The headmaster of the private school at the centre of a sex abuse scandal has apologised to the five victims of a former teacher who molested students between 1999 and 2009.
In a letter to all parents yesterday, the recently appointed headmaster described the complainants who testified as "young men of integrity" who "demonstrated incredible courage, conviction, determination and resilience under what were very difficult circumstances, particularly when under cross- examination" in court.
"I am so sorry for everything that they and their families have had to go through," he wrote.
The headmaster at the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, reassured parents that child protection procedures had been improved in recent years.
The letter was sent just before Education Minister Peter Collier announced he would order a "full and thorough investigation of the matter" by the Department of Education Services, once the legal barriers of a court suppression order were overcome.
Yesterday, the WA College of Teaching said its board had started a parallel investigation of registered teachers who were aware of inappropriate behaviour and did not inform authorities.
Mandatory reporting laws came into force in 2009 - the same year a former student revealed that he was molested as a Year 5 pupil, a police investigation was launched and the teacher was dismissed.
That was 10 years after the school gave its first warning to the teacher about physical contact.
College director Suzanne Parry told Radio 6PR yesterday there were "matters of ongoing investigation by the college with regard to the registration of a number of teachers".
Ms Parry said the college had the power to take witness statements and impose sanctions, including reprimands and cancellation of a teacher's registration.
"We are concerned there were a number of teachers - and this became evident in the witness statements that were tendered in the court - who witnessed behaviours that were clearly inappropriate and chose not to act on these behaviours by reporting them in any way," she said.
Ms Parry said some teachers tried to bring their concerns to the attention of the then headmasters, but that action was not taken "in all cases and that calls into question these persons' ability to meet the requirements" of the profession.'I am so sorry for everything that they and their families have had to go through.'" Recently appointed headmaster of the private school
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