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Welcome to the last post of 2019! Before we sign off for the summer holidays, we’ve rounded up the most popular posts from the past 12 months. Thanks for coming along with us throughout the year as we took a deep dive into all the education issues that matter to you. And thank you to everyone who got in touch or shared their story.

We look forward to working with you again in 2020. We wish you all a fantastic, restorative festive break. You deserve it.

So without further ado, here are the top ten articles that had the biggest impact among Principals, School Leaders and Business Managers this year.

A Day in the Life of a School Administration Officer

This was hands-down the most popular read of the year. We all know that School administration staff are indispensable and schools would fall apart without their important work. In this post, we see how much SAMs do behind the scenes to keep schools running smoothly. Again, a big thanks to Helen Long who is the School Administration Manager at  Turramurra North Public School for sharing her insights and experiences. 

Easy Recipes for Kids 

Get inspired with some fresh recipes to get kids involved and interested in both cooking and eating – especially when they’re at school. Explore lunchbox options for food that is both nutritious and delicious in this finger-waggling-free post.

Student Management Systems and School Communication Apps: Why your school needs both  

We get into the nitty-gritty of school management systems and school communication platforms to examine their strengths, points of difference and why having both on board is ideal for your school. 

Complex Family Structures and School 

Single parent and blended families share the same challenges, hopes and aspirations for their children as we all do. It’s just in some cases, the logistics of everyday school life can come with an additional layer of complexity. In this post, we explore the changing shape of Australian families and the implications for schools.

Disruptive Technologies

With new technologies being developed all the time, we unpack some of the key terms and ideas that will impact (or should that be disrupt?) education.

Teaching Empathy

Teachers are a vital part of a child’s team in communicating and demonstrating empathetic behaviour. Empathy is a life skill and one of the key ‘soft skills’ that will serve children in almost every area of their lives, for the rest of their lives. In this post, School Stream gets into the nitty-gritty of empathy and shares some expert-approved strategies for bringing it into the classroom. Includes links to a kid-friendly video and reading list for all ages. 

Top 9 Podcasts for Principals  

Podcasts are a way to source content for self-directed professional development in a way that is easy, convenient and requires absolutely no planning or time away from school. It’s PD on the go if you will. Here is our list of the top nine podcasts for Principals.

We see you

We salute the unsung heroes of the education world, School Administration Managers. We also introduce School Stream’s Product Support Manager, Brad. Many of you will have spoken to him on the phone, now, put a face to the voice!

Let’s Talk Transition

Transitioning to primary and secondary school or life beyond schooling, is an exciting milestone for a child and their family. It can also feel daunting for many. In this post, we explore the concerns for children, tips for a successful transition at any stage, and potential pathways for the secondary students who are finishing up at the end of the year. 

In praise of veggie gardens at school  

School gardens are a site of hope, community, connection and learning. Read all about some thriving kitchen gardens in schools from Victoria and the great outcomes these schools and students are experiencing. There are also some helpful links to funding options for schools.

Have a great break! School Stream’s offices will close on Friday 20 December and re-open on Monday 6 January 2020.