No happy returns as school bans birthday cake
April 9, 2008 4:54am CST
Children in this school in Auckland can no longer bring birthday cake to school.. Pupils at Oteha Valley primary school north of Auckland have been told they are allowed to celebrate their birthdays, but the cake must stay at home, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported. The Ministry of Education has been on a fat-busting crusade, introducing sweeping guidelines against unhealthy food in New Zealand schools. I wonder whether such ruling is really necessary. What do you think? Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080404/od_nm/newzealand_cake_dc;_ylt=AqjMI0Qaf7R28ho5XcD5.CntiBIF
10 Apr 08
I don't see anything wrong (whatever the reasons). My son's school banned the practice too when he was in kindergarten and I was glad. I don't see the point in sending a birthday cake to school....instead call the kids home or to a party and enjoy. Imagine more than one child in the class having a birthday on the same day and two cakes being given to school. Also another scenario to consider would be if one child cannot afford to get cake for the entire class or one parent chooses not to since they will be having a party later. How will the child feel? My son's school allowed distribution of chocolates...but they also gave another suggestion (which I thought was good)...we could donate a book that the class could use.
9 Apr 08
Well yes I mean if there is a lot of pupils they could be getting birthday cake every week maybe even two three times that is in my opinion a lot of cake! Not only that but taking cake also excludes those with allergies so they miss out which doesnt seem very fair either. Here the childre are not allowed to take any sweets or chocolates into school for lunch especially the younger children I think its great there is no need for children to take unhealthy food in school lets give them all the best chance possible at a healthy start and treats can be given at home its not like they will miss out com[pletley. I prefer my children to celebrate their birthdays at home and if they have a party they can celebrate with friends that way I dont see the need for cake in schools
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10 Apr 08
I don't seem to remember having any cake at school when we had birthdays. I think, maybe, when I was in Kindergarten or first grade, they would have punch and cookies or something like that. But, I don't think we ever had a full blown cake. I can see them banning it if, like someone said before, there were cakes every week. I think they ought to do what we do at work and combine all the birthdays in a month into one day and bring a cake, then. My birthday was in August, so I never celebrated mine in school.