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11/07/2013 at 09:36
C's school has had about 5 discos this year, the last one was 4 weeks ago. It's £2.50 a time (entrance, small cup of juice, and sweets), then he wants extra money for glow sticks/tattoos/more drink, so about £5 by the end of it. Tonight, there is another disco.
Tomorrow, sports day. Fine, but then they ram it down your throat that "refreshments will be available". Of course they fecking will, and they wont be free either. Tomorrow is also non uniform, so £1 donation, as a (already bald) teacher is getting his head shaved (after a teacher with 1mm stubble, had a sponsored beard shave 3 weeks ago)
It is money ALL. THE. TIME.
11/07/2013 at 09:38
Yes absolutely. They charge for everything and over charge to ensure they make a decent profit. I hate that part of living here...
Are there reasons behind all of these discos AK? We only ever had one at the end of the year.
11/07/2013 at 09:40
They want to raise £10,000 for new laptops. They are currently at £3,000...
11/07/2013 at 09:45
We've just been informed we need to pay up to £150 on top of the £650 we've already paid for a trip to Spain for K - the reason? Refreshments. So when you said food & drink was included it's not. Shocking!
11/07/2013 at 09:46
That's a lot of discos!
I did fund raising for school but it was always more for parents. Balls etc where the parents would get a social
Evening out. Only fireworks and fun day (like a fete) were child related.
Don't know what the answer is if they need to raise money for school equipment.
11/07/2013 at 09:47
Belle that is way out of line. Parents must be going ballistic!
11/07/2013 at 09:52
We didn't ttend the meeting Beez as as usual they are held at a time not convenient for working parents - ie 6pm. I've just sent an email asking for clarification as it could well be K trying it on - I would assume a school trip to a hot country would provide water no?
11/07/2013 at 09:55
That's shocking if they want another £150.
I thought C's £15 school trip on Monday was bad enough, haha
11/07/2013 at 09:57
Up to £150 AK. We can't afford £150 as spending money for a week trip 2 weeks before we go on holiday that's for sure.
11/07/2013 at 10:06
Yeah, the PTFA are always fundraising for something or another, or it's tickets for shows, tickets for discos, money for school trips, MUFTI days - relentless!
I am dreading it when E goes to secondary, recent trips of theirs include skiing, the USA, Spain and on an expedition to Africa. I am going to be so broke.
11/07/2013 at 10:07
Oh yes, all of the time.
11/07/2013 at 10:10
We're lucky that our school isn't too demanding at all with money. The school serves a deprived area so I think the PTA and staff understand that many parents simply can't afford to be paying out for things all the time, especially when there are some with 3 or even 4 children in the same school. We've had a couple of mufti days lately where they've asked for a donation for the tombola at the school fete instead of money, raffle tickets for the fete which we're asked to sell or return, and the kids did a sponsored cycle recently too. Trips tend to be subsidised quite often or deliberately planned to be as low cost as possible.
Belle, that's ridiculous when you've already paid for the trip.
£650 for a school trip to spain? Bloody hell!! We had two weeks for a family of four for not much more than that.
11/07/2013 at 10:24
Belle are they trying to tell u that K is going to spend £150 on refreshments in a week (if that was food and drink then you could understand but wtvf!) I'd expect the £150 to be ALL food and drink! So its costing £800, that's ridiculous! What will happen if you don't pay that £150 and just send her with drinks in her case (I know ud never do this and neither would most people but I wonder what the teachers would say if u said look I really can't afford that added £150 so she can just buy her own out her spends and iv sent some in the case!)
Ls school aren't bad tbh, at the end of term they have a disco which is £1 they had a 'dress in yellow' day for the meningitis trust as an ex pupil died of meningitis, they had silly hair for comic relief, they have Xmas and summer fairs.
You pay 50p every second Monday for snack money and 10p every second Friday for toast.
But the summer fair just gone, these 2 very giddy ptfa members organised it all, the governors have gone absolutely apesh1t because the total outgoings were £1200, so they have literally made bugger all by the time you add in what was made then what needs taking off the total so I think they will get rid if them, these 2 women live, breathe and dream about the school though, I avoid them totally as made the mistake of saying hello and was there 40 mins later listening to one of them ramble on about how she's really found her vocation in life being the best ptfa member she can be
11/07/2013 at 10:26
DS1's school holds a disco every term £2 incl drink then sweets, glosticks are on sale so yeah that's a fiver every time, then a Mufti day every term at £1 the sponsored this, sponsored that. Refreshment stall at sports day. But I suppose all funds are for the school aren't they so they can buy stuff.
The PTA have tried to organise a ball type thing for parents but TBH I can't think of anything worse then spending an evening with parents from school! Especially the PTA, they are so cliquey and pushy.
I would rather pay for the kids to have more disco's/mufti's etc
DS1 has a trip to Wales (Arthog for an activity thing) which is £270 for 5 days! Not sure how we are paying for that!
11/07/2013 at 10:30
50p every second Mon for snacks is good. When C was at Nursery, it was £1 a week for snacks (a biscuit, and cup of juice each day)
11/07/2013 at 10:32
Sorry but I'm just horrified at that £650!
How does it work? Do you pay for the teachers too? I assume they don't pay as they are working aren't they? Do you pay for those on free school meals? I assume the insurance is high too with it being a school trip and they will have to stay at a good hotel too but jeez that's just so much money especially with other children at home too and trying to get a holiday yourself.
We went to Spain (it was advertised as Palma but it was in the centre of magaluf!) we were all 15/16 it was a recipie for disaster! We all got p1ssed and 2 teachers slept together, they were pissed day and night, 3 of the teachers were just at the end of their tether (hardly surprising as we were all awful), was a fab trip though but our school never did trips abroad after it [blush]
CP K has said up to £150 spending money for refreshments & water. To which we asked open mouthed what water isn't supplied?! Apparently only at meal times. I've emailed the school so will see what they cmoe back with as K could be making this all up in her own weird little 13yo head
She's going to a camp site on the coast of Spain for 6 nights. We were thinking a tenner a day for spends as it's only going to be crap she's buying - no doubt some of the kids will rock up with hundreds but that's just tough we can't afford that. She'll be loading her case with goodies before she goes anyway.
11/07/2013 at 10:33
Ah right! I thought you needed spends too sorry.
11/07/2013 at 10:34
Ak the snacks are a piece of fruit/carrots every day and milk, they don't get juice. They get tost on a Friday.
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