Parents of Northcliffe District High School students have thrown their support behind the school and its teachers following an internal Department of Education investigation.
Last week Department of Education director general Sharyn O’Neill sent a letter to parents informing them teacher Adrian Granger had been transferred from the school after being stood down from his position in August.
Principal Kathleen Granger, who was also stood down pending the outcome of the investigation, will return to her role as principal.
Ms O’Neill ordered the investigation after Mr Granger appeared in Manjimup Magistrates Court on August 2 charged with possession of a smoking utensil, where he was given a spent conviction.
According to some parents Mr Granger will be sorely missed by his colleagues and students.
“I am not alone in my regret that the Department chose to transfer Adrian as part of their disciplinary process,” said Fiona Sinclair, a parent of two students at the school.
“Adrian is a highly regarded teacher with widespread support.
“Students, parents and staff lucky enough to work with him in the future will benefit from his enthusiasm and skill.”
Ms Sinclair said she was relieved Ms Granger would return.
Another parent, Stephen Knox, said he felt his daughter’s education had been compromised by Ms Granger’s absence and the removal of Mr Granger.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone who has felt the education department has been justified in their actions,” Mr Knox said.
“My daughter’s attitude and commitment to her schoolwork improved dramatically under the guidance of Adrian Granger.”
Mr Knox said there was overwhelming support in the Northcliffe community for the Grangers.
Manjimup shire president Wade De Campo said he was satisfied the department’s actions would give students at the school the best possible academic opportunity.
In her letter, Ms O’Neill said although she felt the impact on students while the matter progressed had been particularly disturbing, she was confident the school could now refocus attention on delivering the best possible education.