A primary school in Wales is under fire after its students were sent home with a note explaining that their school Christmas celebrations had been cancelled.
The reason? The school missed its attendance target by… 0.6 per cent.
“We have checked our attendance this afternoon and we have managed to reach 94.4%,” a letter sent home with the children of Tredegar Park Primary read.
“This is a great effort by everyone, however as we have not met our 95% target, we cannot go ahead with the parties in school tomorrow.”
Parents were told not to panic, as teachers would “make the last two days of terms as fantastic and fun as possible for our terrific children.”
Mother Suzanne Degroot, who shared the note on Facebook, said she was willing to protest the decision by taking party food to the school’s gates.
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“Tredegar Park Primary School should be ashamed of themselves… cancelled the little ones Christmas party because they tried to bribe a party with high attendance & was just under in getting it,” Suzanne wrote on Facebook.
“Whoever OK’d this should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.”
Other parents slammed the school on social media, calling the head of the school a “Scrooge”.
“[It would] be interesting to know if the school set out the consequences of failing to reach the ‘target’ at the start of the school year…?” one parent wrote, while another said, “everyone is entitled to a Christmas party”.