Saturday, 25 November 2017

Head condemns students' Children in Need protest

STUDENTS at Icknield Community College staged a protest at the school’s decision not to raise money for Children in Need.

STUDENTS at Icknield Community College staged a protest at the school’s decision not to raise money for Children in Need.

About 100 students walked around the school field during morning break on Friday and refused to go to lessons for 25 minutes.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Mat Hunter said the pupils involved had “lost perspective and demonstrated a lack of control” and the “ringleaders” would be dealt with. Mr Hunter said: “The students were really misguided because they were cross about not raising money for Children in Need but we are trying to teach them that Children in Need is not a one-day event.

“The fact is that we didn’t do a non-uniform day but we can’t always raise money by holding non-uniform days, although we often do.

“We are holding assemblies this week around how you should make your voice heard.” He said that the head boy and girl had organised a sale in aid of Children in Need on Friday but the school was still holding assemblies about Remembrance Day last week so it had been decided that assemblies about Children in Need would take place this week.

Mr Hunter said: “This term we have supported Macmillan and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are working with The Henley College for Sue Ryder with some ex-pupils. We do so much charity work so it does seem really disappointing that this was about one day when we are focusing on it this week anyway.”

The grandparent of one pupil said: “It is the principle of not letting children do something for other children which really upset me.

“I thought the letter to parents was very heavy-handed for what the pupils did — all they were trying to do was help others.”

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