School leaders to rally over sacking of popular teacher

12 March 2018

Written by: Benjamin McHarg

School community support deputy principal after firing over student haircut.

Students of Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne’s east are planning a protest to rally behind long time deputy principal Mr. Rohan Brown, after he was sacked for cutting a student’s hair prior to school photos being taken.

Trinity Grammar’s Old Boys Association are calling for the resignation of Principal Michael Davies, and head of council Roderick Lyle, who were responsible for the sacking and will meet on Tuesday to discuss a motion to overthrow the pair. Some students are also expected to boycott classes in order to attend.

“We will be calling for Rod Lyle to, not just stand down, but leave completely. We will be asking for the entire Trinity Council to stand down,” Old Trinity Grammarians Association President David  Baumgartner told The Age.

Over 800 people attended a meeting set up by the council last Friday, where over 1,600 students, parents, and teachers signed an online petition calling on the school to reinstate Mr. Brown.

The student at the center of the controversy sent a message to Friday’s meeting, stating he and his parents had never wanted Mr. Brown removed.

The issue comes after long running tensions between the council and alumni over the direction of the Kew-based private school, with past students and parents wishing to preserve the schools old guard.

Mr. Baumgartner has been in a long-running dispute with Trinity’s current leaders, and rejects plans to increase the school’s population size from 1300  to 2000 students.

“Trinity Grammar has never been a doctors’ and lawyers’ factory; we’re a ‘good men’ factory.. We need to go back to the school’s holistic traditions,” Baumgartner told the Australian.

Mr. Roderick Lyle has since announced an independent review into the controversial sacking.

Benjamin McHarg is a third year Bachelor of Media and Communications (Journalism) student at La Trobe University. You can follow him on Twitter @bmcharg123