KIDS ‘BARRED’ FROM SCHOOL PARTY FUN
FURIOUS parents claim a group of children were banned from a last day at school party and left on their own in another classroom after failing to bring in food.
They claimed the pupils were distraught not to be allowed to join in the fun with the other children on their last day at Ysgol Bryn Teg in Llwynhendy, Llanelli.
Some families said they found it a struggle to find the cash to cover such things as bringing in food to school.
So penalising their children for not doing so had unfairly stripped them of the happy memories they should have enjoyed as they headed off to secondary school, they said.
Lindy Butler, chairwoman of governors at the school, has said she was unaware of the party, but stressed that the school was “inclusive”.
She pledged an investigation into what had happened would take place after the school holidays and urged parents to get in touch with her directly with any concerns.
The party is understood to have been arranged to celebrate a teacher’s birthday.
One mum, who did not wish to be named, said she couldn’t believe what had happened and said it was an awful way to end her daughter’s last day at primary school.
She said: “It was her final day. At the beginning of the week they were told they had to take in £1 to sign a card for their teacher and take in an item of food.
“If they did not take a £1 in, they couldn’t sign the card and if they didn’t take any food, they couldn’t attend the party.
“Eight or nine of them didn’t take food in and they were excluded from the party and were sent back to the class.
“A lot of kids were left out – it was their last day in the primary and it should never have been about the teacher – a party for the teacher should have been done earlier in the week.”
She added: “We teach our children to be grateful for what they have and it’s the thought that counts.
“One of the parents went to pick up their child early because of what happened. My little one was absolutely distraught.
“On my last day at primary I had nothing but happy memories.”
She claimed the party was organised by a staff member without the knowledge of the teacher, whose birthday it was, or the head teacher.
“The actual teacher did not agree with the kids being left out,” she added.
“They ended up bringing food into the class for the kids instead.”
A local resident who also did not wish to be named said: “Parents were in uproar – that’s the lasting memory of the year for the kids. It was their last year at the school and they are moving to the bigger school.
“The school is not in a rich area.”
Ms Butler said that after living in the community for six decades she fully understood the issues faced by families in the area, and added that the matter would be fully looked at.
She said: “I am not aware there was a party going on on the Friday.
“We are an inclusive school and we treat everyone the same, I wish the parents had contacted me on the day – it shouldn’t come down to money as to whether they are invited into a party or not.
“I do not, until we investigate, know if the school was to blame for it – I want to find out why it has happened and why children were left out of the party.
“My children have gone to that school and my grandchildren have been to that school and my relationship with the school goes back a long way – I know the struggles personally.
“If parents are concerned they should get in touch with me as I will take this forward when we start back in September.”
She added: “Our head teacher, Geraint Jones, who we have had there for five years has turned the school around – he’s 100% for these children.”
Mr Jones said the incident was dealt with quickly and added: “Ysgol Bryn Teg is a nurturing, inclusive school that would never intentionally exclude children from activities.
“This matter was quickly resolved at the time, and all children were able to enjoy the celebrations and party food.”
Ysgol Bryn Teg in Llwynhendy.