‘Misunderstanding’ leads to Weeroona student strike

THE strike at Weeroona College was caused by a lack of communication between staff and students, Weeroona College principal Leanne Preece said.

But unrest is still rife at the school as they look to make changes to next year’s curriculum. 

More than 60 students protested on the school oval for the first two periods of class yesterday against the reduction of technology classes next year.

An employee of the school said teachers and students had not been consulted about the changes, leading to confusion and anger.

“There is still speculation as to what is going on. 

“There has been no clear discussion or information given out.

“That’s why the kids are acting this way; they just want answers.”

The employee said a lack of communication between those in control of the changes and teachers and students had created the “ugly” situation. “There are great, committed teachers and students but they feel like they’re not being valued. 

“That’s why the students are taking their action to draw attention to the fact it’s not a happy place.”

Principal Leanne Preece said the strike was caused by a misunderstanding between the school and students.

She said staff explained to the striking students that while cuts were being made to certain classes, all elective subjects that were advertised for students in years 9 and 10 for 2013 would run.

“We understood that there was some confusion. Those students who chose to have their voice heard, we listened to them and spent time with them and I think they were pleased to hear the alternative point of view.

“There was a misunderstanding. We’ve clarified the situation now.” 

Ms Preece said they were not trying to silence the students.

“Everyone has a right to have a voice. 

“We do encourage our students to stand up and have a say.”

Ms Preece said she was unsure whether the students would continue with their protest.

Unrest: Striking students on the grounds of Weeroona College. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

Unrest: Striking students on the grounds of Weeroona College. Picture: Brendan McCarthy


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