It was time to select the team to represent the school in the annual area swimming gala.
All pupils in Years 3 to 6 were asked to stay behind after assembly for a meeting, where non-swimmers were told they could go.
No ambiguity here, we thought. However, Emma, a recent recruit to the school, burst into tears. When she calmed down and was asked the reason for her outburst, she sobbed: "I don't want to go, I really like this school."
* From a 1998 GCSE religious education examination paper: "Suffering may raise a problem for religious believers, but thanks to the ingenuity of the Bible most things can be explained - and when they can't, RE teachers make something up."
Roger J Owen
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