The Things That Matter- A Conversation for Creating a Healthy Society An Online Publication by Julie Boyd

Oh what a tangled web we weave… How do we teach kids responsibility in the light of this?

Open letter written by the Principal of the Miller Technology High school in response to a statement made by the principal of Kings Grammar School.

This is an open letter written by the Principal of the Miller Technology High school in response to A statement made by the principal of Kings Grammar School. Miller Technology High School National Leading School – Innovative Schools Program Microsoft® Partners in Learning Dear Headmaster, I read some weeks back your statement in the Sunday […]


(C)    Julie Boyd   The door groaned as if in pain, as it slid partially open. Two eyes, normally the softest brown, this morning filled with abject terror, peered around the gap. ‘Come in, mate. You look as if your morning’s been a bit rough.’ He fell into the plastic chair, his long adolescent […]


(C) Julie Boyd 2012   As parents we are all concerned about what the future will bring and the type of world our children will be seeking to live and work in. It can be very confusing trying to help our sons and daughters make the best decisions for their own futures, and can sometimes […]

Dealing with Distraction

(C) Julie Boyd 2012   Many young people find it difficult to manage the myriad distractions which can take the focus away from their work. Managing multiple forms of technology; needing to respond to friends immediately they text or call, can lead to procrastination when it comes to getting schoolwork done, and getting enough sleep. […]


(C) Julie Boyd 2012   Parenting adolescents can be a tricky balancing act. Young people growing up and beginning to assert their independence can provide challenges for the relationship you will maintain with your children, and particularly your son. Appreciating that they are beginning to strike out on their own, signals a time of change, […]


(C) Julie Boyd 2012 Steve Biddulph, has dedicated his professional life to the education of young men, and has identified as being problematic for adolescent boys. You may wish to use this expansion of Steve’s ideas to consider how, as a family, you are responding to any of these which may be affecting you. Disengagement…yet […]


(C) Julie Boyd 2012 “A young person who is highly active online, coupled with a parent who is disengaged from these new media, presents the risk of creating an intergenerational wedge.” The Internet has dramatically changed our world and the way we interact within it. It has drastically affected the way we communicate, and while […]

Teacher Performance Measures: A Reflection

(C) Julie Boyd 2011 Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted                                                                    Albert Einstein     The Grattan Institute recently wrote that a new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to […]