Formal ban for naughty teens

Warwick State High School.
Warwick State High School.

STUDENTS and parents are firing up at Warwick State High School after warnings their attendance at the 2012 formal would be determined by their in-class behaviour.

A disciplinary ranking system operates within the school, with one being the best and eight the worst, and students are ranked on both their ability to complete assessments and the way they act in class.

Students in the five to eight range have been told they will not be allowed to attend the year 12 formal, and parents and students are unimpressed.

"It would be a real shame for those kids to look back and say they missed out on their school formal," one parent said. "It's tradition."

Outcry on Facebook led this parent to contact the school and other parents to spread the word.

"I wrote a letter to the principal and basically said 'look, if you won't listen to the students, the parents need to get involved'," the parent said.

Dozens of students voiced their views on the eligibility criteria on the Daily News Facebook page yesterday.

"It's not fair that after everyone has paid $75 for a ticket, got their suits and dresses, the principal then lets us all know about this level system," one student said.

But Education Queensland regional director Greg Dickman said the rule had been in place all along.

"Year 12 students are consistently reminded throughout the year that participation in the senior formal was dependent upon their behaviour level," Mr Dickman said.

"The school is working with a very small number of students who are currently ineligible to attend the formal due to their behaviour level.

"It is anticipated that all students will be eligible to attend the senior formal once this is complete."



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