The ‘idea’ of a guest speaker is wrong.Flat out wrong.You don’t need a guest speaker.You need a guest listener. Questioner. Sharer. You need someone who can read the room.Create an atmosphere.Be themselves-vulnerable.And connect. All easier said than done. But never more necessary than now-after what we’ve all been through...

They present with color and flare that can raise eyebrows. They often choose to push back against authority which can lower eyebrows. And they can be corralled by “general rules”-or labels. They are often called lazy. Disengaged. Apathetic. They’re resilience is questioned. As is their ability to...

The global pandemic has highlighted that life is not linear.And neither is education. The disruptions felt throughout our communities can at the very least serve as a catalyst for change.Our (education systems) schools need to shift.Dramatically. Appreciating the value of (communication) relationships.The influence of music in normalizing language/social behaviors....

A note to all Year 12 students - Do not stress about your ATAR score-at this time or otherwise. Few people (if any) will ever ask of it. Focus instead on the learning/study process itself and controlling your input/s around it… …and being kind to your parents,friends, strangers….and especially yourself. This...

Some conversations are just plain hard.Raw and uncomfortable. They often lead to equally challenging questions and comments. Particularly when the audience is young.Younger than you.And younger than me. The mainstream media.Social media.Reality. Global debt.Property prices.Anxiety. Relationships. Divorce.Hope. Technology. Escapism.Government. The environment.Fear. Young people can’t hear their voice above a world of noise.Adult driven noise. Adults need...

As a global or local community we shouldn’t need to highlight the importance of mental health via a unique day or on-going campaign as the value of mental health should be obvious to all. I’m a father, a teacher, an educational consultant, a professional athlete and...