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The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School story.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder community high school, in the remote Goldfields Region of WA, has a history of serious behavioural problems.

 

83 students were suspended in the first term of 2016.

 

Department of Education Goldfields regional executive director Ken Perris said there had been a spike in alarming and extreme behaviour at the school in 2016 including threats, abuse and violence directed towards students and staff members.

Intruders both above and below the age of 18 had also been on the school's grounds threatening staff and students.

A video of girls fighting on school grounds has been circulating.

 

A female teacher at Kalgoorlie-Boulder community high school was kicked and punched by a female student on Thursday 24 March 2016.

The teacher required medical treatment.

She may press criminal charges.

 

Two security guards will now be employed to patrol the school.

High fencing is also likely to be erected to keep out intruders.

 

State School Teachers union of WA president Pat Byrne said the use of guards was regrettable but unavoidable.

"This small group of students is totally disengaged."

 

Kalgoorlie school hires security guards after female teacher 'bashed by student', AAP, Perth Now, 31 March 2016

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School "has ended the careers of umpteen teachers".

I spent a year working at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

I saw teachers have breakdowns, pulling their hair out in front of me while shaking and crying.

My own teaching career come to an end before the end of term 4.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School has ended the careers of umpteen teachers.

The longer serving staff scramble for positions that involve little or no teaching and watch the production line of teachers being assaulted and abused from a distance.

A tragedy for those young people who wanted to become teachers and got into 20K HECS debt to see it all end very quickly and in a way most people just wouldn't believe.

And you can't reason with the parents because they are worse.

 

John, Reader's Comment, Kalgoorlie school hires security guards after female teacher 'bashed by student', AAP, Perth Now, 31 March 2016

Late March 2016 : West Australian Department of Education 'experts' review the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

In late March 2016 the West Australian Department of Education completed a five-person 'expert review' of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

The departmental report was scathing, finding wide-ranging problems.

 

New principal Mr M. was found to be unable to set direction.

 

There were fractured relationships within the executive leadership team.

 

Standards were low.

Teachers lacked professionalism.

They lacked commitment to an ethos of positive behaviours.

Their teaching practices did not deliver an authentic, timely, challenging and personalised curriculum.

 

Relationships with parents and sections of the community were breaking down.

22 per cent of the student body were indigenous but there was no formal recognition of Aboriginal culture within the school.

Human resource management and IT access was poor.

Morale at the school was so bad, teachers were doing little beyond the bare minimum.

 

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Principal Mr M. said he would take on board the recommendations of the five experts.

He would make a detailed plan to begin changes.

 

State School Teachers Union WA president Pat Byrne said that the department struggles to find staff willing to work at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.

This puts pressure on the teachers who are working there, because the school is understaffed.

 

 

Kalgoorlie high school staff slammed in damning department review, AAP, 21 July 2016

A link to an executive summary of the review can be found here.

July 2016 : a male Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School teacher was allegedly punched by a student.

A male Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School teacher was allegedly punched by a student in about July 2016.

 

WA student suspended over teacher attack at Kalgoorlie high school, staff writers, Perth Now, 23 August 2016

August 2016 : female Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School teacher punched in the face by Year 7 student.

A female teacher at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School was punched in the face by a 13-year-old Year 7 boy on Monday 22 August 2016.

The science teacher was punched so hard that her glasses broke.

 

This is the third serious attack on teachers at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School so far during 2016.

 

152 students have been suspended at Kalgoorlie-Boulder High so far during 2016.

 

WA student suspended over teacher attack at Kalgoorlie high school, staff writers, Perth Now, 23 August 2016

August 2016 : Kalgoolie-Boulder students 'buy marijuana, speed and ice with their lunch money'.

Mr Albert Doughty has worked at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region indigenous medical service for 16 years.

Mr Doughty says that life for young Kalgoorlie-Boulder indigenous people has become worse during those 16 years.

He blames drugs, including marijuana, speed and ice.

He says Kalgoorlie-Boulder schoolchildren are buying these drugs with their lunch money.


Police officers in riot gear were pelted with bottles and rocks as more than 200 people gathered outside the Kalgoolie-Boulder courthouse on 30 August 2016.

Protesters shook open the gate at the entrance to the court on Kalgoorlie's main street and smashed windows, after being told they could not enter the court's public gallery.

Mr Doughty's grandson Elijah had been found dead in bushland by police investigating an accident involving an allegedly stolen motorbike and a Nissan Navara utility in Boulder.

Police used pepper spray to force angry protesters away from the court.

About 12 police officers suffered cuts and abrasions.

One police officer needed stitches after being hit in the head by a bottle.

Five police vehicles were damaged by protesters jumping on them and breaking windows.

Elijah's family tried to calm the crowd.

 

The Website Editor asks : Was this lunch-money-drug-buying situation mentioned in the report written by the five departmental 'experts' in March 2016?

Because surely it would have an impact on the behaviour of the children in the classrooms?

And doesn't it seem heartless to blame teachers who are working in such difficult circumstances?

But then, of course, the teachers cannot riot, throw bottles and rocks at the police, dance on police cars and smash windows.

This is another example, it seems to me, of Australian teachers (and principals) being used as our society's whipping-boys, trapped in a job where they can be blamed for everything.


Teens death sparks wave of violence in Kalgoorlie, Paige Taylor and Andrew Burrell, The Australian, 31 August 2016

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