To red pen DD2's school newsletter, and post it back to them?

(114 Posts)
SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:49:39

Four A4 sides, last page has 11 spelling mistakes alone. I dare not check the other 3 pages, or I will have The Rage.

WIBU to correct it in red pen, and send it back to them?

burberryqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 10:50:48

no, do it!

nennypops Sat 27-Jul-13 10:50:53

No, go for it. It's probably down to some secretary but someone really should proof read. Otherwise in essence it is sending a message that spelling doesn't matter.

Nanny0gg Sat 27-Jul-13 10:52:35

Do come back and tell us what they said!

bamboostalks Sat 27-Jul-13 10:52:41

Find that hard to believe, eleven errors on one page?

JenaiMorris Sat 27-Jul-13 10:53:02

It may well have been produced by students themselves rather than staff.

If you must return it though, please make sure the errors actually are errors!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:09

It's a newsletter ostensibly sent out by the Headmaster. Who should have spellchecked it. Some of the mistakes are very obviously autocorrects; Discus to Discuss, Javelin to Javeline (I'm being generous with that one). But there's plenty of others that are simply mistakes, one word has been spelt 4 different ways in 2 paragraphs.

Did I mention this is a Grammar School? hmm

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:23

That's right, get some poor bloody secretary into trouble so you can feel superior..........

fackinell Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:31

Probably, but it would be funny! grin

I hope it's from the secretary and not the teacher...I was shocked to pick up a child from school one day and hear the teacher ask if he could draw a pic of Santa's reindeers for her!!!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:55:38

I'd scan it in and put a pic of it on my photos bamboo, but then it would be very obvious which school my DD goes to. As it is, there's 5 Grammar Schools in my area, so not immediately identifiable, and I'd prefer to keep it that way.

But yes, 11 spelling errors on one A4 side.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:57:19

curlew, I was a secretary for many years. I would have been ashamed to send out a document with that amount of errors. It's a secretary's job to be able to produce a correctly spelled, and grammatically correct document.

And the Headmaster should have proofed it, before signing it off.

burberryqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 10:58:00

curlew there is no excuse for a school secretary to send out such rubbish, there should be a system of proofreading/checking in place.

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 10:58:43

well the 'poor secretary' needs to know!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:00:48

It's got nothing to do with feeling superior either, I am genuinely shocked that this newsletter got sent out in this state.

Feminine Sat 27-Jul-13 11:01:02

I'd leave it.

It was the end of term. I'm not excusing it, but I would imagine the HT was seeing double by that point in the year.

I suppose that if you are still seeing in next term, you might need to tell someone that can 'fix' it!

Laquila Sat 27-Jul-13 11:03:36

Totally agree, OP. These people are jointly responsible for your kid's reading and writing skills - I would be very annoyed to receive such a letter and then (potentially) have my daughter's spellings homework corrected, for example.

Curlew I don't think it's about feeling superior - this is a presumably a reputable school with a responsibility to its kids. I've been a PA for years - I don't work for a school but if someone sent back one of my letters or presentations with spellings and grammar corrected I'd be a bit ashamed of myself!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:06:30

It's a highly regarded Grammar School. Which sort of makes it worse.

ajandjjmum Sat 27-Jul-13 11:14:25

I would correct it and return it to the Head.

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:17:14

Sarah I suspect you have given yourself away anyhow as I bet several parents have already marked that news letter and thought about sending it back.

DH and my dad both would have, DD2 would likely have a massive giggle too.

DD1 and me are dyslexic so try to be more tolerant, although that sounds so awful, I think even my limited proofing skills might be offended.

I do a fair bit of computer art work, posters leaflets etc. (which DH proos for spelling) and I get very wound up at obvious lazy layout, random fonts, spaces and obvious you cut and pasted this and didn't read it type errors.

Coconutty Sat 27-Jul-13 11:18:11

Do it and post it back to them.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:19:06

"It's a highly regarded Grammar School. Which sort of makes it worse."

Why?

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:19:47

I also get very wound up that this Fucking Wanker of a kindle refuses to have a red line spell checker anymore!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:20:14

Why? Because it's supposed to be one of the best schools round here.

IvanaCake Sat 27-Jul-13 11:21:40

Do it. I would probably send it back anonymously though because I
am a wimp.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:23:48

I would too, purely because I would worry that DD2 would be disadvantaged by it. If it were a company, I'd happily put my name to it, but it would be unfair on DD to do otherwise.

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