EXCLUSIVE

Trinity

''Own inquiry'': Trinity Grammar School. Photo: Julian Andrews

As many as eight students have been expelled from one of Sydney's most exclusive boys schools, Trinity Grammar, after a drug-related incident in November last year.

Fairfax Media understands the year 8 students were asked to leave the school after an incident involving cannabis on school grounds. One parent said the incident occurred during the school's annual fund-raiser, Trinity Family Fiesta, which was held at the school on November 30. NSW Police were notified but no charges were laid and the school was left to conduct its own investigation.

''The matter was reported to police and a record made, however, there was insufficient evidence to warrant a continuing investigation,'' A NSW Police spokesman said. ''There were no formal statements made.''

A police youth liaison officer from Ashfield Local Area Command was sent to talk to students on December 2.

''Ashfield LAC maintained their involvement through the youth liaison officer as a proactive measure and the school conducted their own inquiry,'' police said.

Trinity Grammar School principal Milton Cujes said some boys had left the school after the incident but he refused to explain what had occurred, citing the need to respect the privacy of his students.

''I can confirm that an incident did occur and a number of boys will not be returning to the school in 2014 but any further detail would potentially be compromising their privacy and our primary concern, at all times, is the welfare of our boys,'' Mr Cujes said.

''The school continues to provide counselling support to some boys and their families, so I am sure you will appreciate how circumstances limit my ability to discuss details.''

Several other parents said they had heard year 8 students had been expelled but the school had not told them why.

The drug-related incident comes more than a decade after a bullying and sexual abuse scandal rocked the private school.

In 2001, four year 10 boarders were charged with several counts of sexual assault, including using a large wooden dildo dubbed the ''anaconda'', which one of them made in a woodwork class.

The students pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault in the Children's Court and walked free on bonds. Two former students of the school were awarded settlements of up to $500,000 each in 2003 and 2005.

The school's 2014 handbook states that students caught with alcohol or cigarettes were likely to be removed from the school, with automatic expulsion for those caught with illicit drugs.

with Amy McNeilage

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