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Critical incidents at ACT Schools

By johnboy - 11 September 2012 25

Someone has FOI’d “Critical Incidents at ACT Schools“.

So for fun I thought I’d tally them up:

    Lake Ginninderra 5

    Kaleen High 4

    Lanyon High 3

    Gungahlin College 2
    Hawker College 2
    Melrose High 2
    Telopea Park 2

    Ainslie Primary 1
    Alfred Deakin High 1
    Arawang Primary 1
    Campbell High 1
    Canberra High 1
    Caroline Chisholm 1
    Dickson College 1
    Forrest Primary 1
    Florey Primary 1
    Gilmore Primary 1
    Gordon Primary 1
    Kingsford Smith 1
    Lyneham High 1
    Macgregor Primary 1
    Macquarie Primary 1
    Malkara 1
    Melba Copland 1
    Mount Rogers Primary 1
    Ngunnawal Primary 1
    Wanniassa 1
    Weetangera Primary 1

Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.

What’s Your opinion?


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Critical incidents at ACT Schools
GYW 10:27 pm 11 Sep 12

Antagonist said :

“Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.”

I am a former student of 1 and 2, and a ‘mature’ student at UC. At least I have never lived in Charnie!

Same here! I was under the impression that No. 2 was a ‘good’ school these days, but it seems some traditions live on. 😉

LSWCHP 10:23 pm 11 Sep 12

Three of my kids have gone through a northside primary over the last 10 years, and at various times they’ve come home and told me about kids going berserk in class or in the playground and attacking teachers or other kids with weapons such as sticks or classroom implements.

My wife visited another northside school to check it out for another of our kids, and she was coralled in reception while the teachers tried to deal with a kid with “issues” that involved him running around and flailing at people with a fence paling.

One of my boys was manhandled in primary school by an addled junkie parent who mistook him for some other kid. Luckily a friend who is a “peace officer”, as they say in America, arrived and restored the peace before I arrived.

Given my experiences, I’m surprised at the low numbers of these incidents.

Gerry-Built 10:13 pm 11 Sep 12

bubzie said :

How_Canberran said :

I fail to recall even one ‘critical incident’ in my primary and high school years back in the 60’s and 70’s.

Same! And i finished school…4 years ago. How times have clearly changed.

“Critical Incident” is a relatively recent arrival to the School repertoire – as is the Lockdown. Have a look through the list – I highly doubt there are more than a couple of stand out events that you might describe as having “never happened before”… Most appear to have been precautionary reactions, rather than significant safety threats…

Gerry-Built 9:57 pm 11 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Just remember this list should be huge. Most incidents are not reported.

Really? Your proof/evidence?

Staff are required to report all critical incidents; this is a legal obligation – with penalties for failing to do so… but by all means go ahead an explain where staff are failing to report critical incidents…

bubzie 8:10 pm 11 Sep 12

How_Canberran said :

My memory must be escaping me!

I fail to recall even one ‘critical incident’ in my primary and high school years back in the 60’s and 70’s.
How I would have loved a ‘lock-down’ just to escape the rote boredom of reading, writing and arithmetic.

How Canberran

Same! And i finished school…4 years ago. How times have clearly changed.

The amount of student violence at primary schools seems disturbing. Kids these days..

alllenthough 7:51 pm 11 Sep 12

Most of these will just be scum bag ice-using wannabe dads ( I use that term lightly) going to the office and harassing the office staff. The are all wind but the fear of any bad publicity means DET staff like janitors, male staff or real dads cannot remove the filth themselves and the female staff only give positive affirming positive comments in a soothing tone to upset people

How_Canberran 7:25 pm 11 Sep 12

My memory must be escaping me!

I fail to recall even one ‘critical incident’ in my primary and high school years back in the 60’s and 70’s.
How I would have loved a ‘lock-down’ just to escape the rote boredom of reading, writing and arithmetic.

How Canberran

Pork Hunt 6:38 pm 11 Sep 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.

Just need to build a Centrelink office and a TAB on campus and students can complete their circle of life without having to leave their tattooed postcode.

And a funeral director who will bury them in a white Commodore…

Antagonist 6:30 pm 11 Sep 12

“Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.”

I am a former student of 1 and 2, and a ‘mature’ student at UC. At least I have never lived in Charnie!

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:09 pm 11 Sep 12

Intriguing that Number 1 and 2 are operating under the auspices of the University of Canberra.

Just need to build a Centrelink office and a TAB on campus and students can complete their circle of life without having to leave their tattooed postcode.

Rollersk8r 5:30 pm 11 Sep 12

I’m not sure tallying them up is very fair – all sorts of factors involved including some of the special programs certain schools offer, and the fact teachers have no option but to call a lockdown and phone the police. It is still a sad reflection overall though.

c_c 5:17 pm 11 Sep 12

bundah said :

Hardly surprising that the majority of so called incidents were violent confrontations between students and in some cases students and teachers.Obviously not much has changed over the decades as there was always the odd ‘blue’ at school which in some cases involved an audience of literally hundreds.

The odd blue perhaps, but from personal observation, it’s now the norm not the exception in some schools. The top three on the list are not at all a surprise, and I would suggest the fencing around at least one of those schools is as much to keep the kids in as to keep intruders out, given the students propensity to wander to the shops for fight club, requiring that teachers literally ring the school to catch sometimes dozens of students.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:45 pm 11 Sep 12

Just remember this list should be huge. Most incidents are not reported.

bundah 4:08 pm 11 Sep 12

Hardly surprising that the majority of so called incidents were violent confrontations between students and in some cases students and teachers.Obviously not much has changed over the decades as there was always the odd ‘blue’ at school which in some cases involved an audience of literally hundreds.

p1 3:37 pm 11 Sep 12

How many at Lake G were students falling in the lake, or tripping in the skate park, after spending a double English in the beer garden at Sails The Lighthouse?

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