Alumni calls for HM to be sent on admin leave

first_imgBHS sex scandal…Divisional commander says yet to receive MoE fileThe Bishops’ High School Alumni Association on Monday called for Head Mistress Winifred Ellis to be sent on administrative leave to facilitate an independent investigation into her actions while addressing the allegation of sexual misconduct by economics teacher Coen Jackson.Bishops’ High School Head Mistress Winifred Ellis“It cannot be stressed enough that we do not feel confident that the children who have been made to feel unsafe or traumatised will now come forward and report these (incidents) in their current environment. It is troubling that the students did not feel comfortable confiding in any of the teachers at BHS,” the Alumni Association said.It noted that it is for this very reason that the headmistress should be sent on administrative leave, and a thorough and independent investigation of this matter concluded before a decision is made about her return. “We quite simply do not think that the Ministry of Education has gone far enough,” the association said.The Education Ministry on Friday concluded their investigation and found Ellis culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01 section 35: “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which made her liable to a first warning. The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution. It also recommended that the ministry offer training and support to teachers on how to deal with children and sexual issues, in addition to providing counselling to students after they do so request.In relation to Jackson, the committee handed over its investigation file to the Police for further investigation. Jackson is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 — the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.Meanwhile, ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that the Education Ministry did not send a file to him; rather, they gave the okay to proceed with a criminal investigation. He noted that the investigation is in progress, and the Police are building their case.The Alumni Association commended the ministry for their swift actions but noted that their immediate concern is the student body. The statement related that the alumni associations, in conjunction with concerned members with expertise in psychology, child welfare, social work and law, are actively working to ensure that this never happens again. In addition, they have made recommendations with regard to harassment, sexual abuse and bullying.last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s Club Notes: Congratulations to the U12 Hurlers who won the North West Indoor Hurling League (pictured).Congratulations too to the Senior Ladies who won the Crossmaglen 7s Shield at the Armagh club at the weekend.This Sunday, March 2nd we will host the Donegal v Monaghan NFL Div. 2 game in O’Donnell Park. Throw-in is at 2pm. Only those that have confirmed their names with Charlie McAteer will be allowed to steward at the match. All stewards need to be at the ground for 12:15pm sharp. Best of luck to Jim, his management team, Rory, Éamonn and all the players. Traffic restrictions will be in place.  There is a new Child Protection Module taking place this Friday 28th of February in the Clubhouse and it is compulsory for anyone that is working with underage players if you haven’t done a child protection course within the last 3 years. Places are limited to 20, please contact Pauric Daly to confirm your attendance at: pbdaly@eircom.net.Comhghairdeas le Andy McGranaghan who came through in the semi final of Scór Sinsir last Saturday in Cloich Cheann Fhaola with his recitation “The Four Farrelly’s”. Andy will represent the club this Friday 28th in the County final of Scór Sinsir. Go n-éirigh go geal leat Andy.Tickets are now available for the Annual Presentation night in the Clubhouse on Friday, March 7th. Tickets are priced at €15 and can be purchased in the Clubhouse this Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30pm. Contact Elaina to get your ticket on 087-2901541.We will be holding one further Membership Registration on Saturday, March 15th in the clubhouse. More details nearer the time. The Minor Boys football Leagues get underway this Sunday. Both the Div. 1 team (Robert Emmett’s) and Div. 2 team (N. Colmcille) are away from home with both games likely to throw in at 11am, keep an eye on social media for confirmation.Girls U14 Football training resumes this Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6:50pm in Game On. Cost is €3 per night. A pre-season challenge match has been arranged for this Sunday, March 2, against Steelstown. Time and venue TBC.U12 & U14 Camogie is on in Game On on Wednesdays between 6pm and 7pm. New players welcome. Contact Joe Kealy for more details on 087-2446070.Girls U16 Football training is on Wednesday’s in Game On between 6:50pm and 8pm. Cost is €3 per week.There are details of the new Football rules on the club Facebook page and all managers and players are advised to make themselves familiar with them. They were also sent by club e-mail. Crossmaglen 7s winners: The St Eunan’s LadiesGAA NEWS: SUCCESS FOR ST EUNAN’S LADIES AND U-12 HURLERS was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Crossmaglen 7s.St Eunan’s GAA club notesU-12 hurlerslast_img read more