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1.8
Former Student · March 2, 2021
Former Student · March 2, 2021
I was a student at this school for a few years. The counselling service was great and so were some opportunities I got given here. I even made a few friends I still have now, years later.

Though, the deans are appalling. I can’t count how many times I had an issue at this school, and they’d go sweeping it under the rug or brushing it off. These issues included things like severe bullying and harassment by other students. And I know I’m not the only one who’s had this, because my friends at the time had complained about it to. One or two deans also had a really nasty attitude. I remember getting yelled at by one once for example for just saying hello.

The school can be very irresponsible.
For example. On athletics day a couple of years ago, we went to the outdoor stadium in town and it poured down with rain. The weather was overall horrible, there was even thunder. However, I vividly remember that we were instructed to just continue athletics as usual like that wasn’t the case despite some students (including me) wanting to leave and not get sick, while some teachers took refuge in the tiny indoors area near where the food was being served.

There are some teachers, mainly in departments like PE, who like to choose favourites and target other students. Their favourites I’ve noticed are usually the kids who cause the most trouble in the classes. I think the teachers just want to get on their good side, honestly. But it doesn’t do well for the rest of us and certainly doesn’t help the class function. It’s kind of selfish, actually. I had a male teacher in my first year at this school who will go unnamed as a good example, and he treated me awfully. So bad in fact that in the end, I just gave up on doing PE altogether. I’d do anything to get out of it. From not bringing my PE uniform so he wouldn’t pick on me to just straight up ditching class. Going there was like a chore, I didn’t enjoy it at all. He’d make fun of me for actually trying to take part despite my medical issues at the time, and then yell at me when I didn’t want to anymore because of how badly he treated me. Other students even started picking on me in that class because of him constantly targeting me. It’s disgusting behaviour. And I once again wasn’t the only person who had this experience.

In conclusion, if you’re thinking of sending your children to this school; please be aware that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be despite some of the good opportunities here. There’s a lot of bullying in this school from teachers and other students, and there’s a lot of favouritism at play.

Year 11-12

3.9
Student · February 20, 2021
Student · February 20, 2021
Teachers are not the best. They definitely pick favourites and don’t pay attention to kids that need it most. I have ADHD so focusing and learning is very hard for me and the teachers just didn’t understand that I needed different ways of learning something and thought everyone could learn from the same strategies. Deans are understanding though but bullying is very prominent

Is okay

2.9
Student · October 6, 2020
Student · October 6, 2020
Did well at school, had to get outside help as some teachers didnt care to help a child falling behind.

It was alright...

2.9
Former Student · August 23, 2020
Former Student · August 23, 2020
Overall good school environment, but teaching staff have favourites and pick on single kids. Large bullying culture, though deans are focused on trying to extinguish it.

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