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To think the teachers were BU?

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BalthierBunansa Fri 23-Nov-12 22:44:47

I have a DN (aged 9) and my DS was telling me that yesterday in school was very, very cold. So cold that according to DN all he kids were huddled together in big coats and rubbing their hands to try to keep warm at dinner break (which lasts an hour). Numerous children had asked the supervisor if they could all go inside for break as it was too cold, but when the supervisor asked the head teacher, she refused. DN said that her hands were bright red and the little ones especially were cold. AIBU in thinking the headteacher should have allowed to children to spend break inside than in the freezing cold for 1 hour when they were clearly uncomfortable?

bradywasmyfavouriteking Sat 24-Nov-12 08:44:25

Man up kids!!!!

^^ usually I hate the 'man up phrase' but this made me laugh. smile

Littlebluetoo Sat 24-Nov-12 08:47:25

Oh and parents..... A gilet is NOT the same as a warm coat!

Orangelephantshavewrinkles Sat 24-Nov-12 08:48:21

OP I too live in Wales too and we send our children out whatever the weather as they are terrible if they don't get time to run around.

anewyear Sat 24-Nov-12 08:49:10

I worked as an LSA in school for a year or so, I loved going out at lunchtime to get away from sneezes and coughs and snotty noses and that was just the adults to get some fresh air..

pictish Sat 24-Nov-12 08:53:02

I have never understood the point of a gilet. It's a coat minus sleeves. Why would anyone want a coat with no sleeves?

If it's not cold enough for a coat then a jumper or hoody will do. If it is cold enough to require padding, the surely a coat is the preferable option. With sleeves.

Someone once gave ds1 a Gap gilet when he was young and I thought it was lovely. Never did find an occasion for him to wear it - as described above.

MrsMushroom Sat 24-Nov-12 08:54:28

I wear a gilet all the time because I get too stressed in a big coat.....I wear a long sleeved top and vest and a gilet with gloves and that's perfect.

I can't abide feeling like the michelyn man!

Doingthedo Sat 24-Nov-12 08:55:18

They would be out for 1/2 hour tops, the rest of lunch hour would be spent eating lunch - INSIDE! I send gloves, hats, coat and 'ski' trousers to wear on top of their school trousers if it is cold.

pictish Sat 24-Nov-12 08:57:29

Fair do's. I'll shut up.

Gilets are fab! grin

LemonBreeland Sat 24-Nov-12 08:57:34

YABU. We live in Scotland and DS1 has been going to school in shorts all term. Yes we have had cold days but even when it was very cold two winters ago the dc were outside every day.

The children just need to be wrapped up properly.

pictish Sat 24-Nov-12 08:58:49

Yep - Scotland here too. And our kids are OUT.

Euphemia Sat 24-Nov-12 08:59:01

Pictish I feel the same about the gilet. I see the lovely ladies in the Fat Face catalogue wearing them and think "I'm getting one of them," then when I did have one if it was cold enough for the thickness of the gilet, my bloody arms were freezing! Pointless.

Maybe just for your southern types with their school run dresses. wink

CrackleMauve Sat 24-Nov-12 08:59:02

Anyone else forced to do PE outside all through winter, in shorts and tshirts? We used to beg the teachers to let us don track suits. Teachers would insist we just needed to run around more and we'd be fine. Needless to say they were always dressed for an arctic expedition.

Euphemia Sat 24-Nov-12 09:02:56

We used to get taken by bus to a local park to play netball in the winter - I remember not being able to do up the buttons on my blouse because my fingers were freezing, even after a shower! Character-building! Who wants to raise a new generation that can't handle getting cold and wet once in a while?!

pictish Sat 24-Nov-12 09:03:27

We do...apparently.

teacherandguideleader Sat 24-Nov-12 09:09:32

Allow them to wear track suits and they rock up in shorts and t shirts as they can't be bothered to carry it (incidentally though they don't tend to moan about the cold since it was their choice!).

I also love gilets - but it needs to be a 'proper' one - hiking shop and padded rather than thin and wafty or a fashion one - great for hiking when you need your core to stay warm but a coat is too much.

BoneyBackJefferson Sat 24-Nov-12 11:11:12


The fairness is that the teachers get a break as well. Or don't they (in your view) deserve one?

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 24-Nov-12 11:21:46

Do I not deserve a break BoneyBack?
Of course I do, I was part of the campaign in the 80s. confused
The poem is from 'Please Mrs Butler'.

Mrsjay Sat 24-Nov-12 11:23:16

goodness me it is hardly artic weather poor precious children get them hats scarves and run around children are not as hardy as they used to be, in my day blah blah grin the teachers were being reasonable it wasn't raining it was dry let them run around and stop being so soft

CailinDana Sat 24-Nov-12 11:23:35

The children need to get outside and run around otherwise they're like demons for the afternoon. They're not delicate little flowers, a bit of cold won't hurt them. And as others have said their parents need to ensure they have hat, gloves, scarf, heavy coat etc.

BoneyBackJefferson Sat 24-Nov-12 11:23:48

I know where its from smile

I suspect that I misunderstood the point that you where trying to make sad

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 24-Nov-12 11:25:24

That children have whinged about having to go outside for decades?

Mrsjay Sat 24-Nov-12 11:25:57

Scotland here too. And our kids are OUT.

scottish kids are well ard though grin

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 24-Nov-12 11:28:16

Been at the chalkface for thirty years, girl and woman and crone... Sod it, I've been at the chalkface when it was a chalkface and not a Smartboard.
Where high tech was three colours of chalk and playground duty involved leather footballs. And puddles.

BoneyBackJefferson Sat 24-Nov-12 11:31:12

apologies, I took it as a bash at teachers.

BelleDameSousMistletoe Sat 24-Nov-12 11:33:42

FWIW, my DD (5) would be out in any weather - without a coat if she can get away with it. I hate being outside when it's cold regardless of appropriate clothing.

I think it's harsh to make children stay outside if they're cold. It's not their fault if their parents haven't provided the right clothing.

Oh, and I'm much older than most of you. We were tipped out in all weathers regardless.

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