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Super School Rant

By somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn 16 April 2009 26

As a former student (graduate) from one of the primitive predecessors of the so-called Super School concept, I am ready to speak out about the priorities and spending from these schools.

At A***** School, year 3-10 students share the same grounds, with no privacy from each other, the seniors (9/10’s) sharing classes with many year 8’s, who have no idea of what respect is, and then they allow students, who are failing, and teachers, who can call parents for wearing the wrong colour/material of pants, yet can’t provide support for bullied students. No advanced science classes – let alone ones that last for any more than a semester, yet there are 4 home economics, and 6 P.E. classes.

Then there is the spending. What would students do with a big-screen plasma TV the science preparation room wall when the gas taps are broken (probably by year 8s), why would smartboards be needed for Kindy classes when there is no books in the lavish, air conditioned library, for seniors. And where’s that gifted and talented program that they promised?

No wonder the parents of gifted students are sending their children to private schools, or one of the more established public schools.

I have written to Mr. Barr about selective schools, but he says it would be too hard, even though areas can probably be amalgamated and one school from each side of the city could be converted to selective. For example, Lyneham and Campbell High Schools could merge their areas, one of them only taking students who recieve higher than a certain percentage on a test. He does say that there will be more spending on gifted and talented programs, but in some of these schools, this will only amount to another Mercedes-Benz for the principal and another 5 plasma screens and coffee machines for each staff study.

Thank you for reading.

Support your child’s/childrens’ future by sending them to a decent local school, public or private.

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mutley 5:58 pm 16 Apr 09

The numbers I’ve have read is that the school will cater for just under 10,000 when complete

Are these numbers real?
9000/13 year levels (K-12) = 692 per yr level
692/30 kids per class = 23 classes at each level

Surely that’s not right!

peterh 5:02 pm 16 Apr 09

Granny said :

Why on earth would you buy smartboards before books and gas taps? Stupid. Quality education – not.

smartboards = towards 2020…

Granny 4:59 pm 16 Apr 09

Why on earth would you buy smartboards before books and gas taps? Stupid. Quality education – not.

shaun 3:54 pm 16 Apr 09

Come along to the next P&C Meeting to raise your concerns. You’ll even get to talk to the school Principal directly.

MrMagoo 3:08 pm 16 Apr 09

Completely untrue!!
I said that technology is unnecessary if the 7-10’s don’t even have books in the library. The room is the size of an average house in Gungahlin, yet has about one shelf for “young adult” books.

You seem to not be able to grasp that Libraries don’t fill themselves. Resources for school libraries are expensive and take time to accumulate. And before you ask how the hell do you know all this? I’m active member of a school P&C and been around the block several more times than you.

TP 3000 2:33 pm 16 Apr 09

peterh said :

when the kambah school is built, there will be 6,000 kids, of all ages in one school. Love to know where the figures come from, considering that the birth rate for kambah alone is twice that for 2005.

The numbers I’ve have read is that the school will cater for just under 10,000 when complete. However most Kambah kids go to the private schools or Melrose/Wanniassa/Telopea High’s. You should the amount of school buses out of Kambah in the morning.

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