The reputations of some of Australia’s most exclusive private schools have taken a battering in recent years after a series of scandals involving privileged male students.
This week Daily Mail Australia revealed the disgraceful behaviour of two brothers and former students of Knox Grammar School on Sydney’s North Shore.
Nick Drummond coward punched a man and hit a woman in the face on a drunken night out while older sibling Daniel sent disturbing messages to his ex-girlfriend for two years after they broke up.
Their stories come after years of bad behaviour by students from other elite schools around Australia, with offensive scavenger hunts, fight clubs, and lewd songs making headlines.
And earlier this year former Kambala student Chanel Contos, 22, started a petition for sexual consent education in elite schools which led to thousands of girls from around Australia recounting abuse and sex assault at the hands of their male peers.
Martin Crotty, an associate professor in Australian History at the University of Queensland said private schools create and encourage ‘very strong group identities’ in male students.
‘They breed toxic masculinity, there’s a long history of this behaviour,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘You find this kind of thing in the army as well, in footy teams. They all have the common denominator of being hyper-masculine.’
Nick Drummond (left) escaped conviction in court earlier this month despite coward punching a man and hitting a woman in the face in December last year. Daily Mail Australia has since revealed the disturbing messages sent by his older brother Daniel (right) to his ex-girlfriend
Above is the outfit a judge described as ‘provocative’ before allowing Nick Drummond to walk without conviction despite punching the woman in the face
Last year a scavenger hunt from Shore School was leaked that saw a points award for a number of acts including ‘pissing on a homeless man’, ‘hooking up with an Asian’ and the ‘Boar Hunter’ which is having sex with a woman over 80kg
Mr Crotty said boys-only private schools have a responsibility to ensure students are properly educated about appropriate social practices.
Last year a scavenger hunt from Shore School was leaked that saw a points award for a number of acts including ‘pissing on a homeless man’, ‘hooking up with an Asian’ and the ‘Boar Hunter’ which is having sex with a woman over 80kg.
Meanwhile pupils at $19,000-a-year St Kevin’s College in Melbourne and students at Brisbane’s Villanova College were recorded singing lewd songs with offensive lyrics towards women.
St Kevin’s College students dressed in their school’s stripped blazers were filmed chanting the song in 2019, saying: ‘I wish that all the ladies, were holes in the road… And if I was a dump truck, I’d fill them with my load.’
The Villanova Catholic school boys were recorded signing a song that mentioned ‘c*m and go’, ‘shoot and scoot’ and ‘ejaculate and evacuate’, referring to having sex with a woman.
Mr Crotty said these schools should be looking at an overhaul in the way they educate boys about social practices or should consider following the lead of Barker College, a private school up the road from Knox, and accept female students.
‘There needs to be much, much better education and socialisation of kids. If they can’t manage it they should go co-ed,’ he said.
‘I think the masculine Australian culture has something to blame here, but frankly I think they should go all go co-ed.’
Mr Crotty believes there would be natural social policing of poor behaviour within schools from girls if boys are acting inappropriately, and would also see a change to curriculums to ensure diversity.
Shore School, on the city’s lower north shore, has threatened to expel any Year 12 students who take part in the ‘Triwizard Shorenament’ (pictured)
The scavenger hunt limits Year 12 students from competing in the tournament outside Sydney’s CBD and the city’s lower north shore (pictured)
Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at recent private school scandals.
Shore School’s Muck Up Day
Last year Shore School, on the city’s lower north shore, threatened to expel Year 12 students who tookpart in the ‘Triwizard Shorenament’ – a reference to Harry Potter.
The ‘official rule and challenge book’ – created by students in a PDF document – revealed the plans of final year boys who would be split into teams of five or six before carrying out a series of ‘treacherous’ tasks to compete for points.
The rule book stated all participants from the $33,000-a-year school were required to chip in $10 and the team which gathered the most points would be awarded the total cash prize.
Required to finish a case of 30 beers in 15 minutes before starting the challenges, groups would then be given seven hours of ‘hunting’ from 6pm to 1am.
‘If anyone gets caught by a teacher/cops they will say that they were just having fun between the 5/6 of them and won’t mention the tournament,’ the instructions stated.
‘What happens on the night stays within the night. No evidence is to be shared outside of the Year 12 2020 Shore community.’
ELDER HEADMASTER STATUS (100 PLUS POINTS)
100 POINTS: Rip a cone on the Harbour Bridge
100 POINTS: Purchase every type of condom in Neutral Bay Priceline (waste of money)
100 POINTS: Cupcake a random (+100 if it’s a cop)
100 POINTS: F*** one of your team mate’s ex’s with them there
100 POINTS: Get on the roof of a bus
100 POINTS: F*** a chick which is 3/10 or lower (Must be a photo of the chick)
100 POINTS: Break into Taronga Zoo
100 POINTS: Put your d*** on your story (minimum 12 hours)
100 POINTS: Scoll 700ml bottle of vodka (video)
100 POINTS: Have a convo with an officer beaming
100 POINTS: Drink a cup of your mate’s tackie vom
100 POINTS: S*** on a car
100 POINTS: Public a**l
100 POINTS: Get with a dude
100 POINTS: Butt chug a 1.25L Fat Lamb (must finish whole bottle) (video)
100 POINTS: P*** on a train
100 POINTS: Get a COVID marshal vest and organise a pub
100 POINTS: Perform a Tacky Shoey (video)
100 POINTS: Rip a cone of someone’s pubes
100 POINTS: Nudie run Oxford Street
100 POINTS: Boonk gang and steal a lobster (video)
100 POINTS: Bubbler (Todd Carney)
100 POINTS: C****p** someone
100 POINTS: S*** on Monte’s Holy Grass (video)
100 POINTS: Shove an egg up ur a** then s*** it out while making chicken noises
100 POINTS: Get a YTSB tattoo anywhere on your body (photo with evidence)
100 POINTS: Lose virginity
100 POINTS: Catch a pigeon and proceed to rip it’s head off
100 POINTS: Get a tattoo of J-Macs masterpiece Shore emblem (as seen on front of the booklet) (photo with evidence)
200 POINTS: S*** on a train
200 POINTS: Get with someone below 15
200 POINTS: Lose virginity to a hooker
200 POINTS: The ultimate combo (cone, scoll beer, line, nang, dart in a row)
200 POINTS: ‘Pakistan Sacrifice:’ Eat 2 laxatives and a phaal curry (spicy curry) from Lavender Bay Curry **WARNING: WILL BE S***ING ALL NIGHT AND PROBABLY WILL WANT TO DIE**
200 POINTS: Get arrested. Must go to the police station in cuffs.
200 POINTS: *Too graphic to publish*
200 POINTS: Send nudes to a family member
200 POINTS: Trifecta Spit (spit roast, spit on homeless man and jump off spit bridge) – video for all
300 POINTS: Do the whole night on foot
300 POINTS: ‘Egg Boy:’ Shave your entire body (buzz cut hair, pubes, legs, arms etc.) Shaving eyebrows +100
10,000 POINTS: Get on a plane to Melbourne
The ‘official rule and challenge book’ – created by students in a PDF document – revealed they planned to meet for the series of ‘treacherous’ challenges
The end of the rule book reads: ‘Don’t share this document with anyone outside of Shore.’ ‘Disqualification will apply to those who do’
Students were encouraged to bring Vaseline, a towel, ‘lots of alcohol’, a spare set of clothing, a ‘solid’ amount of money, a topped up Opal card and a portable speaker.
Among the tasks were stealing a street sign, shaving an eyebrow, posing for a naked photo in front of Luna Park and ‘hooking up’ with a random girl.
They ranged from the humorous to the disgusting, including the ‘Pakistan Sacrifice: Eat 2 laxatives and a phaal curry (spicy curry) from Lavender Bay Curry’, ‘Trifecta Spit (spit roast, spit on homeless man and jump off spit bridge)’ and ‘Get with someone below 15’.
Last year Shore threatened to expel anyone who participated in the hunt, saying it was not ‘representative of our wider Year 12 group’.
A female passenger filmed the St Kevin’s College students chanting as they made their way to an inter-school athletics carnival in south Melbourne in 2019
St Kevin’s College Lewd Song
Year 10 pupils at $19,000-a-year St Kevin’s College in Melbourne sang a cricket chant with offensive lyrics while on their way to an athletics tournament in 2019.
Dressed in their school’s stripped blazers, they chanted: ‘I wish that all the ladies, were holes in the road… And if I was a dump truck, I’d fill them with my load.’
The video was shared by a frightened passenger who described the chant as ‘disgusting’ and said she was too afraid to confront the boys.
Former pupil Luka Kiernan, who graduated the previous year, said he was not surprised by the video.
‘It is very reflective of the hyper-masculine, totally misogynistic culture that really pervades all levels at St Kevin’s,’ he told ABC News.
Former pupil Luka Kiernan (pictured), who graduated from St Kevin’s College in Melbourne the previous year, said he was not surprised by the video
‘It really for me just shows a level of confidence and audacity that these boys have in their own sexist attitudes that they feel they can express them publicly on a tram without any shame at all.’
Three students were suspended over the incident and Headmaster Stephen Russell apologised on their behalf.
‘Students upset by the behaviour have already come to me and we have been following through in both a disciplinary and pastoral manner,’ he said.
‘We have always and will continue to challenge such poor behaviour and misogynistic attitudes through programs at school and with the co-operation of parents.’
In a letter to parents he wrote: ‘As a husband, a father of daughters, a brother of four sisters, a son and, I hope, a good friend and a decent colleague to many women, I know this behaviour cannot go unchallenged.’
Villanova College (pictured) principal Mark Stower said the school was extremely disappointed in the behaviour of a small number of students
TikTok Lyrics revealed
Student 1: That girl’s hot, but she’s low-key crazy, so if I were you I’d hit it and quit it.
Student 2: You talking c*m and go?
Student 3: Oh, he’s talking shoot and scoot!
Student 4: ayy ejaculate and evacuate!
Student 5: F**k and duck, my guy!
Student 6: Breed and proceed.
Student 6: Shoot your goo and say ‘adieu’.
Student 7: Blow your load and hit the road!
The original audio was uploaded to TikTok in 2019 by @smithasog.
Villanova College Lewd Song
Students at Brisbane’s elite Villanova College sparked outrage after they uploaded a clip of themselves mouthing the words to an ‘extremely misogynistic’ rhyme in 2019.
A TikTok video the boys filmed made reference to a number of vulgar ways to describe having sex with a woman and then leaving her.
Villanova Principal Mark Stower described the song as ‘abhorrent’ and said it was not reflective of the school.
‘As a community, Villanova College is extremely disappointed in the behaviour of a small number of students who have made a video which is abhorrent and does not reflect the values of the college,’ he said.
‘The school takes all concerns about student behaviour seriously and will continue to implement appropriate consequences.’
Mr Stower said students every year undergo a range of educational programs that spell out the dangers of posting any derogatory materials online.
‘Our students are aware of the behaviour norms expected of each and every one of them,’ he said
‘The senior staff and I will also be addressing this matter with the student body to reinforce these expectations.
‘The college understands and shares the community’s concern in relation to such matters.’
Several pupils at Brisbane’s Villanova College sparked outrage after they uploaded a TikTok clip (pictured) of themselves mouthing the words to an ‘extremely misogynistic’ rhyme
Geelong Grammar Fight Club
Students at Geelong Grammar, one of Australia’s most prestigious schools, were involved in an organised fight club inside one of its boarding houses last year.
The co-ed Anglican school, an hour’s drive southwest of Melbourne, told parents ‘many’ students in the Cuthbertson boys’ boarding house joined in on ‘boxing bouts’ after the lights went out.
It’s understood fights in the boarding house were a tradition in the school, which was founded in 1855.
Participants would place pillows and mattresses on the floor to act as a ‘boxing ring’ for the fights.
It’s also believed a senior student broke his hand during a bout earlier this year.
Geelong Grammar, an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, told parents ‘many’ students in the Cuthbertson boys’ boarding house were involved in the organised fighting circle
The kindergarten to year 12 school, where Prince Charles studied for two semesters in 1966, said the fighting ring goes against its values. Pictured: Prince Charles chats with year ten students in 2005
The $83,000 per year school, where Prince Charles studied for two semesters in 1966, sent a letter to parents confirming the fights took place.
‘There were many students involved and we have established the understanding that no one student is more responsible than any other,’ the letter from school leaders read.
‘Whilst our understanding from the many boys we have spoken with, is these bouts were not intended to cause harm and occurred out of an understanding this was expected or normalised behaviour, it is not something we condone or want within any aspect of our school environment.’
The kindergarten to Year 12 school said the fighting ring went against its core values.
Dan Drummond sent an ex-girlfriend a barrage of messages after she blocked him on social media
Nicholas and Daniel Drummond
Nick Drummond, 20, shamed a young woman during a night out in Sydney’s north last year – telling her to ‘put your t**s away’ – and striking her in the face.
The Knox Grammar graduate avoided conviction over the attack earlier this month with the judge’s comments that the woman’s outfit ‘might have been perceived by a former student of Knox (Grammar) to be provocative’ prompting fury.
He was sentenced by the NSW District Court for assault and destroying property earlier this month, with Judge Robert Sutherland finding the incidents were sparked by his ‘loose tongue and loose thoughts’ and alcohol use.
Judge Robert Sutherland found Drummond’s actions were an aberration and it wasn’t ‘necessary’ for convictions to be recorded against him.
‘(He made) a lewd and completely inappropriate remark towards someone he didn’t know but whose dress might have been perceived by a former student of Knox to be provocative,’ he said.
The woman said she hadn’t met Drummond prior to the attack and was disheartened the judge referenced her outfit when handing down his ruling to not record convictions for the assaults.
‘I didn’t consider a long sleeve top and shorts provocative. I went to a private school myself and none of my friends seem to be so offended by what I was wearing,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s a shame. I thought we were definitely progressing in society and women were being heard but clearly not.’
Knox Grammar (pictured) graduate Nicholas Drummond had his convictions erased after he punched a man and a woman in December last year
Daily Mail Australia also revealed an ex-girlfriend of Nick’s older brother, Dan, went to NSW Police in 2017, claiming Dan had inundated her with abusive messages following their break-up.
‘I blocked him on social media but he still had my email address,’ said the ex-girlfriend, who requested anonymity.
‘He sent me things like “You can run but you can’t hide. I know where you live”. I was really scared.’
After sending her the message a friend confronted Dan via message saying to him: ‘That message is worrying dude.’
He allegedly responded ‘plan on scaring the s**t out of her’, with the friend replying ‘Why? What the f***. You’re crossing the line dude this is getting out of hand’.
The ex-girlfriend was one day found ‘shaking at home’ by her sister. She eventually went to police about the messages.
She decided not to press charges, but police spoke to Dan on March 28, 2017 and told him to stop contacting her.
He was remorseful and apologised to police for the messages and was not charged with any offences.
Dan referenced his ex-girlfriend’s dad, who passed away when she was 10, in one message where he made several disgusting comments
‘During the relationship it was on and off, he would break up with me, beg me to get back with him,’ the ex-girlfriend said of Dan (pictured)
A friend attempted to reach out to Dan to stop him messaging the ex-girlfriend, before he replied: ‘Plan on scaring the shit out of her’
Sex consent petition started by Chanel Contos
Chanel Contos, a 22-year-old former student at Kambala, started a petition in February calling for ‘sexual consent education’ at boys schools after hearing the testimonies of hundreds of young female victims.
Ms Contos has since become the face of sexual education reform in Sydney, driving change in curriculums for both boys and girls schools.
She slammed the court’s decision not to record convictions for Nick Drummond and the disgraceful behaviour of the former Knox student.
‘This is who Nicholas Drummond punched in the face and knocked to the ground,’ she posted to social media, showing a picture of the woman he attacked.
‘This is what she was wearing the night when the judge concluded that Nicholas made a “lewd and inappropriate remark towards someone he didn’t know but whose dress might have been perceived by a former student of Knox to be provocative”.
‘Nicholas Drummond pleaded guilty yet still [no] consequences were had.’
Ms Contos told Daily Mail Australia the ruling ‘couldn’t exemplify more how little accountability is held in our society when privileged men perpetrate violence’ and called for reform in both the schooling and legal systems.
Ms Contos (pictured) has since become the face of sexual education reform in Sydney, driving change in curriculums for both boys and girls schools. She shared a picture of what the young woman was wearing the night she was assaulted
‘He pleaded guilty and there is still no accountability. When that is the case how can we possibly have trust in our criminal system to provide justice to victims of men’s violence?’ she said.
‘Traditional solutions aren’t doing a good enough job at holding boys and men accountable for their actions, which is why violence in our country is rife.’
The young woman said she spoke to the other victim of Drummond’s unprovoked attacks at the Greengate and both were ‘really frustrated’ with the court’s decision.
‘It doesn’t seem very just at all,’ she said.
Ms Contos said she believes Drummond’s social status helped him secure a favourable outcome and said the court’s decision would stop young women from reporting similar incidents in the future.
‘Entitlement and privilege causes this and results in no accountability,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Former Kambala student Chanel Contos, 22, (pictured) started the petition when she realised last year she and her friend were both sexually assaulted by the same person as teenagers
‘[The woman] has been brave in going through the court process on behalf of everyone around NSW who are victims to men’s violence. Speaking up about it points out the injustice and reminds everyone why we are angry.
Ms Contos is leading the Teach Us Consent campaign to introduce ‘holistic and earlier sexual education is made mandatory across Australia’ within five years.
‘In February 2021, I posted an Instagram story asking my followers if they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted by someone who went to a single-sex school in Sydney,’ she said.
‘Within 24 hours, 200 people replied ‘yes’. Since then, over 6,600 people have detailed their stories of sexual assault on teachusconsent.com, and over 43,000 Australians have signed the petition for consent to be included in Australian schools’ sex education earlier.’