School can bear Blair’s pic­tures

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

CATHOLIC pri­mary school teacher and Bach­e­lor con­tes­tant Blair Thomas was just show­ing off what god had given her.

And she’s got the tick of ap­proval from her bosses.

The re­al­ity TV star (pic­tured), who is a PE teacher at St Matthew’s Catholic Col­lege, Bris­bane, has shared a num­ber of racy pic­tures on­line prompt­ing a few fol­low­ers to make con­tact with Sun­day Con­fi­den­tial.

But ac­cord­ing to John Phe­lan, me­dia ad­viser at the Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, the pho­to­graphs are, “what you’d ex­pect from a young woman in her 20s and there’s noth­ing there that stu­dents wouldn’t see in any pub­lic place (such as a beach),” he said.

“There is noth­ing in the pho­tos which dam­ages the rep­u­ta­tion of the teacher’s school, or of Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion.

“Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion has a code of con­duct for staff that re­lates to use of so­cial me­dia. “The cen­tral point of that is that staff should not in­ter­act with stu­dents on so­cial me­dia, and there ap­pears to be no ev­i­dence of this on Blair’s In­sta­gram page.” She did how­ever get a slap on the wrist for hav­ing a pub­lic ac­count. “We do tell staff that it’s ad­vis­able that all their so­cial me­dia pages be locked down so the pub­lic can­not ac­cess them; the prin­ci­pal of Thomas’ school has re­minded her of that to­day and she has changed the per­mis­sions on the acc count so that only those peo­ple to whom she has specif­i­cally granted ac­cess can see the images.” Thomas told Con­fi­den­tial fol­low­ing l her elim­i­na­tion from The Bach­e­lor B that stu­dents were ask­ing her daily about the show. She said she had used her call­ing out the “bul­ly­ing” “be­tween the women as a pos­i­tive mes­sage.

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