Teachers are to be commended
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.