Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow and Guns

Good to see Clive Hale, Head of Polegate School in East Sussex turning the 'Why do they always close the school when there's an inch of snow?' argument around by rightly knocking the parents who don't bother to send their kids in even when school does stay open.

On an unrelated topic; just a quick reminder to all those of you who regularly carry automatic weapons, not to post the photographs on the school website. (Or if you do, at least hold your stomach in and don't slouch.)


Anonymous said...

Behaviour in Ms Smith's classes improved after that was posted, I heard. Plus she went on a diet and released an exercise video.

Lilyofthefield said...

Please can it be standard issue? Please? Pretty please?

Anonymous said...

What will a junior school child remember for the rest of their life: a day at school or careering down the South Downs on a sledge?

Anonymous said...

Anon 22.45 the 'child will remember something for ever' argument is a bit lame. The same could be said If you took them shoplifting or bought them an illegal pistol.

GAS said...

People are missing a point here. How easy is it to get your hands on an automatic rifle in Uganda or know someone who will lend you theirs so you can pose for a picture? It is a different world in Uganda compared to where the British parents live.

MarkUK said...

Getting back to the snow theme. One of the schools where I work had to close for a day a bit over a week ago. Although the school itself did not have too much snow, many of the teachers lived about 10 miles north of it, and they had plenty of snow.

The following day it was mostly back to normal. However, one teacher called in to say he couldn't get off his drive. Quite possible, so that was let go.

The following day, he called to say that he still couldn't get off his drive.

We'd had no more snow, and I would have thought two days were enough to clear snow from even a reasonably long drive.

The person in Admin who took the call made a suggestion. If the teacher would like to walk to the nearest main road, we'd pick him up. Also (at the suggestion of Finance), if the teacher didn't come in, he may find that he wouldn't be paid for the day.

Funnily enough, this seemed to bring about a near-immediate thaw on the teacher's drive; he was with us within 30 minutes!

Any decent employer would want to be understanding in bad weather. Unfortunately, this plumbic pendularic and his ilk could spoil everything for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Anon 07.55 No it's not a bit lame . As a child I did the sledging, the shoplifting, and I had an air pistol.

Now seventy I recall most the many innocent hours spent careering down hill in the snow . There is just "something" about it .

Boy on a bike said...

Cadets were abolished just as I reached high school. My brother had to do a lot of square bashing and shooting on the school range (yes, we had a rifle range on the school grounds) with the .303 and got to fire the Bren when away on camp.

Not that long ago, we were training high school students how to use automatic weapons.