Shocked parents asked permission for children at St Katherine's Primary in Snodland to join in with carols
St Katherine's Primary
School in Snodland
by Chris Hunter
Baffled parents were forced to give special permission for their
children to take part... in a school carol service.
Teachers sent a text message to all pupils' parents at St
Katherine's Primary School, in Snodland, the day before the
Staff said they had to ask parents to sign a form
for youngsters to take part after some asked for their
children to be excluded.
The message (similar to the one pictured
left) read: "This year we have several new families who for
religious reasons do not wish their children to take part in our
usual Christmas celebrations.
"Therefore in light of this emerging situation we are now asking
for the permission of all parents before we take the children to
church for the carol service tomorrow.
"Your teacher will meet you or your representatives on the
playground tomorrow morning asking for you to sign against your
One shocked parent, who wished not to be named, said: "I
was a bit taken aback when I saw the message from the school for a
couple of reasons.
"Firstly, I thought that as a supposedly Christian country,
there shouldn't be any issues with the kids attending. When in Rome
and all that.
"I wondered whether the school had over-reacted because of the
feelings of a few parents.
"Secondly, it dawned on me how daft it was to get the majority
of parents to opt in to their children attending rather than the
minority opting out.
"Seemed like a very strange way of doing it."
defendent its decision to ask for permission to take children to
the Christmas celebration on Friday, December 14.
It said in a statement: "This year, some parents had said
earlier that they would prefer their children not to attend the
"Following this emerging situation, we asked for consent to be
given for each child. The vast majority of children did join in
with the services on Friday, with just a few staying at school and
being given other learning activities."
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