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The head of a primary school, based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, has been accused of bullying behaviour, resulting in eight teachers leaving the school.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, more teachers at Bondi Beach Public School are planning to resign from their positions, as a direct result of the principal’s behaviour.

“We are in a toxic loop and [principal Debbie Evans] is breaking the school,” one teacher at the public school wrote as part of a complaint to the NSW Department of Education which has been compiled by P&C president Rob Keldoulis, who said he has also taken the matter to Education Minister Rob Stokes.

“She Bullies Staff Daily”

Mr Keldoulis said he compiled his complaint based on written statements from 21 current and former staff members.

“I’ve gotten written complaints from 14 or 15 current teachers and about six former teachers, and the school only has a teaching staff of 27 so that’s more than half of all teachers.”, Mr Keldoulis told SMH.

“I’ve been bullied, verbally and non-verbally and [Ms Evans] bullies staff daily,” one teacher reported.

A spokesman for the department of education said it “is aware of the allegations raised about the principal of Bondi Beach Public School and is investigating the matter”.

Ms Evans has been the principal since early 2017 and since then eight “very senior staff” have left, said Mr Keldoulis.

One teacher who has subsequently left the school said she was bullied by Ms Evans at staff meetings and in front of students.

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Many Complaints

“She humiliated me in staff meetings, she would talk over the top of me and ignore what I was saying,” said the teacher, who wished to remain anonymous.

“She yelled at me in front of students and bullied me into doing particular things and then didn’t provide any support. I was over it, I just didn’t want to work in that sort of environment.”

“[Ms Evans] commonly puts the palm of her hand in [teachers’] faces with words such as: ‘not my business’,” Mr Keldoulis told the department.

“Sick leave can now only be taken if [teachers] phone Debbie [Evans] directly which has caused so much anxiety to some that their partners have had to phone in for them.

“[Ms Evans] publicly humiliated a junior teacher in her office with the door open so that she was reduced to tears. Witnessed by passing parents and children.

Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Bullying

Mr Keldoulis said the department told him it won’t stand Ms Evans down while it investigates the allegations but sent a counsellor to the school on Thursday “to counsel staff who are distressed”

The department’s spokesman said: “The department has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, violence or harassment of any kind.”

Have you or your child had an experience with a teacher or principal who bullies? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Maybe this is where the kids get bullying from. This is disgusting. How can our kids learn if they are constantly losing their teachers.

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  • Disgusting! But I absolutely believe it. My mum works in a school and it’s very similar. Office staff and other staff with superiority complexes who think it’s ok to treat others badly for the fun of it. It’s so pathetic

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  • Kid bully’s grow up to be adult bully’s. You’ll find bully’s everywhere in life unfortunately.

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  • Unfortunately, bullying in the workplace is more extensive then you would think and covers so many different careers. The boss at one tourist place nearly broke my daughter with bullying. Another is clearly not right in the head to have said and done to my daughter as she did. Really sad when work places can’t look after their employees

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  • So harmful and bad example to the kids you’re teaching. At the previous primary school my kids attended was also some bullying going on, it clouded the atmosphere and lots of teachers were leaving.

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  • This does happen, sadly. Fortunately it is relatively rare that it’s this widespread.

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  • What sort of example is she setting for the students, if that’s how she treats the staff I’d hate to see how she handles students being bullied


    • Hopefully the investigation will take into account that factor.

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  • The teachers will possibly all be applying for transfers if the Education Dept. doesn’t take action.

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  • Bullying at all levels is unacceptable and our society and communities cannot and should not tolerate it.

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  • This needs to be thoroughly investigated if we want to protect our kids from this sort of behaviour we need to keep it out of schools at all levels.

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