Trinity Bay State High is another splendid contributor to Post-Ed, with some great stories about trips abroad, theatrical events and sporting achievements.
Gordonvale State High is another school dear to my heart, with a constant stream of stories, from business studies to looking at ways to honour war veterans for Remembrance Day.
Damn right. I taught in the UK a lifetime ago, and back then I clipped unruly pupils around the ear, and when I was at school, you misbehaved and you got the cane. Those days are long gone of course, and rightly so, but today, school principals must have the right to run their schools as they see fit, and be supported for doing so. Suspensions are a last resort.
An Education Department centre in Cairns has traditionally dealt with youngsters who’ve been excluded from schools, but the funding system will change from the end of this year, the money being given back to schools to spend as they see fit. Centre youth worker Chris Wighton told me: “A lot of these kids rack up many short-term suspensions until they push and push, ending up with a long-term penalty. Their behaviour is seldom addressed at the root of the cause early on, which is pretty much based on a long history of domestic drama.”