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Source: http://www.smh.com.a...0516-1yrcb.html

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.


Wow, certainly sets a dangerous precedent... thoughts?


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Oh jesus christ no. If this gets through it really opens up a huge can of worms for schools :/
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Yeah I can't see this getting through at all. If it does, have fun with lawsuits from every which direction. The law practice would certainly boom.
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Teachers are only half of the equation. If a student/parent sees a place where they are falling lower than expected, it is up to them to also seek adequate support. My youngest sister had learning difficulties. Not ADD, not dislexia, not anything, just a little slow. My parents spoke to her teachers, her teachers spoke to my parents. Together they came up with a plan. She left school early but has worked ever since, holds a number of qualifications and licences and is rather successful.

This will be scrutinised within a legal hearing. If they didn't seek their teachers' help whilst at a boarding school, then they are too stupid to be there in the first place...
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If the school sucked, why not just take a year off and go for mature age entry? Why bother with all this lawsuit crap?
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Karno, you bring up a good point... Maybe she's not really aiming for a legal righteous parade or whatever, but maybe she wants to win to show the uni "Hey, look, I managed to school my old school so I deserve to get into your Law degree program"...

Interesting. Then again, a certain line comes to mind;

"Don't bring yourself down to beat an idiot at their own game, they will win with experience, and you will be another idiot."
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She could've applied to other Universities seeking the same qualification(although I know nothing about the preferred University she was after, I'm guessing it was a fancy University when compared to others).

Seems stupid to sue the school, she hardly has a case IMO.
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"A good craftsman never blames his tools"

Seriously, she has no one to blame but herself. Plus, uni offers much less support than high school; what makes her think that she can survive in law?
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How can we all be so insensitive... Her mother gave up a chocolate fortune cookie business that was going to make $450,000 over three years ;D
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I don't think this had must relevance once at the age of 18 and actively trying to get into university. She's really just got herself to blame, or perhaps her parents too, depending on what their attitude to education was/is like.

But when (as at my old high school) someone could drop science at grade eight, and then in grade 11/12, decide they quite like it but are devastated that they just aren't able to. Mind you, this is a place where people got through high school without learning the basics of an essay or what "division" is, so probably not comparable to Geelong Grammar.

Edited by benanen, 17 May 2012 - 07:28 PM.

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It also tarnishes the name of Geelong Grammar, and while I don't have the most extensive knowledge of Victoria's schools/their history, it seems like a pretty decent school. I'd be so embarrassed if I was her as well - the public have been fairly unforgiving, and rightfully so IMO.
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She was going for University of Sydney, which I'm told required a 99.7% mark for her to get. I'm not sure she had any other options for getting in.
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