AIBU to have 'made' my 11 yo dd miss cooking at school ?

(36 Posts)
SatsumaSatsuma Mon 13-Jan-14 19:29:25

She had cookery most of last term on a Monday and was generally quite disorganised about bringing info home re ingredients and we often had annoying last minute texting to friends to find our what she needed last thing on a Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday she yet again wasn't sure what to bring. The only girl who she could contact wasn't sure of the ingredients and said she was just going to make cup cakes ( for the 3 rd time). I told dd that I wasn't prepared to send in a 3 rd batch of cupcake ingredients as there was no learning in that!( She's in year 7 so first year senior school)

She seemed to think they'd be cooking pasta, so I suggested finding a sauce recipe, but dd insisted it would need to be ingredients for fresh pasta! I said this was most unlikely but she rejected my suggestion.

I said that she'd have to accept that if she couldn't be more organised, then she'd have to miss out as I wasn't prepared to send her in with random pasta and cake ingredients to cover all bases.

So... Today everyone made pasta sauce ( I was right) and dd's friend was allowed to make the cupcakes. My dd did a worksheet.

Am I mean?

SatsumaSatsuma Mon 13-Jan-14 19:58:33

It's a private school. It's quite small, they get good results and it suits dd very well. However, I'm under no illusions that it's 'better' than state. In fact, I think the lack of accountability makes it worse in many ways. They must be doing something right though, as the older girls are delightful and all achieve very well.

Chipping, I think that the teacher's planning and attitude in General is a bit lax, tbh.

SatsumaSatsuma Mon 13-Jan-14 20:00:11

Silver, I agree. I remember reading on Mn about someone whose ds had to make chicken korma from Heinz tomato soup. Mmmm

17leftfeet Mon 13-Jan-14 20:01:18

I'm so glad we just have to pay £20 at the start of yr7 and then don't have to think about ingredients until yr 9!

SatsumaSatsuma Mon 13-Jan-14 20:06:04

That's a great idea 17!

I've just remembered a crazy ingredients related tale from primary sch... Dd 1 was asked to bring in 2 marshmallows for their class campfire experience. But So was everyone else in the year group. Result? 60 children in a small town all hunting a full bag of marshmallows. It led to a regional shortage, I tell you! Why the bloody school didn't just buy a few bags and charge 20p for them. Ridiculous.

wobblyweebles Mon 13-Jan-14 20:07:55

We don't pay anything - the school just provides the ingredients.

SilverApples Mon 13-Jan-14 20:24:44

Exactly, it's disorganised and annoying.
Plus the usefulness of the recipes taught and the edibility of the results, given the lack of refrigeration offered in many schools. That level of sloppiness would not be allowed in most other subject areas.

AndiMac Mon 13-Jan-14 20:28:43

Totally off-topic, I thought Crowler's post announce she would be putting a giant cock on the wall. shock (what a waste!).

But agree, YANBU.

Crowler Mon 13-Jan-14 20:37:44

A giant cock on the wall....

(gazes thoughtfully at the wall)

FudgeyCookie Mon 13-Jan-14 20:38:26

I did food tech at school and our teacher taught us to make burgers, crumbles and cheese sauce. I can't remember the rest! I do remember for GCSE year though that I made the same meal about 6/7 times but had to adapt each time to do different things ie make it healthier. It was boring!

My sister is doing food tech at the moment and they cook 3 courses!

Changebagsandgladrags Mon 13-Jan-14 20:50:13

I once only had an onion for food tech so I cooked a dish called Nothing Bolognonion.

ishesingle Mon 13-Jan-14 21:40:05

When I was in year 7 doing Home Economics we had a recipe book given to us and we just worked through it. Is there not a VLE or similar with all the recipes on? I think that's what most schools do, my DS school does, and the school I work at has them all posted online with dates too.

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