CHAV CHRISTMAS STORY- NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS- DECEMBER 2008

This story tells how children at a special school were given a 'chav' interpretation of the nativity play.


We were contacted by a relative of one of the pupils who was shocked at the story and the poor English in the play.


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A chavvy Christmas: Mary and Joe turn burglars in school's Nativity study


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It is the time of year for following yonder star. A stable all forlorn. And a mother and a baby.

But Mary and Joe breaking into a garage in 'Beflehem' after she 'gets up the duff'? That apparently, is the storyline in the so-called 'Chav Nativity Play'.

It was handed to pupils at a special school to study in a drama lesson on uses of language.

The school insists there was never any intention to have the pupils perform the Nativity in this way.

Which is probably just as well. Highlights include Mary denying she is a 'slapper' and her pregnant cousin 'Liz' downing Bacardi Breezers.

Then there are the Three Wise Men - from the East End - who are criticised for turning up with 'Frankenstein an' myrrh' when they should have brought 'gold, Adidas, and Burberry'.

The garbled interpretation of the Nativity story has one character describing the angel Gabriel as 'a proper nutter' and speculating on 'all the extra benefits' the pregnant Mary and Elizabeth can claim.

It concludes with another describing how Jesus grows up and goes to 'Nazaref' where he turns water into lager.

The origins of the play - which features a discussion between three somewhat ignorant pupils on the first Christmas - are unclear. It has been passed between thousands of internet users since it was first posted online. No author's name appears.

Last week it was handed to pupils at Oakwood School in Bexley, South-East London in a drama class exploring the use of language. Details came to light after a pupil told a relative they had been given scripts.

Michelle Taylor, 35, said the play gave the wrong impression of the Nativity to pupils.

'I couldn't believe what I was seeing,' she said. 'You try to encourage your children to speak properly and then they are given this sort of thing at school. I know some young people do speak like this sometimes but the school should not be condoning it in any way.

'In one scene they have Mary and Joseph breaking into a garage because there is no room at the inn. The pupil I spoke to thought it was highly amusing but I didn't.'


Oakwood School is a mixed special school with 51 pupils aged between 11 and 16. Bexley Council yesterday insisted teachers had never intended to use the script for the school's Nativity play.

'The piece of work was part of a sketch that four Year Nine students were looking at during a drama lesson on the use of language,' it said in a statement.

'This is definitely not the kind of language that the school would ever encourage or endorse.' Campaign for Real Education chairman Nick Seaton said: 'Schools seem to have forgotten that education is not about pandering to children but stretching their knowledge and understanding.

'Allowing children to study this play doesn't educate them. It simply reinforces the worst aspects of society around them.'

The Church of England suggested the school might be 'trying too hard to be trendy'.

A spokesman added: 'It's always good to know that schools are telling the story of Christmas. But there are different ways of telling it and it is important not to lose the true message.'



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