The coach trip to Dover, the delights of the quaint French shops, the extortion by the teachers...
Staff from Bishop Stortford High School took €5 from each pupil's wallet or purse to put into an alcohol 'kitty' while on a trip to France.Well, that's probably not what Ed Balls meant when he ordered a survey into whether schools were 'meeting requirements on the moral, social, spiritual and cultural development of their pupils'...
They then bought themselves a selection of alcohol as a 'reward' for looking after the 137 Year Seven pupils.
The 11-year-old boys only realised what had happened when the 12 teachers passed bottles among themselves on the journey home and thanked them for their 'gifts'.
Headteacher Andrew Goulding has now vowed to refund all of the pupils and urged parents to 'draw a line' under the episode.Or, to translate: 'Oh, God, this is getting in the newspapers now, isn't it?'.
One mum, who did not want to be named, said that spending the money amounted to theft.You are indeed correct. It is theft, and it's not right.
She said: 'Some families only sent their kids off with €20 to begin with, so €5 is quite a big chunk out of that.
It's not so much the amount of money as the principle - they took our children's money without their knowledge or consent, and I don't think that's right.'
Still, Mr Goulding did the right thing in taking quick acti..
Mr Goulding had previously tried to argue that his teachers 'deserve some recognition for the fact that taking students on trips is beyond the call of duty'.Who the hell does this guy think he is, Tony Soprano?
If they 'deserve recognition' for this, then dip into your own pocket and buy them the bloody wine yourself!