IT SEEMS like a reversal of the norm – but a headteacher has been reprimanded up to six times a day by pupils who have spotted him stroking his Movember challenge moustache.
Simon Cattermole, head of Stamshaw Juniors, in Portsmouth, is taking part in the global moustache-growing fundraiser for male cancer charities.
But he has added an irresistible incentive to get his pupils involved by pledging to pay 10p every time he is caught touching his top lip.
Mr Cattermole, who has grown a tache for the first time in his life, said: ‘I’ve been caught at least five or six times a day.
‘One or two of the children have been very eagle-eyed!’
‘As one of the very few men in this school I’m glad it’s had a bit of an impact.’
Bailey Skilling, 11, admits he has staked out Mr Cattermole’s office to catch him in the act.
He said: ‘I’ve noticed he plays with his moustache when he’s in his office so I’ve been standing outside peeking through the door to catch him out.
‘Once I got him three times in a day!
‘When I find him touching his beard I jump out and say “I’ve caught you”.
‘It’s so much fun and Mr Cattermole’s a really good sport.’
Lewis Morrissey, 11, said: ‘I’ve caught him many times when he’s just standing around, or in front of the computer, and sometimes at the school gates.
‘Even though we’re all having fun we’re supporting a very important charity.
‘I’m proud of Mr Cattermole for taking on the challenge.’
In the meanwhile, 400 youngsters at St John’s CoE Primary in Gosport showed solidarity with their male teachers by wearing their own fake moustaches.
Pupil Ethan George, 10, said: ‘It shows we really care and want to make a difference.’