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To email the Head about last-day-of-term-itis?

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Every term, ds3 tries to persuade us to let him skive the last day - especially the last day of the summer term - and we had the joy of that discussion again last night apparently he is not bright enough to realise that the answer is going to be the same, each flaming term.

Apparently no-one, literally no-one goes in on the last day. On closer questioning it turns out that none of his friends will be there, and only about 40% of the pupils will bother to turn out. This horrifies me - I am the child of two teachers, and I had to go to school unless I was at death's door, and even then I got the Beady Eye from mum.

According to ds3, the school don't really care about this - the teachers were saying things yesterday like, 'Those of you who come in tomorrow will see X video', and no-one will bother with the register or chasing up the truants - so why should we get our knickers in such a twist about it??

I am tempted to email the Headmaster, and ask him a few questions - like how many pupils do actually attend school on the last day - is it as low as 40%, as ds3 reports. Is the register taken, and what is done to chase up the truants? Do the teachers tacitly condone the last day skive, by the sort of remark ds3 reported to me?

I am pretty sure ds3 will be furious if I do this - and I can see that it might drop him in it both with the school and with his friends - but should I let that stop me? Or is it a non-issue, given that they did bugger-all yesterday and will be doing a similar amount of bugger-all today?

I do realise that it is possible that ds3 is exaggerating wildly about the level of skiving and the level of acceptance, in order to persuade me to let him join the skive.

WWYD?

piprabbit Fri 28-Jun-13 01:44:40

Last day of term was always the best day at school - we used to feel sorry for the poor saps that missed out. It's when I learned my amazing skills with cards grin.

PurpleSwift Fri 28-Jun-13 01:34:29

I would not be taking your sons word for this. And why is it anymore relevant if other pupils skive and teachers apparently 'accept' it. It is no reason for him not to go to school on a SCHOOL day. And i think the headteacher would think you are silly, FWIW. He can hardly act as if he condones that kind of behavior.

cronullansw Fri 28-Jun-13 01:25:00

This ''horrifies'' you?

Really? You seriously get 'horrified' that kids bunk off on the last day before summer?

Fuck me dead.

Do you actually for a millisecond think they actually do any work in the last week? Missing a day will not change anything. The world will still turn. the sun will still rise.

DD has her last day on a Monday (why they don't finish on the Friday I don't know)
She's in Yr 6 so she's leaving this school .
DS finishes on the Fri before.

I can forsee alot of her classmates going on holiday on the weekend so not attending the last day .

celtiethree Fri 28-Jun-13 01:06:50

At my kids school they only do half a day no work nothing constructive. Mine will go (tomorrow) but I would have no qualms about them missing if there was an event/ show etc that we would like to see. The school has been emptying as this week has progressed fully expect there to be low attendance tomorrow.

We are in Scotland, CinnamonAddict - the schools here break up at the end of June, and go back in early August, rather than breaking up in late July and going back in early September, as the English schools do.

CinnamonAddict Thu 27-Jun-13 22:55:54

Last day of term already? shock
My kids have almost 4 weeks of school left (and will go every single day unless they are ill - very ill wink)

pinkr Thu 27-Jun-13 22:48:15

Last day of term here and I reckon attendance is somewhere between 10-20%. Secondary...period one should have 18 kids...had 3, period two 2 put of a possible 20 and period three 4 out of 30 . We finished at twelve. Every other class was the same in our floor.

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Jun-13 17:43:49

I might not send in any of mine of the last day
the little ones will have to walk to church in the morning and then have a video in the afternoon

the big one will do nothing because they already are doing nothing in the wind down to end of term hmm

Are you insinuating that ds3 may not be being utterly and completely honest, halcyondays? So you've met him then! grin

halcyondays Thu 27-Jun-13 16:42:12

I seriously doubt that all his friends will be off school and that only 40% will be there. Sounds like he's trying to pull a fast one.

our school gates have always seemed just as busy on the last day of term as any other day.

Cadsuane Thu 27-Jun-13 16:41:02

My classes the last few days were at most 40% except for First year which were around 60%. The senior pupils were the worst with less than 15% turning up. I know of some classes were only 1 showed up.
And no movies for my classes but I had to give up on some of the practical activities I had planned as I had too few pupils. Probably wont have time to fit them in in August sad

notso Thu 27-Jun-13 16:08:06

Well Done SDTG hope DS overcomes his harrowing experience soon and doesn't give you too much earache!

MidniteScribbler Thu 27-Jun-13 15:12:36

Reports are given out on last day of semester here. If you're not there, then you wait for the following semester/year (unless you have proof of medical exemption).

I have probably blighted his life forever, haven't I StuntGirl?

<< tries for Face of Shame >>

<< fails >>

StuntGirl Thu 27-Jun-13 13:26:18

Oh for goodness sake. School isn't optional, even if it's the last day. Let him have a face on.

At my last place of work there was precious little I was allowed or able to do during my last week or so of work, I still went and I still did my job. I laid the bloody groundwork for some other bugger to come after me and get the commission, but whatever, I had to do it so I did. Sure, I could have just skived off all week and had a weeks jolly, but I didn't.

I'm sure he'll live grin

threesypeesy Thu 27-Jun-13 13:20:23

I would let him stay off dds never go on the last day of terms as their school is empty only 115 pupils at the best of times so on the last day your talking maybe 30 chdren go in. For half a day seems pointless they don't do anything important anyway.

And apparently I am still in the doghouse, for my unreasonable and unmaternal behaviour in making him go to school when practically no-one else went. You will be glad to hear that I am holding my head high, and coping with the shame. grin

Ah well - he went in and he is home now. He does not have a very happy look on his face. sad

tiredaftertwo Thu 27-Jun-13 13:07:45

I would tell him you quite understand that he doesn't want to go in if only 40% do, because that implies it is optional, but you can't risk breaking the law without knowing the facts first hand. So would he like to help you write an email to the Head to establish them? I think he will back down quite quickly. smile

Nice try though.

sameoldIggi Thu 27-Jun-13 13:01:59

If not much is done on last day, it's because so many children aren't in and the teachers would just have to repeat it in August.
I think at Higher level he should show more commitment. What about the chance to speak to his new teachers in a smaller group?

Ilovegeorgeclooney Thu 27-Jun-13 12:59:25

At our school the last two weeks are spent doing a project in each subject that will go with them to their teacher next year. The last day is when they get feedback, next year's timetable (so they know who they have and which sets they are in) and, most importantly of all, we as staff are expected to make complete idiots of ourselves in the 'Staff Non-Talent Show'. Usually 100% turn up!

pianodoodle Thu 27-Jun-13 12:49:13

My mum rarely offered an explanation mostly when she knew we were trying our luck.

"Because I said so"
"Because I'm the mum"
"...and that's the end of it"
"I SAID that's the end of it!"

Picturepuncture Thu 27-Jun-13 12:31:01

I'd send him in.

There is value of him being in school (doing the right thing) and a bit bored.

Rather than getting into trouble hanging about having marginally more fun but being in the wrong by bunking school.

Good life lesson innit.

xylem8 Thu 27-Jun-13 12:20:34

Our school gives out reports on the last day of term

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