A parent wrote in to complain
My 5 yo came home from school today, very excited about¬†tomorrow’s Purple-themed mufti day.
Not knowing anything about it, we¬†checked out the school Facebook page and discover the attached¬†“clarification” message from Rangiora Borough School Principal, Alan¬†Sutton, advising that it’s to “support the union‚Äôs protest over the¬†purpose of the scheduled $359 million Investing in Success‚Äô¬†project”.
My boy is now very disappointed that he can’t participate in the Mufti¬†Day.¬†I’m appalled that a school would use my child as a pawn in their¬†political agenda!
I’m not generally outspoken, have been reading your site for about 6¬†months but have only commented once or twice.¬†But this has angered me, so I had to share it with you, and will be¬†writing to the Principal to share my outrage.
A bit of checking around with other schools makes it clear that the Purple Themed Day¬†is really just meant to be for unionised staff. ¬†The fact that Rangiora Borough School have extended this to a “mufti day” for the kids (remember some are as young as FIVE) without telling the parents this is a highly political move is just plain shameful.
This was posted on the school’s Facebook page after the parents raised a stink over their kids being used in this way: ¬† Read more »