Information I’ve recently looked at would suggest that today’s St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, is not just ‘In the La Sallian Tradition’ but there may be a current financial La Sallian Connection.
If so, it might explain why the current school has shown no interest in the serious and numerous allegations against the De La Salle Order when the latter were in charge.
St Joseph’s College Ipswich was the centre of widespread sexual and physical abuse by the De La Salle Order and associated lay teachers from the 1960s to 1980s.
Today’s College is not connected and has shown no interest in this past, even though it is ‘In the La Sallian Tradition’, has the same uniform etc. and honors the positive achievements and teachers of the past, but never their crimes. Thus it has a current prize for Chemistry, honoring 1960s to 1980s sadist teacher Kearney who, amongst other instances of violence, punched a boy in the face and was forced to apologize.
In fact, it would seem, the school is STILL linked financially with the De La Salles. Companies House link here). It appears to me from this that the DLS are the ongoing financiers of the school.
However, the local Ipswich paper in 2014 presents the same information as a final total separation of today’s school and the DLS.
If so, why are the DLS still listed as the financiers on the Companies House records?
St Joseph’s is also STILL listed on Wikipedia as a Lasallian educational institution. One of eighteen schools, when I was under the impression they only physically operated eleven now.
That doesn’t fit with how the school is currently presented. It suggests they are still very much part of the DLS portfolio, even if it’s only through finance.
If anyone knows of further connections to the DLS or can illuminate these contradictory positions, do please let me know. Perhaps I’m missing something in which case I will happily pass on any clarification.
Originally the Knights of St Columba also seem to have funded the establishment of St J’s in the 1940s, but they seem to have dropped out of the school’s financial records afterwards, although, possibly, there is an ongoing investment there, too.
All this is relevant, too, because of various events. For example how the Knights possibly protected their investment in the school to help cover up CSA (Child sexual abuse) by the DLS at St J’s in the 1960s. Or perhaps they simply saw it as their Catholic duty to protect the school against scandal.
See my blog.
And there’s the exploitation of poverty for the purposes of CSA by the Knights to pay my school fees, as I’ve previously described, born out by how the Old Boy in the case above had his school fees paid in a similar manner to silence him.
In view of this, the Knights’ financial involvement in the DLS school is relevant to future investigation. Especially when or if they withdrew their investment or if it still ongoing in some form.
To summarise, there are three organisations relevant to the finances of St Joseph’s and two of them – the De La Salles and the Ipswich Knights of St Columba – have a provable past record of corruption and abuse as illustrated on this site.
How they affected or continue to affect the last organisation – the current school – should be a matter of concern to them and to any investigating body.
One thing is certain: the current school is still connected with the DLS to a lesser or greater extent and therefore must acknowledge its responsibility to survivors whom it has currently shown zero interest in.
And also to condemn the DLS and lay abusers responsible, which it has, once again, shown zero interest in doing.
At the time of writing, they are continuing to ignore this clear responsibility and that is something I will be taking up with Catholic Safeguarding and other relevant organisations.
Meanwhile, a statement from the current St Joseph’s College addressing and clarifying all these matters I’m sure would be welcomed by survivors, other Old Boys, and parents of today’s pupils.