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Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/08/12/primary-school-students-forced-to-visit-toilet-at-same-time">Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time</a>

This morning I read an article in the Australian newspaper The Age about a primary school in Melbourne that had recently trialled an approach to students visiting the toilet during class time. According to the article, principal Dr Kim Dray explained that the trial was part of signalling "a new level of respect for the toilets in the school." Quoting an email, the article confirmed that the policy was aimed at a "long term and persistent problem of deliberate toilet vandalism". ...I was outraged when I read this - to me it seems like a solution from the early 20th century - where the whole class is punished for the toileting requirements of one child. Read full article

Parents - What to Do if Your Child is a Bully

Video interview, Yvette Vignando on The Morning Show Channel 7 with ideas for parents on what to do if your child is being a bully. Includes signs your child may be bullying, what leads a child to bully how to help your child back to a happy life at school. Read full article

Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/07/19/sholai-school-palani-hills-tamil-nadu-india">Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India</a>

After three days of workshops at Kodaikanal International School, I received an unexpected invitation for a courtesy visit to Sholai School, located in a valley area 1000m below the Kodai hill station. My western-nurtured eyes saw a combination of paradise and hardship around me. Running the school looks like very hard work. All electricity comes from solar energy or micro hydro-energy; the school is also experimenting with the use of bio-fuel. Sholai School engages in organic farming and also runs its own dairy producing organic milk and cheese. Read full article