A primary school in Southend, Essex, has told all children and parents that advent calendars will not be permitted in school for Christmas 2017 after ‘several’ complaints were made.
According to the headteacher of Sally’s Mound Primary School in Fairfax Drive, the risk of children getting a ‘paper cut or more severe laceration’ from one of the cardboard doors is too high.
Head Dr Mary Kahn-Goldberg added that the school simply doesn’t have the staff to mitigate the risk.
She added: ‘Last Christmas, we noticed that some of the cardboard doors on commercially available advent calendars were thick enough and rugged enough to pose a serious risk of injury.’
‘Furthermore, I had a closer look at one of the Lego Ninjago versions, and I could have honestly sliced a cucumber in two with the final opening.’
‘We have an overbearing responsibility to ensure the safety of every single pupil at all times.’
‘While there haven’t been any recorded incidents of this nature in the United Kingdom’s schools since records began in 1976, that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen one day.’
Jemimah Clenge is Chief Executive of the campaign for Diversity, Multiculturalism and Accident Prevention in Schools, and she told Southend News Network that she was ‘delighted’ with the news.
She added: ‘Every class can perhaps take the opportunity to spend five minutes per day in advent opening an imaginary ‘enrichment door’ as a group and learning a little bit about the amazing and fascinating world in which we live in.’
One parent at the school, who didn’t want to be named said: ‘They probably have a good point – accident prevention is massively important and their track record isn’t the best.’
‘I went along to parents’ evening a few weeks ago and remember thinking to myself that my son’s student teacher could have easily had someone’s eye out with her choice of attire.’