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to think that not many 11 year old boys have "spotty" clothes??

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amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 16:57:12

Children in Need day at school on Friday - Children are having a non-uniform day and pay a minimum of 50p to raise money for children in need - don't have any problem with that.

Then read further down and see that they have to wear something spotty - the spottier the better - that's probably not too bad to fulfil if you have a young girl - nightmare if you have a boy - especially an 11 year old!!

I am sure the children that are in need don't really care how the money is raised - so why make such a specific stipulation?? - I'm not buying him anything special so unless I ruin a piece of his existing clothes by drawing spots on it, then he wont get to participate.

confuugled Mon 12-Nov-12 22:30:56

Prime him to say that he is wearing invisible spots.

or white spots on his white shirt (or whatever colour he happens to be wearing).

or hang a bottle of clearasil around his neck.

or say that he is wearing microspots

or that the spots are on their side and therefore not visible in this dimension...

UniS Mon 12-Nov-12 22:21:44

DS wore a spotty bandana last year.

Other children wore home made spotty shirts or baseball caps , done with stickers or pens, need not be fabric pens.
Year 3 MADE spotty bandanas.

ioness Mon 12-Nov-12 22:17:12

Thanks kbear. I'm thinking of bringing out narnia and the box of delights and scrutinising what the dc are wearing.

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 21:49:45

why not go online with her and show her what girls looked like then, so she knows she won't be dressed up like a doll, but more or less what she looks like now!

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 21:48:23

on way!!

Seriously don't worry too much - scruffy school uniform with unbrushed hair (IDEAL for that harrassed parent in the mornings!! ) - don't worry about plaits, give her a gas mask box to carry and a teddy bear and she's all set. If she wants to wear trousers, let her, so what? Teachers won't care and she'll feel like she's joining in without being uncomfortable.

My ds hated dressing up but WW2 was the only day he didn't mind because it was almost what he wore usually!!

ioness Mon 12-Nov-12 21:39:02

could you come round kbear and sort it all out? Mine hates skirts and ribbons in hair. These are two of the "must haves" on the list. i will be wrestling with her to get them on next week.

picturesinthefirelight Mon 12-Nov-12 21:36:35

Def normal school uniform (shorts if poss for boys) with the obligatory shoebox has mask.

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 21:31:39

school uniform will do for evacuee day, with odd socks falling down, plaits in hair, cut down an old pair of trousers for boys, cardboard box covered in brown paper with a string handle and a luggage label cut out of brown paper with their name on. easy smile

ioness Mon 12-Nov-12 21:18:13

Think yourself lucky. We have to provide ww2 evacuee clothes by next week. Yes, my 7 year old pink and purply leopard print loving 7 year old has loads of brown/grey skirts, cardigans and blouses hmm

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:16:38

That's a pretty good price too Captain - wont be big enough for me but useful for someone without an abnormally large primary child.

Evil - get a grip???? wtf that all about?

seeker - I don't think anyone here really has a problem with the concepts of a, doing something nice for the kids and b, raising cash for charity, it's the specific nature of the instruction and late notice that is annoying.

Just spoken to him and he says that he will just wear school uniform and donate his money as it would be a waste of a t-shirt - all I said was what do you want to do, shall we decorate a t-shirt? sad

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 21:14:27

I thought I'd escape this this year as dd now in yr7. No she's brought a letter home today. So 4 days notice and I'm at work all week. FFs.

I wouldn't mind if I had a bit more notice.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 12-Nov-12 21:00:13

DD2 school gone down the wear your pj to school route for CIN.

Kid in DD2 class gone down with Chicken Pox so our school theme could have been grow your spots for CIN [grins].

CaptainKirksNipples Mon 12-Nov-12 20:50:00

Sorted. Don't have a problem with children in need or Red Nose Day as we get enough notice, but we had to wear purple for something and my 8yr old ds has nothing purple!

goldenlula Mon 12-Nov-12 20:42:58

Mine are drawing circles with coloured pens on t shirts (which I did buy but they were £2 for 2, so ds2 has one ready for next year and I gave the other one to ds1's friend). I could have used one of their polo shirts had I have thought of it as they have seen better days. I officially haven't received any notification of it being spotty day, I just happened to see a sign in the school office when I collected ds2 on Fri for a SALT app. Had I not had to do this I wouldn't know, but apparently a text was sent but neither dh or I have received it which is unusual.

seeker Mon 12-Nov-12 20:39:03

And soon there'll be a thread about how primary schools are all just SATs factories, and there's no joy in them any more and teachers never go the extra mile.............

sparkle12mar08 Mon 12-Nov-12 20:34:55

Bugger that - I just send ds in ordinary mufti. They're not going to send them home again...

littlebrownmouse Mon 12-Nov-12 20:27:56

Mine went with spot stickers all over his face one year.

EvilTwins Mon 12-Nov-12 20:26:48

I came on to shout "DON'T BLAME THE SCHOOL, BLAME THE BBC" but I see someone has already done that. wink

We're doing the same where I work but if kids turn up in mufti but no spots, we're hardly going to send them home. Get a grip.

ladygoldenlion Mon 12-Nov-12 20:21:05

Ours have to wear yellow, much easier than spots for boys!

Pixel Mon 12-Nov-12 20:15:36

Saw lots of CIN t shirts in ASDA today but there were loads more for girls than for boys, what's that all about? There were a couple for boys but one was a sort of hell's angel type thing and the other was a picture of a pair of headphones as if hanging round the neck, not spots. The girl's ones were lovely colourful spots which would have fitted the school's 'wear something spotty' theme.
Got a similar problem here with a 12 yo boy who is big for his age and doesn't possess anything spotty. I've already had a quick trawl of charity shops and come up with a big zero unless he wants to wear a blouse which I doubt grin. Have paid out for felt tips (no fabric pens in W H Smiths I went to) and now have to find a shirt to ruin.

picturesinthefirelight Mon 12-Nov-12 20:09:35

Loads of kids at my dc school devoratevplain white t shirts with fabric paint

As I run drama classes I generally raid my costume store ds usually wears an oversized spotty clown bow tie & braces.

Wellthen Mon 12-Nov-12 19:55:29

We sort of assume parents wont literally send children to school in their pjs...You surely think things through enough to know they need to wear a vest/t-shirt and leggings/soft trousers underneath. They could even wear shoes! (I know they aren't strictly pjs but we're thinking outside the box here.)

Bearing in mind many teachers will also be wearing pjs, we definitely think things through.

MammaTJ Mon 12-Nov-12 19:44:56

My DC have to wear PJs to school on Friday, if that makes you feel any better. Bloody freezing weather and wearing PJs. I really don't think they think these things through properly.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 19:36:24

If it was PJs or stripes he could wear the Onesie he insisted on buying from primark and also insists that it fits despite it looking like his backside is getting cheese-wired smile

DontCallMeBaby Mon 12-Nov-12 19:33:04

Normal mufti - there is a spectrum of spottiness with 'very spotty' at one end and 'not spotty' at the other, you just go for the 'not spotty' end of things.

And it IS teachers that decide to do things like this, the BBC can't force schools to do this particular form of fundraising. DD's school is doing pyjamas, not spotty stuff - which is fortuitous as even as an 8yo girl the only spotty item of clothing she owns IS a pair of pj bottoms!

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