Marie, there has been a break down between the College …

Comment on Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff by Jeff.

Marie, there has been a break down between the College and communities.
Ten years ago the College would work closely with community schools and reach agreement about which students were ready for and would survive at Yirara. That is no longer the case.
Yirara staff will now take just about any student without school agreement.
They communicate with parents not with other schools but the parents just go along with the College staff.
All this came to a head a few years back when a community based pastor with the Church attended a Board meeting and criticised them for being out of touch with communities and Aboriginal culture.
It was a timely warning but nothing was done and the College is now reaping the whirlwind.

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Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff
Bev. Most of the students at Yirara do not care whether they are there or not.
Their families will blame the school if the students are sent home, irrespective of the reason, so they have no family incentive to stay there.
The students are not looking ahead to get a job. Has anyone ever heard of a Yirara student going in to TAFE or university or holding down a job?
The students are there for sports, music, food, excursions etc, not at all for an education.
And if there is too much education they will not be there.
If students think the College is too hard or someone is picking on them they will find a cultural reason to go home or simply act up until they are sent home or not return by refusing to get on the plane sent to collect them.
The Yirara students are not used to authority because little is exercised over them in their communities, until they are initiated, so they don’t accept normal discipline at the College.
Basically the students and their families do not have the commitment to education that would allow discipline at the College.
By the way, a much more receptive group to teach is the initiated young men and young women.

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