Most parents have forgotten to reply to letters sent home from school at one stage or another, but one mum paid a hefty price for forgetting to pay for her daughter's ticket to the school disco - the school promptly banned the little girl from attending.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ella Delaney, from Edgeley, Stockport, was hoping to attend tonight's disco at Cheadle Heath Primary School but her mother Georgina Edwards failed to confirm her attendance in time.
After missing the Tuesday afternoon deadline, Ms Edwards tried to pay the following day. But staff said it was too late and Ella could not attend.
According to the paper, parents were first notified about the school disco back in April, and reminders were sent in the form of a letter and two texts closer to the event. But the school has stood by its decision, arguing that the deadline was necessary to help organise the event and ensure the safeguarding of those attending.
Speaking personally, I am a bit of a disaster when it comes to responding to letters and reminders from my children's school, so I can totally see this sort of thing happening in our house. And while I hold my hands up to the fact that I should be more organised and that it's my job to teach my children the importance of manners, time-keeping and organisation, I also think the school has taken its disco a little too seriously. It's an end of term event, not a visit to the Moon.
Could they not have accepted payment on the door, once parents had confirmed whether there child would be attending? As important as it is for parents to respect a school's authority, including deadlines for responding to letters, I think it's equally important for schools to teach kids that mistakes happen, exceptions can sometimes be made, and that rules can occasionally be broken - especially at the end of term and where a disco is concerned.