To correct a spelling mistake on a school certificate.

(20 Posts)
katrina81 Thu 14-Nov-13 18:33:14

DD who is in year 7 has received a certificate for merits. But they have spelt receive as recieve would it be petty of me to circle it in red pen?

bigbrick Thu 14-Nov-13 18:35:33

That's one to correct - what a blunder

complexnumber Thu 14-Nov-13 18:36:25

No, it's a basic blunder (the sort I make far to often) wink

WaitingForMe Thu 14-Nov-13 18:39:12

This is not basic! It's awful. I couldn't let that lie.

Mushypeasandchipstogo Thu 14-Nov-13 21:42:57

Correct it! That would really annoy me.

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Nov-13 21:45:01

It's a typo

Circling it with a red pen would be both rude and childish

Why not just send your DD to the office so she can point it out and ask for a different one?

BabyMummy29 Thu 14-Nov-13 21:45:52

Correct it, but don't expect them even to realise it's wrong. I am fed up seeing spelling mistakes on younger colleagues' worksheets, wall displays. etc. Sadly if I corrected every one, I'd get no time to teach my own pupils!

WooWooOwl Thu 14-Nov-13 21:46:48

It's your dd's certificate, what does she want to do with it? Presumably it's hers to keep an no one at the school will notice whether you draw on it or not.

Hopefully at some point though someone at the school will notice it and be suitably mortified.

Mylovelyboy Thu 14-Nov-13 21:47:34

My ds came home with a letter last year from the head teacher advising of an upcoming day whereby there would be people from various industries visiting and speaking. A list of companies were set out. The part that got me went like this:

"We will be visited by a number of employers from Barclays Bank" hmm

I sent an email to the head and never got a reply.

Euphemia Thu 14-Nov-13 21:53:20

These letters are often typed up by office staff, which is where errors creep in.

I sat and added an apostrophe to each of the 25 letters I was given to hand out to pupils today which mentioned "Mrs Johnsons class". hmm

Drives me nuts!

sunbathe Thu 14-Nov-13 21:55:58

I used to go into school and ask for a new certificate.

Scholes34 Thu 14-Nov-13 23:27:18

These letters are often typed up by office staff, which is where errors creep in. Hmm

Nanny0gg Thu 14-Nov-13 23:46:35

These letters are often typed up by office staff, which is where errors creep in

Not in my experience.
Our office (primary) used to insist that all letters went through them to avoid grammatical errors.

jellyboatsandpirates Thu 14-Nov-13 23:52:54

YANBU, I'd be struggling to let that one lie too. Hate, hate hate spelling mistakes.
I'd be itching to correct it with a pen but don't know if I'd go through with it lol!

EBearhug Fri 15-Nov-13 00:47:09

I don't think I'd dare to correct the certificate (and it's the sort of thing which would have massively upset me as a child, had my mother done such a thing) - but I would be writing a letter to the school and asking them to reissue it with corrections.

When ds1 was in year 4 (aged 9 or 10) he got into trouble for correcting a teacher's spelling mistake. It was a short word beginning with S but can't remember which one. He'll remember I'll ask him tomorrow. Anyway, the teacher told him off!! Needless to say I pulled her up on this. He was right btw.

Another one called him stupid for noticing something in class. I cast a spell on her and she didn't come back after term wink Well, ds1 and all his friends thought I did because I said I would jokingly and then she really didn't come back blush

soapboxqueen Fri 15-Nov-13 01:45:27

It's a typo not the first sign of the apocalypse.

Send your dd to the office and ask for another one. Somebody will be embarrassed but it's hardly the crime of the century.

tintingirl Fri 15-Nov-13 02:38:18

It's a typo. If the certificate was produced by a teacher, we get just under 7 minutes per lesson for planning, preparation and marking and so you can see why a typo would be missed. If produced by admin, cuts in budgets mean cuts in staff, and many schools are operating with half of the support staff they used to have. However, the certificate is probably a mail-merge type template and so an email to the school office kindly pointing out the typo will save them future embarrassment and will probably be appreciated.smile

deXavia Fri 15-Nov-13 02:52:58

WooWoo is right what is your DD going to do with the certificate? If it was us it would hang on the fridge for a few weeks until something else came in or the 4 year old drew a masterpiece and then it would get binned or filed away somewhere. The only reason to flag it subtly and nicely is as tintingirl suggests to avoid future mistakes.

katrina81 Fri 15-Nov-13 09:38:55

Well DD's friend also got a certificate and his had received spelt properly so they must have done some right and some wrong.

I'm not feeling as petty today so I have put my red pen away.

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