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