When Nic Newling asks senior students what they believe the point of schools is, he is so often told it’s “to get a good job”. Despite an increasing focus on wellbeing programmes and holistic education in schools, why do so many students still believe they’re in nothing but a worker bee factory?
In this workshop Nic guides us through the pitfalls and personal learnings of someone who set out to achieve greatness but then completely failed high school. We’ll explore why students feel so much pressure to perform and why having tunnel vision toward a number-based exam result misses the point of learning entirely.
Nic shares the 11 things he wishes he knew in high school that only time and experience through failure could possibly teach him.

About Nic
Nic Newling is an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories. Nic has reached millions of people through television, live talks, documentaries, radio, print, and online. He strives to make a continuing positive impact utilising sharing and listening to encourage helpful, unscripted conversations around mental health, suicide prevention, and getting the most out of life.
Nic is an ambassador for Australia Day, R U OK? Day, Movember, and the Australian Mental Health Prize. He has been featured on Australian Story, The TODAY Show, Huffington Post, the upcoming documentary 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect', and his mother's Human Rights Award-winning memoir Missing Christopher.
As founder of mental health initiative, The Champions, Nic continues to spread his messages of support, strength, and hope around the world with the guiding mantra “We Champion sharing to help improve mental health”.