An overseas school exchange program is a very transformational experience. Young people change for the better in many ways and often say that the exchange program is the best thing they have ever done.
Parents worry about agreeing to their children going on camp – letting them out of their sight and putting trust in the teachers.
But do trust that the teachers really care and the children benefit and grow in independence, resilience and confidence.
Being away from home (even under the watchful eye of the teachers) can be a real rite of passage for the primary student.
So please let them go! [Read more…]
It’s human nature to want to fit in and be liked by the people around us.
Right from the first day at school, children want – and need – to fit in. As a parent, you will already know if your child stands out from the crowd in a way that unfortunately, may gain a negative reaction from some peers.
Are you worried?
Although the costs are not insignificant, when students spend even a brief time studying in a secondary school in another country, they come back changed for the better in so many ways.
Students and parents need to keep up with the constantly changing tertiary landscape. It really is true that knowledge is power. The right knowledge can help students gain entry to very popular courses and even avoid being one of the many tertiary students who don’t make it past the first four or five weeks at university or TAFE.
There are so many practical strategies that parents can use to help children develop important attributes before hitting the gates of the new secondary school. These attributes can help every child be happier and do their very best academically, emotionally and socially at the secondary level. [Read more…]
In many respects, the personal attributes which are so important at the secondary level, are also important during the primary school years. The foundation of these personal attributes are laid during the early years. Happiness and success at secondary school are so much more attainable if students have developed these attributes to a reasonable level before reaching secondary school.
It’s never too early to help children start developing important employment skills that will help them to fly into future success down the track. There are many strategies parents can use to help children become more success-ready and employment-ready.
To develop almost all of the skills required to thrive in a world that is rapidly and constantly changing, (resilience, leadership ability, team-work skills, initiative, persistence, emotional intelligence, optimism, determination and courage) young people need to be prepared and eager to step outside their comfort zone. They need to try new activities and seize opportunities. They need to be doing this as early as possible rather than waiting until they complete secondary school or post-secondary studies.
Interview questions that appear to be tricky or challenging are often easy to answer if you have thought about them. Preparation is the key to doing well in all interviews and this certainly applies to those tricky questions.
School camps are an important part of every child’s education.
Sometimes they are the highlight of the whole year for children. In addition to wonderful memories, children learn invaluable skills and life lessons from attending school camps. [Read more…]