The school does not care about anything other than the student’s appearance or attendance: they don’t worry about the hardcore bullying and harassment and only care about the academic value you add to the school.
James Hargest cares more about how they appear to the public than their own students. There are more important matters than extra earrings or a bracelet. Mental health is one of those matters. I would like to see suicide stats of schools in invercargill, I know of three students from James Hargest who've committed suicide in recent years, they seem to get swept under the rug though. There's so much more as well.
The school is a joke. Half of the teachers are bitches the other half are the best teachers you'll ever meet. The school only care about smart or sporty kids. Although I'm a rather smart and sporty kid my friend is being treated like she's a joke. The only time they are actually scared is when someone points out something that can get them in shit and backs the school into a corner. (Noticed from experience)
I was tormented and bullied my friends got put in different classes to me and then they ditched me and claimed it was my fault now I am depressed and just want to be young again. It is not the teachers fault most of them are very nice and supportive.
Don’t enjoy my time at hargest anymore they don’t deal with issues well and primarily focus on students who are smart and into sports. The councilors are a joke and basically tell students just to take weeks off school and do nothing to help deal with the extreme level of anxiety. They make younger students put their phones in boxes and I have heard of students phones getting stolen and the school doing nothing about it. There is also issues with bullying where the bully’s get a slap on the hand and told not to do it again while the victims of the bullying basically get told not to come to school. Overall generally a bad school. Most of the teachers are good but the school and the way it is run is very poor.
I actually hate it here. The school gives me severe anxiety and the counsellors do absolutely nothing to help your mental state. Sure, the teaching may be good. Sure, the property may be good. But it demolishes your mental health down to a very thread. I currently go to this school and I have noticed multiple students that self-harm because of school. The teachers are homophobic, sexist and generally just bad. Would not recommend.
If your kid isn’t extremely smart or sporty they will be forgotten. Bullying is not taken care of, councillors don’t care about students. They don’t care about their students only making money. The make their school seem excellent so kids from other countries come and they make more money. Students work day money was spent on things for teaches. My daughter had sever anxiety and when she tried to explain it to a dean she was told it was an excuse and then belittled. Don’t send your kids here. Not allowed scarves inside even if it’s winter but the teaches can be wrapped in layers of jackets. Uniform is overpriced and doesn’t keep students warm.
The school has great potential with a few amazing teachers, however Senior management is dogmatic at best. The overlying theme which runs through this school is to keep their stats up and not cater for the individual. There are power hungry teachers and miserable people pushing their burdens to their students. Obviously this is Shambolic. Rights are disregarded as “getting in the way”. Overall, if you are in Southland, I recommend looking at another school, it will be for the better of your child.
The teaching staff at James Hargest are amazing. The college as a whole is amazing. However, the senior management team are horrifically authoritarian, trans/homophobic, sexist and downright awful. They put down any student voice for change with the schools outdated policies with an iron fist, using threats and intimidation. It is a terrible shame that such great and influential teachers have to work underneath the fascist rule of the senior management team.
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