£75 spending money for school trip?!

(41 Posts)
Reallynothappy Sat 18-May-13 17:59:06

Year 6 residential coming up, already paid for. All meals and entrance fees included. It's only 4 days.
So I was a bit shocked at being advised at meeting that they were recommending £75 spending money. If they dont want to carry cash children are allowed to take a cash card. My dd doesn't have a cash card! But she wants one now, to fit in. Grrrr!
Is this not a bit excessive? WIBU to make a stand and just give her enough for a fiver a day, even if it singles her out? It's just quite a lot, and the trip wasn't cheap to begin with.

notfluffy Sat 18-May-13 18:01:35

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Bumply Sat 18-May-13 18:14:44

Ds2 went on his recently. We were told £10 for spending money.
They were at an activity centre the whole time, so money was just for sweets/souvenirs.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 18-May-13 18:16:47

DS1 just done 3 days with £8 spending money. There is no way I'd send £75 with a 10 or 11 year old.

Hulababy Sat 18-May-13 18:18:36

DD was allowed up to £10 for her Y6 PGL trip a fortnight ago. She brought a fair bit back too as not much to buy at their shop.
France trip in Y5 think it was £15-20, but in Euros. She did spend most of that,but mostly on gifts for us and her best friend from out of school, and a gift for herself too.

DD doesn't have a cashcard either.

RedPencils Sat 18-May-13 18:24:51

£75 for 4 days. No way would I send mine with that kind of money.

MirandaWest Sat 18-May-13 18:26:12

That is a daft amount of spending money for a 4 day trip.

Startail Sat 18-May-13 18:26:17

That's insane. Primary DCs don't get the freedom to spend anything like that, normally. However, do check they aren't stopping at motorway services. A simple hot chocolate each way caught DD out.

I always double what senior school say, as I know DD1. Her taste in things is nice, but not cheap. Having nice things to keep and give us is part of the experience for her.

Euphemia Sat 18-May-13 18:33:29

£75? Piece of nonsense.

Reallynothappy Sat 18-May-13 18:36:09

Glad it's not just me who thinks its excessive! Maybe I'll up it to £10 a day, and see what she thinks of that!
I've never heard of it before, but I don't really mix with the other parents so have no real parent friends, and I'm uncomfortable asking other parents their views as they didn't bat an eyelid when it was mentioned. In fact it was a parent who asked if they could take cards.

mysteryfairy Sat 18-May-13 18:37:30

That does sound a daft amount of money for a Y6 residential. DD has just been on a five day trip and they actually built £20 spending money into the cost and distributed it to all the girls once they were there. However if I'd heard a sum like £75 mentioned I'd have questioned it in the meeting as it is so much I can't think of any other explanation than there are costs the children will need to pay that you are not aware of. I think you need to follow it up with the school.

Incidentally I know my bank (HSBC) only issues a cash card once a child is over 11 so some y6s could not have one even if they wanted to.

I was a bit shock at the suggestion of €80 for 4 days for DD's (Y7) trip to France.

yousankmybattleship Sat 18-May-13 18:38:47

I guess the teachers want them to be able to buy rounds when they go down the pub. Oh no, wait - THEY'RE TEN!! What the hell would a ten year old need £75 for? They'll need to buy a few bits of crapola in a gift shop, some unhealthy snacks and maybe a couple of postcards. £10-£15 should do nicely.

scaevola Sat 18-May-13 18:58:36

Gosh, that sounds a lot. I'd expect £10-15.

And for the week long trip abroad for Y6 the limit was €20.

pointythings Sat 18-May-13 19:23:00

That's mad money. DD2 was recommended £30 for a 4 night residential in the Isle of Wight, and she brought most of that back. She was recommended the same for a trip for Germany this year.

DD2 is going to France in October, I'll be interested to see what's recommended for her.

Fuzzymum1 Sat 18-May-13 20:02:36

My DS2 on a Y10 residential trip to Belgium for 5 days wasn't allowed more than £50 worth of euros. £75 is utterly ridiculous!

quip Sat 18-May-13 20:33:42

Good heavens! I very nearly posted a week ago complaining about the £5 limit for a y3 school trip being £3 more than I thought reasonable.

Fuckwittery Sat 18-May-13 20:39:45

what on earth are they going to spend 18 odd quid on every day?! tbh i think you should raise with the school and check that they are not meant to be chipping into meals or buying their own snacks etc

lljkk Sat 18-May-13 20:48:12

DD asked to bring £15 for 5 day trip, and meanie me is letting her take it all out of her own cash (I think £3 ought to be enough).

Dancingqueen17 Sat 18-May-13 21:52:51

I work in a boarding school and regularly go on trips with yr 6. What I can tell you is that they often want to spend all their money regardless. They usually spend it on utter tat, semi tat (rubbers and pencils), presents for every member of the extended family (usually extremely naff)+ pets or sweets and slush puppies. £75 is absolutely ridiculous. I would look at what opportunities there are to spend i.e. if they are at an activity centre with only 1 shop a couple of pounds a day is loads, if out and about a bit more maybe £5 a day and maybe tell them they are only allowed to spend x each day on sweets! Also tell them not to worry about gifts for family (it will save you having to pretend to be thrilled with a key ring and a biro!

DeWe Sat 18-May-13 22:41:58

I would go and ask what they're expecting it to be spent on. It might be that there are evening activities that are expensive or, say, they all tend to want to buy the residential tracksuit. I doubt it, but I'd want to check first before my dc was the "only child not able to XYZ"

But it may be worth telling the teacher that my dc's residential they were allowed £10 for the week. One dormitory of 4 decided to blow their entire money together on sweets for a midnight feast on the last night. £40 of sweets= 4 not very well girls at the end. grin

Are you certain it wasn't a misprint for £7.50? And the teachers will have a fit when they find children with that amount of money.

Euphemia Sat 18-May-13 22:44:44

When I went on our school residential in 1977 our spending money for the week was £1! 20p a night! For that I got a Mars Bar, a can of Vimto and some penny sweets.

Ah, them were the days smile

outtolunchagain Sat 18-May-13 23:14:29

Ds3 has just been on his year 6 residential (4days) we were recommended to send between £5 and £10, he didn't spend all of it .

PrincessOfChina Sat 18-May-13 23:20:42

It doesn't actually surprise me that much. We used to go on a PGL weeke every year in secondary school and were allowed £35 spends. The first time I went is 22 years ago...

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