January 11, 2013


Parents play a big role in getting their teenagers ready for Year 12, so they need to know the key steps to getting them motivated.

Australian Teenage Expo co-founder and youth expert Sacha Kaluri said we as parents need to beware that teens can lose motivation to start Year 12 over the school holidays.

“Just think about adults, no matter how much we love our jobs, when we go on holidays its always hard to get back into the swing of things at work when we come back.” said Mrs Kaluri

“It’s extremely common for young people to start the year with a cant be bother attitude.” she said.

“Parents need to make sure they have regular conversations about how exciting Year 12 can be, it’s so more than just education.”

Sonya Karras also co-founder of the Australian Teenage Expo said young people have often spent the last six weeks sleeping in, partying and hanging out with friends.

“School does not sound like a fun place to be, but really its centre hub of socialisation.” said Mrs Karras

Ms Kaluri’s top 5 tips on how get senior school students feeling positive and excited about starting VCE

  • Have positive conversations at home with family and friends about all the other good things about school other than education
  • Listen when they speak. When young people talk to their parents about subject selection-get involved and be positive
  • Remind them of the fun they will have. There is more to school than education.
  • Relationships with teachers will change. Teachers are different to senior students; they treat them more like adult.
  • Make sure they are doing subjects they will enjoy. It’s not only about their future, careers and the final score. The more they enjoy school the better they will do.

Mrs Kaluri said one of the worst things that can happen is to start Year 12 under pressure. Know it’s important, but you need to make sure you don’t start stressed out.

“I remember working with a student that was under so much pressure to have a perfect score at the end of Year !2  that they were almost having severe anxiety  of just starting the year.” She said

“Going into first term of school with a positive vibe is just a mind set.

“You can have some of the best days of your life doing Year 12.”

“Year 12 is a time where students need maximum support, but still need to understand their place family as well as still be responsible’ says Ms Kaluri.

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  • Well done to those parents who have managed to get their kids as far as year 12, so many don’t make it. Good luck getting them through it


  • Thank you! I have a teen son in year 11, and daughter in year 10, and my son especially needs lots of motivation!


  • All true, have just been through this with my daughter. Balance is important to keep them motivated. As a teacher once said to me they will all get the grade they deserve.


  • the hardest year, but the most rewarding cause you can move on to what YOU want after that, to what subjects you are drawn towards in Uni


  • Thanks for sharing this article cause I have 2yrs until my daughter starts year 12 there are fantastic advice here thanks.


  • Won’t be long until I’ll be dealing with this! Thanks for the article.


  • If only we could do our senior schooling in our mid 20’s…after we were all partied out!


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • Great read, thanks for sharing


  • I do agree they should pick subjects they enjoy. Language studies got dropped because it was becoming boring.


  • Great one! Thanks for sharing


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • i hope my daughter don’t grow up too quickly :P


  • Thank you for sharing this


  • Enjoyed reading – thanks for sharing.


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