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School captain blasts elite high school for being 'financially motivated'

An impassioned speech has been delivered by the school captain of one of Sydney’s most elite private schools blasting the school for being “financially motivated” and seeking “good publicity” also adding that the school she loved had let her down.

Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls, located on Sydney’s upper north shore where students fees are approximately $28,000 a year.

Haynes blasting the school in front of a crowd filled with shocked teachers, fellow students and parents.

Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls. Source: Facebook.
Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls. Source: Facebook.

During the speech Haynes, 18, questioned the school’s values by claiming it was being run like a business driven by financial concerns.

The speech was filmed by a fellow student and has since been posted on YouTube where it has been viewed more that 6,000 times.


"Some people work hard and get noticed and good on them." she started the speech.

"Some people work hard, struggle and get overlooked," Ms Haynes said.

Blasting the school in front of crowds filled with teachers, fellow students and parents. Source: YouTube.
Blasting the school in front of crowds filled with teachers, fellow students and parents. Source: YouTube.

"I don't know how to run a school but it seems to me that today's schools are being run more and more like businesses where everything becomes financially motivated, where more value is placed on those who provide good publicity or financial benefits."



"I'd love to see Ravo work towards something better where each member of the school feels valued equally."

It costs up to $28,000 a year to be enrolled at the elite Uniting Church school. Source: Supplied.
It costs up to $28,000 a year to be enrolled at the elite Uniting Church school. Source: Supplied.

Ms Haynes told the crowd when she became school captain, staff members would change her speeches to make them more in line with the elite image of the school.

"Everything I wrote had to be censored by those higher up than me. I was never trusted to say the right thing," she said.

She said that she wrote a speech for an open day at the beginning of 2015 and was told to take out a line saying the school wasn't perfect.

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