1. "Student leader lashes out at principal"

    I want everyone to give kudos to Vignesh Markandu, a graduating student at my former high school, who left his final high school year with a bang — by delivering a speech in front of the school that slammed the principal, and the administration.

    Since he gave the speech Monday afternoon (I’m a bit late to the story, I had virtually no internet access since Sunday) many people have written celebratory posts on his Facebook wall, showing that he is not alone in his feelings about the school and the approach it takes towards students and their opinions. (An online petition has started, which has already amassed 140 signatures as of this writing.)

    When I went to Central, the issues Vignesh outlined in his speech were even prominent then. A Principal that was noticably out of touch with the student body, a distinct condecentary tone from the administration, a basic idea that the student populous and their opinions were largely unimportant and pointless, because - face it - they’re just teenagers. What do they know.

    The Principal after hearing the speech, told the London Free Press’ Jennifer O’Brien essentially that he, and the administration, had no idea that the students felt this way (why would they, they didn’t listen to us) and that he was “very disappointed by the speech.”

    To which I reply with a big “yeah right.”

    The administration repeatedly did things, mostly things that didn’t make sense, without even asking, or caring, what the students thought. “Student parking? They wouldn’t care if we just made it unavailable here or there would they? Ah hell, why not make it unavailable altogether. School dances? They wouldn’t notice if we just made them total shit, would they? Eh, who cares.”

    I’m sure most of the changes and decisions that the administration made were direct from the school board, which wouldn’t surprise me given all the other nonsensical things the board has done over the years, but the school administration should have at least given the student body the chance to voice their opinion on things that would affect their time throughout high school, one of the most stressing and disappointing of experiences.

    “I personally dislike the condescending tone Mr. Robertson takes with his students, and his inability to look any of us in the eye when we speak to him,” said one student to Vignesh. His inability to look any of us in the eye? Mr Robertson, when the students notice that you cannot even give them the courtesy of eye contact when you are taking to them, it shows that not only do you and the administration lack respect towards the students, you lack even the most common of manners.

    [london free press]

    Markandu’s speech is transcribed in full. (Click ‘read more’ if on dashboard)

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  2. May 31, 2007London, ON
Going wayyy back. Reedited an old one of mine.
London Central Secondary School is what is shown! 
Here is the old edit.

    May 31, 2007
    London, ON

    Going wayyy back. Reedited an old one of mine.

    London Central Secondary School is what is shown! 

    Here is the old edit.

     
  3. December 5, 2008London, ON
Central Secondary School Auditorium 

    December 5, 2008
    London, ON

    Central Secondary School Auditorium 

     
  4. Central Collegiate under constructionLondon, ON1921-1922London Public Library - London Room
[where I went to high school up until last June!]

    Central Collegiate under construction
    London, ON
    1921-1922

    London Public Library - London Room

    [where I went to high school up until last June!]

    (Source: images.ourontario.ca)

     
  5. Panoramicapalooza

    Click the images to view the panoramics. If you are reading this on the Tumblr dashboard, please click here.

    I shot these back in late 2008. I was asked by my journalism teacher to help out and take some photos of the school for the website, so future students could see what the school looked like before they went there.

    I had a different idea in mind. Instead of photos, why not 360 degree panoramics? How about one better. What if the kids could move them!?

    Well, needless to say I was excited, and immediately set off with a 12mm lens and a tripod, snapping the school from every possible angle. Unfortunately, I was an amateur, so many of my attempts never panned out (the stitching in some of the panoramics were so awful it was just embarrassing.)

    A few managed to make it out looking somewhat half decent. I wanted to put them online back when I did them, but I had no way of doing so. But, foolish me, I could have just uploaded them to a file hosting website and posted the link!

    I have done that now. :)

    You must have Quicktime.

     
  6. Well — I don’t think I’ll be eating there any time soon.. (said in a snooty voice.)
Image from eatsure.ca — data from the MLHU Food Inspections — click for larger version.

    Well — I don’t think I’ll be eating there any time soon.. (said in a snooty voice.)

    Image from eatsure.ca — data from the MLHU Food Inspections — click for larger version.