Brisbane Boys’ College suffering under PMSA: outgoing chair
EDUCATION The governing body of four of Queensland’s most elite schools has taken another hit after its chairman sent out a blistering resignation letter. But his claims of wastage and interference have now been denied.
The scandal-plagued governing body of one of Queensland’s most elite colleges has taken another hit after its council chair resigned. His farewell letter is a breathtaking take-down.
Resulting from Public Information available, there is great reluctance to have some of the Core recommendations of the CARC Final Report actioned (put into effect). From the Final Report’s Preface, the following topic grabbed many Survivours’ attention: ‘Why have some institutions not protected children?‘ Of particular interest is that some of these situations continue”:
I have never really been able to come to terms with was the part society played – or didn’t play, I guess, being the point.
All institutions should prevent, identify and mitigate risks. An appropriate response should also be made, whenever CSA occurs. Thankfully, BBC’s PMSA is among the schools that have clearly outlined stages and processes, whenever anything occurs involving current students (Policies & Strategies). Of particular relevance is the PMSA Historical Abuse Redress Policy, which relates to official stages including (Procedure; Report and resolution; and Care strategy).
Under current Qld Laws, CSA Survivours may be limited to not being able to mention the monetary figures of Private Damages Claims, yet they are able to simply help others by letting them know they are not alone!
PMSA Historical Abuse Redress Policy– This policy outlines the PMSA’s processes for dealing with allegations of abuse relating to individuals who, as children, received education and/or accommodation or care within a PMSA school or early learning centre but who are not students of the school or centre at the time the allegations are made. Such individuals will be described within this policy as former students
The PMSA is responsible for reviewing, updating and implementing policies which cover the PMSA and our four schools. PMSA policies assist and guide the actions of all individuals involved. They ensure and endorse the well-being of all staff and students of the PMSA. The PMSA also provide assistance to each school so that they can develop their own school policies.
PMSA policies fall under four categories:
Fairness and Equity
Code of Conduct– The PMSA Code of Conduct outlines the standards of behaviour expected by all employees, volunteers and contractors engaged by the PMSA. All staff are required to report certain information to the PMSA or their school if they become aware or reasonably suspect that harm is being cased to a student.
Audit and Finance
The PMSA develops audit and financial policies for the PMSA Board, School Councils, Principals and schools on accounting practices, loans, scholarships, bursaries and staff discounts, depreciation, and other financial areas. These are available to the relevant staff at each PMSA school through the PMSA staff portal.
The PMSA develops human resources policies for the PMSA Board, School Councils, Principals and schools on areas such as complaints, grievances, recruitment and selection, remuneration and benefits, leave, workplace health and safety, and employee development. These are available to the relevant staff at each PMSA school through the PMSA staff portal.
Education and Pastoral Care
The PMSA’s commitment to child protection is immersed in our vision – ‘to build communities based on Christian foundations, by providing teaching and learning environments of excellence, permeated by Christian faith and actions’.
We believe that the care for the children and young people in our schools is an outward expression and evidence of our Christian faith and our commitment to achieving a vision of collected and committed action, of intolerance to any threat of harm towards children and young people and which actively seeks to prevent the occurrence of any such threat.
The care and protection of the children and young people in PMSA schools is of paramount importance and involves:
Working together to make our schools and workplaces places of safety for children and young people.
Not tolerating any threat of harm towards children and actively seeking to prevent the occurrence of any such threat.
Reporting any suspicion you have that a child or student has been harmed or may be at risk of harm.
Every person who shares in the work of our PMSA communities – including employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors – shares in the responsibility to care for and protect all children and young people from any threat or perceived threat of harm.
The PMSA has developed the following policies to ensure the care and protection of people within PMSA schools.
PMSA Child Protection Policy– This policy outlines the conduct expected of the PMSA schools’ employees and students in accordance with legislation in Queensland about the care and protection of children.
PMSA Historical Abuse Redress Policy– This policy outlines the PMSA’s processes for dealing with allegations of abuse relating to individuals who, as children, received education and/or accommodation or care within a PMSA school or early learning centre but who are not students of the school or centre at the time the allegations are made. Such individuals will be described within this policy as former students.
PMSA Homestay Welfare and Accommodation Policy– This policy outlines the processes to ensure that PMSA schools and homestay hosts arranged by and for PMSA schools comply with relevant legislative requirements for ensuring the suitability of accommodation, support and general welfare for homestay students under 18 years of age.
PMSA Homestay Risk Management Strategy – 2017– This strategy ensures that the PMSA and our schools have appropriate policies and procedures in place to identify and minimise the risk of harm to homestay students where the school has taken responsibility for the accommodation, support and general welfare of the student.
Following COPIED message has now been distributed amongst Private Schools in SEQ:
An interim response is requested, to repost on our LinkedIn, WordPress, Social Media & ABC/SBS News Networks.
As some of your Schools have been involved in the Royal Commission (CARC) Hearings, this eMail is querying how your Bodies administrate, for the benefit of the Students’ (I.E. Children & Minors) ‘Safety & Security’? Public News publications have been sourced re: some of your places of education.
This query has been sent on behalf of an evolving network of School-Swapping, alike Church-Swapping. Inclusion of these details are for benefit of previous Survivors-Victims of these Institutions (Private Damages Claims & National Redress Scheme).
CC ABC News, SBS Portals & Prue Montgomery | knowmore Principal Lawyer
From both my personal NRS, who I have met with & the increasing amounts of research (Survivor, Counselling & Medical) it is becoming obvious that these Sexual Abuses on Children should never have happened. Institutions payment of any amount of Damages-Insurance-Redress is simply a financial figure. At the core of Christian Religions is the human part of the Trinity, Jesus. Similar to Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, and Mithras each concept (may have) borrowed from others. Just as the ‘stories’ of BBC’s Buchanan (‘Butch‘) seem to have begun from a CSA Perpetrator’s (hidden) secrets, repeated in following years to Students, turning into a ‘Myth‘. It is now commonly viewed, that parts of human history has been recorded by the stronger power, often destroying all proof of opposition. Just as a dominant Teacher has destroyed (most) proof of their earlier CSA Perpetration. Thankfully, our Justice has adapted to be able to allow for Surviving CSA Victims & their Families to voice the impacts.
Although Convictions of following Schools after BBC have made Public News, through indiscriminate Meetings much more of the actual Truth is becoming known. While there may be Legal channels, it has been via SM where Sharing has been possible. By simply ‘joining-the-dots’, the similarities of CSA are unraveling themselves. In SEQ, Brisbane Grammar has already released News, with GM Cujes & G Thomson BBC appearing before the RC. Cujes re: Trinity (following BBC) & Thomson re: Gregory Robert Knight (non-BBC). Obviously, it appears that the PMSA empowered “reputation” of BBC is held with greater worth than the Truth. Previous, current & Future BBC Students/Families will remain concerned for the well-being of their Children at BBC.
The powerful speech @AsiaArgento during the closing ceremony of Cannes. “I was raped here in 1997 by Harvey Weinstein.” Going on to describe Cannes as HW’s hunting ground; many BBC past Students & their Families will remember how BBC was remembered as a ‘hunting ground’. Even the term “hunting ground” can be remembered in some of BBC’s (un-admitted) Offenders of the 1990’s. Perhaps this why any public announcements correlate with a psychological effect, that’s been hidden to some level. Even decades and decades after the events happened, any reminders of them may trigger some reaction(s).
This is where LivingWell have provided their resources, suitable to these male Survivours and their Families. “We all benefit from maps of life’s territories. We do not live our lives in straight lines” is from the Indigenous themed clip ‘No Straight Lines’.
Thank you for your communication of 11th March to Brisbane Boys’ College, advising of your intention “to notify all parties of BBC’s families (past and present, ensuring 18+ ages) that lodgement of a Report is being formulated”.
In relation to your request that your message be distributed “amongst current and previous parents (or similar)”, it is not the practice of the college to distribute material on behalf of third parties.
By letter dated 22nd February last, in response to your initial approach to the college, I made you aware of the PMSA process which is followed in relation to notification by former students of alleged abuse at the college and invited you to meet with me to discuss your allegations. To date you have not responded to that invitation..
The lodgement of a claim by you with the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission, citing Buchanan and Golding, is duly noted.
The PMSA is concerned to assist former students of its schools who believe that they have been injured as a consequence of events which occurred at their school, and is prepared to explore various avenues for assistance. It does this without any admission of legal responsibility.
Accordingly, should you care to avail yourself of the opportunity of discussing with me, as the PMSA’s Director, Protection From Harm, your time at Brisbane Boys’ College, I would be grateful if you would communicate that desire either by mail or email to the PMSA’s Corporate Office, as previously advised. A mutually convenient time and venue can then be arranged for a meeting.
Please be assured that all allegations are treated seriously, sensitively and confidentially.