School captain's controversial speech

(Michele Mossop/Sydney Morning Herald)
(Michele Mossop/Sydney Morning Herald)

The school captain of one of Sydney's most prestigious private schools, Ravenswood, has used her end of year speech to address her issues with the school, and it's gone viral.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Sarah Haynes, the outgoing captain of Ravenswood School for Girls, told the assembly of staff and students that she felt "let down" by the school she loved.

In her speech, she questioned the values of the school and addressed how she and other captains within the school were subject to censorship in order to maintain the institution's "perfect" image.

Though Ms Haynes said her speech was not a personal vendetta against the school, she said she received a lot of negative attention "at a time when my family and I needed Ravo [sic] the most, it let us down," with regards to the circumstances of her sister's departure from the school.

"I know that there have been rumours and gossip about my sister leaving the school and I'd rather not add fuel to the fire but would prefer to say that people who I trusted and respected made an unjustified, cruel and incorrect decision," she said in her speech.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Ravenswood School for Girls has responded to the controversial speech, telling parents the matter was related to an on-going legal dispute.

In a letter to parents at the school, the chair of the school council, Mark Webb, said "As this relates to a matter before the courts, it is not possible for us to comment on the specifics other than to say this relates to a disagreement about disciplinary action taken against a number of students following an incident of alleged bullying."

In a comment on the video, one commenter suggested Ms Haynes' sister left the school due to a bullying incident of a younger, disabled student.

Watch the video.