Fed-up dad creates his own school newsletter after being bombarded with demands

Caption: Paul Callan posted his own \’newsletter\’ (Picture: Paul Callan/Facebook)
A father who has had enough of the requests from his daughter’s school for Christmas donations that he’s come up with his own newsletter.
Paul Callan says his little girl needs her own PA to deal with the demands for art projects and the up-coming fair.
He’s received the backing of other parents who said it was ‘priceless’ after reading about:

  • Donations for the critically endangered Guatemalan colour blind tree gecko
  • Hog roast for the hard of hearing
  • A scale model of an 11th century Roman fortress
  • Baking 100 gluten-free, nut-free, diabetic-friendly mince pies

He said: ‘We are very lucky that Sophia goes to a fantastic school which provides the children with a well rounded education and access to a wide range of activities and opportunities.
‘The highlight of my week is reading the weekly newsletter, but at this time of the year it takes me most of the weekend to get through.
Paul says he loves his daughter’s school newsletter, but has come up with his own version (Picture: Paul Callan)
‘We stockpile so many pound coins that our front room resembles a Blackpool arcade at cashing up time, and most mornings my wife sends a desperate to text to the class mum’s WhatsApp group to check what colour socks Sophia should be wearing that day.
‘I enjoy reading the posts on Manchester Family Facebook, so thought I’d share my post to see whether other parents could relate.’
Here’s his letter in full.

Paul's letter in full
I love the weekly newsletter from School
Dear Parents,
A reminder that on Monday the children are asked to wear coloured contact lenses to raise awareness of the critically endangered Guatemalan colour blind tree gecko. Please bring a £1 donation.
Tuesday is the start of Medieval Ruins Awareness month. Please bring in a 1:8 scale model of your child’s favourite 11th century Roman fortress. Don’t forget your £1 donation to support our Historical Reenactment society.
On Wednesday Mr Bachelor, head of PHSE, will be trying to eat as many cup-a-soups as he can in an hour to raise money to repair the roof of the sports hall, which was fire damaged during last year’s Hog Roast for the Hard of Hearing. Please bring in a £1 donation.
The children have been busy making Christmas pictures out of felt and glitter. These half finished abominations can be printed onto a tea towel (£17) or mouse mat (£13). They would make wonderful gifts for any relatives who thought it would be a good idea to buy your child a slime making kit last Christmas.
If we have any budding Paul Hollywoods or Mary Berrys amongst the parents, it would be a great help if you could make 50-100 gluten free, nut free, diabetic friendly mince pies for the upcoming Christmas Fair. If not, you can still help out by donating any unwanted tickets for an all-inclusive family holiday for four, or a nearly new Ford Fiesta for the tombola.
We are aware of the stresses and strains of modern family life. That’s we we have started mindfulness and meditation sessions for parents starting this Friday at 5-30am in the school hall. Due to an administrative oversight, you will share the hall with the Year 6 British Bulldog taster session. Please bring a helmet and shinpads, as well as your £1 donation.
Have a great week!