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To be horrified that I couldn't drive past a local primary school earlier as the road was blocked with stretch hummers

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PainteditRed Fri 01-Jul-11 13:38:10

For frickin year 6 leavers 'prom'.

Lots of kids dressed like bridesmaids and page boys, and what appeared to be pro photographers.

When I left juniors we had a disco in the school hall with panda pops and seabrooks crisps.

SuePurblybilt Fri 01-Jul-11 13:44:01

It is one of my big sneery snobfests too grin. I hate the whole prom/limo thing and it seems to be the norm for younger children than ever now - Year 6? ffs.
We had a perfectly nice system - crap discos (shit punch, someone's dad doing the music, boys and girls on opposite sides of the village hall) until you're 16. Then you get a Leaver's Ball, though it was really more common for those to be limited to sixth form or University. They were the same as the crap disco but with snogging, long dresses and feeble attempts to spike the squash.

That's our heritage people! WHy all this prom nonsense?

Rillyrillygoodlooking Fri 01-Jul-11 13:44:56

This is so weird. I have just watched a programme about proms for 11 year olds in Scotland. We are in New Zealand at the moment.

I got all indignant and said that I would never let my DD (just turned 2) get tarted up and all that for a bloody prom at age 11.

DH said that he wouldn't say anything about the dressing up, although it would have to be a nice party dress and reasonably priced (bless him).

I just thought it was so sinister. 11 years old and having fake tan applied. And ridiculously grown up dresses that some of them just looked uncomfortable in.

I shall shut up now as i am ranting.

Peachy Fri 01-Jul-11 13:46:26

Ours had one at 7, as they cahnged schools; I was a bit hmm but it was absolutely lovely.

No fake tan or owt though, just pretty party dresses.

At 11 they are having a trip to a safari park.

lazylula Fri 01-Jul-11 13:48:21

My friends dd is attending her pre school prom at the end of term at the age of 4!

PiousPrat Fri 01-Jul-11 14:11:13

DS1's leavers prom at the end of year 6 was bloody ridiculous. Kids angsting for weeks before hand about having a date, groups of girls getting together at one house to get tarted up (and from the photos, I really do mean tarted hmm ) and then having a pink stretch limo take them round the village to show off/pick up other gangs... I would have said it was too much at 16 but at 11 it was obscene.

DS1 didn't go, as it clashed with other plans we had. He spent that evening chilling out with me at a festival, sat by a lake watching Tom jones do a tiny set in the woodland <smug cool parent face*

sims2fan Fri 01-Jul-11 14:45:21

Lazylula - are you serious?! Proms at 4 now?! That's beyond ridiculous!

LilQueenie Fri 01-Jul-11 16:11:50

not up in scotland are you OP? SAme thing here today through the high street.

Andrewofgg Fri 01-Jul-11 18:38:44

Someone's making big, big money out of this . . .

JamieAgain Fri 01-Jul-11 18:52:05

Yes, it's a bloody big bag of bobbins.

To quote Mr Incredible "They are just finding new ways to celebrate mediocrity"

If you have stretch limos at 11, where can you go from there? Helicopters at 16?

JamieAgain Fri 01-Jul-11 18:52:41

I blame the Disney Channel

And Thatcher

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 18:53:56

Its just wrong

zippy539 Fri 01-Jul-11 18:56:31

JamieAgain - here, here!!! Couldn't agree more. smile

JamieAgain Fri 01-Jul-11 18:58:30

Thankyou zippy. I thought I was being a bit of a grouch, but really

SloganLogan Fri 01-Jul-11 19:03:21

It's all a bit embarrassing really. Why do we have to have proms? Don't we have any suitable, enjoyable childhood traditions of our own?

Nowtspecial Fri 01-Jul-11 19:43:42

I hope my daughters grow up to think they're as big a bunch of tacky bollocks as I do. It seems like such a backwards move too. Yeuck.

scottishmummy Fri 01-Jul-11 19:51:31

a spam valley parent who wanted helicopter to transport children.how gauche.takes helicopter to whole new literal level

scottishmummy Fri 01-Jul-11 19:52:24

pre-school prom.cycling christ thats pushy parent land

JamieAgain Fri 01-Jul-11 19:53:55

blimey, I was joking sm

floosiemcwoosie Fri 01-Jul-11 19:54:22

oh my god had just read the article re the helicopter, I thought you were joking!

trixymalixy Fri 01-Jul-11 19:58:57

An old school acquaintance posted photos on Facebook the other day of primary school kids in a luxury limo bus, with its own pole. I was shock.

Pictures of both kids and mums dancing round the pole. Couldn't believe it!!

Nowtspecial Fri 01-Jul-11 20:03:26

Trixy shudder.

scottishmummy Fri 01-Jul-11 20:06:44

jamie someone else who mentioned pre-school prom
is that what youre all blimey about?

JamieAgain Fri 01-Jul-11 20:10:53

No sm - I didn't word it very well. I meant that I was joking about helicopters for proms in my post earlier on, and then you linked to a real helicopter story

scottishmummy Fri 01-Jul-11 20:16:14

i know!i was blimey too.how pushy and blingtastic
i have read of pre-school proms but never in rl
lol its a different world from new clobber down the market for school disco and hope of a gum

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