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SSC Newspaper : March 2012
not all are helped I don’t think it is a good idea. the government [State] should provide for it, not local council. It’s not going to help out all the people. they’re not all going to take classes. Avraan Avraan, 59 more polIce patrolS there wouldn’t be much difference. police give you a lot of help so I think the answer is better police presence. Kon Pnagotakoa, 55 gIrlS need Support Yes, I think people should have the option to attend if they want to. I’m going to attend. It helps the community and supports girls. Victoria Jones, 40 communItY need Yes, it’s something I would like to attend. It’s important for the community and especially girls to have access to programs like this. Rhea Mendoza, 32 good uSe of moneY If they’re not taking too much money from our rates, it’s okay. I would attend. I think it’s important especially with society these days. When my daughter walks our dog I have to tell her to be careful. I’d rather pay for that than other things they use my rates for. Rhonda Woodury, 53 vItal aSSet It’s a good initiative. I wouldn’t mind paying for it. It’s a good community asset for women and children. I don’t think it’s necessary but as long as rates don’t go up, it’s fine. Paul Galassi, 37 dangerouS area I already take self-defence classes. the program is a good thing and I don’t mind it coming from our rates. Just recently a girl got kidnapped in this area - it can be dangerous. I would recommend it to family and friends. Joe Green, 29 fearS for SafetY I would take the classes. I don’t know if it is necessary but if they’re available that’s a good thing. that tunnel to get from one side of the station to the other is dodgy and I have to travel through it quite often. Caitlin Hunter, 16 teenage need I would take the classes if they’re available. I wouldn’t necessarily seek them out but it’s a good option for women, especially teenagers to have. Hannah Wright, 17 SkIllS can Save lIveS I live in homebush and some spots can be really dodgy around the area, so I think it can be quite dangerous for young people. I have to go through those places sometimes, like the tunnel underneath the railway. Self- defence classes are a good idea for people to learn skills that could help them if they are faced in bad situations. Kate Bittar, 16 From left: Kon Pnagotakoa, Rhea Mendoza and Avraan Avraan Photo: Joe Larrarte march 2012 10 Strathfield Scene opinion “The suggested improvements in funding for students with disabilities is great news.” — Kate Clancy A fter NeArLY two years, the long-awaited and debated Gonski review of School funding report has been released, outlining 41 ways to reshape the funding of schools. Our present funding models have an interesting history. The first schools in the country were established by the Anglican and Catholic churches and received Government assistance until the late 1800s when each State passed an education Act removing state aid. That situation continued until 1962 when the Catholic schools in Goulburn went on ‘strike’ because a school inspector said three extra toilets were needed in one of the Catholic schools. This ‘strike’ lasted a week and in 1963 the then Prime Minister, robert Menzies, introduced funding for non-government schools. In 1967 every Australian Parliament had State Aid legislation before it, and by that year’s end New South Wales and Victoria were allocating money to non-government schools. Various models and formulas have been tweaked over this time. So now there is Gonski and we are asking what is new. Is this just an exercise in ‘re-badging’? I believe there is much potential for real change in this report. The recommendation that an extra $5 billion be allocated is good news. The suggestion that a schooling resource standard be developed and implemented and that a National Schools resourcing Body be established to put an end to the double reporting and duplication between State and federal Governments are major improvements. The suggested improvement in the funding for students with disabilities is great news with the recommendation to develop an entitlement for these students irrespective of school sector. Schools will also welcome the recommendation that a 12-year funding cycle be introduced which will give greater certainty to long-term planning. We all know great schooling is about much more than funding! And it is in everyone’s best interest that every child in this country receives the best education possible, irrespective of school setting. Congratulations must go to David Gonski and the review panel for proposing a model that has the potential to provide funding that is transparent, credible and equitable. Kate ClanCy Principal, Santa Sabina College, Strathfield contact us Should Strathfield be providing free self-defence classes? Residents tell us what they think. Your saY Email your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Stratty Soapbox Report flags real change in school funding cleaner, greener these two youngsters were among dozens who turned out to remove rubbish from Strathfield streets and parks on clean up australia day last Sunday. The best defence