KIDS ‘BARRED’ FROM SCHOOL PARTY FUN

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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.

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