School defends decision to exclude children from Christmas nativity
Angry parents fear their young children are missing out on Christmas after they were told they would not have a part in the annual nativity.
One Hull mum fears the decision made by staff at the Hull primary school is down to laziness, with many parents "gutted" they won’t see their children take to the stage.
All key stage one pupils have been excluded from the annual tradition, despite complaints from a number of parents, Hull Live reports.
However the school’s head has defended the move, saying children still have a number of opportunities to celebrate the festive season.
Mum-of-five, Carla Fernie, says her son has been "quiet and subdued" after realising he will not be performing in front of his family.
She said: "All the parents are saying that it helps with their confidence but they [the school] are not getting it. Not doing it means they’re all missing out.
“I’ve been speaking to a girl that goes to Stoneferry and they’re doing it. I know others at Gillshill and Buckingham Primary who do it too.
“If they’ve got cousins in other schools then they’re all seeing them do the outfits but they don’t get to do that. They’re all missing out.
“I just think it’s laziness if the teachers won’t do it. I know they work hard but it’s quite sad.”
Ms Fernie’s youngest son, Frankie, took part in a school nativity in 2017 when he was in the early years foundation stage but won’t get the same chance this time around.
She claims that all the school used to do Christmas performances before a new head teacher was appointed a couple of years ago.
Parents have been posting their upset online about not being able to see their children in action.
Another mum said: “I remember as my cousins little boy did it last year, I’m gutted now. It’s like well why has it stopped.”
A third parent added that she feels “sad that some are missing out”.
“I know all of the children work hard, but things like plays and trips are things the kids enjoy and get excited about and I feel sad that some are missing out,” she said.
Ms Fernie says she “felt sad” to see a post on Hull Live’s Family News page asking for pictures of nativities taking place in schools because it reminded her that her son was missing out.
In a statement, Deborah Tague, head teacher at Westcott Primary said: “At Westcott Primary we try and make sure the children have as many opportunities as possible to celebrate Christmas.
“We put on a Foundation Stage Nativity Performance and continue to do this as we feel this is important to our school community.
“Pupils will also be wrapping presents for family members at a Christmas Wrap event, visiting a pantomime at the Freedom Centre, going Christmas Carol signing in the community, attending a Carol Service at St Columba’s Church and having a Christmas dinner and party.
"We’ve even got a Christmas jumper day.
“Christmas is very important to Westcott and we look forward to celebrating the festive season with pupils and parents.”
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