to be productive, finish assignments, meet deadlines, or get your revision going smoothly, the Pomodoro Technique could make a difference. A time management hack, it’s all about breaking tasks (and time) down into shorter, more manageable chunks and taking regular breaks. Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, when he used …

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World Challenge Australasia

World Challenge provides educational expeditions in exciting environments, which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. Their bespoke 1 to 6-week student travel itineraries foster team spirit and leadership skills. There are a wide range of domestic and international school travel opportunities for both Australian and New Zealand schools. These trips are packed …

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Study Abroad with WEP Student Exchange

Study Abroad with WEP Student Exchange

A WEP student exchange is the opportunity for students to exchange their school, culture, family and possibly language for a selected time period in another country. It could be more rewarding than simply being a tourist, as you’ll live like locals and acquire knowledge not available to the general traveller. It is a once in …

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Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

Feeling anxious is unproductive and let’s face it pretty unpleasant. Taking a few minutes out when you start to feel anxious and following the breathing tips in the article below, could help you to overcome the feelings you experience when anxiety starts to build. Simple abdominal breathing exercise for relaxation. If breathing exercises aren’t enough, …

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