The teacher who created the yard duty roster for Everyday P-12 School, Business Studies and Careers teacher Mr Phillip Robinson, is yet to be sighted completing a single duty this year.
Like a dictator that sends his minions to do his dirty work, Mr Robinson has been dodging duty and enjoying the comfort of his office while his fellow staff members deal with dobbers, fights and wild weather.
With expansive grounds Everyday P-12 School rosters three staff on yard duty during each break and before and after school. A quick examination of the roster sees Mr Robinson has rostered himself on for one recess, one lunch and one afterschool duty. This equals a duty allocation of a measly forty-five minutes a week, compared to the staff average of one hour and fifteen minutes.
Phillip only has three duties and he doesn’t even bother to do them!
Ms Bianca Daniels completes a whopping one hour and forty-minutes per week … and she is not happy. ‘Phillip only has three duties and he doesn’t even bother to do them!’ Ms Daniels went on to explain Robinson’s strategy for avoiding duty. ‘Most days we have a relief teacher covering for someone and they do a few yard duties. But instead of getting them to cover various teacher’s duty, Phillip tells them to do his every time!’
Mr Robinson was stern in his disagreement of his perceived absence from the yard. ‘I’m forever doing yard duty. The other teachers don’t see me as I patrol the tough spots like behind the shelter sheds.’ When notified that the shelter sheds had been pulled down nine months ago, Mr Robinson quickly corrected himself. ‘Ahh … I know that. I’m talking about the area where the sheds were.’
I’m forever doing yard duty. The other teachers don’t see me as I patrol the tough spots like behind the shelter sheds.
Rather than approaching the leadership team, other teachers have been taking matters into their own hands. ‘I once asked Phil why he wasn’t out on duty. He told me, “This Herald Sun isn’t going to read itself”,’ said Ms Patricia McLeish. ‘So now when I’m on duty and a kid has a problem, I send them to Phil’s office. Last week a year one had a sore tummy. I sent him to Phil’s office and apparently he spewed in there. But it serves Phil right, he should’ve been out here to deal with it.’