18th September 2019
As you may be aware Friday 20th September has been designated as a planned climate strike action day for school children across this jurisdiction. It is our understanding that the purpose of this protest is to heighten awareness about climate change. We also understand that some pupils may seek to leave school to attend a local event.
It need not be said that this is a matter that is of concern to all of us; but it is also important to balance our pupils’ ability to express their genuine concerns with their need to avail of their statutory educational opportunities.
As Principal I must also be aware of the significant safeguarding and/or health and safety concerns that emanate from pupils leaving the school premises unsupervised during the course of the school day.
That being the case, the school has decided that any Key Stage 3 pupil who wishes to participate in this event on Friday 20th September must bring a parental note to their Form Tutor at Registration on Thursday 19th September. In addition, no Key Stage 3 pupil will be released from the school to participate in this event unless they are being collected from the school by their parent(s)/guardian(s).
Any Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 pupils who wish to participate in this event must also bring a note from their parent(s)/guardian(s) (again submitted at Registration on Thursday 19th September) and must then get signed out in the usual way on Friday 20th September.
Please note that phone calls and/or text messages will not be accepted as evidence of parent(s)/guardian(s) permission.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.