School was not being a ‘killjoy’ over sports day

I WOULD like to reply to your article (Citizen June 8) about Upwell Primary School sports day.

This article and others, in my opinion, make the headteacher appear to be a killjoy by banning parents from attending sports day.

This is not the case and although I am disgusted by the small band of parents who have seen it fit to involve the press, a move I feel that has caused unnecessary concern to all the children at the school, I feel that the public should know the other side of the story.

‘Parent Concerns’ appears to have been formed to try to allow a small group of parents to change any school rule they don’t like.

As there are over 150 pupils in the school and approximately 20 members in this group it is plain to see the articles in the press have been a minority view.

When the disagreements between the school and this group started in January, I was not overly concerned by their actions. My child has been dropped off at the school for some time now and is more than capable of walking into the playground and being with other pupils for the few minutes before school starts.

The head was on duty at the gate so no child could leave the school and the staff were supervising in the playground.

I became more concerned when I was approached in the playground and asked if I would sign a petition about Golden Rules that had been introduced to the school.

I was informed that these included; pick up litter in the playground even if it is not yours, clear up after yourself at lunch, use the toilet at break and lunch times and have a drink during break and lunch times.

I saw no reason to object to these rules. I declined to join in with what I saw as being a campaign against the school because these parents weren’t getting what they wanted over other issues.

I commented that if they had not had issues with the headteacher about the morning school routine, I doubted that they would be making such a fuss over these rules.

When I learnt that this group had involved the press, I was no longer able to be unconcerned, the involvement of the press was, I felt, opening the school and the children to more child safety issues.

The school has since decided that parents may be invited to sports day. I am pleased for the children but feel that this group have behaved like a child having a temper tantrum and have got their own way.

I hope my views will be heard by the public so that instead of thinking the headteacher and school are killjoys, they will realise the staff are 100 percent committed to providing a safe, caring and happy environment in which all our children can learn, not only the National Curriculum but social skills, independence and a joy of gaining knowledge.

HELEN CARVER

Upwell