Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Every year, the media exposes us to the hype and pressure relating to the final year of secondary school. However, putting things into perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it will not be the most important year of your child’s life. It is crucial for parents to reinforce the mantra of ‘you are more than your ATAR’.
A student’s performance in Year 12 is only a point in time measured by their ability to sit an exam. If the desired ATAR score is not achieved at the end of the day, there are other options available to your child. It will not define their happiness. There will be many other pathways available to them to help them reach their goals.
Michael sits on the Board of many organisations including the National Centre Against Bullying. In 1985 he founded CanTeen, a cancer support group for teenagers. He is the resident psychologist on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. Michael has written several bestselling books on parenting including ‘Surviving Year 12’.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
FIRST ROW: Elida Brereton - Former Principal, Camberwell High School; Philip Grutzner - Principal, Carey Baptist Grammar School
SECOND ROW: Dr Tim Hawkes - Former Headmaster, The King's School; John Moore - Head of Senior School, St Leonard’s College.
There are many strategies that students can implement to help them survive Year 12. Some are obvious and others are not. As a parent, it is also important to give your child support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping them well-nourished and encouraging physical activity. Take this quiz to test your knowledge on how best to support your child in Year 12.