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Bullying at Kingsford Smith?

By johnboy - 1 July 2009 77

When the ACT Government began rolling out plans for “Super Schools” many were apalled at the idea of cramming overly disparate age groups into the same facility.

The Liberals’ Steve Dozspot is claiming that out at the newish West Belconnen Kingsford Smith School all is not well:

    “Systemic bullying and a lack of a ratified school specific bullying policy are the main concerns of families. However the biggest issues parents have been concerned about is that they are not being listened to by the school and ultimately the Minister,” Mr Doszpot said.

    “Parents have raised some serious concerns with me, about the lack of a clear separation between younger students and the more senior high school students. This issue was raised during the planning phase and an issue which parents were assured would be addressed as a priority before the school opened.

    “Currently, the school has Year 7 students sharing a playground with students as young as Year 1. Parents were worried this exacerbated the potential for the bullying of younger students.

    “Parents are also concerned that the language and behaviour adopted by the older students will have an effect on the younger ones.

Apparently the bullying policy is up to be ratified by the board on 28 July.

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vg 6:47 am 17 Aug 09

Hee hee

Cletus 2 11:38 pm 16 Aug 09

There is no “left-wing” bite. You just make a ridiculous and unsubstantiated claim so I’m happy to point out to you how ridiculous it is.

And I don’t know why you try to pose that rhetorical question in defense of police. Government schools have more incentive to improve and compete *because* there are private schools.

So if you want to equate government run institutions with incompetence, substandard performance, or inefficiency, fine. Just keep in mind what you are saying.

vg 9:02 pm 16 Aug 09

By the way, what sort of Police are there that aren’t government…..as opposed to schools?

vg 9:01 pm 16 Aug 09

Finally I get the left-wing bite I was after. Thanks Cletus, you never disappoint

Cletus 2 8:11 pm 16 Aug 09

vg said :

Government school

Those 2 words adequately outline all of the above

You’re a joke. But hey, government police, I didn’t expect better.

vg 7:11 pm 16 Aug 09

nyssa76 said :

vg, that is no way a realist perspective. It is the perspective of a person who doesn’t see the big picture and who, by their own admittion ignorantly states “Government schoools. Those two words adequately outline all of the above.”

housebound, there are some fantntasic Government schools in the ACT. Each has its own merits. It just takes a little further digging as opposed to the ‘they’re all bad’ attitude.

Think more laterally Nyssa. Was my emphasis on the ‘schools’ in the phrase or the ‘government’ part?

nyssa76 6:49 pm 16 Aug 09

I need to stop typing so fast when trying to get my opinion out….typos r us.

nyssa76 4:29 pm 16 Aug 09

vg, that is no way a realist perspective. It is the perspective of a person who doesn’t see the big picture and who, by their own admittion ignorantly states “Government schoools. Those two words adequately outline all of the above.”

housebound, there are some fantntasic Government schools in the ACT. Each has its own merits. It just takes a little further digging as opposed to the ‘they’re all bad’ attitude.

sepi 3:01 pm 16 Aug 09

I went to a whole swag of public schools, in Canberra and elsewhere, and all except one were great schools.

I actually think private schools have their issues too. Single sex private schools can be quite detrimental to the social development of some kids too – mainly those who don’t have siblings/cousins/neighbours/friends of the opposite sex.

Deadmandrinking 2:53 pm 16 Aug 09

My mum often takes kids from Queanbeyan High and St Eddies to and from school on the bus. According to her, the St Eddies guys are the worst. There’s something about a school that has only boys, turns them all into arseholes, probably similar to prison.

I had some great teachers though my public schooling and if I have kids, I’ll send them to public schools too, regardless of what I can afford. I wouldn’t want a culture of ‘my mummy and daddy paid for my education, so I’m better than everyone else.’ ingrained in them.

housebound 2:50 pm 16 Aug 09

There must be one good government high school left. They can’t all be bad, can they?

vg 2:41 pm 16 Aug 09

Not snobbish, just a realist

nyssa76 10:36 am 16 Aug 09

A bit snobbish there aren’t we vg?

I suppose it is easier pass judgment than it is to not label all Government schools. \

The issue is, you have a new school with 50% first years. You don’t need to be a rocket sciencetist to see that that has assisted in the bullying problem.

It happens at every school, however the more experienced the staff the quicker you are to pick up the ‘signs’ and deal with the situation.

But then again, what do I know? I’m only a teacher.

DJ 10:07 am 16 Aug 09

KSSparent said :

As a parent of a year 7 student who will soon be leaving KSS I agree that there are problems with bullies. My situation however is a little different in that he is one of the bullies. I have contacted the school and asked for punishment to be handed out only to be told no. I then have a situation where there is a punishment for behaviour at home, but no support from the school and the other children involved get away with it.

The Yr 7 students have the opinion that they run the school and with no children in higher clases to tell them that their behaviour is immature, and with senior staff allowing their behaviour they are not improving.

I had applied for my children to attend catholic school for high school, but due to limited spaceds and the fact that we are Anglican they were not accepted. Anglican schools are too expensive for me so I ran out of options.

Needless to say, the start of next term will see me no longer a KSS parent.

I admire your honesty.

VG…. I went to Big G back in the day. Nothing wrong with public schooling – my folks couldn’t afford private education and as a result I am now not scared of men of the cloth or bullies.

vg 8:48 am 16 Aug 09

Government school

Those 2 words adequately outline all of the above

Student 9:01 pm 15 Aug 09

As a Student at K.S.S I feel the media has gone a bit overboard with say that “there are gangs roaming around the school” and that “the year 7’s are picking on the year 3’s”

The Bullying at K.S.S is not as bad as people make out that it is

There is a handful of students that get bullied out of the whole school

ScrappyKat 3:55 pm 08 Jul 09

Missalli, who told you that you cant help out because you have young children?

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