Outrage and shock have gripped Westdene Primary School in Brighton after a freedom of information request revealed that Cornelius, the Year Three Weekend Bear, has been misclaiming expenses for his family activities, which could have led to thousands being overpaid to the stuffed Steiff creation.
Since his introduction to the class in 2013 to help record the activities families undertake on their weekends and promote home/school involvement, Cornelius has been recorded in his weekend journal as participating in activities as diverse as attending a Chamber Music recital, sailing on the Channel, piloting a light aircraft, visiting The National Theatre and consuming a hot dog from Ikea – all of which have lacked the required receipts under the local government expense policy.
“To say we’re shocked at the level of possible misappropriation is an understatement at best.” Headteacher Debbie Crossingham said when asked about the level of scandal present at the educational establishment. “Since joining the team, Cornelius has been a valued and excellent member of the faculty and brought exciting and stimulating tales back that really have enhanced the teaching experience for Year Three.”
When asked about next actions, Ms Crossingham replied, “Following the eye-opening disclosure from this request, Cornelius has been placed on temporary suspension from all weekend activities. To make up for this, families will now have a member of the teaching staff travel home with them on a Friday afternoon and stay the weekend. Needless to say, the teachers are very excited about doing some of the exciting things Cornelius has done.”
Outside the school gates, news of the change in arrangements has not been well-received by parents. One, who didn’t give her name, said, “Oh Christ, does that mean we’ll actually have to do something on the weekend now?”
School Weekend Bear Expenses Scandal
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Outrage and shock have gripped Westdene Primary School in Brighton after a freedom of information request revealed that Cornelius, the Year Three Weekend Bear, has been misclaiming expenses for his family activities, which could have led to thousands being overpaid to the stuffed Steiff creation.Posted 9 months ago #
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