Australian school captain’s scathing farewell speech: ‘Today’s schools are run more like businesses’ – Sarah Haynes

December 8, 2015 6:43 am

 Sarah
Haynes’ end-of-year speech at Ravenswood School for Girls in front of a
crowd of teachers, students and parents has gone viral. Photos /
Facebook / YouTube

The outgoing school captain at one of Sydney’s elite private schools
has used her end of year speech to accuse the school of “letting her
down”.
Sarah Haynes told the crowd of teachers, students and
parents at Ravenswood School for Girls she felt “hurt and betrayed” by
the school as is it was increasingly driven by financial concerns and
protecting its image.


“I
don’t know how to run a school but it seems to me that today’s schools
are being run more and more like businesses where everything becomes
financially motivated,” she said.

According to the Daily Mail the 18-year-old admitted her sister had left the school during the year but it is unclear why.
It costs around $NZ32,000 a year to attend the elite school.
Her 13-minute speech was filmed and posted on YouTube where it has since gone viral.
She
said she chose to speak honestly in her final speech as she would have
felt “insecure if I had to get up here today and pretend that I still
love everything about this school when so many know that I don’t.
“For a large part of this year I was hurt, betrayed and very much began to hate certain things and people in this school.”
She said if the school can’t admit it isn’t perfect then how can they expect young girls to realise perfection is unattainable.
“The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.”
“I am far from a model student,” she declared.
“I
have been kicked out of geography class … I have had a detention, I
have said things I shouldn’t have, I have hurt people who didn’t deserve
it, I have even had my skirt above the patella.
“These aren’t
things to be proud of and they aren’t things to look up to but they
certainly aren’t things to be ashamed of. They are things to learn from.
And school is all about learning.
“The only dangerous thing
about mistakes, which I think Ravo might have lost sight of this year,
is being able to recognise and admit to them.”
Miss Haynes said
that during her time as School Captain her speeches were censored by
staff and as a result she wrote two versions of this speech.
Mark Webb, chairman of the school’s council told Fairfax: “Girls have the right to express their individual opinion.”

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