News | International
21 Jan 2019 13:00
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Days of Xmas
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Kambala girls' school and former principal settle defamation case out of court

    Kambala, one of the nation's most prestigious girls' schools, apologises "unreservedly" to its former principal after settling a high-profile case defamation case out of court.


    One of the nation's most prestigious girls' schools has "unreservedly" apologised to its former principal after settling a high-profile defamation case out of court.

    Kambala girls' school former principal Debra Kelliher was suing her former employer in the NSW Supreme Court and two of its teachers over emails sent in April 2017 she claimed had defamed her.

    The emails were circulated in the days after Ms Kelliher resigned from the exclusive day and boarding school in Sydney's leafy Rose Bay after staff took a vote of no-confidence against her.

    The emails, penned by head music teacher Mark Grandison and head social science teacher June Peake, were sent to various parents, staff and former staff in the days following her resignation.

    The matter was listed for a jury trial, however the two parties were keen to settle the dispute out of court to avoid media coverage and have since been negotiating out of court.

    The settlement amount was not disclosed.

    However, when the defamation case was first launched, Ms Kelliher, who lost her $650,000 annual salary at the school, claimed losses of up to $2 million.

    In an apology released this morning — which was part of the settlement — the school and the teachers involved said they "deeply regret, and unequivocally withdraw" the comments.

    "Kambala, the school council, Mr Grandison and Ms Peake, all apologise unreservedly to Ms Kelliher for the publication of those emails and for the harm and hurt they have caused to her," the statement said.

    Ms Kelliher said she was pleased this matter has been resolved and that the school had apologised for "the damaging comments made against me".

    "I'm proud of my record as an educator," she said. "The work I undertook at Kambala [was] to build an inclusive school, which focused on the needs of the students.

    "I'd like to thank the staff, parents, students and wider school community who have supported me during this time."

    © 2019 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     21 Jan: Opal Tower effect to hit Sydney's new apartments as negativity reigns in housing market
     20 Jan: Prince Philip pictured behind the wheel again after car crash in Norfolk
     20 Jan: US shutdown shows no sign of ending, so is Donald Trump's proposed deal really a 'compromise'?
     20 Jan: Funeral for murdered Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz draws crowds of thousands
     20 Jan: Crystal Palace offer shelter to London's homeless at club's Selhurst Park stadium
     20 Jan: Donald Trump offers compromise deal over 'Dreamers' and humanitarian assistance to break border wall logjam
     20 Jan: Boo, the world's cutest canine #influencer, dies aged 12
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    The Silver Ferns have gone the full 80 to come away with a 62-60 win over South Africa in netball's Quad Series in London More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Bus, train and ferry prices are on the rise ... again! More...



     Today's News

    Business:
    Bus, train and ferry prices are on the rise ... again! 12:37

    Law and Order:
    Car enthusiasts and schoolmates turned out for the funeral of a young teen killed in a police chase 12:27

    Health & Safety:
    Kiwis are contributing to understanding a potential alternative to antibiotics 11:57

    Law and Order:
    Auckland Police have arrested a man in relation to the shooting in Whenuapai last week 11:07

    Business:
    Opal Tower effect to hit Sydney's new apartments as negativity reigns in housing market 10:37

    Golf:
    Too little, too late for Lydia Ko in her bid to win the LPGA's Tournament of Champions in Florida 10:27

    Tennis:
    Young Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas had done his homework on Roger Federer 10:07

    Politics:
    Digital report cards could help parents get more involved in their child's education 9:27

    Swimming:
    Dive teams will today resume searches for two swimmers who went missing in separate incidents near Auckland 8:16

    Netball:
    Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman believes there are some promising signs from her side after a mixed Quad Series 8:07


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2019 New Zealand City Ltd