PARENTS accused a school of “ruining Christmas” after pupils were set homework to research if Santa is real.
The kids, some as young as nine, had to prepare for a debate at St Cuthbert’s CofE Primary in Blackburn, Lancs.
SWNS:South West News Service St Cuthbert's Primary school in Darwen, Lancashire has come under fire after setting Year Five students homework to research whether Santa is real
One mum fumed: “This has caused a lot of upset. Choosing this topic to debate, especially this time of year, takes away from the magic of Christmas. I don’t think it’s appropriate.”
But actor Paul Simpson, 46, who goes into schools with the project said the kids unanimously voted in favour of Father Christmas existing.
Mr Simpson said: “It is not about taking away the magic of Christmas but using it to engage the children in a project where they can learn and use new skills in terms of research, public speaking and debate.
“I am sad some parents objected. Had they spoken to me so I could have explained the project to them.
Getty – Contributor The school defended the debate, saying the homework helped pupils learn 'new skills in terms of research, public speaking and debate'
“As with every other school, the children really enjoyed it, coming down decisively in favour of Santa’s existence.”
The controversial debate at the 202 pupil school had the full backing of education boss Cllr Maureen Bateson.
She said: “I believe in Santa and the spirit of Santa. He visits my house every year.”
Headteacher Michelle Smith added: “The aim was to help develop their research, reasoning and promoting empathy for other people’s viewpoint.
SWNS:South West News Service At the end the pupils decided that Santa Clause does exist
“The topic was chosen to help get into the Christmas spirit and help bring back the magic of Christmas for any children who have doubts.”
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