As you will be aware, the holy month of Ramadan is upon us, and we recognise this is a very important time for many of our pupils. The length of each fast may be more than 18 hours long, which having taken advice, we as a school consider is too long to go without food or drink for children under the age of 10. The children find it difficult to stay focused in lessons, often feeling tired and physical activities become very difficult for them.
Furthermore, if a child has health issues or is on medication such as asthma inhalers, then fasting could bring an added health risk which we would find difficult to manage in school. It is therefore our strong recommendation that Muslim pupils spend this month in prayer, self-evaluation and charity giving instead of fasting.
If your child is in Year 5/6, and still insists on fasting, then you will need to inform the school in writing by completing the reply slip below and ensure that we have up to date daytime contact details for you, in case any children become unwell and need to go home.
If you have any questions about this, please speak to your class teacher in the first instance.
Miss H T Yuen
Head of School