Board confirms Bishop Viard principal’s leave

The principal of Porirua’s Bishop Viard College is on extended leave for the whole of the next term.

Board of Trustees Chairman, Alan Holden, confirmed Tuesday evening, it had grated Teresa Cargo’s request.

On Tuesday, CathNews reported that Mr Holden described Ms Cargo’s request as “not unwelcome”.

There is much comment in the media that Ms Cargo’s extended leave request is as the result of reported bullying in the school.

Acknowledging there is a cultural issue in the school Mr Holden took issue with the bullying claims.

He said it is unclear whether bullying was worsening at the 500-pupil college and intermediate school.

In March, Joseph Nawl, 15, was admitted to hospital after being punched unconscious by a fellow Viard student.

A month before, Noah Coffin, 12, was attacked during a game of bullrush and suffered concussion, a bruised face and a gouged eye.

“It’s not a one-dimensional thing”, he said.

Mr Holden declined to comment on other aspects of Ms Cargo’s performance the board was unhappy with.

“That’s an employment matter”, he said.

Ms Cargo came to Bishop Viard College in the fourth term of 2011.

The then Board Chairperson, Marian Blackford welcomed the appointment saying that Ms Cargo had demonstrated leadership experience at the highest levels in Catholic education.

“After a thorough appointment process, it is clear that Teresa’s skills and experience meet the current needs of our community.

“Teresa’s experience in educational leadership, in leading and coaching young sports men and women and her commitment to Special Character and Pastoral Care convinced the Board that Teresa, through her leadership, will make a significant contribution to our College and students’ lives,” Ms Blackford wrote.

Deputy, Steven Knipping would step into the principal’s position while the board worked through the next steps.


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