Monday 29th March 2021
Dear Parents & Carers,
Ramadan and Fasting – April/May 2021
We know that many of our families will soon be observing Ramdan; a period of prayer, fasting, self-control, charity-giving and goodwill to others. Schools in England have previously been provided with guidance on how they can best support families observing Ramadan. This guidance has been compiled by the Association of School and College Leaders in consultation with Imams, Islamic scholars, experts, and Muslim chaplains in the education sector you can follow this link to read the guidance shared previously:
The guidance is clear that fasting is only obligatory under Islamic tradition when a child becomes an adult. However, there is debate over when this is. All those consulted agreed that no child under the age of puberty is obliged or expected to fast. The Imams, Islamic scholars, experts, and Muslim chaplains consulted felt that some younger children may want to do a partial fast, which they emphasised is best done under parental supervision after school hours.
We would like to support our pupils in Key Stage 2 who wish to observe fasting in the following ways:
- Year 6 pupils only: from Monday 19th April (when we return after our Easter break) if any of our Year 6 pupils would like to observe fasting during the school day we will support this by providing a cool and quiet space during lunchtimes where pupils can be out of the heat and noise of the playground. This will enable Year 6 pupils to also remain within their year group bubble, minimising the risk of pupils crossing different year groups.
- Pupils in Year 3, 4 and 5 only: from Monday 19th April (when we return after our Easter break) school will support any child observing a partial fast by following the national guidance shared. We would expect all children in Year 3,4 and 5 to eat their lunch as normal and support any child wanting to fast from 1.15pm onwards through the afternoon and then you may, as a family, want to continue this after school hours.
If you would like your child(ren) to observe fasting from Monday 19th April , please complete the permission slip sent home with every child Y3-Y6 today and return to school by Wednesday 31st March. Children will not be able to observe a fast without the parent/carer slip returned to school by Wednesday this week.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything concerning Ramadan and fasting, please contact our main school office and we would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
Please can we also take this opportunity to remind you that school closes for Spring term on Thursday 1st April (this week). Friday 2nd is a Bank Holiday and schools are closed. Children return to school on Monday 19th April.
Mr S Crawford & Miss H Darley