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Is it normal for schools to charge for the Nativity Play?

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saltnvinegartaytos Sun 10-Dec-17 18:46:10

We're being charged £5 which I personally think is obscene shock

There are 3 performances so a lot of £££ shock

I would have gone every to performance if it had been free (with various grannies/aunties/uncles) but I really feel outraged at the thought of forking out at least £30 to see my own child, exceptional as he is!

Derekmorganwasinmybed Sun 10-Dec-17 18:47:09

Our do but only £1

Sirzy Sun 10-Dec-17 18:47:11

We pay £1 each and it doubles up as a raffle ticket.

£5 does sound a lot.

BikeRunSki Sun 10-Dec-17 18:47:31

Ours does, but only £1 a ticket, max 3 tickets per family.

saltnvinegartaytos Sun 10-Dec-17 18:48:22

£1 is not so bad!

CakeNinja Sun 10-Dec-17 18:48:44

I have never paid to see a nativity. Our schools have a donation basket at the door for a local homeless charity, but it's really a donation only thing, no expectation that everyone will put something in.
Have you been told the money going to something specific?

treaclesoda Sun 10-Dec-17 18:48:50

Our school has always charged. About £3 if I remember correctly. I've never really thought about it, just assumed all schools did the same.

saltnvinegartaytos Sun 10-Dec-17 18:50:19

School funds. I know budgets are being slashed everywhere.

Crumbs1 Sun 10-Dec-17 18:52:48

Is it a state school? That does seem a lot.

Ours always took place in the church, were free, open to all from the parish (the old ladies loved it) but there was a collection on exit for charity.

profpoopsnagle Sun 10-Dec-17 18:53:03

If schools charge, it has usually been a small amount (£1/2) to contribute towards the cost of the production (music licences, costumes etc).

dementedpixie Sun 10-Dec-17 18:53:43

We didn't have a nativity but the school did have a cake and carol service thing. It was £3 adult and £1 a child I think. We were allowed 2 tickets per family and there were 3 services you could choose from. We did get cake and a hot drink included in the ticket price

Twofishfingers Sun 10-Dec-17 18:54:29

School budgets are being cut, drastically. We better get used to this... hopefully only until the next elections.

MaisyPops Sun 10-Dec-17 18:54:58

£5 seems a lot for a primary nativity to me.

At secondary though all our performances, productions etc have paid tickets though. Usually £5 for say a 2 hour concert/production.
Money goes back into the creative arts budgets to cover costumes, set etc for the show/future performances.

The PTA tends to have a refreshments stall too.

AlexanderHamilton Sun 10-Dec-17 18:55:08

It's normal to charge but that's very high. Ds's high school is only charging £7 for a fully staged performance of Phantom of the Opera.

trinity0097 Sun 10-Dec-17 18:55:19

The nativity will cost money to buy, so some of that will go on paying for it. Parents would complain if you did the same one every year!

saltnvinegartaytos Sun 10-Dec-17 18:57:58

Yes, state primary. The infants are doing the Nativity and the seniors are singing.

AlexanderHamilton Sun 10-Dec-17 19:01:27

Performing rights to a typical school nativity vary from approx £30-90 as compared with a full musical which would be £300-500 ish

PickleFish Sun 10-Dec-17 19:19:02

perhaps it's to stop people from coming every night like that? Maybe it's the only way they can get people to just come on one night, so that there is enough space for everyone to come. If they charged less, it might not work.

Witchend Sun 10-Dec-17 19:21:49

I was thinking the same pickle!

AnnetteCurtains Sun 10-Dec-17 19:24:18

Are they actually charging or is it a voluntary suggested contribution salt ?

saltnvinegartaytos Sun 10-Dec-17 19:32:02

Actually charging- money to be sent in with the child for tickets or you can try to buy at the door.

AnnetteCurtains Sun 10-Dec-17 20:01:13

that doesn't sound right to me . I know that schools are facing cuts but surely they can't charge for something like this , a contribution I could understand , but charge ?
I'd be telephoning the LEA to check

TheWorldIsMyCakePop Sun 10-Dec-17 20:05:03

1 of 3 primary schools I have been involved with charged. Not £5 though! Think it was £2.

Composteleana Sun 10-Dec-17 20:07:06

50p at ours, but more to try and encourage (certain of the) the parents to actually turn up!

LazyLump Sun 10-Dec-17 20:07:14

Never charged at various different schools older DC attended. First time charged at DC4's primary which he started at 3 years ago. Think schools see what they can get away with and if not enough complaints will push it and push it.

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