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Hopefield Prep troubled by fuss over barring of child

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 9:00 AM

The Hopefield Preparatory School has suggested it will not back down from its decision to deny a three-year-old boy entry because of the child's mother's refusal to cut his hair.

The mother of Zavier Assam, Dr Penelope Amritt, had refused to cute the child's hair, and suggested that her son being barred was discriminatory, likening it to slavery.

Hopefield said in a press release yesterday that, while it acknowledged that the matter has attracted public attention, the institution prefers to maintain a quiet presence in the community, and to conduct its affairs accordingly.

“Whilst we are disturbed by several allegations made publicly, we reserve comment upon them and assure the public that Hopefield’s teachers and administration have always been committed to doing their best for our students, and continues so to do," the school said.

"The student population of 183 (90 boys and 93 girls) is especially diverse, with students from several nationalities worldwide, of several different ethnic origins, and various religions, and every effort is made to provide a varied and enriching experience for them all.”

Hopefield added: “Having regard to the well-established and documented rules of the school which are not unique to the school and which are applied to all of our students, and in the light of the various regulations which we are required to observe, we are satisfied that we properly handed the matter.

“We remain committed to ensuring that the new school year proceeds with the usual efficiency and sense of purpose which has made Hopefield a place of discipline, enjoyment and satisfaction for students, teachers, parents and well-wishers over these many years.”