The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) owns Somerville House, Brisbane Boys College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.
The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) owns Somerville House, Brisbane Boys College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Elite private schools in scandal over alleged privacy breach

A POWERFUL church body in charge of four of Queensland's most elite private schools is embroiled in an explosive scandal, with accusations an official breached confidential information about some of the state's most prominent figures, including Governor Paul De Jersey.

The Courier-Mail can reveal The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) - which owns Somerville House, Brisbane Boys College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School - has been sent legal letters from Somerville House Foundation.

And, in a bizarre twist, an internal IT audit conducted by Somerville House Council has uncovered text messages between two PMSA officials in which they discuss having "covert" meetings in a nude sauna at a Korean bathhouse to catch up for what is described in the messages as "secret men's business".

Text messages between Inspector Robert McCall and Rick Hiley.
Text messages between Inspector Robert McCall and Rick Hiley.



Mr De Jersey along with business leaders, multi-millionaire benefactors, lawyers, doctors and charity workers were notified last month of a "serious privacy breach" involving confidential "personal identifier information".

News Corp Australia

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