St Johns Regional College, Dandenong
St John's Regional College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school located in Dandenong region in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. St Mary’s Primary School staffed by the Presentation Sisters had educated both girls and boys from Prep to Grade 6 and for many into Forms I and II. In 1957, after a successful approach to the De La Salle Brothers to staff a new school, St John’s Boys School opened in 1958. In 1974 the whole College was on one campus and was known as St John’s Regional College.
A data analysis of claims and substantiated complaints in relation to the Archdiocese of Melbourne by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015, showed that the school had received numerous complaints and allegations in relation to serial paedophile Father Kevin O’Donnell between 1960 to 1990. The Royal Commission also revealed that while O’Donnell would prey on students at the school (and amongst other students at other schools within the parish), authorities in the Catholic Church would literally turn a blind eye to his activities during his 50 year career in the parish.
Artemis Legal has in the past represented and is still representing clients who were students at this school.
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