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Teen mums uncover new classroom soon after schools turn them away

Posted December 11, 2015 09:38:47

Young mothers Photo: Young mothers Jessica, 19, Sasha, 18, and Rebecca, 22, have received their year 11 VCAL certificates even though studying in a Melbourne City Mission classroom for mums and bubs. (ABC Local: Clare Rawlinson)
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A group of teenage mothers in Melbourne has graduated year 11 by way of a specially tailored classroom soon after being turned away by their higher schools.

The mums and bubs classroom run by Melbourne City Mission provides a versatile understanding atmosphere with cots, modify tables and toys alongside students’ desks.

Sasha, 18, said she would not have been capable to continue her education in a mainstream school simply because of stigma and a lack of help.

“Upon telling my school I was pregnant, I was asked to leave simply because they felt they could not cater to my predicament,” she stated.

“That threw me in the deep finish … but I was determined to continue my education.”

My son is seeking up at me now as his function model so I do not want him to be disappointed in me.

Jessica, 19, year 11 graduate and mother

The judgment that came with her pregnancy at the age of 16, Sasha believes, contributed to a period of post-natal depression.

An additional student, 19-year-old Jessica, said she was only in a position to continue her education since of the specialised classroom.

Jessica was 15 when she became pregnant and she mentioned it was the wake-up call she necessary to finish her schooling.

“Obviously I didn’t strategy to get pregnant but I wouldn’t alter it for the planet,” she mentioned.

“If I did not get pregnant I would have been a dropout doing absolutely nothing with life.

“My son is hunting up at me now as his role model so I do not want him to be disappointed in me.”

Each student at the mums and bubs classroom has a personal education strategy and a support worker on hand for their kids whilst in class.

Calls for education policy to support teenage mothers

About 25,000 teenagers turn into pregnant in Australia every year.

But according to the Brave Foundation for young mothers, mainstream schools have a lengthy way to go towards supporting them.

Brave Foundation chief executive Bernadette Black mentioned teenage mothers were 40 per cent less likely to finish year 12 and 54 per cent less most likely to uncover employment.

Stigma and shame were major contributors to social isolation and post-natal depression, said Ms Black who herself became pregnant at 16.

Bernadette Black at age 17, with son Damien in 2003. Photo: Bernadette Black at age 17 with her son Damien in 1993. (Supplied)

In 1 South Australian higher school, a principal looking for guidance from the Brave Foundation proposed to send a letter to all parents at the college apologising for one student’s pregnancy.

Ms Black mentioned reactions like that were often grounded in a belief that supporting young mums would glamorise teen pregnancy.

“Data shows those who get assistance and acceptance have greater outcomes, and the incidence [of teenage pregnancy] really decreased when there was a assistance plan in a secondary school,” she said.

“The children around the system actually saw what a large slog it was to go to college with a infant.”

A spokesman for Victoria’s Department of Education, Steve Tolley, stated students who did not receive assistance from their schools although pregnant must report the matter to the department. 

Mr Tolley stated pregnant or parenting students have the correct to continue schooling, but need to offer a medical certificate endorsing their attendance soon after 35 weeks gestation.

He added the division supported versatile finding out and distance education choices for teenage mothers.

But the Brave Foundation is campaigning for the creation of a far more complete education policy for young mums.

Jessica said that she wished there had been a mainstream college willing to be supportive of her pregnancy.

“Providing us methods to cope isn’t condoning young girls to go out and get pregnant,” she said.

“It really is giving the girls who did get pregnant the opportunities to go out and make the very best of what’s happened, so we will not be these stereotypical young mums that do not do something.”

Topics: education, pregnancy-and-childbirth, youth, access-to-education, secondary-schools, schools, parenting, loved ones-and-young children, ladies, melbourne-3000, australia

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Brosque purpose sufficient to see Sydney FC previous Jets as fans stay away

Updated December 04, 2015 22:07:37

Alex Brosque celebrates his goal against the Jets Photo: Alex Brosque’s aim broke the deadlock after Sydney FC had missed a host of possibilities. (Getty Images: Marke Kolbe)
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Alex Brosque has ended Sydney FC’s aim drought and saved a frustrating night for Filip Holosko, steering the Sky Blues to a 1- win more than Newcastle.

The skipper netted his 50th A-League purpose on Friday evening via a sublime finish that deservingly put to bed 307 goalless minutes for the club that had not managed a win in 5 rounds.

After two dour stalemates, Sydney finally inserted some pep into their vaunted attack.

It was just as properly, given the stands were largely devoid of life.

The Sydney Football Stadium was not fairly a ghost town, but it was certainly quiet in the second match of a league-wide fan boycott in protest against Football Federation Australia.


Sydney FC 1- Jets
at SFS, December four, 2015
threeShots on target1
11Shots off target7
Sydney FC: 1 (Brosque 57′)

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A season-low 9,155 attended and though they chanted admirably in the Western Stand, could not plug the deafening silence emanating from the empty region that typically homes The Cove, Sydney FC’s active fan group.

Sydney offset the lack of atmosphere by pressing well, increasing in intensity to preserve the Jets penned inside their third bar a couple of counter-attacking runs.

Rhyan Grant was maybe the most energetic as he battled on the appropriate flank with the rejuvenated David Carney, even though Andrew Hoole, producing his debut commence for Sydney against his old club, showed plenty of guarantee on the left wing.

But for all the Sky Blues’ improvement they nonetheless lacked the finishing touch – and no player felt the discomfort far more than marquee Holosko.

In the 17th minute, the Slovakian international botched a sitter at point-blank range, lacking venom in his method to a cutback from Hoole and angling his effort into the post.

Not ten minutes later he missed once again, shooting a metre wide as he struggled inside a sandwich of two Jets defenders in spite of a good ball from Milos Ninkovic.

Then, when Brosque played wide for Grant to chip promisingly inside, Holosko created his most decent connection yet with an on-target header.

If only it had not flown straight into goalkeeper Mark Birighitti’s arms.

Birighitti, the custodian with the most saves in the league, did not so significantly have to perform to extend his record as stand nonetheless and wait, as Holosko flicked yet another shot straight to him just ahead of the break.

Holosko’s evening would have been so significantly worse had Enver Alivodic not drilled over the post obtaining more than-stretched to reach a deflected cross from Milos Trifunovic.

But exactly where the Jets had their possibilities, such as a horrid miskick from young Braedyn Crowley and a too-higher header from Nick Cowburn, Brosque mastered his chance.

The captain, who been menacing all match in the striker role in place of the benched Shane Smeltz, took a blistering run down the field in the 57th minute and completed with a crisp left-foot strike.

Brosque’s evening had a bitter finish although, the veteran striker hit the deck clutching his hamstring and limped off the field.


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Topics: a-league, soccer, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, australia

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