Today was the coldest day in Harlington, the frost was the thickest on the cars ever, the ground was so frosty and cold this morning and by this afternoon the ground was very wet and absolutely freezing cold and yet William Byrd School decided they would hold an assembly in the play-ground as their hall was occupied.

The assembly was for children who had won a poetry recital in their classes, and now eight children were reciting their poetry to find an overall winner.

The children had their coats on and then had to sit on the wet and cold playground floor with no mats or benches to sit on, and then come home with wet trousers and pants.

My son was one of the lucky ones who had originally won in his class, but I think it's totally unacceptable to make them do this sort of thing out in the school playground.

I don't want my son to end up with a cold or pneumonia. It's bad enough trying to protect them in this weather as it is, let alone make them sit on the floor and give them a cold and pneumonia. Is the school going to give us cleaning tokens too for the wet clothes and dirty clothes?

Would they take their own kids out-side and make them sit on the cold floor to tell them a story?

If it was really necessary to do this, then the kids should have been allowed to stand up, or, if the school had any sense, they would have rescheduled the assembly.

William Byrd: you are suppose to protect the children in your care, not try and make them sick and not attend school.