Monday, June 4, 2012

When is private school not a private school?

The Age newspaper reported that Mowbray College, a private school in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, has announced that it's $18M in debt and have called in the Administrators. The story continues, staff, pupils & parents fear the school could close by the end of 2012 and are currently seeking State & Federal Government money to help reduce it's debt and remain open.
The Age article

Just my 2c.

1. How did the school board, administrators, auditors, anyone for that matter, connected with the school, allow it to get so heavily in debt before alarm bells were sounded? Extraordinary.

2. More importantly, why are Governments, State or Federal, even considering bailing this school out with tax payers money!? The story suggests State Government has already ploughed several million dollars into the school already.

I have two children who attend our local state primary school and we are thrilled with the education they are receiving. Everyone connected with the school are first class and the children absolutely love it there. That being said, the school is very old and the money which is generated (internally it should be noted) is just enough to ensure essential maintenance is taken care of, and certainly doesn't provide enough for those 'nice to haves' resources. So, Mr STATE PREMIER, let me just say that a regardless of how unfortunate it is for the pupils of this financially stricken school, tax payers money should be spent on PUBLIC schools only. My local school would think, metaphorically, they'd died and were in heaven, if they received a cheque from the education department for even a fraction of the cash reportedly already invested into the doomed Mowbray College.

Non State schools are run and operated as a business and therefore should be self supporting.

England Euro 2012 Squad

Just read the England squad for the Euro's. Looks like another tournament where reaching the semi's would be seen as a huge success, based on he names on the list. Hope I'm wrong, obviously. Where is the talent?

  • Andy Carroll, who managed to grab a few goals at the end of the season for Liverpool, gets a spot!? Emile Heskey MkII?
  • Robert Green, backup keeper - I seem to remember his last outing in goal!!!
  • John Terry, the (alleged racist, philanderer and drug baron) gets a shirt a month out from his trial - even if he warranted a place, too much baggage?
  • Barry, Milner, Lampard, & Parker - can't imagine the Spanish midfield would be sweating too much.
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who?
  • Four strikers, of which one (arguably the only player in the squad, with possibly 'Stevie G', who could be thrown into the 'world class' bracket) is missing for the first two games, by which time England might already be knocked out.

Someone please remind me of this post when England are European Champions 2012, Carroll gets a hatrick in the semi's against France and Green becomes the hero in the penalty shoot-out victory over Germany in the final.

And in latest news, anyone who's ever visited Liverpool squad can add their names to the emergency list. Martin Kelly - who?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Initial Post

Mea Sententia - In My Opinion.

Whilst the whole online presence of Mea Sententia is created, here's a couple of links to bookmark at other places you can access Mea Sententia.