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Edition 1, March 2011

THE BCC INFORMER


A Student Voice for Bunbury Catholic College

Fed up with
injustice?
Sick of your rights
being violated?
Tired of teachers
treating you like dirt?
Frustrated with the
farcical "Student
Leadership" ?

ABOUT US
The BCC Informer aims to cultivate an attitude of
awareness and action in regards to student affairs
issues within the College. We endevour to produce a
regular online publication as a platform for student
grievances to be raised, as well as an outlet for more
light-hearted school affairs. We are not an anti-
school organisation, nor a participant in the
propogation of gossip and slander; on the contrary,
we seek to make to the school a better place and
propagate the truth. We currently consist of a small
but dedicated group of students across several year
groups. Many hands make light work - we would
appreciate assistance in writing, editing, art, and
design. If you think you can help out, please email at
bccleaks@hushmail.com

This publication is in no way affiliated with the administration of Bunbury Catholic College. The views
expressed within are those of individual authors, and in no way reflect the opinions of this publication.
TEACHERS THREATEN PHYSCIAL FORCE
Corporal Punishment: The deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose
of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer... (www.keepingkidssafe.org)

In recent weeks, we have received an unprecedented number of reports detailing threats of violence made
against students by several teachers of the college. The first of these came from a Year Eight girl, who's
maiden expereince of the school's disipline policy was had on camp, when a teacher (falsley) informed a
group of students that other students were being made to stand outside in the dark and cold with their
hands above their heads for several hours, as punishment for talking after lights-out. The teacher then
threatned to inflict the same upon them.

I personally observed another instance of such a threat as I walked through the school a short way into
class time. A certain (rather notorious) religion teacher told a lower school student that unless he worked
to a satisfactory level, he would be made to stand outside in the heat of the over-35 degree sun for the rest
of the period.

There can be no denying that being forced into a standing position in the sun for an extended time period
on an excrutiatingly hot day constitues deliberate affliction of pain on the part of the teacher, or that being
sleep deprived and and told to hold a painful stance for a long time poses a significant health and safety
risk to students.

I am yet to hear of such a threat being carried out, but a mere threat to commit assault constitutes a crime
under the Criminal Code of Western Australia, not to mention a violation of school policy and the
Christian ethos.

"The policy seeks to create an environment of positive relationships and a sense of mutual respect,
where all are encouraged to make responsible choices, recognise the rights of others and be
accountable for the choices that are made. Guided by our College Motto ‘act justly, love tenderly and
walk humbly with our God’, we seek to create a community where all members learn to be effective
and reflective citizens."

The above text is an extract from Bunbury Catholic College's responsible behaviour policy. To those
teachers who actively make violent threats towards students: Are you building positive relationships and
mutual respect? Are you reflecting the behaviour which students should be demonstrating?

Why not?

NEXT ISSUE:
The SRC -
Democracy or
Kakistocracy

Shaun Wong - Head Boy


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QUOTE
OF THE
WEEK

"I'm not going to give out


marks like a pedophile gives
out candy"
~ Mr Eugene Dillema,
Deputy Principal

if you've suffered from injustice


at the hands of the school, or
just want to raise an important
issue, email at
bccleaks@hushmail.com to
make your voice heard!

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