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OOH, my old school has a website...

3 August 2005
Posted by SoulRiser

If you know anything of the site called DeviantART.com, you may have heard all sorts of news about its founder being fired by the greedy guy who likes to take all the credit for himself. Not to go into details of that, but somehow the whole story of things changing over there reminded me of the story of my school (the long winded detailed story of which can be found here). So I searched for my school's name on Google. Lo and behold, a result popped up... they have their own website now! I'm not going to post the URL here (because they will SO know who I am if they ever saw this site) :D Rather, I'm going to paste a few rather amusing lines from their "promotional ramblings" on the main page.

The school was established in August 1996 by a group of educators (who were also parents) who wanted an education system that would offer many challenges for their children and an environment which would encourage a love of learning so that young people would spontaneously say, "I love my school!"

That part is true. And they managed to get it right for approximately one year. After that everything went somewhat downhill. The challenges part is true too, silly made-up challenges like how to detect when one of the teachers is in a bad mood so that you can try extra hard not to look them in the eye, so that you stand a better chance of not getting yelled at for no apparent reason whatsoever. Or like coming to school 7 minutes early just in case they randomly set their clock 7 minutes ahead, and then they yell at you for being late when you're actually on time (seriously, this happened!)

I can't help but wonder what it's like there nowadays. I was tempted to use the contact form, but all comments are directed at the person in charge of Marketing, which just so happens to be the "Kler" person that was the main part of the problem to begin with (see this page for more about the teacher with a sadly permanent case of PMS). The only teacher from there I'd like to talk to again is my art teacher, but she unfortunately moved to Canada, and I have no clue how to contact her.

Grade 12 learners write the highly acclaimed and rigorous matriculation examinations of the Independent Examinations Board.

This part is so funny because it's 100% true, but probably not in the way THEY intended! A quick search at dictionary.com reveals that the word rigorous means:

adj 1: rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard; "rigorous application of the law"; "a strict vegetarian" [syn: strict] 2: demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; "rigorous discipline"; "tight security"; "stringent safety measures" [syn: stringent, tight] 3: used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters" [syn: brutal, cruel, harsh, unkind]

Gotta love it when they say exactly what they should ;)

[School name] strives towards building a well-rounded learner. We provide an enlightened, stimulating academic and cultural environment for our learners in which new ideas can be explored and learners challenged. In [school name] we believe that the child must be placed before other considerations, so that every individual has an excellent opportunity to thrive and blossom.

Righto. They were spreading all this same marketing fluff when I was there, and back then it definitely was not true, especially the bit about "we believe that the child must be placed before other considerations". Like they would bitch and moan about kid's hair and shirts being slightly less than perfectly tucked in. That's a lot of caring for the student above all else, especially small details. Right. Whatever.

I heard a rumour that about 2 years ago, there was a bit of a revolt by the students, and the school nearly fell apart and closed down. The rumour has it that the incident forced the principal to finally actually listen to what the students had to say and apparently things were "changed for the better". I don't have access to any more information than that (would love to know more though). So there is a vague chance that it's actually OK there now. With Kler being in charge of marketing though, I sincerely doubt it.

Anyway, I really hope their new website gets a forum installed sometime soon...... *EVIL GRIN* :D

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