Tim why can’t you face up to the fact that …

Comment on Yirara College chairman responds to reports, questions by Marie.

Tim why can’t you face up to the fact that Yirara has problems? The students coming in do not have the ability to participate in apprenticeship courses.
If they are doing something like the radio course offered go and see what they do – play on I-pads and maybe have the occasional trip to the radio station.
I see that the education department is talking about direct learning programmes. Perhaps Yirara should get its head out of the sand, stop fobbing criticism off and try and see a way forward.

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The farce of Minister Chandler’s Yirara ‘assessment’
Perhaps there is a script here for an Australian version of Yes Minister.
Jokes aside, it is a sad state of affairs that the truth can not be revealed . There can be no solution until people start being open and honest.
I wonder how many teachers will pull the pin at the end of the term? I also hear there is disquiet over in the boarding area as well. Keep up the pressure, Erwin.

WorkSafe says it’s all good at Yirara College
It seems the present principal inherited the problem but this does not exonerate him.
It is now 2015 and the WorkSafe report is hardly current. Term 2 is 5 weeks away at least.
You can only fool some of the people some of the time. When is the next board meeting?

Cull troublemakers, says Yirara College teacher
Firstly, how did the kids get out of the dorms? They must be used to cutting off alarms.
The person who said that about the break-ins in town is barking up the wrong tree.
I feel sorry for teachers who in good faith have gone to work at Yirara.
It seems to be completely dysfunctional. Well I Never is right.
This recruiting of community kids is just a money making exercise.
If there is no direction from administration and no proper programmes in place how can the place run?
I hope the principal can give you some honest answers when you interview him, Erwin.
It would be interesting to find out how long he has worked with indigenous children and communities.
In the old days students were tested on arrival at Yirara and an attempt was made to put them in suitable levels.
Even then those levels were low. I dread to think what they are now!
Once again it comes back to parents and carers in communities who must get the children to school. In other parts of Australia there has been progress. People like Andrew Forest, and groups like Generation One are paving the way but people in The Centre must take a stand stand and ensure children attend school. This is the simple answer.

Yirara: 100% failure doesn’t worry Minister
A comprehensive article on the ongoing systemic failure of the hierarchy in the education system to act on Indigenous education. I guess because it is nominally a Lutheran school they can avoid full responsibility.
In the past some students from Yirara who had some level of literacy and numeracy we went in to highschools in town and boarded at the college.
Perhaps they should look at this and then work with the students who have never attended regularly in community schools. Gillen School in Alice runs bridging classes for kids who come into town from communities.
It is surprising how well they do with regular attendance and then they move into mainstream classes.
Look at the schools in the Cape in Queensland. They have a leader with vision and passion. Education for the indigenous The Centre need such a leader.

Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff
Sally, you’ve obviously got no idea of how Yirara works.
A few children fly in from the top end and more remote communities but most come in by school bus or the Troopies. Don’t you know Alice has an airport?
Anyway, the key point is the school is in crisis. Obviously many of the students coming in have not been regular attenders at the community schools and are not at Yirara for the right reason.
It is also obvious that Yirara is not attracting teachers with experience in indigenous education. Let’s see some action from the Board.

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