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by sly_gryphon
Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

For instance, it is a simple matter of only letting the top cohort in a year level sit the test which would help fudge the figures. So, you are saying that John Colet did _not_ fudge their results, because "In 2005, 100% of Year 3 students and 100% of Year 5 Students participated in the statew...
by sly_gryphon
Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:57 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

Yes, and it's the 'finer' details that are so worrying. For a start you might like to read the student testimonials on the JC site (girls 10 years old) about how wonderful it was to have the special lessons in 'obeying'. You mean http://johncolet.nsw.edu.au/Articles/seniorgirlsphilosophy.html which...
by sly_gryphon
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

I hope you find/have found a good school for your son. Thanks for the unexpected well wishes -- I hope that John Colet works out for him as well; its only been a couple of weeks, and they seem to be a better match so far. (Appreciated too, as you were initially coming across a bit negative -- it se...
by sly_gryphon
Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

The thing is sly, the SOP/SES/SoES claim most vehmently they are NOT a 'religion'. Philosophy, religion -- difficult to define the difference. Western philosophy in generally regarded as separate from religion, particularly the dominent Abrahamic religions, although questions such as whether God ex...
by sly_gryphon
Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:47 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

If you can share, what issues have arisen with your son that you are looking to withdraw him? Without going into too much detail, my son is both gifted and has some associated behaviour problems. The school was not dealing well with them, and did not seem at all to be addressing his strengths. For ...
by sly_gryphon
Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

The above questions are incorrectly attributed to me. I think Goblinboy asked them. My bad. Too many cut and paste. This (as far as I can tell Religious Belief) has very little to do with providing an standard of education necessary for children to grow into good upstanding citizens and to be able ...
by sly_gryphon
Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:05 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

Answers to specific questions. Do we take it from this that you have decided not to send your son their [sic]? Perhaps my post was not clear, but by "decided to try it out", I meant that we are sending him there. Are you a member of the School of Philosophy, Sly? No. Although I enjoy philo...
by sly_gryphon
Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

Thank you sly - a nice bit of net-searching/fact finding there. And welcome to the board. Can I ask where your interest in this board stems from? Most directly, I came across this board whilst researching a school for my son. I came across John Colet (Sydney, Australia) via the NSW Gifted and Talen...
by sly_gryphon
Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Women and Self-Realisation in the School
Replies: 69
Views: 32659

Re: ses science

Tom, just looked at the John Colet science curriculum on electricity -- thanks for the address; I cannot understand how the '9 Vedic elements' can be taught in a contemporary science education -- also their text reference on static electricity dating from 1904. If anyone still has a copy of the men...
by sly_gryphon
Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: Schools Minister confirms SES spiritual program in St James
Replies: 6
Views: 4634

That certainly seems to be a lot less whooly than St James (juniors) own website (2006): ... Are they both describing the same school? I think you were just looking at the wrong part of their web site. The connection with the SES/SOP seems pretty clear. See the History section for: St James Schools...
by sly_gryphon
Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Cults and religious organisations generally
Topic: Cult-like similarities
Replies: 9
Views: 6601

Re: Cult-like similarities

Saw the Channel 4 documentary by Mark Dowd on Opus Dei last night, and was struck by numerous similarities in the apparent behaviour of the Catholic sect and the SES/SEOS/SOP (tick where applicable). In general, religious based schools are obviously designed to promote their religion, hopefully in ...
by sly_gryphon
Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: more 'happiness' at SES children's schools
Replies: 7
Views: 5727

Re: Contact The Age

Wonder if Claire Halliday takes evening philosophy classes? Doing a search on her name (within AU) seems to have a large number of hits across a wide variety of topics; she pretty much just seems to be a career journalist. For example, here's an article she did on Swingers :-) http://www.theage.com...
by sly_gryphon
Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

TD - as you are in the biz, do you know if there is a way to find out home much Federal and State money the SES primary schools are being given? Also is it possible to find out their scores on Basic Skills Test (NSW) and AIMS (Vic)? See my post (probably the one above) for the NSW BST info I found ...
by sly_gryphon
Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:46 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87719

(regarding John Colet School, in Belrose, Sydney, Australia) It is known in the area as the school you DON'T send kids too if you want them to 'learn to read and write and do maths'. Interesting -- I was under the impression that the school generally did better than average in these skill areas. At ...
by sly_gryphon
Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: The Waterperry Declaration
Replies: 1
Views: 2310

The Waterperry Declaration

As a general discussion, I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on the Waterperry Declaration -- http://www.schooleconomicscience.org/economics/waterperry.htm A genuine attempt? Valid economics? A cult trying to gain some good publicity? An eastern (Hindu) religion simply misunderstood by the we...

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