Tim Stollznow, I write to highlight a structural / financial …

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Tim Stollznow, I write to highlight a structural / financial problem in the way that the college operates. 200 students came into the college at the start of the year.
How many remain there? I hear 60 but what ever the exact figure it is less than half of those who arrived there just a few months ago.
The departure of so many students in such a short time has created a number of traumas.
Some of the departed students didn’t want to be there, others couldn’t stand the discipline, were not up to the work and some were teased and others got into fights.
Teachers dealt with these students as best they could and tried to keep the others in check at the same time. It wasn’t easy.
Looking back now, would it not have been better to screen the 200 initial students more closely, to discuses their prospects with the local schools and parents?
I well understand why Yirara grabbed every student it could, the money on offer based on enrolment and 200 students is a windfall. But it ensured failure.
I suggest that you consider downsizing student intake and college expenditure and focus on running a smaller, much more workable institution,
Aboriginal eduction is all about relationships, so smaller is more intimate is much more productive.

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Attendance at Yirara has to become an ambition, not an unappreciated gift.
The current process where liaison officers go out to communities and sign up every student they can by sweet talking parents, going into primary schools, promising sports and fun and leveraging the Christian credentials of the College must stop.
Yirara College needs to be a school that Aboriginal students aspire to attend and work hard to get into it and stay there.

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