I caught the No 5 from Griffith shops to town this afternoon and a little surpriseded to see 35 odd high school students from St Edmunds and St Clares with their arses parked in their seats while two rather elderly passengers were forced to stand for the best part of 30 mins.
In contrast, I was offered a seat by a Narrabundah College student a few weeks ago, on the same route – my mates have been giving me heaps ever since (I’m 47 and had, prior to that occasion, still considered myself one to offer-up a seat rather than the other way around).
Guess that’s what a (relatively) expensive catholic education instills these days. Perhaps the schools themselves can cast a little light on the subject!
Eddies says it is:
“very proud of our rich traditions and sense of community that have been built upon by successive generations of students, staff and parents.”
St Clares on the other hand is rather chuffed to describe itself thus:
“a Catholic school for girls located in the south Canberra suburb of Griffith. We are a Year 7 to 12 school where students are motivated and encouraged to develop to their full potential within the context of the Catholic Tradition.”
Whatever the schools claim to be doing; it isn’t working – well at least in the case of the two old dears on the No5.