to think school can shove their cocking badger costume up their cocking arses, and never ever ever again provide the stupid costumes they demand?

(61 Posts)

I had a great big ranty thread last week about school sending me a letter asking me to send my 10yr old DD dressed as a badger for World Book Day.

Well. I came up with a badger costume, thanks to MN, a printed out mask, and a nasty shaggy grey fake fur thing from the hospice shop.

And then I bribed DD to wear it, as, being 10, it wasn't exactly her idea of fun.

And then the class acted out an extract from the book (Fantastic Mr Fox) that didn't even HAVE ANY FUCKING BADGERS IN IT and DD had to narrate from the sidelines instead, and the little girl from Yr 1 who had also been asked to be a badger had to sit out.

WTactualF angry

BandersnatchCummerbund Sat 09-Mar-13 13:01:49

Is it REALLY bad that I am absolutely PMSL at this? blush


Have you complained?

woopsidaisy Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:02

I had never heard of WBD until last year on MN. Sounds life alas of trouble and strife to me. Our school have a book fair over the week, you get a voucher and can buy a book if you want. It is in the library so can be avoided.
Feel sorry for you and DD, what a waste of time.

AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:21

I would be seriously pissed off with that too. no advice I'm afraid though other than tell the teacher how pissed off upset you are about this.

Tryharder Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:58



Can't you write a sarcastic note for the teacher, saying what you put here (without the swearing obviously)

OhdearIquit Sat 09-Mar-13 13:04:16

Ya so nbu. I dread dd starting school and me having to create stupid costumes!

Maryz Sat 09-Mar-13 13:04:30

I suspect this will be one of those rare AIBUs where every poster will agree that you are not being unreasonable at all but it is still funny grin

This World Book Day seems to be invented to put children off books, from what I can see.

AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:05:18

All these days are getting beyond a joke now, Last week it was 'hat' day, This week 'WBD' next week it is friggin 'Rainbow' day.

Its bloody hard work and is costing a fortune!

I only found out today as DD went home with a friend after school yesterday and I've just got back from picking her up.

Feel free to PYSL grin I probably will do once I get over the sheer wankiness of it all.

CookieLady Sat 09-Mar-13 13:07:27


BandersnatchCummerbund Sat 09-Mar-13 13:08:21
AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:08:35

I think next world book day i'm going to send the kids in dressed as themselves with their red develpment books from when they were babies in hand.

Magimedi Sat 09-Mar-13 13:10:32

YANBU & I do feel sorry for your DD.

But as soon as I read 'cocking badgers' I started sniggering.

You have every right to be pissed off but you have a great way of writing wittily!

Maybe she can just be a badger for every school occasion from here on in.

That should be fun when the Nativity rolls around. She could be a Wise Badger or the Virgin Badger (accessorised with crown or halo, obv.)

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 09-Mar-13 13:16:30

Oh dear

<tries to stifle laughter>

Polgara2 Sat 09-Mar-13 13:16:37

Fantastic thread title, gave me a much needed chuckle.
Totally agree with you, hated wbd and am soooooo glad my dc are at high school and past all that. Own clothes day now that's a different story.......... grin

Maryz Sat 09-Mar-13 13:19:32

A badger wouldn't be out of place in some of the nativities described on here.

I don't get why they have to be so prescriptive about what children wear - surely the whole point of reading is to spark imagination, not to insist on sticking to a certain theme. It's ridiculous.

Flossiechops Sat 09-Mar-13 13:22:08

Yanbu really you aren't. The wbd thing was a bloody farce at our school. The kids didn't even read any fecking books. Next day ds had to dress as a fecking roman, the shame I felt when ds went into the playground wearing a badly cut up white sheet. It became quickly apparent all the other parents had taken it much more seriously and their dc looked amazing. Last week dd had to be a Viking now next week it's Comic Relief. It's got beyond a joke tbh and I think schools ask for too much!

hiddenhome Sat 09-Mar-13 13:30:42

Why do you have to dress up in order to take an interest in books? Ds2's school never do any of this nonsense and ds2 loves books. I don't think kids are suddenly going to begin begging their parents to take them to the library or visit bookstores just because of some silly costume they've had to wear at school. Children inherit their love of books from parents mainly and also other family members. If there aint a book in the house, then no amount of dressing up or receiving a £1 book token is going to change that.

I think parents should boycott all these gimmicky dressing up days. It must be causing anguish to poorer families and people who are stressed out, bereaved, sick or otherwise occupied with important issues.

Takver Sat 09-Mar-13 13:36:24

Move to Wales! All DD's school ever does is St David's Day, the costume never changes, and if you don't like dressing up you can wear a Wales rugby shirt or pin on a daff & you've done your bit grin

Takver, that's tempting. We are only about 100 yards from Wales anyway!

I'd happily move countries to get away from fancy dress tyranny.

LadySybilPussPolham Sat 09-Mar-13 13:49:27

Thank fuck our school was closed for teacher training. I do love use of the word 'cocking' though grin

This is why I am glad all mine are in senior school - no more stupid dress up days. YANB-at-all-U to be spitting tacks about this!

That's alright for the boys Takver but think of the girls. I still bear the scars from 8+ years of having to dress up as a "welsh lady on March 1st. My mother was always too sensible cheap to fork out for a genuine welsh lady hat from the local tourist shop so we had to improvise with yoghurt pots and black paper hmm grin

Killing myself laughing at the Virgin Badger. grin

Magimedi Sat 09-Mar-13 14:05:13

I am silently humming carols:

"Round, yon badger, mother & cub" etc.

(V childish but quite fun.)

Jossysgiants Sat 09-Mar-13 14:08:46

I would love to be a badger fly on the wall in your school staff room to understand how they come up with this kind of torture. David Lynch meets Beatrix Potter. Administering all this school stuff is like a full time job now. I open the book bag with trepidation these days. And Yanbu obviously.

Lueji Sat 09-Mar-13 15:06:55

Next time send her with a sign saying "I'm a badger""

KindleMum Sat 09-Mar-13 15:16:59

DS was a lion in his nativity play. His best mate was a bear.
Though I am thrilled that his school does almost no dress-up days and for nativity plays etc, school provides the costumes. It's great and I feel so lucky when I read all this World Book Day stuff - DS's school celebrated it with extra reading sessions. Perfect.

The badger is hilarious though. Sorry.

raisah Sat 09-Mar-13 15:27:11

i'm not looking forward to next year as my ds will have started reception in sept. I am not very creative & reading all these threads about costumes is making me very nervous. I've got a year to learn how to sew etc!

PseudoBadger Sat 09-Mar-13 15:30:08

They should've had the Badger Parade

PseudoBadger Sat 09-Mar-13 15:31:41
PurplePidjin Sat 09-Mar-13 15:43:36

Oh shit, just woke the baby reading this out to dp and laughing! Serves me right for singing "round yon badger" to him...

Once in Royal Badger's city
Stood a lowly Badger's sett
Where a badger lay her cubby
In a manger for his bed

<fervently practices pelvic floor exercises>

ErrorError Sat 09-Mar-13 17:56:25

How infuriating, all that effort and badger was irrelevant! Send her to school every fancy dress day as a badger, and rope in as many kids as you can. Teacher will regret ever mentioning badgers! The whole episode sort of reminds me of Love Actually when Emma Thompson's character's DD had to be a nativity lobster!!

Karen: So what's this big news, then?
Daisy: [excited] We've been given our parts in the nativity play. And I'm the lobster.
Karen: The lobster?
Daisy: Yeah!
Karen: In the nativity play?
Daisy: [beaming] Yeah, first lobster.
Karen: There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?
Daisy: Duh.

grin @ lobsters. I was telling the badger tale to my HV the other day and she was recounting how her now teenaged son volunteered to be the camel one year for his school nativity.

So... would it be ridiculously PFB of me to complain about this?

Pixel Sat 09-Mar-13 20:25:17

This is why I am glad all mine are in senior school - no more stupid dress up days
Well I thought this would be the case but no such luck. Ds is at SN school and although he's gone 'upstairs' and I've had to buy a whole new uniform in a different shade of blue hmm they still join in all the dressing up days etc. Need an 80s themed costume for next week. I'm going to dress him up as Bodie, more 70s I know but it didn't end until 83 so I reckon I'll get away with it. Better not give him a gun though as it could cause some kind of scare if he waves it about in the taxi on the way to school grin.

DH and I have just pissed ourselves at that badger thing up thread grin

OP YANBU, you will sound loony if you complain, but I think if I was you I would!

Magimedi Sat 09-Mar-13 20:29:50

No - not at all PFB to complain - on the condition that you print out this thread & your first 'cocking badgers' thread & take them with you as evidence/support.

Am now close to hysteria re lobsters & badgers.

<disengages from MN & goes to lie down in a darkened room>

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 09-Mar-13 20:33:59

Sorry I am PMSL.

I love the school DC's are at, no WBD instead they go dressed in own clothes and take something in for PTA bingo.

zoobaby Sat 09-Mar-13 20:49:07

Your original post was like one of those Hollywood movies... epic journey of self discovery and huge sacrifice where everyone pulls together to get the underdog across the final hurdle (soundtrack Eye of the Tiger). I was really cheering for you and had visions of you DD tri?mphantly walking the hallway at school with everyone staring agape and making room for her to pass. I was really cheering for that cocking badger!

Then I read the reality and can't help but actually laugh out loud.

Bloody school. C'mon, fess up. Who exactly have you offended there? grin

gaelicsheep Sat 09-Mar-13 21:00:53

OP, I am totally with you. I am totally sick to the back teeth of jumping through hoops for the school for absolutely no bloody purpose whatsoever. I was cross enough when DS told me that, despite telling them to dress as their favourite character from a book and take the book in, there was no discussion AT ALL during the day about the books in question. Waste of bloody time. But your beats my whinge hands down!

I love your thread title.

jessiestressie Sat 09-Mar-13 21:13:27

I have never fully recovered from having to dress up as Mrs Beaver in the school play hmm.

If I were you I would regularly badger the school by asking what sett your dd is in grin.

OMG Just reading the title had me laughing and all the badger stuff is cracking! Poor Dd op scarred forever now from dressing as a badger.
I love the idea of the sign, "I'm a badger" may have to pinch that idea myself. I did have an orange tee shirt for haloween one year that said "this is my costume"

Jojobump1986 Sat 09-Mar-13 22:40:04

This, right here, is why I plan on homeschooling my DCs! grin

There may be one or two other reasons... I'm not just that anti-costumes!

I absolutely love this thread. Thank you for going through this to make us happy. Am almost crying at the virgin badger grin

I am imagining the COSTUME being brought out at all important occasions...prom, graduation, engagement, birth of first born etc etc with queen standing sternly over her DD saying 'I made it, and you are going to cocking wear it'

MummytoMog Sat 09-Mar-13 23:30:12

We generally ignore all letters sent home from school, and since they made me cry in a meeting, they don't seem to push this shit. That said, DD was a pogging sheep in the nativity even though she can sing like an angel and is the prettiest girl you've ever seen so I made her the most adorable sheep dress in the world. Smug. As.

Can we all telephone our local A&E departments to find out if they have any casualties in, waiting to have emergency intra-rectal-badger-costume-ectomy surgery?

I have a mental image confused

sashh Sun 10-Mar-13 08:53:43

I think DD should keep the costume at school and whenever she doesn't want to do something she can put it on and say 'I'm a badger, badgers don't take part in x'.

DD has now explained more fully.

It turns out that the school was divided into their 'house teams' (its a tiny village school with under 40 children and mixed age classes) and each team had a different book assigned to them with the instruction to all come dressed as a different character from the book (hence the badger letter) ready to act out an extract for the rest of the school to watch. Then, the house captain (a Yr 6 child) was in charge of choosing said extract and organising the acting on the day. DD's house team captain is a child she doesn't get on with very well, and so it looks like the choosing of a badger-free extract was no accident angry which of course makes it even worse and I cannot fucking BELIEVE the staff let it happen.

The child I really really feel for is the little girl from Yr 1 who had also come all dressed up as a badger and just had to sit out while the others acted out a badger-free scene. How shit is that?

SparklyAntlersInMyDecorating Sun 10-Mar-13 09:32:07

Compose an email:

Dear teacher,

I am sorry for badgering you on this issue, but I feel it really is black and white what the outcome was for my dd. Please root around until you find a solution - I certainly shan't be. Might I advise a cull on further dress up opportunities.

In order to facilitate the progression of my daughter's learning journey I have researched Badgers in popular culture - Animals of Farthing Wood, Wind in the Willows, Badger's Parting Gifts, and, of course, the ill-fated Fantastic Mr. Fox. In all these rolls the badger is presented as a wise leader, to be admired by all - an AGAT badger if you will? Whilst I appreciate your subliminal compliment to my dd, it unfortunately makes the resultant oversight all the worse. Therefore, I have every confidence DD is in the right sett, and will be afforded many such opportunities in the future.

Yours with baited breath,

gaelicsheep Sun 10-Mar-13 09:45:03

That is brilliant SparklyAntlers.

QueenOfFarkingEverything - I'm really sorry for your DD, but honestly this thread is a classic! I wish every primary teacher up and down the land could read it.

scrablet Sun 10-Mar-13 09:52:57

Doesn't do us any good to read it gaelic, believe me, most teachers have no say in how WBD is run in our schools.
( Wanders off grumbling about how no one could recognise her elaborate costume...ok usual clothes with a cloak over them...)

NuhichNuhaymuh Sun 10-Mar-13 10:04:12

Im very impressed you made a badger costume. Kudos to you!

Also glad you clarified too as i was reading through the thread muttering to myself "there are no badger in Fantastic Mr Fox, what?"

SparklyAntlers that is beautifully put grin

WilsonFrickett Sun 10-Mar-13 11:31:39

I am howling with laughter at 'baited breath'. I may have to search your original thread for the list of great badgers in literature again too.

Poor dd. are you sure it was as black and white as she says though? grin

DP also howled with laughter at that letter. He was impressed, even more badger puns than he had already come up with on the subject (thats saying something as he is the absolute king of groanworthy puns)

thebody Sun 10-Mar-13 18:15:00

Blame ofsted!!! Not teachers!

Funny thread though. Totally agree.

Still18atheart Sun 10-Mar-13 18:43:48

Sparkly antlers that was very well put. grin

I am blaming the teacher fair and square for not intervening when she saw that the house captain had chosen a bit of the book that left two children out. That's the bit I will be speaking to her about tomorrow.

But yeah, I get that its not necessarily the teachers who decide that dressing up as a cocking badger would be a great idea. The teachers I know all hate it too grin

Doobydoo Sun 10-Mar-13 18:56:41

Have not yet read thread...but love the title! of the best1 grin

Doobydoo Sun 10-Mar-13 18:57:44

HAHAHAHA Read your op...Fab....YANBU

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