Bless­ing query

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

It dis­turbs me that the main build­ing at Wes­ley Pri­mary School ( Cen­tral Leader, De­cem­ber 12) needs a bless­ing be­fore de­mo­li­tion and the new pre­fabs need to be blessed be­fore they are used.

The re­quire­ment that our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem be sec­u­lar is a bit flex­i­ble (see ‘‘Re­li­gion in New Zealand Schools – Ques­tions and Con­cerns 2009’’ re­leased by the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion).

So fair enough that lo­cal groups be al­lowed to per­form such a cer­e­mony if they view it as es­sen­tial to their be­liefs.

But the promi­nence given to th­ese bless­ings in the ar­ti­cle im­plies that th­ese will be of­fi­cial school func­tions.

Will peo­ple who don’t hold to th­ese be­liefs be ex­pected to take part?

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