to think thats schools should not give free trips away for 100% attendance

(97 Posts)
RosesandRugby Fri 18-Jul-14 15:00:16

Just cross really that my DS was off school following an accident at school where he lost several days off due to concussion. Before this he had always had 100% attendance (4 whole years) and they previously just gave out certificates at the end of term with a badge. This year the school have paid for a day trip (theme park) complete with meal out for those with 100% attendance but they wont be able to do it next year because it was only due to a large donation by a local business that has allowed them to do it this time.

OK so im cross that my child has missed out envy but still, a day trip ! And before anyone goes on about rewarding good attendance etc as an adult you would just get paid your normal salary which would be reduced if you took time off......you wouldn't get extra for turning up to work 100% of the time !

stomps off to hide somewhere cool

I think that's a disgraceful way of using money that was, presumably, intended for everyone's benefit.

YANBU at all, they're very divisive and most unfair on children with a disability or chronic health problem.

ReluctantCamper Fri 18-Jul-14 15:04:38

yep, strange choice by the school to spend a donation that way.

Trapper Fri 18-Jul-14 15:04:40

YANBU in the slightest.

funnyface31 Fri 18-Jul-14 15:07:26

My DS is the same except trip to cinema. Last year he missed it due to asthma bad in winter and I felt so sorry for him.

FeministStar Fri 18-Jul-14 15:09:52

YANBU. 100% attendance is marked with a certificate at my DCs school and mine never get it due to chronic conditions but they can cope without a certificates.,missing a day trip is not on though.

ICanSeeTheSun Fri 18-Jul-14 15:13:21

You haven't disagreed in previous years when your child got a certificate and a badge, but now you are on the other side and your child has not been awarded because of not getting 100% then it bothers you.

budgiegirl Fri 18-Jul-14 15:14:50

Mine missed out on a trip after taking a day off school for his Nans funeral. I do appreciate that schools are trying to encourage good attendance, but I don't think this is the way to do it

Galvanized Fri 18-Jul-14 15:15:29

Yanbu given he was off for such valid reasons.

Reminds me of a school friend who had 100% attendance at school except one year when she had one single day off. For her mum's funeral. No certificate of attendance. Twats.

GiveMeStrength2day Fri 18-Jul-14 15:15:50

They do a similar thing at DD's school albeit not on quite such a grand scale (not an outing). It's grossly unfair to those who have been off with illness or those with a disability and might need time off for hospital appointments. I wrote to the Head but got fobbed off with a brief reply about "my school my rules" angry.

I should add, DD was included in the last treat as she had "qualified" but there would have been several who were not.

Galvanized Fri 18-Jul-14 15:17:03

ICanSeeTheSun - you haven't read the OP properly. This is the first year there has a been a trip as reward.

NynaevesSister Fri 18-Jul-14 15:17:58

100% attendance should allow for authorised days off for goodness sake.

bauhausfan Fri 18-Jul-14 15:19:46

My DS would never get to go on those trips as he has epilepsy and needs a yearly check up ( takes a whole school day). The whole system is hideously unfair,

ICanSeeTheSun Fri 18-Jul-14 15:24:03

I dis read it, but is suspect if OP child had 100% attendance the the op wouldn't have started the thread.

For 4 years she hasn't spoke to the school about how rewards for attendance is wrong. It's only when her child missed out it's now become a problem.

RumAppleGinger Fri 18-Jul-14 15:26:18

YANBU. I don't agree with attendance awards but there is a pretty big jump between a certificate and a day out a theme park!

Also if i was the local business owner who made the donation I would be a little pissed off about it too. I know that a donation is a donation and you can't dictate how it is spent but I would image they thought the money was going towards maintenance of the school building/buying educational supplies etc rather than spending it on a jolly, especially one that every child doesn't get to be included in.

Galvanized Fri 18-Jul-14 15:32:24

Fair enough ICanSeeTheSun I see what you mean now.

Sirzy Fri 18-Jul-14 15:53:59

I would kick up an almighty fuss if the school DS is going to did something like that. They do do 100% attendance certificates which I am not happy with but can put up with (especially as they also reward punctuality when they are in school which is something DS could acheive)

I have heard of 2 schools locally who have given a trip out for 100% attendance or a £20 voucher.

DS is highly unlikely to get 100% attendance, realistically we will probably aim for about 90% - thankfully his school have (so far we haven't started yet, but is just finishing the attached pre-school) acknowledged this and know it is out of our hands.

Mandatorymongoose Fri 18-Jul-14 15:55:55

I hate attendance awards. Dd was a bit obsessed with them when she was younger and got very upset about being too ill to go to school. She has had several years of 100% attendance and I hate the awards as much those years as the years she hasn't had it.

100% attendance seems to be a matter of luck (no illness / accidents / funerals) or the result of going to school when you're really not well enough (which is surely good for no one).

The attitude that sickness is a personal failure seems to be prevalent at the moment though, in offices as well as schools.

Mandatorymongoose Fri 18-Jul-14 15:57:16

I hate attendance awards. Dd was a bit obsessed with them when she was younger and got very upset about being too ill to go to school. She has had several years of 100% attendance and I hate the awards as much those years as the years she hasn't had it.

100% attendance seems to be a matter of luck (no illness / accidents / funerals) or the result of going to school when you're really not well enough (which is surely good for no one).

The attitude that sickness is a personal failure seems to be prevalent at the moment though, in offices as well as schools.

Mandatorymongoose Fri 18-Jul-14 15:58:09

Sorry - double post. I really hate them!

prh47bridge Fri 18-Jul-14 16:03:39

you wouldn't get extra for turning up to work 100% of the time

Some employers do give a bonus for 100% attendance. It is rare but it happens.

strange choice by the school to spend a donation that way

It may be that the donor stipulated this was how the donation was to be used.

Gileswithachainsaw Fri 18-Jul-14 16:06:39

Yanbu!!!

There should be no prizes at all for "congratulations on being healthy"

QueenYnci Fri 18-Jul-14 16:14:49

Yanbu.

DS's school did a trip to an activity centre for 100% attendance this year. DS(6) wasn't fussed anyway (SN and would have hated the noise) but was very confused at where half the class were going.

Ridiculous to reward something completely out of a child's control and an odd way to spend a donation.

ItHasANiceRingWhenYouLaugh Fri 18-Jul-14 16:24:46

It is awful. Particularly because it is the school's own (sensible) rules that mean children don't come in when they have a contagious illness. It makes me so cross.

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