Newport School in Leyton 'ditches Ramadan rest policy'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Newport School in Leyton has changed its Ramadan policy Newport School in Leyton has changed its Ramadan policy

A primary school which said children fasting during Ramadan must go home for a rest has ditched the policy after complaints from parents, according to reports.

Newport Primary School in Newport Road, Leyton, told parents in a letter that pupils should take a break during the day for health and safety reasons and must be picked up by an adult, according to the BBC.

Parents are said to have complained as some were not available due to work commitments, leaving Muslim children unable to fast during the holy month.

The school has not commented but parents have reportedly been told children can now stay on school premises.

Waltham Forest council said the school was issued with advice from Public Health England.

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12:17pm Tue 15 Jul 14

GarethCheeseman says...

"Parents are said to have complained as some were not available due to work commitments, leaving Muslim children unable to fast during the holy month."

I thought that primary school aged children are not obliged to participate in the fast
"Parents are said to have complained as some were not available due to work commitments, leaving Muslim children unable to fast during the holy month." I thought that primary school aged children are not obliged to participate in the fast GarethCheeseman
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4:25pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ruby newbie says...

if I were to do this id be reported
if I were to do this id be reported ruby newbie
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5:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

cat-lover says...

Children under the age of puberty don't have to fast. But it makes sense to have done some practice fasts before doing a whole month. A person wouldn't run the marathon without training.

Primary school children might do a few hours "fasting" between breakfast and lunch, when they wouldn't eat anyway - to feel part of the festive mood.

Before people complain about such guidelines, Muslims don't ask the NHS to print leaflets advising them how to fast safely. If the government wastes their money, that's their fault. Most people know to eat sensibly and drink lots of water before fasting.

Ruby Newbie, what would you be reported for doing? Surely not for refusing to take your child home for lunch if you were at work?
Children under the age of puberty don't have to fast. But it makes sense to have done some practice fasts before doing a whole month. A person wouldn't run the marathon without training. Primary school children might do a few hours "fasting" between breakfast and lunch, when they wouldn't eat anyway - to feel part of the festive mood. Before people complain about such guidelines, Muslims don't ask the NHS to print leaflets advising them how to fast safely. If the government wastes their money, that's their fault. Most people know to eat sensibly and drink lots of water before fasting. Ruby Newbie, what would you be reported for doing? Surely not for refusing to take your child home for lunch if you were at work? cat-lover
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7:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ruby newbie says...

I would be reported for not giving my primary school age child something to eat (packed lunch or dinner money)for a whole school day
I would be reported for not giving my primary school age child something to eat (packed lunch or dinner money)for a whole school day ruby newbie
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9:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

myopinioncounts says...

This a clear case of a school being bullied by parents to go against a common sense policy.
NO child of primary school age should be encouraged to fast for the whole day.
I suspect the objection by the parents is not because they are working but that they are feeling the effects of fasting and do not want to do the school run at lunch time as well!
This a clear case of a school being bullied by parents to go against a common sense policy. NO child of primary school age should be encouraged to fast for the whole day. I suspect the objection by the parents is not because they are working but that they are feeling the effects of fasting and do not want to do the school run at lunch time as well! myopinioncounts
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9:05pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Religion and politics should be left at the school gates. This whole practice is nonsense.
Religion and politics should be left at the school gates. This whole practice is nonsense. Villagecranberry
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12:02am Thu 17 Jul 14

rubyaboo says...

If religion should be left at the gates then I guess that would mean no more Christmas nativity plays!
School were not bullied, they were asked very nicely if they could change the policy as believe it or not we actually care about our children and knew that making them do that extra school round in the midday heat would over exert them.
If religion should be left at the gates then I guess that would mean no more Christmas nativity plays! School were not bullied, they were asked very nicely if they could change the policy as believe it or not we actually care about our children and knew that making them do that extra school round in the midday heat would over exert them. rubyaboo
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12:05am Thu 17 Jul 14

rubyaboo says...

Children under the age of puberty are exempt from fasting. However it's becoming a lot more common that puberty is starting earlier and sometimes in the last few years of primary.
Children under the age of puberty are exempt from fasting. However it's becoming a lot more common that puberty is starting earlier and sometimes in the last few years of primary. rubyaboo
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8:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

leytonoldboy2 says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
This a clear case of a school being bullied by parents to go against a common sense policy.
NO child of primary school age should be encouraged to fast for the whole day.
I suspect the objection by the parents is not because they are working but that they are feeling the effects of fasting and do not want to do the school run at lunch time as well!
Oh, myopinioncounts, how little you know! The 'school being bullied'! Pah!
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: This a clear case of a school being bullied by parents to go against a common sense policy. NO child of primary school age should be encouraged to fast for the whole day. I suspect the objection by the parents is not because they are working but that they are feeling the effects of fasting and do not want to do the school run at lunch time as well![/p][/quote]Oh, myopinioncounts, how little you know! The 'school being bullied'! Pah! leytonoldboy2
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