Letter to the Editor of The Sunday Age
I was disappointed to read the story of Sally Beattie and
her experiences working with Catholic Education Melbourne (The Sunday Age,
25 September). In reviewing Ms Beattie’s file, at the time of her exit, she
gave no indication of her discomfort at working here.
We always seek to support our staff in every aspect of their
lives, be it professional or personal.
It is unfortunate that Ms Beattie did not feel she could
share her concerns with staff here but understand that can be difficult and so
we provide access to a free, anonymous employee assistance program to support
members of our team who are dealing with challenging or confronting
I was disappointed that The Sunday Age did not see fit to
approach Catholic Education Melbourne for comment on what is a complex and
We believe all people deserve
inherent human dignity as beings created in God’s image. Catholic schools
routinely implement extensive programming designed to protect all people against
bullying, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation.
At the same time we also firmly believe the right to freedom of religion inherently includes the right
for parents to have their children educated in accordance with their religious
The principles, values and beliefs
that form the culture of our schools do not disappear when the bell rings, but
are an inherent part of the fabric of school life.
That is why it is so important
that Catholic and other faith-based schools have the freedom to employ staff
who support their ethos – and why we believe the amendments to the equal
opportunity laws currently before state parliament are fundamentally misguided.
Catholic Education Melbourne