Christmas is being phased out of schools as parents lament the loss of ‘another childhood rite.’
The Welsh Government is allowing schools to make their own decisions based on local risk assessments, however many local authorities have gone against the grain and advised against hosting Christmas performances this year.
A local council has asked that all school Christmas meals be canceled, claiming that there is insufficient staff to run the traditional celebration.
Bridgend Council in Wales has revealed that it expected a large number of students to sign up for Christmas lunch, but it will not be held, according to Wales Online.
“Unfortunately, due to limited manpower available to the local authority to facilitate the probable increased take-up of the offer of a Christmas meal, no specific Christmas dinners will be served in schools,” a council spokesman stated. Some meals, on the other hand, will have a ‘festive theme.'” While the Welsh Government is allowing schools to determine what to do based on local risk assessments, several local authorities have gone their own way, with many recommending virtual Christmas carol concerts instead.
Merthyr Council has asked that no parents attend concerts at the school, and Carmarthenshire Council has “highly opposed” both indoor and outdoor performances.
Both Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Powys Council have requested that virtual performances be held at the schools they oversee.
The proposed cancellations have angered parents.
“Our primary have decided that we can’t attend and watch again this year,” Faye Mortlock, who has four children in primary school, told Wales Online.
“My daughter is devastated.” I won’t be able to watch it again because it’s her final newborn concert.
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“Another rite of passage from her upbringing that she has missed.”
“It’s really bad, because our school was always so proactive and eager for everything to get back to normal before the summer,” she says.
“Any events – such as concerts, fairs, and visits – should be risk evaluated, with attention given to additional risks and control measures to be put in place,” according to the Welsh government website.
“Information on the necessary arrangements should be conveyed to persons attending or participating in these activities in advance, where appropriate.”