St Hilda's head girl to be reinstated
St Hilda's High School for Girls is to reinstate Jade Bascoe as head girl of the school. Bascoe had been stripped of the position over claims she was a Jehovah's Witness, and so would be unable to properly carry out all the duties and responsibilities associated with the role.
But in a release to the media yesterday evening, the board of the school revealed that the girl would be reinstated to the post.
"The board of St Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls convened a meeting on Thursday, October 22 to review the recent decision to rescind the appointment of Jade Bascoe as head girl. The review was in response to requests from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Public Defender, and in a desire to continue to uphold the ethos and tradition which have characterised the institution and the office of head girl," the statement read.
"The meeting of the board was attended by the principal, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and its regional director.
The board and ministry officials held discussions with Jade and her mother, Rhonda Clarke, both of whom indicated that they would welcome the student's reinstatement to the position of head girl. However, they expressed the willingness to accept whatever decision the school board reached," it continued.
"The board is satisfied that, by Jade Bascoe's own affirmation in the presence of her mother, she is prepared to fulfill the duties of a head girl as prescribed in the school's handbook. Jade assured the board that she would be willing and able to carry out her functions as a head girl of the school if she was reinstated. Therefore, on reviewing the matter, the board took the decision to reinstate Jade Bascoe as head girl of St Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls."