Shalom Christian College staff shocked by sudden closure of school
UPDATE: a meeting will be held between IEUA-QNT and Uniting Church representatives in the afternoon on Monday, 20 November 2017. The previously scheduled meeting of IEUA-QNT members will now take place after school on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.
Teachers and school support staff from Shalom Christian College in Townsville have been left shocked and bewildered after learning of the closure of the College’s secondary and boarding facilities through local media reports.
Our union's Assistant Branch Secretary Brad Hayes said it was disappointing and disrespectful to staff that they had to find out about the closure through the media.
“While our members understand the background to the closure of the school in light of scrutiny by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the fact is that the closure has been announced without any consultation by their employer.
"For long-standing staff to hear they no longer have a job just before Christmas is bad enough but for their employer to not even tell them, and for them to hear the news from a third party is particularly shameful,” Mr Hayes said.
Mr Hayes said an urgent meeting of IEUA-QNT members would take place after school today (20 November 2017) and that urgent meetings were also being sought with the Uniting Church.
“The closure of the College’s secondary and boarding facilities not only impacts staff and students but also students’ parents and will have ripple effects throughout the wider Townsville community,” he said.
Mr Hayes said the future for students and staff at the College’s primary facility was also under a dark cloud.
“While these staff know they have a job for now, the question they are asking themselves is for how long,” Mr Hayes said.
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