The Royal Commission
Statement
Wednesday 15 February, 2017

​Today the Royal Commission released its report into Case Study 34 into the response of Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul's School to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Please click here to read the statement from the Trustees of Brisbane Grammar School released today following the tabling of the Royal Commission's report.

I would like to reiterate the School's unreserved apology to those who suffered as a result of the abuse committed by Kevin Lynch between 1976 and 1988.

We confirm the School's commitment to continue to support any former students who come forward.

Anthony Micallef
Headmaster

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Statement
Thursday 1 December, 2016

As we have previously undertaken to do, I am today writing to you to provide an update on the progress of the Royal Commission process following last year’s public hearing.

Today the Royal Commission published submissions made by all represented parties in Case Study 34, which inquired into the abuse committed by Kevin Lynch at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul's School.

While the publication of submissions is an important next step, it is not the conclusion of the Royal Commission process.

The final rep​ort of the Royal Commission, including its recommendations and findings, is yet to be completed and publicly released.

In light of the continuing work of the Royal Commission, Brisbane Grammar School is respectfully awaiting the conclusion of that process and will not comment further until the final report has been released.

In the interim, BGS will continue working with those who were abused by Kevin Lynch, providing personal apologies, compensation payments and ongoing counselling.

Anthony Micallef
Headmaster

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​Statement
Friday 12 February, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School today released an update to the BGS community on matters relating to the abuse of students by Kevin Lynch between 1976 and 1988.

The Board reiterated the School’s commitment to continuing its work, which commenced in 2000, in addressing the effects of the abuse.

The update outlines the steps the School has undertaken in working with those who have suffered abuse, including compensation, counselling and personal apologies by the School leadership.

The Board has also considered and decided against adopting the initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane in relation to the refund of school fees, but will continue with the existing approach to redress and compensation, which is in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Media contact: 0408 276 749.

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Statement
Monday 8 February, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Board of Brisbane Grammar School is considering the decision of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, announced in November 2015, to refund school fees to the parents of sexual abuse victims. As we have advised those who have approached the School, the Board will make a decision on this complex issue in due course, having given it our full and proper consideration. As far as we are aware, since the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane publicly stated its position, no other institution in Australia has yet announced a similar approach.
 
BGS is continuing to work with those victims who have come forward. We have settled 76 claims to date and are continuing to meet with primary victims and mediate their matters.
 
Howard Stack
Brisbane Grammar School Board of Trustees Chairman
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In November 2012 the Federal Government announced the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.​
 
Brisbane Grammar School fully supports the important work of the Royal Commission in giving voice to those who have suffered abuse, identifying the causes of such abuse and recommending action now and for the future.
 
The recent public hearings in Brisbane canvassed significant amounts of oral evidence which, combined with documentary evidence provided, will now be considered by the Royal Commission.
 
The School is committed to helping those who have suffered sexual abuse in the past. To that end, we encourage anyone who may have suffered past sexual abuse to contact the School as provided below.
 
 
​​Responding to abuse by Kevin Lynch
 
Brisbane Grammar School reiterates its unreserved apology to those abused by Kevin Lynch in the 1970s and 1980s. The School continues to encourage those abused to come forward and seek assistance, acknowledging that when and how they choose to do this is a personal decision.

 
Since May 2000 the School has reached settlements with 76 men who were victims of Lynch and we are engaging with those additional men who have recently come forward.

Our response to victims of Kevin Lynch since 2000 mirrors the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse:
 
  1. A direct personal response and apology;
  2. Counselling and psychological care; and
  3. Monetary payments.
 
Brisbane Grammar School has engaged the services of a Redress Coordinator to help coordinate the support and assistance provided to those who have been abused by Kevin Lynch.​
 
A dedicated phone number - 0401 345 356 - has been set up for this specific purpose. A qualified practitioner will be available to speak to you during business hours, or leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
 
If you require emergency assistance after hours, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website. You may also like to seek support from your GP, another care provider, or proceed to the emergency department of your closest hospital.
 
 
Responding to other abuse
 
If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of BGS staff, present or past, they may do so in any of the following ways:
 
  • Contacting the police or other relevant authority in your state.
  • Contact the School directly on (07) 3834 5200.
 
Please note, when children are involved, the School has mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.
 
 
Letter to Brisbane Grammar School community
 
The School acknowledges that this has been a difficult time for the entire school community. Recently the Brisbane Grammar School Headmaster wrote to parents and members of the School community to discuss the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. A copy of that letter is available here​.​

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