Sacked deputy principal given job back

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A PRESTIGIOUS Melbourne private school that sacked a deputy principal for cutting a student’s hair on photo day has been offered his job back.

Trinity Grammar on Wednesday offered Rohan Brown to return to the school from Monday, April 16 after more than a month of angry protests from the school’s community.

The school commissioned an independent review of the debacle which found Mr Brown’s dismissal was not justified.

The review found although Mr Brown had breached the school’s code of conduct which may have justified his sacking, headmaster Dr Michael Davies had chosen not to end Mr Brown’s contract weeks prior.

It also found the school council, that dismissed Mr Brown following a code of conduct hearing, lacked the requisite authority to do so.

Mr Brown told The Herald Sun he was “relieved and excited” by the review’s findings and would return to the school.

“I want to go back,” he said.

“I am proud of the Trinity community, it has been fabulous.

“It has been hard on the boys, the parents and the staff. They have been torn apart”.

When Mr Brown was sacked after a school photo day in March, it sparked a wave of protest from students and former students.

Mr Brown had chopped a student’s hair because it didn’t meet the school’s guidelines, sending the school council into a spin.

But as word of his dismissal spread, teachers, alumni, the school’s Old Boys’ Association and current students united to call for “Browny” to be reinstated and the current headmaster and entire school council sacked.

A series of meetings called for his reinstatement, students wore casual clothes and brown armbands in protest.

Even the parents of the boy who had his hair cut told community protest meetings they hadn’t wanted Browny sacked.

On March 21, as the protests continued, Mr Brown wrote a letter to five senior students urging them to start wearing their uniforms again.

“May I please thank you and the boys for your wonderful support over the last week,” Mr Brown wrote.

“It is my wish that the boys return to school uniform for the remainder of the term. I would like the boys to walk proud and tall, in uniform, to and from school and at school.”

Fifty former captains and vice-captains at the school from 2001-2017 also wrote to the school council and the headmaster expressing their “profound disappointment” and lamenting the direction the school had taken in recent years.

All along, Mr Brown had said he would like to return to the school — where he has worked to 30 years.



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