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Outcome of Defamation Court Case


In 2015, Principal, Mr. Stuart Johnston, with support from the School’s Board of Directors, launched defamation proceedings in the Supreme Court against two past staff members. The case sought to address a Twitter account that ridiculed Mr. Johnston as part of a much broader campaign denigrating both him and Senior Management. This article provides some background to the case.

On 20 December, I issued a letter advising the matter had been settled out of court with the two former employees, Mrs. Nicola Holland and Mr. Wayne Murray, providing unreserved apologies to Mr. Johnston for their roles in the campaign to defame his character and standing within our community. A letter has been sent to families including the apologies which can be read here and here.

This is a very pleasing outcome for our School, our Principal and our people. Our actions in pursuing this matter have been vindicated by this outcome. It is testament to the courage, dignity and determination of our Principal, who resolutely followed this course of action, despite the enormous personal cost to him and his family. The outcome, and the unwavering pursuit of it, sends a clear message to our community that we are a school that will not tolerate this type of behaviour or any form of conduct that unfairly diminishes our reputation.

Ron Zammit
Chairman of the Board


Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email

our golden jubilee celebrations

All members of our community - past, present and future - were invited to join us as we celebrated fifty years of outstanding education on the Mornington Peninsula. We had a host of celebratory Golden Jubilee events in 2011. 



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