Private Sydney girls’ school in turmoil after 30 staff leave and students launch petition against principal

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MLC School at Burwood. The school has lost four heads of its junior, middle and senior schools in the past two years. This week a further 30 staff will go.

The principal of a private Sydney girls school has written to parents after a social media campaign calling for her dismissal escalated ahead of the school’s speech night on Wednesday.

Denice Scala, the principal of MLC School in Sydney’s inner west, has come under fire following the resignation of scores of staff members this year and a student-led petition against her business decisions.

The school has lost four heads of its junior, middle and senior schools in the past two years.

This week a further 30 staff will go, including senior teachers in the maths, art and music departments and two of its Uniting Church chaplains.

According to data from the My School website there are 201 staff.

In protest, parents have adopted the hashtag #ReclaimOurMLC on social media and discussed potentially turning their backs on the principal as she speaks at the school’s speech night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday.

In an internal email, Scala acknowledged the concern of parents about changes within the school that charges students up to $28,000 a year.

“This is always a time of year with heightened emotion and I am very conscious that as parents who care about the school you are worried about staff turnover,” she wrote.

source:stuff.co.nz

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