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ACTION – school kids in seats, the elderly left to stand

By YapYapYap - 13 March 2009 73

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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73 Responses to
ACTION – school kids in seats, the elderly left to stand
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justbands 8:51 am
13 Mar 09
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Haha..timely post considering this one…

http://the-riotact.com/?p=11176

..in which “Emlyn Ward” has claimed that public school kids are all scum & catholic school kids are the very picture of good community friendly behaviour. Of course Emlyn must be ignorant of examples such as this one of the opposite, or indeed of when Eddies suspended the entire student body for bad behaviour. Can’t be true though…’cause according to Emlyn, that could only ever happen at those godless public schools.

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LlamaFrog 8:59 am
13 Mar 09
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Its the parents fault they should be dropping and picking up the kids. What self respecting private school kid catches a bus anyway?

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justbands 9:02 am
13 Mar 09
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> Its the parents fault they should be dropping and picking up the kids. What self respecting private school kid catches a bus anyway?

Judging by the sheer number of them I see at bus stops on my way to work & also by the masses of buses at the catholic school near my office every morning/arvo…I’d say most self respecting private school kids catch the bus. Perhaps their parents can’t afford BMW’s (with the massive schools fees to pay), so the kids don’t want to be seen with them.

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old canberran 9:17 am
13 Mar 09
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Don’t forget, our Eddies boys are in training as our future footballers. Not sure about the girls though.

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OzChick 9:19 am
13 Mar 09
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I am finding that this is the norm lately. Radford kids are the same on the 300 series buses. They do not give up their seats to the elder people even though they get off earlier than everyone else at College Street. *sigh* They are usually too busy listening to their Ipods.

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justbands 9:20 am
13 Mar 09
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> Don’t forget, our Eddies boys are in training as our future footballers. Not sure about the girls though.

Yes, that’s Rugby though (as opposed to rugby LEAGUE). Rugby is generally considered more of an educated gentlemans game.

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Jim Jones 9:24 am
13 Mar 09
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With an increasingly aging population vying for fewer available seats during peak hour, I think that the solution is obvious: soilent green.

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jakez 9:28 am
13 Mar 09
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justbands said :

> Don’t forget, our Eddies boys are in training as our future footballers. Not sure about the girls though.

Yes, that’s Rugby though (as opposed to rugby LEAGUE). Rugby is generally considered more of an educated gentlemans game.

Not when Eddies plays it.

I can easily see the above happening on a bus with any school students. Personally, I’m always unsure about offering my seat to a woman/older person. There’s something so potentially insulting about it. Fortunately it hasn’t come up in a very long time.

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misspris 9:32 am
13 Mar 09
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It’s got nothing to do with schooling and everything to do with parenting. If I thought either of my kids (one is at Narrabundah College and one is at St Clare’s) left an adult standing while they sat they’d cop it. Simple.

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FC 9:32 am
13 Mar 09
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Jim Jones said :

With an increasingly aging population vying for fewer available seats during peak hour, I think that the solution is obvious: soilent green.

bahaha! I’m with you there.
Before I say this I need to say the following disclaimer:
When I do catch buses I do offer older people my seat, although it is rarely necessary.

However, while I can see the point of this for frail elderly people, I don’t feel so oblidging to just generally old people. Just because your hair goes grey or white doesn’t make me want to give up my seat for you. (again I’m not talking about little old grannies here!)
I hate to say it, but part of me thinks that they can stand just like the rest of us. I am pretty sure this stems from being brought where old people are always right, just cos they are old, and we shouldn’t challenge them because we need to “respect our elders” blah blah blah. I’m so sick of hearing old people bitch an moan, that I have become age-ist.
all right. its out. I am age-ist.

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justbands 9:33 am
13 Mar 09
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> Not when Eddies plays it.

Times must have changed. My older brother played for Eddies First 15 many years ago (& from there made the Australian Schoolboys team), he only went there for year 12..specifically to play Rugby. Appropriate behaviour at all times was very high on the agenda for the team back then.

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daddy 9:36 am
13 Mar 09
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+1 to misspris. Kids spend only about 20% of their life at school therefore much has to do with the parents who should be paying more attention and not relying on the school to teach their children everything.

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Ruby Wednesday 9:39 am
13 Mar 09
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I don’t know about Canberra, not having used the buses, but in Brisbane it was a condition of a student fare on public transport that you stand and offer your seat to any adult who was without one. It was also a separately enunciated rule in the school handbook, and one enforced by the prefects and the large number of old girls and parents who caught the train (in my experience as both a student and an old girl!).

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jakez 9:43 am
13 Mar 09
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justbands said :

> Not when Eddies plays it.

Times must have changed. My older brother played for Eddies First 15 many years ago (& from there made the Australian Schoolboys team), he only went there for year 12..specifically to play Rugby. Appropriate behaviour at all times was very high on the agenda for the team back then.

It was more a quip than an actual fact based statement. I was more referring to their unstoppable dominance of all things. I choose to bask in this reflected glory by virtue that I went to that school.

It’s a weak link, but I’m clinging to it with dear life.

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frontrow 9:44 am
13 Mar 09
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There is a schoolbus run that makes a pickup near my house. I frequently see parents dropping kids off at the bus stop in their cars. That is something I really don’t understand.

On topic – Some people are self absorbed and others are more considerate of others. I’ve never noticed a strong correlation between this and social status, wealth, education or anything else.

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