The authorities are to investigate a school run by a doomsday cult whose leader predicts Australia will be inundated by a tidal wave, and which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funding. St Joseph's School, near the town of Nowra, 160km south of Sydney, is run by the Order of St Charbel which has been outlawed by the Catholic Church because of its bizarre teachings. The order is led by William 'Little Pebble' Kamm, 54, who has told his followers they will survive the impending tsunami, and he will be appointed the last pope. The school, which has 31 students, has received more than A$300,000 (HK$1.64 million) in funding from the Australian government since 1996. The New South Wales Board of Studies said yesterday it would review the school's accreditation. The board's president, Professor Gordon Stanley, said it could be difficult to clamp down on the school because it appeared to be adhering to the curriculum required of schools in New South Wales. The school's headmaster claims it operates independently of Mr Kamm and is just like any other educational establishment. 'This isn't Waco. We are just people,' a school spokesman told The Australian newspaper.