The Everyday P-12 School carpark resembled a drag strip yesterday afternoon as teachers began their summer holidays.
Various reports have filtered through of staff eager to escape upon the first ring of the afternoon bell. A local driver stated, ‘I was driving past the school and a procession of Toyota hatchbacks zoomed out of the carpark and cut in front of me. I had to slam on the brakes and lucky I did. As I came to a stop, a ute flew onto the road. Why a teacher would need a ute I have no idea.’
She’s sped out of her park, drifted around two other vehicles and slotted into the traffic like a race car re-entering a race from pit lane.
Business Manager, Mrs Dorothy Reid, had a view of the carpark mayhem from her office. ‘Appalling behaviour,’ she said. ‘I’ve witnessed Ms Julie Finlayson have three attempts at pulling into a park some mornings. This afternoon she’s sped out of her park, drifted around two other vehicles and slotted into the traffic like a race car re-entering a race from pit lane.’
Ms Finlayson was not the only teacher to disgust the business manager. ‘Ms Belinda Daniels snuck out of the final assembly to start her car. She then returned to the assembly and as soon as the bell rang she jumped in the car and sped away. I mean pre-starting her car? It saved her all of five seconds.
Year Six student, Makayla Smith, was visibly upset after attempting to say goodbye to her PE teacher, Mr Stu Richards. ‘I went up to say thank-you. We made eye contact and I started to say thanks when the bell rang. He didn’t even wait for me to finish my sentence. He just took off for the carpark.’ Mr Richards has a different view of events. ‘I didn’t take off as soon as the bell went. I checked she didn’t have a present for me first … then I took off.’
I didn’t take off as soon as the bell went. I checked she didn’t have a present for me first … then I took off.
Principal James Matthews could not be found in his office for comment immediately after the incidents and was contacted by phone. ‘That behaviour is not appropriate,’ he said, over the sound of clinking glasses and bar room chatter.