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Andrew Barr debunks Save Our Schools

By johnboy 17 October 2006 25

Andrew Barr is touting his question time response to Save Our Schools’ research review.

Essentially he’s using the same arguments put forward by me on 09-Oct which is flattering but a reference would have been nice.

Even nicer would be to see the same intellectual rigour applied to the 2020 program. Considering that Andrew has thousands of public servants to think deep thoughts on the subject.

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miz 11:11 pm 19 Oct 06

There are going to be some more weird PEA geographical anomalies if the school closures go ahead. Eg kids in Isabella Plains kids being zoned to Bonython over Drakeford Drive, or to Richardson over blackspot road Ashley Drive . . . Gilmore kids crossing Isabella Drive to Fadden or Gowrie . . .

miz 11:06 pm 19 Oct 06

Kiwi, fair enough – I see your point. I hope you find something that suits.
Big schools are just awful aren’t they. Our local primary trod some rough paths when it was the size Mr Barr thinks it should be (over 600 students). Now it is a normal size (approx 300) and wonderful, he thinks it’s too small and wants to close it!

I predict that in a few years when the population peak in Ngunnawal/Amaroo has slowed and your local schools are not crazily huge and out of control, those schools will suddenly find they are having to compete for students and they will be in the situation Kambah and Wanniassa High Schools are in now. Meanwhile though, it’s really unfair to families to be at the mercy of these population peaks and troughs – due to bad land release planning?

nyssa76 5:56 pm 19 Oct 06

That’s because he doesn’t know. He should ask his brother re: behaviour management.

Discipline problems are easily “lost” in larger schools. Student Welfare have more students to deal with and thus don’t have the time or the “force” to evict violent students.

Special G 5:50 pm 19 Oct 06

I asked the question about discipline problems in larger schools, like Gold Creek, at the last Cook meeting. Barr didn’t know how to answer that one.

nyssa76 5:29 pm 19 Oct 06

kiwi, glad to hear that you got that situation sorted.

My nephew lived in Ngunnawal (5 mins walk to Ngunnawal PS) and yet we were told he had to go to Gold Creek – across the main drag and at least a 20 mins walk.

Ridiculous. Why call that part of Gungahlin Ngunnawal at all?

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