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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

Proactive drug education is key

St Mary’s College have acted decisively and excluded six students from the college as a result of the exchange of marijuana.

“Drug education is a key component of health and wellbeing programs in all Catholic schools,” said Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director: Catholic Schools.

“This education is required because the reality is that our students are aware of and are exposed to drugs and drug use in their day to day lives, whether that be in the news, through social media, in movies or in their own social groups. As educators, we are responsible for providing students with accurate information and engaging them in conversations that ensure they know and understand the impacts of drugs and drug use.”

“At St Mary’s College, this program of education is supported by external experts in the field. Paul Dillon is one such expert who visits the college and runs workshops with the students and parents each year.”

“Of course, we also need to ensure that when students make the decision to engage in the exchange of drugs that we act in ways that send a clear message that this is unacceptable.”

“All of our schools have a clear policy and procedures to follow when students engage in unacceptable activities such as this. This includes the excluding students when required. This sends a strong message to all members of the school community that the choices these students have made are not condoned by the school and reaffirms the standards expected of students,” said Dr Coughlan.

St Mary’s College Principal, Mr Michael Newman said, "It's really unfortunate that these boys have made these choices but the school has a strong policy on this and the boys know that. All students and parents agree to the St Mary's College drug and alcohol policy upon enrolment.” 

Police have been notified.


 CONTACT: Tracey Flint | Executive Officer | Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office | 07 4637 1420 | 0428 799 120 | tracey.flint@twb.catholic.edu.au