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To not want my child to have to eat outside in November?

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Verycold Fri 30-Nov-12 22:32:57

Found out today that at my ds's junior school the children have repeatedly been made to eat their packed lunch outside, even after half term. They have a system where they only eat in classrooms if it's wet, otherwise they supposedly all eat in the hall and get called in bit by bit when there is room - or so we thought until it we found out otherwise today! Would this bother you? Not very comfortable to eat outside in the cold surely?

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 02-Dec-12 12:33:39

RooneyMara you said
"It was one of the possible reasons given in someone's post BBJ."
As I posted about someones comment about staff being lazy, and you referenced me I took that as being what you ment.

I have not posted about children making a mess.

AlienRefluxLooksLikeSnow Sun 02-Dec-12 12:36:02

No, I wouldn't like my boy eating outside in this weather, especially packed lunch taht are cold. What if they have just had PE outdoors? then have to sit there, freezing, having not warmed up, I wouldn't be happy either.

RooneyMara Sun 02-Dec-12 12:37:25

Nigella said

'sounds like staff are being lazy - easier to clear up after children who have been eating outside '

You said 'spoken like someone who hasn't got a clue'

I said, it (the mess) was cited as a reason for them eating outside, which it was, by TeddyBare.

Hope that is clearer

TeddyBare Sun 02-Dec-12 12:43:09

ghostship this has already been dealt with, but you do realise that teachers are not children, right?! The school is not legally obliged to supervise them at all times, they can manage to eat without making a huge amount of mess, breaking things, injuring themselves / each other and it's their lunch break from work so their employer has less authority to dictate where they can go. So it doesn't really matter where they eat, inside or outside. You can probably guess why they might choose to be somewhere away from the children though.
If you want decent teachers you need to respect the profession . It's ridiculous to suggest that adults in a work place are the same as children in a school - that's not how legislation or logic work.

cashmere Sun 02-Dec-12 12:56:38

At my inland school the playing field was covered in scavenging seagulls. I've got a mental image of gulls swooping down to swipe at sandwiches ala 'The Birds'!
I only think it would be okay if they had an undercover area and appropriate seating. Maybe hot chocolate too!
It does seem a bit much though. Can you seriously imagine having to eat everyday with the wind blowing your hair in your mouth, nose running, eyes weeping, struggling to open packets with numb or gloved fingers, and I'm not sure it would be great for digestion if your body was focusing on staying warm.
Running around playing is absolutely fine though!

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 02-Dec-12 12:58:10


Don't you just love the netsmile A million ways to take something and you can guarantee that the wrong one is the one that is taken.

Got it now grin

RooneyMara Sun 02-Dec-12 12:59:36

Oh it usually happens when I post something, BBJ grin

NigellasGuest Sun 02-Dec-12 13:30:22

actually I do have a clue.
Have worked in various schools, including at lunchtimes.
Indoors and out.
Just saying.

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 02-Dec-12 17:20:32

and yet you still call the staff lazy.

NigellasGuest Sun 02-Dec-12 17:45:22


GhostShip Sun 02-Dec-12 17:51:10

teddbare erm.. what is your point? I'm well aware that they're not children. But if they wouldn't like eating outside then why on earth would they expect the children to? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander and all that.
Oh here we go logic and leglisation, I'm well aware of the leglisation so please do sod off being patronising. But what on earth has that got to do with anything? Respect the proffession? Seriously, I'm laughing here. How am I not 'respecting the profession'?

Seriously if you're going to make a point, spit it out.

All I AM saying is that if an adult would find doing something distasteful, I find it rather ironic that they'd force the children to do said thing.

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