Wednesday, 28 November 2012

I Think ‘Our Children’ Deserve Proper Names. Where Do I Send My Petition?

A Thornton Heath mum has demanded that the council replace "inadequate" kitchen facilities that she says have left pupils at one of Croydon's biggest primary schools going hungry.
It appears a leaking roof has closed the kitchen while repairs are made.

Are children really ‘going hungry’ as a result?

No. Of course not.
Pupils will be fed sandwiches while the cooking facilities are closed.
So…what’s the problem? Well, it’s the same old culprit once again; parents who think it's the job of the state to feed their spawn:
But Donna, a parent governor at the school, said children had complained of being hungry last time the kitchen shut.
She said: "There are a lot of children whose school meal is their only hot meal of the day. They are not getting a hot meal at home and they are not getting one at school.
"Those kids are going hungry. It is not good enough."
Now Donna - whose daughters Rickela, 11, Tashwana, 10, and Lyneeka, eight…
*speechless*
… all attend Winterbourne Junior Girls' - has now launched a petition calling for councillors to replace the pod and pay for a permanent kitchen to be built on-site.
She has collected over 400 signatures so far. "I don't see why they can't give us a satisfactory kitchen," said Donna.
"The pod is inadequate and I don't think it is fair. I think our children deserve a kitchen and a canteen that is fit for purpose."
*still speechless*

24 comments:

geewiz said...

I always have this daydream where I have a magic wand and press gang spoilt, entitled, self-important, memememe idiots and zap them to the middle of the desert or jungle. Here they will have to learn to survive and learn the value of life. Alas, I think even that wouldn't get through their boneheads.
Though, thinking of it, selfishly helps me to relax.

Twenty_Rothmans said...

If you like your urine piping hot, read the first comment for extra urethral bliss. Tories blah blah blah cuts blah blah blah.

"Think about that when casting your vote North Croydon."
It's a bloody dump, I cannot see CMD chewing his fingernails to the quick. One might as well fret over where it all goes after you've taken a poo.

"There are a lot of children whose school meal is their only hot meal of the day. They are not getting a hot meal at home and they are not getting one at school.

Instead of fixing the problem, expect someone else to paper over the crack - which might form a large proportion of the discretionary outgoings of the parents of this prestigious school.

Perhaps this overachiever could explain to me how these chillun are ever going to learn to cook if their mother cannot be bothered to do so herself. Can this possibly explain why the regular clientele of fast food establishments conform to a certain segment of society?

Among the many other things for which I am grateful to my parents, it's giving me a Christian name that doesn't need to be spelt out, has equivalents in other civilized languages, and doesn't sound like something that your gynaecologist solemnly advises you that you have contracted.

And when I'm going for a new cleaner, I'll take Miss Alphabetsoupski over Ryvita any day.

Look at picture four for an ISO- or DIN-standard Essex facelift. The astrophysicist in the background in picture two is highly lolworthy.










Robert the Biker said...

Usual entitlement and 'gibs-me-dat' from the usual cultural enrichers we seem to be infested with. None of the heifers in the photo look like they've missed many meals, I expect they go out troughing instead of cooking for their kids.
But hey! Don't worry, it's only someone elses money.

Anonymous said...

In other news, Rickela, Tashwana,and Lyneeka's fathers were unavailable for comment.

Farenheit211 said...

Anon said: "In other news, Rickela, Tashwana,and Lyneeka's fathers were unavailable for comment."

Or just not available full stop.

ranter said...

Mmmmmm mmm ah luvs ma chiken' ah shurely do...Mmmmm mmmm...gimme dat ol' fry chicken anytime. Jamie Oliver? kisss ma ass motherfucker and da mayor o' lunnun can take his priviliged white boy nose ahta ma bidness telling good folk he ain' gonnalow no mo' fy chicken shops near ma chillun skool. sheee-it, jus' raciss is wat it is!

Twenty_Rothmans said...

@ranter

I don't think that it's just the epicurean delight of chicken. Cheap, greasy, moist breasts and thighs and always highly available, who can't resist?

Then you go for a KFC afterwards.

When you think about it, their business model's great. Middle class people fallen on hard times might find themselves in Lidl for a while, but the Girologists keep on coming back.

Anonymous said...

"They are not getting a hot meal at home....".

So Diane, "black mums will go to the wall for their kids" huh?

Blue Eyes said...

This is excellent!

So my mum is a primary school governor somewhere else and the simple fact is that it takes quite a long time to organise replacement facilities. They apparently debated new kitchen facilities at their school for some years. Even if a plan is in place getting contractors etc. and finance is time-consuming.

What does Donna think they should do, phone up Magnet?

And that's before you even get to the issue of whether she can be bothered to cook for her kids at home...

Macheath said...

If there is any substance to her claim, it does rather beg the question; what do these children eat at weekends and during the holidays?

It's hardly surprising that education has such a low status if parents regard schools primarily as soup kitchens.

Woman on a Raft said...

which also caters for Winterbourne Junior Boys' and Winterbourne Nursery and Infants' schools,

Winterbourne Junior Girls' School


Wait a minute....I didn't think there were any single-sex junior schools left in the state sector. Not that I've any objection; it might help that they are separated from year 3 as it means the syllabus can be tailored to fit each group better.

On that basis, if a new kitchen is better than the current 'pod' - and I haven't seen it so I don't know if it is any use - then I'm more in favour of it than I was at the beginning of the story.

ranter said...

Mum could pop along to see this chap in Coulsdon:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239733/Ricky-Clarkson-48-hammered-nail-pigs-head-cut-carcass-chops-convicted-cruelty.html

Not sure Moesha, kinetika and blibble-wip would like it though. Not looooovin' it!

Ciaron Goggins said...

It is a class shot and a low blow Julie, yes the names are daft (as is Hashtag Jameson) but any dafter than Persephone or Tarquin?

Twenty_Rothmans said...

@ Ciaron Goggins

any dafter than Persephone or Tarquin?

Yes. Think about it for a moment.

Greencoat said...

'She has collected over 400 signatures so far.'

That's a helluva lot of Xs.

farenheit211 said...

Ciaron, someone called Tarquin is more than likely to end up working in a bank or doing a History of Art degree. Sadly, saddling a child with names like, Rickela, Tashwana,and Lyneeka, is stamping the children with names that will hamper them in later life. Like or not people do make judgments based on names, parents should hold off from giving names that say 'dole queue' as soon as you hear them.

John Pickworth said...

Okay, the parents want... demand... a new kitchen. The community clearly cares enough because they've added 400+ of their signatures to a petition.

So... why don't they all contribute £250 each instead? It wouldn't all need to be paid immediately but in total it would raise a fund exceeding £100,000. Enough for a kitchen surely?

I know, I know... why go to all the trouble when you can get us working folk to pay for it.

John Pickworth said...

PS.

Hate the kids names... rickets, leukemia the other one, ashcan

JuliaM said...

"Instead of fixing the problem, expect someone else to paper over the crack - which might form a large proportion of the discretionary outgoings of the parents of this prestigious school."

Indeed!

"None of the heifers in the photo look like they've missed many meals..."

Always a factor of these 'kids are starving' stories. It's hardly Biafra, is it?

"What does Donna think they should do, phone up Magnet?"

Probably! Which, given she's a governor, is worrying...

"...it does rather beg the question; what do these children eat at weekends and during the holidays?"

Well, KFC hardly ever closes.

JuliaM said...

"Wait a minute....I didn't think there were any single-sex junior schools left in the state sector."

Me neither!

"...yes the names are daft (as is Hashtag Jameson) but any dafter than Persephone or Tarquin?"

Hmmm, names from classic literature, or picking your kid's name out of a bag of 'Scrabble' tiles?

Which is best..?

"That's a helluva lot of Xs."

LOL!

"So... why don't they all contribute £250 each instead?"

Or offer to run fundraisers? Time is free, after all...

Ciaron Goggins said...

20 R & Fahrenheit, fair point. In the few months I was a trainee teacher the problem kids were Jades and Keanus. That said Tarquin would not last pissing time where I grew up, a daft name is a daft name n'est pas?

Macheath said...

CG, in my trainee day the danger signs were Cheryl - pronounced 'Sherriw' - and 'Ashley'; in a similar vein, has anyone ever met a Donna who wasn't the embodiment of spoilt entitlement?



jaded said...

Daft name? Ciaron? Broxted? Rehill? Etc etc.
How did the election go?

Ciaron Goggins said...

Lee Jasper to win Croydon North?