Teach­ers are to be com­mended

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MISS T CAMP­BELL Fairdale Gar­dens Hayes MICHELE REID Ad­dress sup­plied Name and ad­dress sup­plied

I WOULD through your col­umn like to com­mend Mr Mitchell and Mrs Eymer of the Old Barn­hill School, in Hayes, and John Chilton School, in Northolt, which in­te­grated stu­dents with cere­bal palsy, spina bi­fida, spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy and mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, cys­tic fi­bro­sis and dys­praxia ( a co-or­di­na­tion prob­lem).

They helped to give them con­fi­dence, to re­main as ac­tive as pos­si­ble and gave up their lunch breaks to help stu­dents gain skills in ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball and gym­nas­tics.

Thanks to their ef­forts, stu­dents learned to do some quite dif­fi­cult tasks and de­vel­oped self es­teem, ini­tia­tive and learned team spirit, co-op­er­a­tion and tol­er­ance. that ‘ev­ery child is al­lo­cated a good qual­ity school place as close to home as pos­si­ble’.

Un­for­tu­nately my daugh­ter-in-law, my grand­son’s mother, is an MS sufferer who fre­quently suf­fers with headaches, mi­graines and symptoms af­fil­i­ated to MS but, to her credit, she does not flaunt this con­di­tion to gain re­wards.

But she had hoped to be one of those res­i­dents whose child had at­tained their first choice or even sec­ond which were schools within walk­ing dis­tance.

Since this is not the case she will now have to cope with her son go­ing to a school that is a bus ride away if she is un­able to drive, plus the added pres­sure of pick­ing up and drop­ping off two sons at schools far away from each other, her older child for­tu­nately be­ing at a school very close to home. from th­ese re­la­tions and friends.

In sit­u­a­tions like this po­lice are re­luc­tant to act as it’s con­sid­ered do­mes­tic, but it leads to a lot of un­ease and un­set­tle­ment and makes peo­ple lose their con­fi­dence and trust.

Equally dis­tress­ing is when peo­ple lose pho­tos or pho­tos on phones.

Th­ese are things which can’t be re­placed but they are im­por­tant to the peo­ple who lose them as you can’t put a price on feel­ings and mem­o­ries.

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