Canberra Now: Violence fears at school; Rapana wants to stay a Raider
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Canberra Now: Violence fears at school; Rapana wants to stay a Raider

Good morning Canberra,

The week begins with it what seems to be a return to the capital's trademark weather: cool nights and bright, sunny days. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a top of 29 degrees today with sunny skies and some light winds.

Here's what's making the news in the bush capital this morning:

Children at Canberra school afraid to go to class amid violence

Leann Manunui was one of about five families to move her children kids out of the school this year due to safety concerns.

Leann Manunui was one of about five families to move her children kids out of the school this year due to safety concerns.Credit: Jamila Toderas

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Parents of children at Theodore Primary School have told The Canberra Times they are too afraid to send their kids to school amidst escalating violence between students.

Parents have complained of harrowing incidents dating back to 2017, including a child choked into unconsciousness, another cornered into a toilet and swung around by a broken arm, young girls followed into toilets by older boys or children being hit in the face with rakes.

Despite the complaints, parents feel the government is ignoring their concerns.

Sherryn Groch has the story.

Developer told to 'address issues' for $50m Constitution Ave project

The proposed $50 million building would be constructed on the site of the former Hindmarsh headquarters on Constitution Avenue.

The proposed $50 million building would be constructed on the site of the former Hindmarsh headquarters on Constitution Avenue.

Developer Hindmarsh has been told to address issues with its $50 million residential and commercial build along Constitution Avenue.

Locals are concerned about the height of the development with the National Capital Authority confirming Hindmarsh would need to address this.

Megan Doherty reports.

'Like a tsunami': Murrumbateman farmers devastated by recent rains

Some of Justin Orr's cattle stuck on what little ground that wasn't washed out by Tuesday's heavy rain.

Some of Justin Orr's cattle stuck on what little ground that wasn't washed out by Tuesday's heavy rain.Credit:Justin Orr

While the recent weeks of patchy rains have been a godsend for some of the region's farmers, Murrumbateman farmer Justin Orr is looking at $150,000 in losses after his fields were inundated by flash flooding.

"It is absolutely crazy, I've never seen anything like it: one minute we're hand feeding cattle with hay in drought conditions, the next minute they're getting washed down the road," Mr Orr said.

Here's the full story.

Jordan Rapana looking to extend time with Raiders

Off-contract Raiders winger Jordan Rapana, left, hopes to re-sign with the Green Machine.

Off-contract Raiders winger Jordan Rapana, left, hopes to re-sign with the Green Machine.Credit:Jamila Toderas

In what could be good news for the Raiders lead-up to their bid to return to the NRL finals, Kiwi winger Jordan Rapana has said he wants to keep calling Canberra home.

"Obviously I want to stay here - I just got engaged, the missus is from here and this has become my home-away-from-home so I absolutely love it down here," Rapana said.

David Polkinghorne has the story.

ICYMI: the couples who met at Canberra nightclubs

Tiny and Elaine at their wedding in  early 1984.

Tiny and Elaine at their wedding in early 1984.

Before Tinder, RSVP and eHarmony there were the nightclubs of Canberra. And for these loved-up couples, the dance floor was the perfect place to find "the one".

Bree Element goes through Canberra's famous haunts (ICBM, Tradies and Mooseheads) to find these cute Canberra couples who once locked eyes across the room.

'The Element' has more here.

Today's cartoon

The Canberra Times editorial cartoon for Monday, February 11, 2019.

The Canberra Times editorial cartoon for Monday, February 11, 2019.Credit:Pat Campbell

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Finbar O'Mallon is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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