Suing your school because you didn't get into law...

Stifler's - posted on 05/16/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/school...

A FORMER student who is suing Geelong Grammar School says she decided to seek damages after she failed to qualify for her preferred university course.

Rose Ashton-Weir, 18, alleges Geelong Grammar gave her inadequate academic support, particularly in maths.

Seeking compensation in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, she said her final secondary school score was too low to study law at the University of Sydney.

Of her time at Geelong Grammar, she said: ''I didn't ever feel I was getting the support I needed to really excel.''

Ms Ashton-Weir boarded at the school in 2008 and 2009 but finished her secondary studies at a TAFE college in Sydney. She is in the first year of a double degree in arts and sciences at the University of Sydney.

Her mother, Elizabeth Weir, is also suing the school for lost income and other expenses.

She said she gave up her chocolate fortune cookie business - which she had expected to make $450,000 over three years - because her daughter moved from Geelong to live with her in New South Wales.

She is also seeking compensation for $39,000 in rent paid when they moved to another house in Sydney.

Earlier this week, Ms Weir said the school had known her daughter was gifted and had scored highly in an intelligence test, but struggled in maths.

Yesterday, Ms Ashton-Weir told the tribunal a teacher at Geelong Grammar had criticised her for using words that were too long, which had left her confused and had made her doubt her ability to write essays. She became ''quite distressed'' when her English marks began to fall.

Darren Ferrari, representing Geelong Grammar, said Ms Ashton-Weir could have studied law at several other universities. ''You could have done law at Deakin University by correspondence,'' he said.

He said Ms Ashton-Weir had been placed on ''internal suspension'' a number of times while at the school. She was also poorly organised and had been absent from class many times.

Ms Ashton-Weir fell ill with glandular fever in early 2009 and went to stay with her mother at the end of term two. She did not return to Geelong Grammar.

Mr Ferrari said the school had tried to support Ms Ashton-Weir. ''The school wanted her to get through the year.''

He said Ms Ashton-Weir's school reports noted she was intelligent but failed to complete school work.

The hearing will resume in August.




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Firebird - posted on 05/17/2012

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You can do that? Ok then, I'm totally going to sue my old high school because I decided to smoke weed instead of showing up for class. Ooh ooh and I didn't receive enough support from my school which led me to drop out in grade 11. So now I'm stuck at 27 years old, having to complete English 11 and 12 just so I can apply to a nearby college to get a degree in journalism. What a waste of my precious time! If my school had done their job properly, I totally could have graduated from college years ago.

Ooooh, you know I could probably hold them responsible for me getting pregnant at 19 too. What with the sub-standard sexual education I received at that school. And then there was this car accident that I was in when I was 17.... and my cousin has diabetes, if they cared they would have found a cure for that. And don't get me started on Global Warming! Oh yea, this is in the bag! My high school is screwed, mountain of money, here I come!

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Jodi - posted on 05/22/2012

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It was very unclear in the interview too, but I suspect not much is being said because it is yet to be heard by the courts.

Stifler's - posted on 05/22/2012

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It's unclear whether they asked for the extra support at the time either. Or she was wagging and having a good time and then decided after the fact that she didn't get enough.

Jodi - posted on 05/22/2012

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Actually, Jen, it wasn't a public school, it was one of the most expensive private schools in the country (if not the most expensive, definitely up there).

I also watched an interview with the mother, and she said that it was more a matter of the school making promises about a certain level of support, and they didn't deliver. Apparently they are claiming a total compensation of $95,000.

Not that I agree with the law suit, though, I just wanted to clarify that point.

In my opinion, how can this woman know that her child would have made it into that course anyway, without this situation and in a different school. That would require foresight, which she does not have. I think it would be foolish of the courts to make such a prediction.

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Yes that this person is a tool who is seeking to blame anyone but themselves for their lack of effort. I know that not everyone feels the same way about public education but I think we can all agree that overall, you get what you put into it.

This nitwit didn't and that 's that.

hell, I know I could have used some motivational teachers. I had 2 but they weren't enough to overcome my own innate laziness. That took years and it's leftit's mark. It's not the school's fault

Kelina - posted on 05/22/2012

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I think this is mostly ridiculous. She didn't show up, she didn't do the work, that's her own fault. However, I think there's probably more to this than meets the eye. This is a boarding school isn't it? why when her grades were failing and she was failing to show up for classes was something not done? and personally I'd be a bit pissed too if I was paying almost $29 000 http://www.theage.com.au/national/school... for a year of school and was not notified that my kid was failing, or found out that the help she felt she needed was not there. I think the whole lawsuit bit is dumb, but I'd also want to know exactly what happened as opposed to the medias version.

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Yep... it's always someone else's fault!! I hope they throw it out of court, it's pathetic.

I might sue my year 9 maths teacher for getting killed in a car accident because he abandoned me when I was struggling to understand the work!!

Stifler's - posted on 05/21/2012

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The thing is that she did get into law, just not at Sydney university. How much more pathetic can you get.

Jodi - posted on 05/17/2012

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WOW. Just wow. Failed to finish homework, absent a lot, basically dropped out of the second year...and it's all the teacher's faults? Yeah...I totally see that. NOT! What malarky! Some people need a good slap across the face...or two.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/17/2012

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Yep, everything Jodi said!

Absolutely ridiculous. Maybe her mother should have gotten her a damn tutor for her struggles in Math. I mean, if it were my kid and (s)he was distressed and showing difficulties in a subject, I would first seek help with the teacher, if it wasn't enough, I would seek external help. Sometimes, one on one is best, when you are struggling in a subject.

Rather, no, lets blame it on the school/teachers, rather than on the fact that her mother is an idiot!

Jodi - posted on 05/17/2012

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Oh, and can I just add? This is ALSO the type of entitled parent that needs to STOP coddling and bubble wrapping their child. HELLO!!! There are LOTS of kids that don't get into their course of choice, grow the fuck up. The mother is just as much to blame here, if not more, than the child.

Jodi - posted on 05/17/2012

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Oh, FFS, take responsibility for yourself. Do I need to say more? She was at the school for one year, and then only part of the next, and she blames that school because she didn't get into law? I'm sorry, that's just ridiculous.

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