The mother of a Bayfield High School pupil claims the
school has denied her the right to watch her daughter's
greatest educational moment by not allowing parents to attend
the school's annual graduation ceremony.
Lynne Peterson said her daughter graduated yesterday with the
rest of her year 13 classmates, but no parents attended the
ceremony because there was no room in the school hall for
''I've been waiting 16 years for [the graduation] to happen.
''I'm disgusted. I would have liked to have been there to see
''I feel like I've missed an important part of my daughter's
Mrs Peterson believed she was one of many parents who were
unhappy about the situation.
Principal Judith Forbes said the annual event was the
school's last full assembly for the year, and with every
pupil and staff member in the school hall, there was no room
''Parents are invited to attend the school's prizegiving
''It's certainly not a snub to parents. We just can't fit
them in for this particular assembly.
Mrs Forbes believed it was important for the whole school to
see the graduation - particularly for the junior pupils to
see the seniors graduate.
''It's a good role-modelling session.
''It's the school family gathering together for the last
The event was also a time to announce the head pupils for the
following year, and a time to recognise teachers who had won
This year, five teachers won National Excellence in Teaching
Awards, she said.
While Mrs Peterson said she would attend the school's
prizegiving ceremony next week, she felt it was not ''the
main event'' in her daughter's education.
''I know I can go to the school prizegiving next week, but
the graduation has more finality - it's saying you're leaving
''To me, that was more important than the prizegiving because
she may not get a prize.''
Mrs Forbes said the school had not received any complaints
from parents about not being invited to the graduation
If there were official complaints, she said the situation
could be reviewed.
''This is a during-school-time event - the only one parents
are unable to come to.
''But it is possible we could review the situation.
''We are always reviewing our processes,'' she said.