Les­son from a close shave

Re­turned Brownie’s apol­ogy to Trin­ity stu­dents

Herald Sun - - NEWS - SUSIE O’BRIEN su­san.obrien@news.com.au @susieob

RE­TURNED Trin­ity Gram­mar deputy head­mas­ter Ro­han Brown yes­ter­day promised not to cut any­one else’s hair and apol­o­gised to stu­dents for let­ting them down.

In his first for­mal ad­dress to stu­dents af­ter be­ing sacked in March for cut­ting a boy’s hair, he said he was s sorry. y

“I would like ke to apol­o­gise to the school for dis­rupt­ing your stud­ies and let­ting you down n in your fi­nal years ears and for mak­ing king the last term very dif­fi­cult,” Mr Brown told an assem­bly of year ear 11 and 12 stu­dents. “I have made mis­takes and so have many of you, but we learn from our mis­takes. It has been a ter­rific al­most 30 years here, and I look for­ward to many years ahead.” Mr Brown told the boys he didn’t want to hear any more of the chant­ing t that had char­ac­terised schoo school events since his dis­missal. Since the sackin sack­ing, boys at the elite Kew sch school have ral­lied at lunchtim lunchtimes and in­ter­rupted school e events with chant­ing and dig digs at head­mas­ter Michael Da Davies.

Mr Brown said: “We should al­ways re­spect oth­ers around us, in school, in pub­lic or at home,” though he also said: “I am very proud of the way you have gone about ex­press­ing your­selves.”

He de­liv­ered a sim­i­lar mes­sage to a sep­a­rate assem­bly of year 7 to 10 boys.

It was an emo­tional re­turn to the school for Mr Brown, who cried and hugged stu­dents and par­ents at the school gates yes­ter­day morn­ing.

As the stu­dents filed past, Mr Brown con­tin­ued to check hair lengths and uni­forms.

He said the boy whose hair he had cut had come by, and his hair looked fine.

At the as­sem­blies, he told the boys the “school’s pol­icy on length and style has not changed but I will not be cut­ting any­body’s hair”.

Dr Davies said teach­ers and other staff had “wel­comed Ro­han back with great en­thu­si­asm and warmth”.

De­spite pres­sure on his lead­er­ship since Mr Brown’s dis­missal, Dr Davies has said he is res­o­lute in his de­sire to lead the school.

Deputy head­mas­ter Ro­han Brown re­turns to Trin­ity Gram­mar and is greeted by stu­dents and par­ents at the start of term. Pic­ture: TONY GOUGH

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