School de­fence

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

I AM writ­ing this let­ter in de­fence of the Biggen­den State School and the staff, as I be­lieve they copped a pretty raw and un­fair deal in an ar­ti­cle writ­ten in this news­pa­per (Novem­ber 15, 2012).

The ar­ti­cle quotes three par­ents (two of whom chose to re­main un­named) of stu­dents who ei­ther are at­tend­ing or have at­tended Biggen­den State School. I find some of their claims more than a touch hyp­o­crit­i­cal, when we hear how ter­ri­ble the school is, yet we see par­ents re-en­rolling their chil­dren.

It is true a num­ber of stu­dents have left Biggen­den School over the last cou­ple of years, and some claim bul­ly­ing is the main rea­son. But as the par­ent of a very happy and set­tled stu­dent at the school, I have seen lit­tle ev­i­dence to sug­gest bul­ly­ing is any more of an is­sue here than at other schools.

To me, un­for­tu­nately, it seems pulling kids from the school and putting them into a dif­fer­ent school is lit­tle more than a knee-jerk re­ac­tion to chil­dren be­ing dis­ci­plined. It is such a shame, and un­set­tling for the chil­dren, that it can take a num­ber of school changes in a short pe­riod to find that out.

On a per­sonal note, I have al­ways found all the staff at Biggen­den State School to be cour­te­ous, help­ful, and noth­ing short of pro­fes­sional in their con­duct. Rob­bie Radel


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