Date: 06-04-12 12:19
My child has started at High School this year and everything, academic wise is going great.He is being extended where needed.His Music ability has been recognised and he is a member of appropriate groups and supported well.
However his Sporting ability has begun to be a problem.
My child is a passionate hockey player having been a Representative player for 4 years and attended the National Primary Hatch Hockey tournament for 2 years.His school has recognised his talent however have told me they have a "Year 9" rule and that he must start with playing in a Grade that he played in last year (Played up in a Youth Grade for a club last year as well as playing in the Primary Competition).The Year 9 rule states that no boy is allowed to play for the 1st or 2nd X1.
My son knows about this rule and has now decided to accept an offer from last year's club to play in their Men's Div 2 Grade which is effectively higher than the school's 2nd X1 which they said he can't be in.
Until we made this decision he had participated in all their school activities alongside their 1st and 2nd X1 players but now that the winter season has started and he has chosen to play for a club he is no longer welcome at any school practices.
He will now only be allowed to play for a school team in a Wednesday afternoon school competition next term.This team doesn't have any practices.All the other players in this team also play for the school in other teams in the weekend and so attend those practices.
I feel that my son is being ostracised and so on Thursday I rung and spoke to the Headmaster about their GATE program and how my son had been well supported except for this area.
He is yet to get back to me,but I don't carry much hope as I understand this rule has been in place for many years and everyone else has conformed or gone the club way and then apparently played a different Wednesday sport.
I was just wondering if this would be considered acceptable under the present Ministry of Education Act regarding Gifted and Talented Education.