‘Multicultural’ primary school BANS pupils from dressing up for Halloween party… because it’s not ‘inclusive’ for ALL children
- Parent council at St David’s RC Primary School decided Halloween isn’t inclusive
- Edinburgh school shares a campus with non-religious school that can dress up
- Pupils at St David’s will get ‘Autumn dance’ instead but other parents are angry
A primary school has banned its pupils from dressing up for a Halloween party – over fears it is not ‘inclusive’.
The parent council at St David’s RC Primary School in Edinburgh took the decision because they believe Halloween celebrations do not embrace children of all backgrounds.
The Catholic school shares a campus – including a shared dining hall – with the non-denominational Pirniehall Primary School, where children are allowed to dress up.
A number of parents have been left furious at the decision, describing it as ‘something out of the dark ages’ and claiming it was only made by two parents on the committee. Pupils are being given an ‘Autumn dance’ instead.
The parent council at St David’s RC Primary School in Edinburgh (pictured) has decided children are not allowed to dress up for Halloween as it is not inclusive for all children
The parent council said ‘children would be able to dress as they wished’ and claimed it will ‘not put any additional strain on family budgets and be inclusive of all students’.
But one angry parent told the Edinburgh Evening News there were ‘only two’ parents in attendance at the parent council meeting.
They said: ‘St David’s Primary is situated right next to Pirniehall Primary School.
‘Last year it was so lovely to see the other kids from Pirniehall having fun and ours weren’t allowed to because we were told the decision had been made by the parent council to not let the kids dress up because ‘some families don’t celebrate Halloween.’
‘I felt so sad for the kids. No religion or politics should interfere with children.
‘It feels like back to the dark century where children have no voice and parents can decide everything they do for them.’
The school is described on its website as ‘multicultural, friendly and inclusive’, teaching religious education on all faiths – including Catholicism.
The furious parent added: ‘Throughout the year the children are taught about other religions; they go to mosques, they learn about celebrating Ramadan and more.
‘I am shocked, we are living in Edinburgh one of the most tolerant cities in the UK, but we have been told our children can’t celebrate Halloween at school because ‘it’s not our culture’. How is it that this decision has come down to two parents?’
Problems began last year when parents were advised not to send their children to school dressed up the night before Halloween.
The Catholic school shares a campus – including a shared dining hall – with the non-denominational Pirniehall Primary School, where children are allowed to dress up. File image
This year concerned parents wanted to avoid confusion and ask in advance of the holiday – only to get the same response.
It is understood that in an email the chair of the parent council said: ‘It was felt that any event organised for Halloween would not be inclusive of all children at the school.
‘The costs involved for parents would put strain on family budgets. Sadly, the issue of Halloween has become quite contentious and this also played a part in our decision.
‘As a parent council we should always look to be neutral and non-controversial.’
A council spokesman has defended the position and said: ‘Parents councils take account of different views when making decisions about after school activities in order to meet the needs of as many families as possible.’