A plan to charge a £1 entrance fee for three performances of a nativity play at a Catholic primary school in Worcester has angered some parents, who have reportedly subjected staff to abuse.
The money raised, according to head teacher Louise Bury, of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, would be spent on books and equipment, but this has angered some tightwads.
In a letter to parents, Bury said:
I know that for some of you, paying to see your child perform doesn’t feel right. With ever tightening budgets and growing numbers, we saw this as an opportunity to be able to invest in some valuable reading and learning resources for Key Stage One and Early Years.
The resources would help improve children’s reading progress, particularly learning at home, she said.
Bury voiced concerns about the hostile reaction to the plan.
She said in the letter:
Bury added the “partnership” between the school and parents was very important and she would arrange to meet anyone to discuss any issues of concern.
I have been extremely concerned about the conduct of some parents towards my staff which in some cases I can only describe as verbal abuse.
However, several people backed the school on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page.
Philip Bannister wrote:
Nothing wrong with it at all. Schools are struggling financially due to funding cuts and if this helps even just a little, it seems a sensible thing to do.
Michael Leighton wrote:
Can’t believe parents moaning about paying a £1 then you see them queuing at the drive through at McDonald’s.
Meanwhile, in the US, the deranged Bill Donohue, of the Catholic League has been angrily detailing how Amazon, a gun-rights activist and an atheist have “hijacked” Christmas to make “cultural statements”.
Hat tip: AgentCormac and BarrieJohn (Donohue report)