Students at Kildare Catholic College have protested the sudden departure of principal Rod Whelan by walking out of class this morning.
Year 12 student Mikayla Kapel, 18, was among the protesters.
Having attended the school since Year 7, she said she has felt incredibly invested in the loss of her principal.
"We had an assembly this morning, but we refused to go to it, instead we walked out to the oval," said the school senior.
"It was nearly the whole school out there, about 950 of us."
Announced on Friday afternoon by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga (CEDWW), Mr Whelan's departure has come as a shock to the community.
The Daily Advertiser has contacted the CEDWW to shed light on the reason for Mr Whelan's absence since August 14, but no comment has been offered.
Update: As at 3.09pm, The Daily Advertiser received word from the CEDWW's director of schools, Mark MacLean.
"I am now in a position to say that mid-late Friday afternoon after 2 weeks leave Mr Rod Whelan tendered his resignation citing personal issues," Mr MacLean said.
"I have accepted Rod's resignation and now ask that we respect his decision and be mindful of his privacy."
The statement offered on Friday by Mr MacLean made known that "for legal and privacy reasons, I am unable to provide any additional information about this matter."
But, former student Thomas Gardiner, 19, is still calling for answers.
"I'm asking if Mark MacLean can come clean with what happened," he said.
"I know there's legal reasons, but he owes us, he owes everyone in the Kildare community [a reason] why Rod Whelan has been stepped down.
"Being left in the dark, that's how rumours start."
Miss Kapel has questioned the timing of Mr Whelan's absence, as her year group readies for the HSC in a few short weeks.
"Why now? We just want to know, why couldn't it wait for a few weeks until at least after the trials," Miss Kapel said.
In Monday's statement, Mr MacLean recognised the "very frustrating, confusing and anxious time for all" in the student body.
"To support staff and students, counselling services have been provided to the school for the remainder of this week and will be extended if needed," he said.
Over the weekend, a Facebook page was set up, calling for the principal to be re-instated.
Having amassed more than 1000 followers in a matter of days, the page is calling for parents and carers to contact Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of the Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Diocese.
The office of the archbishop declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Daily Advertiser, and instead directed concerns back to the CEDWW.
Heath Cole, a parent of a Year 7 and Year 9 student at the school, is among those who have reached out to the archbishop for further communication.
"Rod Whelan was one of the main reasons we chose to send our kids to that school," Mr Cole said.
"We went to three interviews with three different schools [in Wagga] before we decided on Kildare, and it was because of Rod.
"The kids loved him, and I think that's evident by the way they protested this morning."
During the morning's protest, Mr Cole received a text message from the school indicating that it would be business as usual this week.
The text as it was supplied to The Daily Advertiser read: "All lessons at KCC are running as normal today, with all Teachers on class."
Mr Cole is now advocating for further protests to take place inside the parent community.
"We're paying for our children to go to this school, so we've decided we won't be paying our fees until we're told why he's been removed from the school," he said.
Joining Mr Cole's push for answers is fellow parent Frank Goodyer.
"I grew up Catholic and I still have faith in the school system because of men like Rod Whelan," Mr Goodyer said.
"But this has shattered my confidence in the way the system works."
Mr Goodyer supported his two children's decision to take part in this morning's protest, and said he intends to remain vocal until a satisfactory answer is given.
"Do they think that the parent community is ill-informed, just dropping their kids off at the gates and not getting involved?
"A school community is a reflection of the wider school community. There are doctors, lawyers, myself as a former police officer. It's hubris to think we're not involved."
In the absence of any confirmed reasons for Mr Whelan's departure, members of the school community have said they have been left with only rumours as answers.
"We just want answers, we want to be told the truth because right now we're being told all sorts of things and we don't know what's true. Was he sacked, has he resigned? We don't even know," Miss Kapel said.
"If he did resign, why can't we give him a farewell?"