Jubilation as new management committee is appointed and assembly told that head teacher and deputy will both stay Parents, students and teachers at the international school at the centre of an extraordinary leadership battle were jubilant when they were told this week that they would be able to keep their principal. The struggle for control of the Christian Alliance PC Lau Memorial International School in Kowloon City turned into an emotional celebration during the school's end of term assembly, when Stanley Li Yiu-sang addressed the school as chairman of its new management committee and said that Arthur Enns would return next term as principal. Mr Li informed the assembly on Thursday that five members of the former management committee had been formally dismissed at a meeting held last Sunday by the trustees and board of deacons of the school's owners, the Kowloon Tong Church of the Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance. He now hoped the Education and Manpower Bureau would quickly deregister them. The church, as owners of the private school, had made a resolution to dismiss the five. 'From our standpoint they are out,' he said. 'The deregistration is only a matter of formality.' The new committee had taken over from Sunday, with none of the previous members having visited the school since, he said. The three new committee members who attended the assembly - Mr Li, Albert Cheng Siu-long and Regina Chu Yat-sum - were greeted with applause. 'As new members of the school management committee we're going to work with you as team mates,' said Mr Li. Mr Li told the South China Morning Post that former manager Pang Hau-chong had also been asked to resign as chairman of the church's education committee, overseeing its 17 schools and kindergartens. Mr Li said Dr Pang had yet to respond to the request. The church's action follows intense lobbying by parents and teachers for the removal of the committee after they found out it had decided not to renew Mr Enns' contract. In May, it appointed Ip Tin-yau, currently co-principal of Yew Chung International School, to take over. Mr Enns said he would be happy to continue leading the school. 'I am very hopeful that a new phase of transparency, democracy and an enlivened spiritual legacy is on the horizon,' he said. There had been a lot of 'mis-communication' with the former managers, he said. 'I think they became so removed from the reality of how we operate, and of what our culture, ethos and beliefs really were. They didn't understand. They weren't around when our school was happening.' He said he had no ill-feeling towards them. 'But their hanging on is not in the best interests of the school community. There is potential for great harm.' A number of issues still needed sorting out, including Mr Ip's contract. 'I genuinely feel for him,' he said. 'He could be a victim in all this.' He did not rule out Mr Ip still joining the school, though it would take 'some work' to ensure he had a measure of acceptance. Mr Li said: 'We are not going to fire Mr Ip before he arrives. If Mr Ip chooses not to come we will compensate him. If he wants to join the team we will welcome him.' Deputy principal Linda Reeves, who has withdrawn her resignation, said: 'Today is a really happy day. We feel we have got our school back. It was hijacked. We are very thankful we have a new school management committee willing to work with us as partners in the best interests of the children.' Other teachers said they were relieved. Craig Gibson said: 'We are very happy. It is a huge burden off our shoulders.' Parent Maur Tanner said: 'It is the last day of school. God has given us a gift before the summer holiday. It has been a great battle.' Student Jeff Islip, 15, said of the decision to keep Mr Enns: 'It's cool. It's what all of us wanted.' A spokesman for the previous managers said they had 'noted' the church's resolution. 'We don't want to comment now. We are talking to our lawyer,' he said. 'Quite naturally we still hope to run the school.' A spokesman for the EMB said it had received the document stating the church's resolution. 'We are looking into the documents and considering whether we can act according to the resolution,' he said.