DSM: Re: Re: RE: A New Kid on the Block

The Booroobin Sudbury School (booroobin@squirrel.com.au)
Tue, 27 Mar 2001 16:54:10 +1000

Hi the Breddens,
I'm sorry to hear about the reaction of family and friends. Unfortunately you'll find it is something you'll have to get used to. People who find and enrol their Student children in Sudbury Valley model Schools, are ready to take the steps. It is their life experiences that tell them that it is right to do so. Trying to convince others of the same thing, if they're not ready, is usually not worth the effort. This might seem hard. For those who are close to you, its better to quietly and assertively explain why you've made your decision. They may not agree with you. Offer them information about the School. Many won't bother to take up the offer. It requires an open inquiring mind to approach or find out about something, anything different. Will send info about accommodation soon.
Regards, Derek
The Booroobin Sudbury School
Ph/fax +61 07 5499 9944
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: M & P Bredden
  To: discuss-sudbury-model@aramis.sudval.org
  Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 3:18 PM
  Subject: DSM: Re: RE: A New Kid on the Block

  Hi Janelle,
  Thank you so much for writing. I really needed to read something positive today :) Our family and friends have been working overtime to convince us to change our minds. Even so, everytime I read an article or an experience from a parent or child on their feelings about Sudbury schools I am re-convinced about our decision. I know in my heart that it is right. I can't wait until May.
  Btw Janelle, what ages are your daughters? Our girls would be happy to know there are some new girls to meet and make friends with :)

  best wishes,

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Janelle Elizabeth Leong
    To: SVS Discuss
    Cc: SVS Discuss
    Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 5:49 AM
    Subject: DSM: RE: A New Kid on the Block

    Hi Paula,

    Derek recently pointed out your enquiry and asked if I might respond, there is nothing "wrong" with our children, just a system lacking to make change. Below is a letter of support I personally wrote for The Booroobin Sudbury School, when Education Queensland visited to consider if subsidy would be made available to the school. I have my four daughters enrolled, and currently seeking to become staff. So as you may guess I am a strong supporter of The Sudbury School Model. Looking forward to further discussion and meeting you and your family in May.


    My name is Janelle Leong I am writing in support of The Booroobin Sudbury School. I have four children at Booroobin School, with an absolute faith and trust that they alone are their greatest teachers. For too long now we have placed the beliefs within someone or something else and not within those that need it. I went through Catholic School for my primary years then to a well renowned??? Private School for year 8 to 10, I chose to leave and go to a State High School for years 11 and 12, due to the racial pressures and judgement placed on me by not only students but teachers as well. This did not only occur in my senior years but also in primary. I have not one thing against State School Systems (or other private/independent systems), I have seen the pressure and pain that is flowing through all areas, students, teachers and those who are struggling daily to change a system in dier need of new changes. In Education Queenslands 2010 strategy, our Premier thanks those "that took the time to think critically about the nature and purpose of education." then finishes with that he hopes "we can work together just as diligently to bring the vision to life."
    Throughout this vision, I continuously see Booroobin School, it is the vision already here and growing. Looking into Booroobin School is a hefty task, with only two hours to view the workings of our greatest teachers the students and a system that allows them to release their innate ability to learn. We learned to crawl, we learned to walk, we learned the power of speech, and the only necessity was the guidance of an adult who produced an environment in which we felt no pressures or pains to learn. No one judging them or grading how quick or how well they were achieving but just letting them be. Booroobin School is a paradigm shift in Education, a shift that Education Queensland is envisioning for their future. Education Queensland need not view Booroobin School as a threat to an already pressured Education System, but as a much-needed allie.
    To change and accept change is a challenge on its own, Booroobin School will only take on 150 students at its full capacity, in no way will this effect the numbers Education Queensland requires to fulfil their vision, Booroobin School is a new pathway, in an informal setting.
    In closing, to make a vision continue to evolve requires many areas of support, financial being one of them. It is my hope that Education Queensland can view Booroobin School without judgement, but with open eyes and questioning minds to find the answers Education Queensland is already seeking within Booroobin School.

    With great faith





    Janelle Leong

    Parent and mother of four future Australian Independent Citizens.


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