Principal back at work after relative departs

Penrhos College principal Meg Melville.
Penrhos College principal Meg Melville.

The realtive has now left.

After discussion between the college council and Mrs Melville, and in recognition of the sensitive nature of the issue, Mrs Melville chose to take immediate annual leave until alternative accommodation arrangements could be made for the relative.

The council said it fully supported Mrs Melville’s course of action, which was taken in the best interests of Penrhos College and its students.

Mrs Melville said as the principal of Penrhos College, the protection and well-being of the students was her responsibility.

She informed the school about the relative on May 19.

‘This relative is residing at our family home until he is in a position to live independently,’ she said last week.

‘This person has absolutely no contact ” directly or indirectly ” with our school.

‘Further, he has no access, or ability to access, any school or student information.

‘The crimes committed are abhorrent and indefensible; my family’s decision was made from a place of compassion and Christian values.’

Penrhos College Council chairman Paul Owen said the college abhorred any and all crimes against children and was absolutely committed to ensuring the safety of its students at all times.

‘The college council has discussed the matter at length with Mrs Melville and is fully satisfied that in no way is there any risk to our students,’ he said

‘The council expects the highest standard of conduct from its principal and respects, appreciates and supports her family’s decision which reflects the compassionate values of Penrhos College and the Uniting Church.’