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Bullying at Kingsford Smith “super” School

By Genie - 3 March 2010 49

I just want to revisit a post from July 2009 in regards to the bullying at Kingsford Smith School.

I don’t have children – but I have nieces and cousins and friends with kids who go there and all I ever hear about is how bad the bullying is.

My twin nieces are quite often too scared to even go to school, one incident she was pushed down a flight of stairs and suffered a concussion. My neighbour recently pulled her sons out of the school (and is home schooling them) after one had his nose broken in class. And only yesterday I heard that my cousin was beat up (his very first day at the school) because he was half the size of the rest of his yr 7 boys.

The school doesn’t seem to care, and I am looking at going over the school’s head to the Education Minister. I’m looking to hear from parents who have children attending this school and if they have any problems in relation to bullying.

I am sick of listening to my nieces crying their eyes out after school most days and telling me what has happened and need to take action. Suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

What’s Your opinion?


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Bullying at Kingsford Smith “super” School
WhyTheLongFace 3:33 pm 04 Mar 10

Teachers can do very little these days. Not much actually happens in the classroom anymore.

Bullying is no worse than it ever was, just comes in different forms (text msg rather than paper note etc.).

The kids who do the bullying (all kids bully, some more than others) have parents, why aren’t they expected to do something about their own child and their behavior?

A lot of parents need to ask themselves ‘Is my kid a bully’, rather than blaming everyone and anyone else.

Jim Jones 2:51 pm 04 Mar 10

Pommy bastard said :

Whatever happened to the parent going to the school and getting the bully’s home address, the informing the bully’s parents; “If my kid comes home with one more bruise, another cut, or without any of his/her possessions due to that little sh!tbag of yours, I will first come your house and beat seven shades of sh!t out of you. This is your first and final warning.”

So your answer to bullying is … more bullying?

grunge_hippy 2:24 pm 04 Mar 10

the squeaky wheel gets the grease. complain to those who will listen and something eventually will get done. WIN news always likes a good controversy.

the school is having teething problems, and unfortunately this problem is a big throbbing abscess requiring root canal work. I also have it on good authority that the principal is a tool. It aint gonna change until he is gone.

Tooks 2:23 pm 04 Mar 10

Pommy bastard said :

Whatever happened to the parent going to the school and getting the bully’s home address, the informing the bully’s parents; “If my kid comes home with one more bruise, another cut, or without any of his/her possessions due to that little sh!tbag of yours, I will first come your house and beat seven shades of sh!t out of you. This is your first and final warning.”

That’s how it should be done!

p1 2:22 pm 04 Mar 10

And only yesterday I heard that my cousin was beat up (his very first day at the school) because he was half the size of the rest of his yr 7 boys.

This statement says nothing about Kingsford Smith School. If it was the first day, it’s a pretty good chance that all the kids involved we also on their first day, so the problem is a direct result of every other person the kid has had contact with in their life before that day.

harvyk1 2:08 pm 04 Mar 10

Genie, as strange as this sounds, get the kids you know to study some sort of martial art for self defence purposes (as well as strength, exercise and fitness), and make sure they understand it’s for self defence only.

Most bullies are actually very weak, they only pick on easy targets which they know are weaker than them, so knowing a martial art is a very good way of getting off a bullies radar. (Unfortunately doesn’t help the next kid on the bullies radar).

When I was in high school a few times bullies went after me, but because I had confidence brought on by in my case taekwondo, the bullies ran the other way without even a single punch being thrown.

Pommy bastard 1:44 pm 04 Mar 10

Whatever happened to the parent going to the school and getting the bully’s home address, the informing the bully’s parents; “If my kid comes home with one more bruise, another cut, or without any of his/her possessions due to that little sh!tbag of yours, I will first come your house and beat seven shades of sh!t out of you. This is your first and final warning.”

ScrappyKat 1:15 pm 04 Mar 10

Perhaps if more parents were taking a more active role in the school, more could be done. If you are worried about bullying, form a bullying committee within the P&C.

Tooks 11:49 am 04 Mar 10

I was referring to the kids. Back in school, if I didn’t like a kid or a group of kids, I didn’t associate with them. These days, bullying can be relentless because it doesn’t end at 3pm. It continues online, through mobile phones etc.

Glad I’m not a kid anymore.

spinact 11:23 am 04 Mar 10

Tooks said :

Whatever happened to just ignoring the kids you didn’t like?

By the kids, teachers or parents?

Tooks 11:00 am 04 Mar 10

Whatever happened to just ignoring the kids you didn’t like?

Gungahlin Al 10:13 am 04 Mar 10

A workmate has had serious bullying problems for his son at KSS. People don’t seem to understand how easy it is to drive a child towards suicidal tendencies, and to totally disrupt the family’s work/life/everything.
The schools need to understand just how serious the problems are, and treat every instance with the utmost seriousness.
It may be a minor case of bullying to them, but it can threaten lives, livelihoods, marriages and more, and the effects on the individual last their whole lives.

regularbrowse 8:03 am 04 Mar 10

I’ve heard similiar stories about the Kingsford Smith Super School and I live on southside. A lot of parents I know are sending their kids to local Belconnen Catholic schools – even if they are not of that religious persuasion. Very surprised a new private junior school hasn’t opened in Belconnen area to meet the demand. My understanding is that Radford College near UC is very popular but the fees are too high for many families.

trevar 7:39 am 04 Mar 10

On one hand, I tend to think we have a tendency to overreact to bullying. I know when my kids get picked on I try to remind myself; ‘what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger’, which is what I appreciate about being a victim of bullying for my eleven years at school. At the same time, though, bullying has to be addressed and not ignored for the sake of the bully as much as for the sake of the victim. Bullies tend to take longer to settle into life after school than bullies’ victims do.

If you’re sure the school is remiss in its duty in regard to bullying, the minister may not be the most useful person to contact. You’d hope he’d refer it to the appropriate person/s in DET, but you can’t rely on it, so I’d be taking it directly to DET myself. This is what is advised on the DET website if you’re not satisfied with a school’s response.

somewhere_between_bu 1:11 am 04 Mar 10

There are many better schools in Canberra, for the younger ones, Maribyrnong Primary, the older ones, Lyneham High (a lot of fights occur there, but the smart kids blend in), for all, Telopea Park School. I don’t recommend the private schools, if you’re trying to avoid bullying however. I’m still so happy that I escaped from a super school (Amaroo) with only deep mental scars and large psychiatrist bills.

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