Two schools in Bolton ban loom bands

The Bolton News: The loom band craze has swept the country - but now they've been banned by two schools in Bolton The loom band craze has swept the country - but now they've been banned by two schools in Bolton

A SCHOOL has “banned the band” — because the loom band craze sweeping the playgrounds could put animals in its “city farm” at risk.

Staff at Scared Heart RC Primary in Westhoughton are asking children to leave their Rainbow loom bands at home to keep safe the animals in the school’s new outdoor learning area.

And Blackrod Primary School is asking children to keep the colourful bands out of the classroom to stop them becoming distracted in lessons.

Children spend hours weaving the loom bands together.

They are so popular event the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen wearing them.

Headteacher at Sacred Heart, Martin Johnson, said: “The only reason behind our banning the bands is due to our city farm.

“The rubber bands were finding their way into the sheep and goat enclosures, and near to the chickens, turkey and cat.

"Obviously we don't want our animals to be eating rubber bands and getting sick, so we have banned the bands.”

Blackrod Primary says children are allowed to take them into school on special occasions, falling under the same rules concerning toys and jewellery.

Katherine Mead, assistant head, said: “It is a nice pastime for the children - it develops their fine motorskills, and it is not gender-specific.

“The children really enjoyed making them on a coach trip to France and teachers were given quite a few as presents.

"The children are really creative and go on YouTube looking for new designs.”

But she added: “At school we have a no jewellery policy for safety reasons because we have an adventure playground, outdoor learning area and children have a minimum of two hours of PE every week.

“Children are not allowed to bring toys into school and the equipment for making the loom bands can be expensive, and we don’t want it to break or get damaged.”

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6:07am Thu 17 Jul 14

andrew_wain says...

' Scared Heart RC Primary' ,come on BN don't you mean Sacred Heart RC School.
' Scared Heart RC Primary' ,come on BN don't you mean Sacred Heart RC School. andrew_wain
  • Score: 14

7:54am Thu 17 Jul 14

yellowbeaver08 says...

All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea yellowbeaver08
  • Score: -37

7:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

johnnywomble9 says...

Let kids be kids
Let kids be kids johnnywomble9
  • Score: 8

8:13am Thu 17 Jul 14

emptyhead says...

yellowbeaver should probably go back to school for extra English classes.
yellowbeaver should probably go back to school for extra English classes. emptyhead
  • Score: 58

8:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

cosmicma says...

keep up BEN they've been banned for weeks at some schools
ST Marys CP informed us over a month ago loom bands were banned closely followed by ST Catherine's academy.
for most parents this is common knowledge and has been for over a month

do i think loom bands should be banned ?
i think they have a point they do get everywhere and tend to get flicked around a lot but kids will be kids not to mention the fad is nearly over
i think they should let it run it's course there'l be something else soon
keep up BEN they've been banned for weeks at some schools ST Marys CP informed us over a month ago loom bands were banned closely followed by ST Catherine's academy. for most parents this is common knowledge and has been for over a month do i think loom bands should be banned ? i think they have a point they do get everywhere and tend to get flicked around a lot but kids will be kids not to mention the fad is nearly over i think they should let it run it's course there'l be something else soon cosmicma
  • Score: 8

9:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

heaton watcher says...

yellowbeaver08 wrote:
All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons!
[quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea[/p][/quote]From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons! heaton watcher
  • Score: 37

9:22am Thu 17 Jul 14

yellowbeaver08 says...

emptyhead wrote:
yellowbeaver should probably go back to school for extra English classes.
****
[quote][p][bold]emptyhead[/bold] wrote: yellowbeaver should probably go back to school for extra English classes.[/p][/quote]**** yellowbeaver08
  • Score: -14

9:26am Thu 17 Jul 14

yellowbeaver08 says...

heaton watcher wrote:
yellowbeaver08 wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons!
I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well.
[quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea[/p][/quote]From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons![/p][/quote]I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well. yellowbeaver08
  • Score: -26

12:11pm Thu 17 Jul 14

giraffe89 says...

My Pokemon cards were banned at school so I'm glad these are too!!!!
My Pokemon cards were banned at school so I'm glad these are too!!!! giraffe89
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

127001 says...

"loom band craze sweeping the playgrounds."

not so much a craze... they've been around since the 1980's if not earlier!!
"loom band craze sweeping the playgrounds." not so much a craze... they've been around since the 1980's if not earlier!! 127001
  • Score: -2

1:00pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Hannah4 says...

Don't know what the fuss is about. After all by the time school restarts in September most children will have outgrown the fad after 6 weeks of continually using them.
Don't know what the fuss is about. After all by the time school restarts in September most children will have outgrown the fad after 6 weeks of continually using them. Hannah4
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Thu 17 Jul 14

BWFC1988 says...

yellowbeaver08 wrote:
heaton watcher wrote:
yellowbeaver08 wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons!
I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well.
*one
[quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea[/p][/quote]From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons![/p][/quote]I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well.[/p][/quote]*one BWFC1988
  • Score: 8

3:13pm Thu 17 Jul 14

owencoyle99 says...

heaton watcher wrote:
yellowbeaver08 wrote:
All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons!
Another one who missed his English lessons
[quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea[/p][/quote]From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons![/p][/quote]Another one who missed his English lessons owencoyle99
  • Score: 5

3:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

knowledgeiskey says...

Some parents just like complaining. they have no respect for rules and authority and so that mentality is passed on to their children. Life is full of rules. The workplace is full of rules...perhaps "Yellowbeaver" doesn't follow rules at work...that is presuming they work..
Some parents just like complaining. they have no respect for rules and authority and so that mentality is passed on to their children. Life is full of rules. The workplace is full of rules...perhaps "Yellowbeaver" doesn't follow rules at work...that is presuming they work.. knowledgeiskey
  • Score: 12

5:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Who gives a rats ****
Who gives a rats **** allan111111
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Who gives a rats ****
Who gives a rats **** allan111111
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Thu 17 Jul 14

guesty86 says...

sick to death of these loom bands, all i see when i empty the vacuum cleaner
sick to death of these loom bands, all i see when i empty the vacuum cleaner guesty86
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!!
I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!! DAUBHILL85
  • Score: 8

7:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

DAUBHILL85 wrote:
I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!!
Just wondering what yellowbeaver's first language is?
[quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!![/p][/quote]Just wondering what yellowbeaver's first language is? boltonnut
  • Score: 6

7:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

The B.N. are now doing a survey to see if The Salvation Army band should be banned.
The B.N. are now doing a survey to see if The Salvation Army band should be banned. boltonnut
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

boltonnut wrote:
DAUBHILL85 wrote:
I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!!
Just wondering what yellowbeaver's first language is?
Double dutch I think, having tried to read it several times...
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: I would be more concerned about 26 languages being spoken in some Bolton schools than some loom bands !!![/p][/quote]Just wondering what yellowbeaver's first language is?[/p][/quote]Double dutch I think, having tried to read it several times... DAUBHILL85
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Thu 17 Jul 14

wotcha says...

yellowbeaver08 wrote:
heaton watcher wrote:
yellowbeaver08 wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea
From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons!
I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well.
Overpaid? Are you kidding me??

Btw, it was the government and not schools who introduced fines for holiday term time. Have a pop at them instead.
[quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yellowbeaver08[/bold] wrote: All you headteachers and teachers are, you a bunch of killjoys. First you dictate when we can take our childten on holiday, then stop children bringing packed lunches to school, and then toadd ibsult to injury, you ban loom bands. It seems to me if schools are niw run by the guistarpo. Not the lea[/p][/quote]From the way you write it appears that you too were rather distracted when you attended school, especially during your English lessons![/p][/quote]I bet you are on of these overpaid teachers as well.[/p][/quote]Overpaid? Are you kidding me?? Btw, it was the government and not schools who introduced fines for holiday term time. Have a pop at them instead. wotcha
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

pondis says...

Missed a good one there BN headline "look banned in schools"
Missed a good one there BN headline "look banned in schools" pondis
  • Score: 3

4:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

They are elastic bands not woven fabric like what has been around for years, good on the schools for banning them, a kid was blinded by on last week when another kid fired it in his eye.
They are elastic bands not woven fabric like what has been around for years, good on the schools for banning them, a kid was blinded by on last week when another kid fired it in his eye. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2
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