To think this request from the school is BIZARRE?

(94 Posts)
GammonAndEgg Tue 23-Jun-15 20:57:25

Sent home today with my Year 6 DS:

Traditionally at the end of each academic year the children in year six have a collection to buy the school a gift. Each child can bring in money which is combined as a year group to buy a gift to present to the school at the leavers' assembly as a lasting memory of their time here. In the past children have bought trees, a bench and ornamental features. Donations to the class teachers by Monday.

arethereanyleftatall Tue 23-Jun-15 20:59:25

Is it from the school or a parent rep?

RavioliOnToast Tue 23-Jun-15 20:59:38

send him in with 20p wink

yanbu, it's a bit forward IMHO.

WishIwasanastronaut Tue 23-Jun-15 20:59:40

Er, i think the MN phrase is 'a bit grabby'. Bloodyhell.

BeaufortBelle Tue 23-Jun-15 21:00:25

So, the parents give the school a gift because year six children only have the money their parents give them.

momtothree Tue 23-Jun-15 21:00:55

What? Seriously?

BeenWondering Tue 23-Jun-15 21:01:56

What's so bizarre about it? It's not as if they're asking for donations to fund a jacuzzi for the teachers lounge. As long as they haven't dictated an obscene amount and left it up to parents to decide an appropriate and affordable contribution then there's nothing unreasonable about it.

LokiBear Tue 23-Jun-15 21:02:04

I don't think it is bizarre. It us s lovely idea. Your son has had the benefit of enjoying the things that other year groups have left. Now its his classes turn. I assume there will be a little ceremony of sorts. There is no pressure to contribute if it isn't your thing.

GinandJag Tue 23-Jun-15 21:02:08

We had this at my DSs' prep school.

SophieHatters Tue 23-Jun-15 21:03:32

Trees can be bought for very little - I mean less than a pound a head would get a few small trees. They grow smile

It is a bit abrupt though.

UterusUterusGhali Tue 23-Jun-15 21:03:40

DS's school do this.

I never questioned it really. Seems a nice enough idea. I think I might have raised an eyebrow when my DD left the school.

I do live in a pretty affluent area though.

Aeroflotgirl Tue 23-Jun-15 21:03:50

Wtaf shock, very grabby. Yes send him in with 10p. Bit low asking the kids, when they don't earn, just send it directly to the parents.

YouMeddlingKids Tue 23-Jun-15 21:03:55

I quite like it (provided that there's no minimum donation and children who cant afford it aren't labelled/ left out in any way) - presumably the children have spent 7 years at the school and the idea of giving something back/ leaving a legacy is nice, to me.

flora717 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:04:22

It sounds a meaningful tradition. If limited to the "usual" families who support the school etc.

LineRunner Tue 23-Jun-15 21:05:29

Is it a prep school thing would you say then, Ginand? I've not heard of it before.

If the school has organised it, which appears to be the case here, I think it's pretty outrageous. If PTA, then maybe quite a nice idea, provided people don't feel under pressure to donate more than they wish to/can afford.

littlesupersparks Tue 23-Jun-15 21:06:00

I expect it's to avoid parents feeling obliged to buy random tut for the teacher!

ajandjjmum Tue 23-Jun-15 21:06:41

DD's prep school did this 11 years ago. Did feel that some of the fees could have contributed towards whatever it was that they bought!

ScrambledEggAndToast Tue 23-Jun-15 21:07:16

I wouldn't have a problem with it.

Justonemorecupoftea Tue 23-Jun-15 21:08:23

Normal at our school but it is organised by parents of Y6 leavers. Our tiny school has benches, playground equipment, trees, games, ornaments and fun visitors all thanks to our leavers. When my oldest left we had a bit left over so bought 50 tennis balls and the leavers wrote their names on them, very popular with the littlies!

BalconyBill Tue 23-Jun-15 21:08:53

I'm amazed that anyone is surprised by this! I thought every school did the 'leaving present' thing! Certainly, all of the schools that my DCs have been in have. Usually organised by the PTA though.

CakeLady1 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:09:47

If it were a fundraising event to raise the money for an item the children decided on, then yes, it could be quite sweet and meaningful. But for them to be asking for handouts is quite rude.

StuntBottom Tue 23-Jun-15 21:09:50

My DCs school does this but it's always organised by Year 6 parents. There's no amount suggested, you give whatever you want or you don't give anything if that's your choice. Names of donors are not passed on so the school have no knowledge of who gave and who didn't. I like it. It's nice to think we've contributed to something future pupils can enjoy and clubbing together means we can give something significant.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 23-Jun-15 21:10:48

I think it's way better than a load of tat - seems a really meaningful thing to buy

Wouldn't it be lovely for the kids when they grow up to go back and see their tree matured

wooldonor Tue 23-Jun-15 21:10:50

Is it a state school?

The wording is rude, I don't think a state school should be asking parents for such a direct contribution. If it's a private school then I'd be less surprised but would be happy to ignore if I didn't want to contribute

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