Dear parents and carers,

Earlier today, I wrote to you to let you know that the school had activated its emergency evacuation procedures after being notified about a threatening message written in one of the Marian school toilet blocks. I can now provide you with an update.

The evacuation procedures were carried out without incident with the students and staff gathering together on the school oval. The police arrived and checked the site. No suspicious objects were found. St Madeleine’s students and staff were cleared to go back to their classrooms at around 2.20pm. The students of Marian Catholic College were relocated to the school hall at around 2.30pm. It is expected that Marian Catholic College will be able to follow its normal dismissal procedures.

I acknowledge that matters such as the one that occurred today can be disconcerting. I want to reassure you that we will always act with caution in these matters with the welfare of all members of our community as our singular focus.

Thank you for you support and for your understanding about the actions required today.

Yours sincerely

Jayne Campbell