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02 February 2007 - Edition #65

'Shoe-Horn Sonata' Tickets
Lind Lane’s first show in 2007 is a fascinating look at the untold history of female WWII POW's in Singapore, 'The Shoe-Horn Sonata', and we have 2 tickets to give away to one lucky Coast News member for the Friday 16th Feb performance. To get your name in the draw just send an email to 'the hat' with 'WW2 POW' in the subject line. Best of Luck!

Don't forget, time is running out to get your name in the hat for the very funny classic, 'The Odd Couple' click here for more info...

What about the Kids?

The New School Year, JOY!! I started the new school year this week with trepidation and feeling quite old, having our daughter start High School. We had the extremely important dramas of shoes, skirt length, sock height, pimples, what's allowed, what's not, covering of books (what is 'kiddy', and what's not), it went on & on... We were all fed up with the anxiety of high school & couldn't wait for it to start, then when it did, I watched my daughter walk out the door that first morning & was sad, she was growing up and I must be getting old, then on tenterhooks all day hoping that all went well, she did fit in, didn't get picked on, bullied or lost, the normal 'mum stuff'...

Anyhow, the day went well, the week so far has gone well, and obviously my daughter fitting in at school & being happy now seems to be the least of my aspirations for my daughters senior schooling... After news reports this week, it now seems more relevant as to whether I will actually be able to afford for her to get the best education possible that would be reasonably expected from a State School. It seems that many things have changed since we were in High School, so called 'resource fee's are no longer a rare one off for something special for a particular subject, but the 'norm' for all 'non core' subjects. Maybe I need to go back to school just to work out all the terminology? As far as I can work out, it seems that only Maths & English (and English seems to be debatable) in Senior are actually 'non elective' subjects. So all the taxes paid, will pay for my daughter to learn Maths & English, and only 'subsidise' the other subjects. I naively thought that we had to be concerned about affording University, as again, unlike in past generations, that has also become a situation where it is the people who can afford to learn who get the benefits, not necessarily the ones who actually will achieve and use the learning. Americanisation of this country does not seem to just be the realm of popular culture.

I seriously worry about a future where children will be studying subjects in High School that their parents can 'afford', not what the child actually excels at or can maybe build a future on? That does not really bode well for the future of this country :( Just a thought, but I wonder if our State School system would be heading this way if every single member of Parliament (the people who make the funding decisions) had to send their kids to the 'local' State School?

Back to my initial issue raised here? Surely the well being of children and their future should be our primary concern? The public humiliation of some kids this past week paying for their parents not paying fees (and this did not only happen on the Sunshine Coast) does not say a hell of a lot about the standard of our Education system in regard to the prime concern being a child's education and well being? Yes, outstanding fees need to be paid, send a debt collector, make arrangements, deal with the parents, but leave the kids alone! Peer Group pressure, Puberty, Studying, Working Part-time, making life decisions etc, basically, just being a Teenager is hard enough...

Best Wishes, Noely, Community Site Co-ordinator

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